La Renaissance barge

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La Renaissance barge Review and Specifications

Specifications of La Renaissance barge

Year built 1960
Speed 10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA) 39 m / 128 ft
Beam (width) 5 m / 16 ft
Gross Tonnage 275 gt
Passengers 4 - 8
Crew 5
Decks 2
Cabins 4
Decks with cabins 1
Former names Bonne Humeur

Review of La Renaissance barge

La Renaissance barge ship was built in 1960 in Belgium to carry cargo along European river canals. Originally built as a spitz (motorized river barge), the vessel used to carry iron ore and grain. Today, La Renaissance serves as a luxury hotel barge owned and operated by the European Waterways travel company.

The ship was converted to a hotel barge in 1997. In 2006, the vessel underwent another refit. In 2007, it was purchased by European Waterways and taken to a shipyard in Belgium for inspection, maintenance and refit.

Formerly known as "Bonne Humeur", in 2008 the barge was renamed "La Renaissance". She started passenger shipping operations on the western Burgundy canals and upper Loire River in May 2008. Its top speed is 10 knots (19 kph / 12 mph), but the canal cruising speed limit in France is 3,2 knots (6 kph / 4 mph). 

La Renaissance cruise ship has a bluff bow, rectangular hull section and counter hung rudder. She is the largest sized ship able to navigate the Freycinet size locks in Belgium and France. The hull has 2 wear strips welded outside barge's chine which means the hard wear of rubbing against the lock walls is absorbed by this sacrificial steel strip.

The Renaissance barge currently offers 4 double cabins allowing her to carry up to 8 guests. She also has separate crew quarters. The crew of 5 consists of master chef, housekeeper, waiter, deck hand and tour guide, Captain and pilot.

Renaissance barge

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