Specifications of Belmond Alouette barge
|Year of build||1908 / Age: 115|
|Length (LOA)||31 m / 102 ft|
|Beam (width)||5 m / 16 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||50 gt|
|Decks with cabins||1|
|Owner||Belmond River Cruises|
|Operator||Belmond Barge Cruises|
Belmond Alouette barge Review
Review of Belmond Alouette barge
The 4-passenger Belmond Alouette barge was built in Holland (Oudekerk) in 1908. In 1986, the vessel was converted into a hotel barge which most recent refurbishment was in 2008. The ship offers canal cruises in Provence (Southern France), with itineraries along the 17th-century built Canal du Midi.
Only two cabins are available onboard - one sized 24 m2 (260 ft2), and the smaller one is sized 19 m2 (205 ft2). Both staterooms can be set up with 2 single beds or 1 double. Cabin amenities include satellite flat TV, DVD player, safe, hairdryer. En-suite bathrooms are WC-shower only.
Alouette barge cruise deals are inclusive of all meals with complimentary local wine, open bar, all excursions and tours ashore (guided trips to historic sites like the walled medieval town Carcassonne), complimentary bicycles (for passenger use along the itinerary route). Optional excursions (including canoe trips, hot air balloon rides, and golf tours) cost extra.
Public spaces aboard Belmond Alouette include a sun deck with loungers and a saloon (lounge & bar) with Hi-Fi sound system. The ship is air-conditioned throughout. The 4-person crew is comprised of a chef, tour guide, hostess and the Captain.
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