La Renaissance barge

Former name: Bonne Humeur

La Renaissance barge cruise ship

Cruise line
European Waterways

Specifications of La Renaissance barge

Year of build1960  /  Age: 63
Classhotel barge
Speed10 kn / 19 km/h / 12 mph
Length (LOA)39 m / 128 ft
Beam (width)5 m / 16 ft
Gross Tonnage275 gt
Decks with cabins1
Former namesBonne Humeur
OwnerEuropean Waterways Ltd
OperatorEuropean Waterways Barge Cruises

La Renaissance barge Review

Review of La Renaissance barge

MS La Renaissance barge is a luxury hotel barge (cruise ship), 1960-built in Belgium as cargo barge (aka spitz / motorized river barge) for drybulk cargo shipping (mainly iron ore and grain). Currently, the hotel barge is owned and operated by European Waterways.

MS La Renaissance barge cruise ship

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 a master chef, housekeeper, waiter, deckhand and tour guide, Captain and pilot.

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