Magna Carta barge Review and Specifications
Specifications of Magna Carta barge
|Year built||1936 / Age : 84|
|Speed||10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph|
|Length (LOA)||36 m / 118 ft|
|Beam (width)||5 m / 16 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||225 gt|
|Passengers||4 - 8|
|Decks with cabins||1|
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The Magna Carta Barge (translated as Great Charter) was built in 1936 in Holland. She was converted to a hotel barge from sand carrying cargo ship by Dominic Read in 2001-2002 following 65 years of carrying cargo for the family. The barge was sold to be replaced with a larger vessel because she was no longer big enough to compete in the cargo carrying industry. The conversion into a luxury hotel barge ship was designed and managed by Dominic Read.
The "Magna Carta" document is The Great Charter of English liberty granted on June 15, 1215, by King John at Runnymede. Presently, the barge of the same name serves as a luxury hotel barge, sailing along the River Thames.
The upper deck's dining area and saloon boast stylish furnishings and large picture windows. Modern amenities include a spa pool, underfloor heating and contemporary en-suite facilities for the 4 spacious 200 ft2 (19 m2) suites.
The Magna Carta ship offers 4 double cabins that allow her to carry up to 8 guests. She also features separate crew quarters housing the crew of 5 (master chef, two housekeepers, and waiters, deckhand and tour guide, Captain and pilot).
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- In 2018, the US travel company Barge Ladies offered 6-day River Thames cruises themed after Harry Potter movies. The voyages were scheduled on the Magna Carta barge, with max booking capacity 8 passengers in 4 rooms. The all-inclusive cruise tour deal included stops at places which appeared in the Harry Potter movie series. The barge was crewed by 6 members, one of whom is a chef preparing Hogwarts-inspired meals.
- The Harry Potter themed cruises cost USD 36,000 (full barge charter / or USD 6,000 per day). The charter price, even split by 8 (USD 4,500 pp, or USD 750 pp per day) was a pretty expensive barge cruise deal.
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