Nymphea barge

Nymphea barge cruise ship

Cruise line
European Waterways

Specifications of Nymphea barge

Year of build1921  /  Age: 103
Classhotel barge
Speed14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph
Length (LOA)25 m / 82 ft
Beam (width)4 m / 13 ft
Gross Tonnage80 gt
Decks with cabins1
OwnerEuropean Waterways Ltd
OperatorEuropean Waterways Barge Cruises

Nymphea barge Review

Review of Nymphea barge

MS Nymphea barge is a hotel barge (cruise ship) 1921-built in Holland as cargo barge for drybulk shipping. The vessel is currently owned and operated by European Waterways on Cher River cruises in central France.

MS Nymphea barge cruise ship

Initially, the barge carried hops and barley to a brewery in the north of Holland from Rotterdam. She returned with barrels and bottles of beer, on a single round trip per week. The former owner had 7 kids and lived with his wife in the bow cabin, and at maximum, five of the family at a time.

In 1978, the cargo barge was converted to carry 20 scouts in hammocks. In 1985, she was converted into a luxury hotel barge. Nymphea has travelled to Bordeaux from Holland on most of the French waterways and pioneered on Seille River and Canal du Nivernais. The boat has also been transported to Monte Carlo and Barcelona by sea. When moved in 1990 to Cher River, Nymphea was transported / wheeled on a semi-trailer truck. An interesting fact is that part of "Rick Stein's French Odyssey" (BBC series themed on the French regional cuisine) was filmed on the Nymphea barge - in 2005.

Currently, the ship has 3 double cabins (for up to 6 passengers) plus separate crew quarters housing the crew of 3 - the Captain (Master and Pilot), the Tour Guide and the boat's Chef.

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