Former name: Renaissance
Specifications of Rosa barge
|Year of build||1907 / Age: 116|
|Ferry route / homeports||Canal de Garonne (Bordeaux-Toulouse)|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 km/h / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||30 m / 98 ft|
|Beam (width)||5 m / 16 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||120 gt|
|Decks with cabins||1|
|Owner||European Waterways Ltd|
|Operator||European Waterways Barge Cruises|
Rosa barge Review
Review of Rosa barge
MS Rosa barge is a Tjalk-clipper type riverboat built in 1907 in Holland (Dedemsvaart) under the name "Renaissance". In 1990, European Waterways converted the vessel into a luxury hotel barge for cruises on Canal des Deux Mers, between homeports Bordeaux and Toulouse (Gascony region, southwestern France). The barge ship was completely drydock refitted in 2010 and now cruises on Canal de Garonne.
The hotel barge has an air-conditioned interior, including dining room, bar, saloon (lounge) and all 4 staterooms. Two of the cabins are with double beds, the other two have twin beds. All accommodations are with full en-suite bathrooms. There is a spacious sun deck (outdoor top-deck area) with comfortable furniture. The crew of 4 includes a knowledgeable Captain, housekeeper, tour guide and master chef whose culinary masterpieces are a regular delight throughout the sailing. Eight bicycles are offered complimentary for passengers to use ashore. The tour guide is an expert in the local area and always happy to provide tips and advise on the best itinerary routes for cycling.
Rosa, along with the Anjodi barge, was featured in the ten-part BBC Series about the 6-week journey of Chef Rick Stein from Bordeaux to Marseille along Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne.
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