Hotel barging company European Waterways has announced it plans to invest over $500,000 in upgrading its fleet. Renovations will include cabin redesigns, upgraded onboard amenities and modernized bathrooms.
According to Derek Banks, managing director for European Waterways, the company will continue to collaborate with Marion Falchi Interiors, a British company that specializes in luxury residential interiors. Cabins on L’Impressionniste in southern Burgundy, for example, have already been redesigned and restructured to create a more comfortable environment.
The Sprit of Scotland and Scottish Highlander on the Caledonian Canal and Finesse in southern Burgundy will all receive updates to their ensuite bathrooms this year. The company’s operations team near Chablis, Burgundy is already at work adding new soft furnishings and upgrading lighting and sound systems.
The fleetwide upgrades extend beyond guest suites. On the Canal du Midi, the Enchanté has been picked to receive a new built-in saloon bar. Offering Venetian cruises, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita has received a new spa pool.
European Waterways is a Europe-based luxury hotel barging company. Its ships range from accommodating six to 20 guests, all offering a 1 to 2 crew ration. The company’s fleet sail inland waterways and canals in nine different countries. Additionally, European Waterways offers an assortment of daily, chauffeured excursions, from wine tastings to private tours of stately homes.