European Waterways announced the opening of a new base of operation in Burgundy, France, where it will carry out its winter refurbishing and regular maintenance of its France-based luxury hotel barges. The canal-side facility allows the company to perform upgrades and repairs more efficiently and with optimal quality control.
European Waterways also carried out a number of upgrades across its fleet this winter that included renovating the interiors and exteriors of several barges, upgrading spa pools and sundecks, replacing carpets and furniture. It installed new air conditioning systems on luxury barges Renaissance, which cruises Burgundy and the Upper Loire, and Panache, which cruises Alsace-Lorraine and Holland. It also installed a new sundeck canopy on Enchanté, which tours the Canal du Midi.
Meanwhile, luxury barges Anjodi on Canal du Midi and L’Art de Vivre in Burgundy received new on-deck spa pools. Various hotel barges in the fleet also received new saloon seating, cabin and bathroom interiors, and furnishings, including new carpets in the cabins on L’Impressionniste and L’Art de Vivre, and new lighting in the saloon and bar areas on La Bella Vita in Italy.
European Waterways’ new base of operation involved an investment of more than $400,000 and a grant from the regional government. The facility has been immediately put to work for the 2014 cruising season.
Located in the village of Ravieres, the new facility is situated along the Burgundy Canal and is fully equipped to perform all necessary maintenance and refurbishment work. It offers workshops for engineering and woodwork repairs and a central stock of consumables and spare parts to supply the hotel barges throughout the operating season. The new building also includes offices for operations management and training.
European Waterways offers a minimum of 10 percent on all agent bookings.