With an investment of more than £250,000 and a grant from the regional government, European Waterways has announced the opening of a new base of operation in the village of Ravieres, alongside the Burgundy Canal. This canal-side facility will allow the luxury hotel barge operator to carry out winter refurbishment programmes, upgrades and on-going maintenance of its French-based luxury barges, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained across the fleet.
“We are committed to keeping our vessels in tip-top shape, constantly working on upgrades and improvements in order to ensure the best possible experience for our guests,” said Derek Banks, managing director, European Waterways. “This modern new facility, together with our team of highly-skilled engineers and craftsmen, will provide us with more control over the entire renovation and maintenance process, ultimately enhancing our product and ensuring that every vessel is as comfortable, stylish, and structurally sound as possible.”
This winter, European Waterways has carried out an array of upgrades right across its luxury hotel barge fleet. Brand new air-conditioning systems have been installed on Renaissance (Burgundy and Upper Loire cruises) and Panache (Alsace-Lorraine and Holland); Anjodi on the Canal du Midi and L’Art de Vivre in Burgundy have new on-deck spa pools; with new carpets in cabins for La Belle Epoque, L’Impressioniste and L’Art de Vivre.