Enchanté is a spacious, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard to offer a stylish on board ambience that is perfect for enjoying a cruise through this sun-drenched region of the Canal du Midi in the south of France. She accommodates up to eight guests and has five crew (Captain, Tour Director, Chef, Housekeeper, and Hostess) to take care of you during your stay.
All suites can be configured with 2 single beds or a double. The cabin theme is white and linen with Percale bed sheets. The furniture is made of mahogany and the new, deep and comfortable carpets were recently fitted.
There are 3 steps in Orion cabin leading to the bathroom. There are 3 steps in the corridor leading to Cassiope.
All the suites are similar in size measuring 165 ft² (15.5m²). The bathrooms each measure 33 ft² (3m²) and are included in the suite sizes above.
Ceiling height: All cabins have a minimum of
6'6" (2m) headroom
Sizes of beds:
- As singles, all beds are 2'9" x 6'5" (0.8m x 1m98)
- As doubles, all beds are 5'9" x 6'5" (1.6m x 1m98)
When a suite is set up in twin bed configuration, the beds are side by side with a small gap in between them.
Each suite has a stylish, fully-tiled, en-suite bathroom. The bathrooms each measure 33 ft² (3m²) and the shower trays measure 2.95ft x 2.95ft (90cm x 90cm). The
bathroom flooring is solid teak and showers are very spacious. All are equipped with: hair dryer, shower cubicle, double wash basin and WC. Each are supplied with washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels and bathrobes.
DINING ROOM & SALON
- Cassiope (forward cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and no
porthole in the bathroom
- Orion (forward cabin): 2 portholes in the cabin and 1 porthole in the bathroom
- Andromede (aft cabin): 2 portholes in the cabin and 1 porthole in the bathroom
- Pleiades (aft cabin): 3 portholes in the cabin and no porthole in the bathroom
- Room size: 13' x 30' (3m96 x 9m01).
- Headroom: 6ft 10" (2m08)
The dining area has a large
glass table, seating all 8 guests at a single sitting. The
design compliments the contemporary modern look of
Enchanté. An open Demonstration Kitchen Galley allows
guests to watch as the Master Chef prepares the meals,
sharing his recipes and demonstrating his techniques.
A fully stocked wine fridge and bar completes the area.
The salon has oak flooring and is furnished with contemporary sofas and armchairs, all upholstered in Alcantara.
Large panoramic windows stretch the entire length of
this area, allowing plenty of light and the beautiful scenery
to be appreciated.
12' x 21' (3m6 x 6m40) furnished
with a One Dimension hot tub, an al fresco dining table with 8 chairs and a sunsail for shade. The flooring has a anti-slip surface.
LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
FOOD & DRINK
- 8-person spa pool (hot tub) with electronic thermostat
- 8 bicycles
- Small library of books and maps
- A collection of board games
- Computer with 3G internet connection
- Sound system iPod / MP3 / CD player
All meals aboard are prepared
fresh by your chef and most meals are a set menu (there is no choice available). International and French cuisine is
We are able to arrange special meals, such as
vegetarian, no fish, vegan, etc; and we are able to able to
cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is
important that we are notified at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify us in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board.
There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table on Enchanté accommodate all guests at a single sitting.
Breakfast: Usually continental with fresh breads, pastries, jam, juice, cereals, yoghurts, freshly-squeezed orange juice, teas and coffees. Eggs (poached, boiled, fried, scrambled or omelette) are available each morning on request.
Lunch: A casual 3-course affair comprising of a hot soup, or entré, patés and cold meats, accompanied by colorful salads or a hot main course followed by delectable desserts. A selection of wines are served daily.
Dinner: Always a gastronomic adventure created by your talented chef. A taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines, followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee, and liqueurs.
Captain's Farewell Dinner: Held on the last night of the cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly more formal.
Drinks included in the cruise price:
Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated coffee
and tea, semi-skimmed milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24-hours per day serving beers, wines, and spirits. Wines are served with meals and there is a champagne welcome on arrival.
Drinks not included in the cruise price: Some champagne and special vintage wines are not included although you may purchase bottles at cost price if you let us know in advance how many of each you require. We do not recommend special ordering unless you are chartering the whole barge.
Water: Tap water in France and on board
Enchanté is potable and bottled water is available.
The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French 2-pin plug.
If you wish to use an electrical appliance onboard, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge's electrical system. We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.
Enchanté has reversible air conditioning and central heating throughout with individual temperature control.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE
There is a computer with 3G internet access available aboard Enchanté. This can be found at the bottom of the stairs in the office area and is available for all guests to use.
WiFi is available for guests bringing their own appliances, however, there are some moorings where connection to the internet can be slow. Sometimes when the barge is cruising, connection is not possible because the barge is out of signal range.
There is no passenger telephone available on Enchanté.
The Enchanté minibus is a
9-seater (including driver), silver-grey Volkswagon Transporter Caravelle. It is a stretch version for luggage and has 3-zone air conditioning.
CYCLING AND WALKING
For charter bookings, the itinerary can be adapted to suit
your group's particular needs. If a destination or excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge, we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise Paradise Connections in advance and the Captain will be informed.
Any guests not wishing to participate in an excursion are
welcome to stay on the barge.
Passengers are welcome to walk
or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like.
Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then
visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the
barge a little further along. The barge travels slowly and
therefore catching up will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
There are 8 adult, 5-speed folding bikes with a low crossbar
tube. Cycle helmets are provided on board. Specialist
bicycles, children's bikes, and child bike seats can be
arranged if required. Please request with Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance of your cruise.
Because the barge travels at a slow pace, walking is a popular activity.
The region Enchanté cruises in is not suitable for hot air ballooning.
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Themed Cruises are available for charter
Enchanté offers Wine Appreciation, Golfing, and Family Group itineraries. Sample itineraries for themed cruises can be found on the ITINERARIES
page of Enchanté's online brochure. Inquire with Paradise Connections for more information, itinerary and supplement charges if applicable.
Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.
There are 3 steps down from Enchanté's sundeck to the salon. From the salon, there is a curving staircase of 11 steps down to the cabins on the lower deck.
Orion has 3 steps within the cabin up to the bathroom. There are 3 steps in the corridor to access Cassiope.
Because of the many steps on board, Enchanté is not really suitable for wheelchair bound guests. The toilets are on the lower deck and the dining area is above so a visit to the restroom requires a minimum of 11 steps up and down.
Wheelchairs cannot be used on board and can only be used to assist on excursions where there are often cobbled streets. Sometimes rough ground can hinder a wheelchair.
If you would like us to provide a wheelchair for your arrival, please notify Paradise Connections at time of booking. There is no charge for the wheelchair but passengers must be accompanied by someone who is able to push the chair as the crew is unable to assist.
Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical
The crew are unable to administer medicines but can
accompany you to a chemist for you to purchase any necessary
medicines. Due to your cruise often being in a rural location,
we recommend you bring all necessary medications with you.
Doctors are usually not far away for an urgent consultation
and the Emergency Services can be called if required.
Our barges have a strict
non-smoking policy for safety reasons and for the comfort of
fellow passengers. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.
We recommend that you bring
sufficient clothing for your cruise as there are no laundry
facilities on board. However, the crew may be able to assist in an emergency on a requst basis.
LUGGAGE / WHAT TO PACK
Please try to fit everything for your cruise into one reasonably sized suitcase per person. Soft bags are preferable. There is only enough space on the barge and minibus for a total of up to 8 suitcases and 8 small pieces of hand luggage.
Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Enchanté and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal. For the Farewell Dinner on the last evening, guests often dress up which is optional.
The weather in the south of France is generally warm. June, July and August is the warmest often being in the mid-30s°C (86-95°F).
Suggested things to pack:
- Light clothing including shorts and t-shirts. A sweater or lightweight jacket is recommended for evenings and the air conditioned interiors.
- During spring and autumn, you may need medium weight
clothing. A lightweight raincoat for showery times would
be advisable. In summer, a sun hat will be useful.
- Comfortable walking shoes with textured non-slip soles
- Enchante has a spa pool/hot tub so don't forget your
swimwear. Towels are provided.
The local currency in France is the Euro. Enchanté is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.
Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Tipping is entirely discretionary but is
greatly appreciated by the crew if you are fully satisfied
with the level of service on board.
As a guidance, our passengers on average tip approximately 5-7% of the full cruise fare. All tips should be given to the Captain and are shared between the whole crew on board.
Please note that gratuities can only be made on board by cash payment.
PROBLEM DURING YOUR CRUISE
If you have a problem during your cruise, please give us the immediate possibility to make it right. Bring any concern to the private attention of your Captain who will often be able to solve any issue immediately.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Once on board your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures.
Please note that we cannot be responsible for any valuables that you bring on board. We strongly recommend that you do not bring val that any valuables are covered by your travel insurance.
Safes are provided in each cabin on board but cabin doors are usually not locked for safety reasons.
It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.
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