New All-Suite Barge for French Country Waterways

Clients looking for luxury can check out the Adrienne

By: Jana Jones

French Country Waterways has launched the Adrienne a luxurious, new all-suite barge that made her maiden voyage Sept. 18 in the Upper Loire Valley, gateway to the châteaux country. The 12-passenger vessel is opulently decorated in 18th-century country French style with custom-made furniture adorned with intricate woodcarving and rich fabrics. The vessel’s dining room features Louis XV-style tables, chairs and buffets. Meals are served on crystal and faience dishes from the renowned Gien factory in the Loire. 

The suites, decorated in ecru, caramel and crimson colors, feature ornately carved motifs on the armoire, king sized-beds, doors and bathroom vanity. Suites are also equipped with a desk, individual air-conditioning and heating controls, extra pillows, fresh flowers, heated towel bar, hair dryer and 110- and 220-volt electrical outlets.

The Adrienne will sail six-night canal cruises between Châtillon-sur-Loire and Nemours in the Upper Loire on Sundays from April 2 (the start of the passenger vessel season on the canals) to Oct. 29, 2006, when the season ends. The Adrienne’s route on the Canal de Briare, Canal du Loing and Canal Latéral à la Loire includes two unique barging experiences: cruising over the River Loire on the world’s longest canal bridge, the Briare Aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel; and mooring in Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses below a huge seven-lock staircase used from 1642-1887.

All-inclusive cruise rates are $3,995-$4,795 per person, double occupancy, and are guaranteed when a deposit is made.