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L'Impressionniste Hotel Barge Cruising.jpg
L'Impressioniste on the Canal de Bourgogne
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Name: L'Impressionniste
Owner: European Waterways, LTD
Operator: European Waterways, LTD
Port of registry: Bourdoux
Route: Burgundy Canal: Escommes to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Launched: 1960
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Commercial passenger vessel
Tonnage: 180 tonns
Length: 126 ft (38 m)
Beam: 16.5 ft (5.0 m)
Height: 10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Draught: 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
Decks: 2
Installed power: 2 x 220-volt generators (silent night running)
Propulsion: Main engine Z15 Scania 250 hp
Speed: Maximum 12 knots
Capacity: 13 passengers
Crew: 5 crew
Notes: Holds 12 tons of water, 3.5 tons of fuel

The L'Impressionniste (English: The Impressionist) was built in 1960 in Belgium and is a spits barge with a Dutch luxe motor-style bow. The overall hull shape of the barge is a marriage of the French and Dutch barge building influences. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1996. L'Impressionniste is owned and operated by European Waterways and she sails on the Burgundy Canal .


The vessel is slab-sided and has a flat lower part of the hull which means she was fairly cheap to build originally and space was maximized as the hull is effectively a box section. During the 1960s she carried grain and timber, making regular trips between Paris and Brussels. She had a particularly long commercial hold for a vessel of 38.5 meters overall length, and this eventually was one of the reasons her hull was well suited to be converted into a hotel barge.

Her conversion took place in 1996 and was mainly done by Verr ian Gray and Geoffrey Foot, two English engineers. Her design and layout were based on La Belle Epoque, which was built the year before, and the original owners purchased the plans from European Waterways. She was originally powered by an 8-cylinder Deutz diesel engine which produced 200 horsepower (150 kW). This gave the barge a top speed of 16 km/h. She has a single rudder and chain-link steering which, coupled with her relatively fine bow, ensure practical maneuverability. She was re-engined in 2000 with a Scania 250 hp (190 kW) and spent several of the following years on the river Rhone, which has a strong current and needs plenty of horsepower.

L'Impressionniste currently has 6 double cabins, allowing her to carry up to 12 passengers. She also has separate crew quarters which house the 5 crew. Deck Plan The crew consists of a captain and pilot, deck hand and tour guide, master chef and two housekeepers and waiters. She regularly cruises on the Burgundy Canal.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Steven B. Stern (2004). Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2005. Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-58980-240-7. 
  2. ^ Kay Showker; Bob Sehlinger (2007). The Unofficial Guide to Cruises. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-08791-6. 
  3. ^ Shirley Slater; Harry Basch (1997). Fielding's Worldwide Cruises 1998. Fielding Worldwide. ISBN 978-1-56952-156-4.