The Barge & the Crew

The C'est La Vie is a luxury hotel barge which offers you high quality wines, food and hospitality from its experienced captain and crew.
Starting life as a commercial barge in 1960 it transported goods across Holland, Belgium and France before being converted in Belgium to a very high standard in 2004.

So as one of the newest luxury hotel barges it is fully equipped with all modern amenities. On the upper deck the lounge and dining areas are air-conditioned and numerous windows give you a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Comfort on board the barge

Inside the barge

You'll find comfort and space.

Bar and drinks served on board

Served on board

As well as a fabulous selection of wines, you have a well stocked bar with a large choice of drinks for all.


Suites and ensuite

Ensuite bathrooms

The fours cabin suites are carefully designed, with king size or twin beds and offer ensuite bathrooms.

Each room has air-conditioning, desk, 220 & 110 volts plus plenty of luggage space.

Bluetooth speakers for your own music choice and much more to ensure your perfect cruise.


The sun deck

The outside sun deck with teak floor and furniture is the perfect spot to dine alfresco or relax under the sun canopy which gives shade to all the deck or can be adjusted for those who like to bath in the warmth of the summer sun.


C'est La Vie in summary

  • Barge length; 38.77 m (128ft)
  • Barge width; 5.O5 m (16ft)
  • Internal headroom
    • Upper deck 1.97m (6.6ft)
    • Lower deck 2.05m (6.9ft)
  • Passengers capacity 8
  • Crew 6 :
    • Captain
    • Tour guide
    • Chef
    • 2 Hostesses
    • 1 deckhand
  • Lounge
    • 3 two seater sofas
    • 3 arm chairs
    • 2 coffee tables
    • shelves with books and games
    • iPod docking station
    • CD player
    • Internet facilities
  • Dining Room
    • Table with 8 chairs
    • fully stocked bar
    • cupboards
    • bookshelves
  • 4 Staterooms
    • King size or twin beds
    • 2 bed side tables with reading lamps
    • large double wardrobe with full length mirror
    • single wardrobe with shelves
    • chest of drawers
    • writing desk/chair
    • arm chair
    • under bed storage
    • safes and luggage racks in all cabins
    • air conditioning unit/heater
    • 220v & 110v sockets
    • Bluetooth sound system
  • En suite bathroom
    • Large corner shower with 4 jets
    • marbled topped vanity unit with round sink
    • toilet
    • large mirror
    • bathrobes
    • hair dryer
    • heated towel rails
    • 220v & 110v sockets.
  • Sun Deck
    • Teak table
    • 8 chairs
    • lounger
    • side table
    • sliding sun canopy
    • 8 bicycles with 21 gears (helmets are provided)
Olivier and Deborah Mégret on the barge C'est La Vie

Olivier and Deborah Mégret purchased the C'est La Vie Barge after long and distinguished careers with other hotel barge companies, they have worked on boats for the past 30 years and so between them bring a wealth of experience.

Plan of the barge

Layout of the barge

The Cherry wood panelled walls and ceiling edged in black Iron wood give the four spacious state rooms a feeling of warmth, with three windows on each side light filters through at all times of the day. All state rooms have en suite bathrooms with marble topped vanity units.

The 21 speed bicycles provide you the opportunity to discover the rural beauty along the tow paths or to ride into the nearby villages meeting up with the C'est La Vie at the next lock.

The galley is well equipped for our professional chef to prepare your gourmet meals.

The wheel house offers passengers the chance to visit the captain and enjoy the cruise from a different perspective.

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