Become a Cruise Insider
Tips, deals and more in your inbox.
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Hirondelle Review

Luxury Deals Luxury Ship Reviews Luxury Itineraries Luxury Features Luxury Cruise Forum
Hirondelle
Hirondelle - Spacious Cabins Hirondelle - Hirondelle Deck Hirondelle - A Bright Dining Area Hirondelle - A French Country Inspired Salon
  • Cruises S. Burgundy, which is known for vineyards
  • Bathrooms have Occitane toiletries
  • Regional cuisine and local wine are featured

Hirondelle Overview

By Dan Askin, News Editor
A former Dutch cargo barge, the 1928-built Hirondelle was transformed into a hotel in 1992 (and was refurbished again in 2002). The eight-passenger Hirondelle cruises in Southern Burgundy and Franche-Comte, France, a region known for its vineyards.

Here's what you can expect on a Hirondelle cruise:

Accommodations include four roughly 100-square-ft. cabins. Three cabins feature twin beds, and the fourth has a double. Bathrooms are shower-only, and include Occitane soap, shampoo and shower gel.

Cruises typically include all meals with local wine (and a French cheese board), all shore excursions (a guided tour in Besancon, birthplace of Victor Hugo, for instance), an open bar and bikes for passenger use. Optional excursions, including hot air balloon rides and golf, are extra.

Public spaces include a saloon, and a sun deck with sun loungers and hot tub. The ship features air conditioning throughout.

The four-person crew is comprised of a skipper, chef, tour guide and hostess.

-- by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

Print the entire ship review

Hirondelle Ratings

Explore This Ship

Ship Stats
Crew:
4
Launched:
1928
Decks:
1
Tonnage:
n/a
Passengers:
8
Registry:
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.