Not content with the new standards his previous ship, the Magnifique II, set for luxury, comfort and hospitality, expert ship builder and fleet operator, Walter van Berkum, set his sights even higher in building arguably the most premium passenger barge to grace the waters of Belgium and The Netherlands, the Magnifique III.
Walter’s past experience converting former cargo ships into beautiful passenger barges has served him well in insuring the Magnifique III meets the very highest standards for comfort of any other boat and barge tour operating in the region. The Magnifique III sails proudly under Dutch flag and management.
The Magnifique III accommodates 40 passengers in its 21 cabins, five of which are on the upper deck and 16 of which are on the lower deck. The spacious upper deck suites (16 m² – 172 sq.ft.) have two separate single beds, a sitting area and a “French Balcony” comprising of ceiling-to-floor sliding glass doors.
The 14 twin cabins on the lower deck (12 m² – 129 sq.ft.) and two single cabins (9 m² – 97 sq.ft.) all have two separate single beds. On request, in most cabins and all upper deck suites, the beds can be set together to create a double bed. A third, Pullman bed is available in one of the suites and one of the twins.
Every cabin is custom fitted with an en-suite shower, basin and toilet. Individually regulated air conditioning comes standard in all cabins as does a flat screen satellite TV, hair dryer and mini safe. For safety reasons, the portholes on the lower deck cabins are fixed, but the glass sliding doors in the suites can be partially opened.
As stunning as the rooms are, your time aboard the Magnifique III will most likely be divided between the tastefully furnished salon on the upper deck, the beautiful, partially roofed teak-wood sundeck and the whirlpool/Jacuzzi on the top deck, the perfect vantage point to enjoy an evening aperitif whilst enjoying the lush scenery.
The salon includes a restaurant area, a well-stocked bar, a lounge area with cozy sitting corners, a wide screen TV and large panoramic windows through which the morning light cascades as you enjoy a delicious breakfast as the idyllic countryside world drifts lazily by.