Boat Cruises River Thames


Boating holidays River Thames – myrivercruising videos now on youtube

We are excited with the arrival of 6 short videos we had filmed over this summer at Henley-On-Thames, Sonning and Reading, now all uploaded on youtube.

We wanted to give a clearer picture of what actually happens on one of our River Thames boat cruises to help people decide whether it’s for them. Each week on this blog, we will give the link to one of these videos and we really would welcome your comments, especially if you’ve experienced one of our boat cruises on the Thames.

Our aim was to create a video that was different and ‘thinking outside the box‘ so that viewers wouldn’t automatically tune out. The key element is comedy and entertainment. For those of you who have been on one of our River Thames boating holidays or a day boat trip on the Thames, this will be a souvenir to remind you of your  boat cruise. Maybe you even star in one of the videos (don’t worry – we did seek permission first)

So here is the first video, aimed at parents of teenagers, teenagers, families and anyone who enjoys humour!

It’s about teenager ‘Kevin’ who doesn’t ‘do’ boating holidays and his reaction when his parents take him on a canal boating holiday on boat GINA.  Enjoy and please do comment on this blog!!

Boating holidays on the River Thames – kevin

Within 2 days of posting this video on youtube, it received 5200 views. That was totally unexpected and ‘wow’ were we amazed by the response. We really do want feed back as to why and how this spread so quickly.

Next week, we will link to the next video entitled ‘The cream Tea cruise.’ For all David Attenborough fans and those who enjoy nature programmes – combined with a subtle humour, this one is a must.

Our boat cruises on the Thames have been exciting and relaxing and we have had a busy season. The Groupon promotion has been successful this year and it was great to see many faces from last year’s Groupon. For people seeking a 2 hour boat trip on the River
Thames with a glass of bubbly and a cream tea with scones and jam and cream at a hugely discounted price, do seek out our Groupon promotions (next one will be April 2013)

Just a reminder that we are doing last minute deals for our winter breaks and if you subscribe to our newsletter, there are exclusive offers just for our customers and subscribers.

So, now we’re in the ‘movie business’ – well definitely on youtube. We hope that this venture into the realms of film will help spread the word that boating is fun and for everyone – complete with cinematic colouring and music.

The box office has opened and we look forward to your feedback soon!

To watch the kevin video click on this link:

Kevin takes a boating Holiday

Other links

Narrow boat holidays on boat Gina – as seen in Kevin



A busy week for River Thames Boat Hire and Boat Cruises on the Thames

This week has been the busiest week on the River Thames – all thanks to the glorious sunshine we’ve been having. All our cruises on the Thames have been in hot summer sunshine this week. Our guests always say we must have arranged the weather just for them as it really has been lovely out on the River.

One of our crew members, featured in the photo, is very popular with our guests on boat GINETTA. This is Toffee and he has been with the company for 5 years with the very important post of Head of Security. As our guests will testify, he is very hardworking and spends his time sunbathing on the back deck. When we have Children’s Birthday Parties, he assumes the role of ‘Old Sea Dog’ especially in our children’s pirate parties. The children and adults seem to love him and Toffee certainly enjoys the fuss they make of him.

This summer has been a difficult one for everyone in the British tourist industry but we are pleased to say we have managed to overcome the challenges thrown at us by the weather and rising river currents that have prevented many River Thames cruises from occurring, due to the fast stream conditions. We certainly did our best to ensure everyone still had a boating holiday. As you can see from the photo, the river was quite fast, unusual for June and July.

Our narrow boat holiday hire boat GINA spent the first part of the summer season on the kennet and Avon Canal. We are particularly grateful to the Canal and Tipee Experience Company for all their assistance during this time. Our day cruise boat GINETTA suffered a broken propellor when she struck an under water log. Ginetta had to be towed all the way from Henley-On-Thames to Caversham by her sister boat, GEANNA. This was a difficult tow and again, we are in debted to our new friends at Canal and Tipee experience in coming out to help us with this. Ginetta was crane lifted out of the water to have a new propeller fitted.

We’d also like to thank all our guests who’s cruise dates had to be moved due to the weather this summer. Everyone affected understood the conditions we faced and we are delighted that when they did have their cruise on the new dates, the weather was perfect!

Boat GEANNA has had an exceptionally busy summer with many guest bookings coming from overseas. Several guests booked boat Geanna for the Olympics and Paralympics games. Staying on Hotel boat Geanna were the families and friends of some of the Olympic competitors. We also had hen parties staying on the boat and school reunion parties. We even had a jazz band stay!

September is normally a month when River Thames boat cruises start to wind down. However, the Indian Summer we seem to be having now has made September one of the busiest months of the year.

River Thames Henley Royal Regatta on Boat Geanna

Last weekend saw loads of action at the famous Royal Regatta Henley-On-Thames. Hotel boat Geanna, winner of Channel 4 ‘Four In A Bed’,’hosted a hen party over the weekend. Spectators passing by were in for an unexpected treat when the girls hired ‘Chippendale’ arrived for the occasion!