When deciding ‘Should we buy a canal boat or not?’ many moons ago, we remember avidly watching canal boating programmes on TV, including ‘The boat that Guy built’ which we enjoyed watching immensely.
However, in the back of our minds was, is this a holiday /lifestyle that would appeal to our family including 3 ‘dis-interested’ teenagers, a cat and a dog?! The image we were left with, having watched all these programmes was that boating on the river and canals was something one did if you were of an older generation or a past time enjoyed by ‘boating types’ that have done boating all their lives and you also had to know a lot about boats, be an accomplished boat handler and know how to fix engines etc. Could we do all this?
So, anyway, we took the plunge and had our first boat built and moved on, 6 months later. The verdict? we’ll never go back on land!
Now myrivercruising is growing as a business, we are accomplished boat handlers and our thoughts are returning to how we first thought about boating holidays and what might our potential guests be thinking before embarking on a river thames boat cruise of their own.
So firstly, we would like to alleviate all fears about boating holidays in the UK and to tell everyone, give it a go! Teenagers love it (yes really – especially if there is an iPod dock, 240v sockets to charge phones, Ipads etc, TV with PS3 connection and your own private cabin (space) all found in our narrow baot GINA and in our hotel boat GEANNA).
We have just finished filming a set of short videos which hopefully will give our potential guests an insight into River boat holidays. These videos will show that a boating holiday in the uk is for all the family, especially for kids and of course for your dog. We provide training for all our narrow boat holidays so that guests have confidence in driving the boat and knowledge of how to navigate the upper River Thames.
Most of our guests are families with children enjoying cheap boating holidays (our prices are very competitive). We have also had professional people escaping the stress of work. A river thames boating holiday is the best way to completely unwind and forget about work life and deadlines. The other advantage boatings holiday on the River Thames is that you don’t have to physically ‘do’ locks. Unlike canal boat holidays in UK, the locks on the River Thames are manned by friendly lock keepers who do it all for you.
Those of you who watch Channel 4 ‘Four In A Bed’ may have seen us with Hotel boat Geanna. people who saw this and who have subsequently booked, have all said they would never have thought of booking a UK boating holiday had it not been for this programme and the fact that they saw that boating isn’t just for those few who ‘did’ boating, but was in fact a holiday for everyone. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/four-in-a-bed/episode-guide/series-2/episode-53
So, have we tempted you yet?
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