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Covid 19

The impact of Coronavirus on the UK and the world cannot be under-stated. We have undertaken additional deep cleaning between hires on our fleet for sometime and have enhanced our processes for when the cruising season resumes, once the government lockdown has been lifted.

Additional measures are in place to stagger same day arrival times to avoid un-related groups mixing at the same time and we would will contact you a day or so prior to your arrival to let you know your designated arrival time. Sometimes this maybe either earlier or slightly later than the 2pm standard time we aim for under normal circumstances, however we appreciate your help with this step in the process in order to keep everyone safe.

Should you have any questions or concerns with regards to your booking then please do get in touch with us and we will help wherever possible.

Covid Cancellation / Booking Policy

New Bookings Made During 2021

From January 2021 and until otherwise amended in these terms we take a flexible approach to holiday payments and cancellations due to covid 19.

Any booking made during this period will pay the normal deposit (30%) with the balance payment being due in the normal fashion only once any lockdown or tier restriction affecting travel of either the guests or the company’s ability to undertake the stay. 

Should it turn out that either the company is prevented from providing the boat (national or local lockdown / tier restrictions, staff exposure / isolation, illness or equivalent / analagous circumstances) or the booking guest is unable to make the trip (based upon the address(es) provided with the booking) due to national or local lockdown / tier restrictions, guest exposure / isolation, illness or equivalent / analagous circumstances) then the company shall forward any paid monies as a credit note to another date in the future agreed between the parties subject to availability.

We take the health of our guests and staff very seriously, and also whole heartedly want all of our guests to be able to undertake their holiday with us and not lose out in the process due to the covid pandemic which is beyond everyone’s control.

Any questions or clarifications on these points are welcome, please feel free to contact us with any queries.

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Testimonials

What People are Saying

  • 5 star ratingThis trip surpassed our expectations. It was the small touches that made it extra nice, the dog biscuits and dog... read more

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    HayleyHor...
    8/12/2018

    4 star ratingPaul was very helpful, although the Weather was not so good we will be prepared for rain next time! Boat... read more

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    MAI863
    7/09/2019

    5 star ratingWe are thinking of buying a narrowboat. We know what it is like when the weather is good and wanted... read more

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    2/23/2020
  • A great boat for our two families, lots of fun for all -swing bridges, narrow turns and lovely country pubs.... read more

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    Rachel
    1/02/2020

    5 star ratingWe had a weekend on the Gemini III on a cold January weekend but still had a wonderful time! The... read more

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    ing-ping
    1/31/2018

    Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

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    Thomas Schwed
    6/29/2019
  • Paul’s narrow boat did everything it was supposed to do despite us being complete novices! Had a wonderful time chugging... read more

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    Peter
    9/07/2018

    4 star ratingWe spent a weekend on Lady Sophia at the end of April 2019, for the wife’s birthday. Couldn’t be happier... read more

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    115steven
    7/07/2019

    We had a lovely time on the boat and was pleased to say that we managed to do a couple... read more

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    Adri
    10/25/2017
  • Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read more

    Sam Gordon Avatar
    Sam Gordon
    8/29/2019

    Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read more

    Patrick Casken Avatar
    Patrick Casken
    9/29/2019

    5 star ratingThis was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read more

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    ianrC2760...
    7/08/2019
  • This was a most enjoyable time aboard the Gemini III, made possible by Paul's efficient and personal handling of our... read more

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    Sandy
    5/02/2018

    I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

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    danny booth
    11/13/2019

    We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read more

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    Hugh Everett
    11/13/2019
  • positive review Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.

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    Vicki Jones
    4/10/2019

    Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.

    Cathy Smith Avatar
    Cathy Smith
    5/09/2018

    Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read more

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    Patrick Casken
    11/13/2019
  • We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read more

    Hugh Everett Avatar
    Hugh Everett
    6/06/2019

    If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read more

    ste michaels Avatar
    ste michaels
    11/13/2019

    5 star ratingWe hired the Lady Sophia for a week because we are thinking of buying a narrowboat and wanted to see... read more

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    C8750ALmi...
    2/22/2020
  • I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

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    danny booth
    9/29/2019

    5 star ratingThis was a hoot. My wife and I rented one of the Narrow Boats. It was 40' long and just... read more

    Fred Q Avatar
    Fred Q
    5/25/2019

    5 star ratingWonderful weekend had on Gemini. Paul was fab and gave full instructions and demonstration for handling the boat. Luckily we... read more

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    Danielle2...
    2/18/2019
  • 5 star ratingHad lovely experience boat lovely bed sooo comfortable Paul was a great host, narrowboat dog friendly ,had no issues but... read more

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    kdew336
    8/23/2019

    I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

    Matthew Smith Avatar
    Matthew Smith
    8/29/2019

    The boat was as advertised and Paul was a great host. We had a great time with lovely weather and... read more

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    Lucy
    6/24/2019
  • 5 star ratingGerat tuition with a personal touch. Though at 69 feet not a short boat, it was easy to handle, a... read more

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    Andreas R
    7/11/2019

    positive review We have just come home from a lovely canal boat holiday booked with Floating Holidays. Paul couldn’t have been... read more

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    Sue Hay
    5/04/2019

    Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

    Thomas Schwed Avatar
    Thomas Schwed
    11/13/2019
  • If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read more

    ste michaels Avatar
    ste michaels
    5/29/2019

    We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... read more

    Peter Avatar
    Peter
    4/02/2018

    I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

    Matthew Smith Avatar
    Matthew Smith
    11/13/2019
  • 5 star ratingThe owner Paul was an excellent host, answering any queries before the booking and was very flexible in his approach... read more

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    ClaratayS...
    3/05/2018

    Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read more

    Sam Gordon Avatar
    Sam Gordon
    11/13/2019

    Lovely boat, just the right size and with everything you need! We went in January but was warm and... read more

    Ingrid Ashton Avatar
    Ingrid Ashton
    2/02/2018
  • 5 star ratingNeither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read more

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    simes303
    1/07/2019

    The boat was clean and the beds were really comfy. Thoroughly enjoyed our family of 4 trip over 7 days.... read more

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    Tina Begley
    11/13/2019

    positive review This is our 2nd holiday with them. 2017 on Gemini III their 4 berth. 2018 on Rakiraki the 10 Berth.... read more

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    Alison Darby
    8/21/2018
  • 5 star ratingPicked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read more

    Pat G Avatar
    Pat G
    7/07/2019

    Booking the boat was made straightforward and easy, the boat itself was really nice and Paul was laid back and... read more

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    Gemma
    9/09/2019

    Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read more

    Jill Jenkins Avatar
    Jill Jenkins
    9/26/2019
  • 4 star ratingHad a great short break on Gemini III (Mon-Fri). Paul was friendly and handover was quick and efficient. We cruised... read more

    fiona b Avatar
    fiona b
    3/13/2019

    I had a wonderful stay on Paul's narrow boat. It's a perfect, leisurely and relaxing way to spend a holiday... read more

    Jason Avatar
    Jason
    9/20/2017

    5 star ratingManagement brilliant. Nine adults had a great weekend on the canal as first time explorers. Boat clean and superb. Would... read more

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    JohnF2574
    5/12/2019

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