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January 22, 2018

Waterways Holidays expands choice of Classic Boats

Waterways Holidays is adding a beautifully restored wooden cruiser to its line-up of classic boats for 2018, making a one-stop shop for classic boat hire on Britain’s inland waterways.

The company now offers 50 different classic boats for holidays afloat, ranging from the 1897 Broads sailing yacht Zoe to the newly-refurbished Thames motor cruiser Claudette.

Claudette is a 1965-built 30 feet cruiser with a polished mahogany and oak interior, a retracting roof for sunny days and accommodation for two to five people. Following its refurbishment this winter it will be available to hire from the Oxfordshire village of Benson.

Claudette’s vintage charms are being updated to include a reversing camera and bow-thruster technology for easier manoeuvring.  While the boat is easy enough to manage, Waterways Holidays recommends previous experience of Britain’s waterways.

“It is 110 years since The Wind in the Willows was published,” says Nigel Richards, the company’s managing director.

“Kenneth Grahame spent his childhood beside – and often on – the Thames,” says Nigel, “and it is clearly Grahame’s voice as Ratty telling Mole ‘there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’.”

A week’s hire of Claudette this season starts at £870, including initial damage waiver fee, tuition, buoyancy aids and car parking at the base during the holiday.  Just pay for fuel as used.

The diesel-powered boat also has warm air heating, a refitted galley and large shower and wc. A rear cabin has two single beds, which may be turned into a pull-out double and extra single, while the comfortable saloon can accommodate +2 by converting the seating. 21st century features include TV/DVD, DAB Radio/CD player, USB ports and quadrophic speakers.


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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400 offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.


January 22, 2018

Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry W.B. Yeats is in the water!

The W.B. Yeats, Irish Ferries’ new cruise ferry which comes into service this summer, reached a key milestone today (Friday 19 January), when the ship was formally named in traditional style, and the completed hull launched into the water.

The ship’s name, W.B. Yeats, was chosen following a competition which attracted almost 100,000 entries.

John McGuckian (chairman), Eamonn Rothwell (chief executive), David Ledwidge (chief financial officer) from parent company Irish Continental Group plc, and Andrew Sheen (Irish Ferries’ managing director) were among those present at the slip launch of the 54,985 tonne vessel at the German shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gessellschaft mbH & Co KG.

The cruise ferry, which will start sailing between Ireland and France this summer, and subsequently serve on the Holyhead/Dublin route, was formally ‘christened’ in a traditional ceremony in which a bottle of champagne was smashed against the hull.

“Seeing W.B. Yeats taking shape like this, and already painted up in Irish Ferries livery, is very exciting,” says Andrew Sheen. “The design and build of this vessel really does herald a new era in ferry travel to and from Ireland.”

The €150million cruise ferry, which will have capacity for up to 1,885 passengers and crew, will be completed over the coming weeks with the addition of impressive facilities such as restaurants, lounges and 435 cabins, including balcony suites. Delivery is scheduled for June.

Earlier this month, Irish Ferries confirmed an order for a second new cruise ferry with the same shipyard. It will be delivered in 2020.



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January 17, 2018

Free night deals on Camping and mobile home holidays

For those quick-off-the-mark, family-owned camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays is offering free night offers at 20 campsites in France, Italy and Spain.

This special deal enables families to enjoy seven-nights-for-the-price-of-five, 14-nights-for the-price-of-10 or 21-nights-for-the-price-of-14 for holidays taken before mid-June – including Easter and Spring Bank Holiday – or after 25 August.

This means, for example, a seven-night Easter holiday at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere in Picardy from 7 April – in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking – now costs from as little as £250 (saving £100).   Facilities at the campsite include an impressive swimming pool complex,  a wellness centre with a gym, sauna and solarium, along with tennis, cycle hire, 10-pin bowling and a climbing wall.  The campsite also runs weekly excursions to Disneyland Paris and Paris.

At Camping Playa Brava at Playa de Pals on Spain’s Costa Brava, the deal means a 14-night break at Spring Bank Holiday in a two-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking now costs from £430 (saving £172) from 19 May.  There is  direct access to a sandy beach where a wide choice of water sports are available and, the  campsite itself, offers a range of sporting activities from football to tennis, along with a large swimming pool.

Or, for those taking advantage of the 21-nights-for-the-price-of-14 offer, three weeks in a two bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking at Camping Ca’Savio on Italy’s Adriatic coast  in early May now costs from £525 (saving £245).  This relaxed and friendly campsite, with direct access to a sandy beach offers facilities including two swimming pool areas (one with four pools), cycle hire, mini golf and two restaurants/pizzerias.  The nearby ferry terminal at Punta Sabbioni gives easy access to Venice.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £84 for a return Dover/Calais P&O saver crossing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,


For further information please contact Andrew Burden at Venue Holidays on 01233 629950.  Release issued by Beacon PR (01572) 748800

January 17, 2018

New: Villas with private pools at Desimi Bay on the Greek island of Lefkada

Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is delighted to announce that it is featuring six new properties on the unspoilt Greek island of Lefkada, joined to the mainland by a small bridge and home to some of the best and renowned beaches of the Mediterranean that resemble those in the Caribbean.

The properties – tucked in the hillside above Desimi Bay – include Votsalo, designed in an ‘upside down’ fashion with the open-plan beamed living room – leading onto a terrace – being on the first floor to maximise the glorious views.

It sleeps four in two en suite bedrooms and its sun terrace is framed by indigenous shrubs and pine trees.  In the grounds there is also a private swimming pool and a poolside shower and a path leads to a rocky shoreline with small natural stone piers.

Other villas include Akro2573_2giali, again enjoying spectacular sea views and where an ancient stair-come-pathway leads directly to the water’s edge. It sleeps four in two en suite bedrooms and has again been built in an ‘upside down fashion’ to take advantage of the stunning views.  In the gardens, which are backed by pine trees, there is a private swimming pool, poolside shower and sun terraces.

Just 750 metres away from the properties there is the gently shelving sandy beach and waterside tavernas of Desimi, while Vlicho (2.8km walking or 3.9 km driving) has good amenities and excellent restaurants.

A seven-night holiday in Votsalo or Akrogiali costs from £584, increasing to £2434 in peak season.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,


For further information please contact Stephen Ellison on 01954 261431. Release issued by Beacon PR 01572 748800

January 17, 2018

Winter Weekends on the Broads – with your own motor cruiser thrown in!

Waterside Breaks – the UK holiday home company which features only properties set on and beside the water – is offering reductions on winter weekends at a collection of properties on the Norfolk Broads.

Set in and around Wroxham on the River Bure, there are 15 different properties are reduced by 20% for weekends between now and February half term.  And as each property also comes with free use of a ‘day boat’ motor cruiser for exploring the Broads, the offer represents fantastic value for families and friends!

For example Crested Grebe is one of three beautifully-presented holiday homes completed in September 2017, with views over a private marina. The up-side down layout offers open plan living upstairs and three ensuite bedrooms (sleeping six) downstairs.  A furnished balcony overlooks the River Bure, there’s an enclosed riverside courtyard and all the facilities of Wroxham are within a few minutes walk.  Three-night weekend breaks now start at £379.

Alternatively, Riveredge, is one of four duplex-style apartments within The Boathouse, set beside Daisy Broad at Wroxham.  It sleeps four in two bedrooms, with the living area on the upper floor for lovely views.  Winter weekends now start at £261, including use of the motor cruiser.

One of five properties set in the Sail Loft is Spinnaker, a four-bedroom (sleeping up to eight) town-house style apartment with a large marina-facing balcony and its own mooring. Wroxham’s lively village centre is only 200 metres walk. A three-night winter weekend here now starts at £466 for up to eight.


Waterside Breaks, 01252 339020,

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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Waterside Breaks spokesman is director Tim Wells: 01252 339020 is the UK’s one-stop-shop website for finding self-catering holiday homes on and beside the water. Lakeside, riverside, seaside, Norfolk Broads, Cotswolds Water Park, fishing lodges, glamping pods and boathouses. Many properties have a private hot tub.




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