Gold Trusted Service Award
Gold Trusted Service Award
Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
Rosette
Boating expertise since 1969
With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
Kompass
18 amazing destinations
Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
Boot
World’s largest fleet
We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
Rettungsboje
No boat license required
That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • Rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Kompass
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Boot
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Rettungsboje
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • Rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Kompass
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Boot
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Rettungsboje
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.

Waterways and lock closures

Boating vacations rely on waterways, and even during boating season navigation may not always be possible. Disruption could be caused by a lock or bridge needing maintenance, or there may not be the right level of water to safely navigate.

Please be aware that our Base teams are expert in their cruising regions. They will also be happy to provide up to date advice on the best cruising conditions and suggested itineraries on arrival and during your cruise. With the safety and enjoyment of our Customers in mind, we may sometimes advise against navigation within a certain part of the cruising region where local conditions may be challenging at that specific point in time. Conditions continually evolve so it is not always possible to inform you of relevant conditions in advance, however please do use the information below as a guide to the current navigation restrictions in place in our boating regions.

  • There are no current restrictions.
  • There are no current restrictions.
  • There are no current restrictions.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st and November 1st, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st, locks will be closed (except on the Baïse river) which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to maintenance work on Tersac Bridge located between Meilhan sur Garonne and Marmande, navigation is currently not possible past that point towards Castets en Dorthe. 
  • Due to maintenance work at dam Le Moulin de Boel, 25km north from our base in Messac, it will not be possible to cruise towards Rennes / Dinan for the 2024 season.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st and November 1st, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st and November 1st, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • It is not currently possible to navigate The Canal de la Robine past South Narbonne to Port la Nouvelle.
  • Due to a public holiday on May 1st, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • It is not currently possible to navigate The Canal de la Robine past South Narbonne to Port la Nouvelle.
  • Waterways authorities are making repairs to quaysides in various locations along the river. These works are also affecting the Le Boat moorings in Jarnac, resulting in reduced capacity of boats that are allowed to be moored with passengers on board. As such, it will not be possible to moor overnight at our base in Jarnac at any stage during your cruise, unless otherwise agreed with the base team. On the last night, to ensure you are within easy reach of the base, you should seek alternative moorings on the east of Jarnac or on the west side of Jarnac Lock. Locks on the Charente are passable from sunrise, so you should still have ample time to return and disembark their boat by 9am.
  • There are no current restrictions.
  • Please note that a cruising licence is required in order to cruise the Moselle River towards Toul, Metz and Luxembourg. This applies to all cruises going via the Sarre River, Sarrebrücken and Canal des Houillères.
  • There are no current restrictions.
  • There are no current restrictions.
  • Due to maintenance on the lifting bridge in Ouderkerk, navigation will not be possible up the Amstel river to Amsterdam. Customers wishing to complete a circular route via Gouda and up to Amsterdam, would need to take a longer route via Leiden and Lisse or via Westeinderplassen. However, we would recommend taking our most popular route along the River Vecht, to avoid this closure altogether. The base team can give further details during your pre-departure call.
  • From October 16th to April 15th each year, no starts will be possible on Fridays and Saturdays from our Vinkeveen base. The first lock and bridge south of our Vinkeveen base will also be closed on Saturdays and Sundays for that period and on weekdays is open once per day at 10am.

Need help?

If any of the above information affects your vacation please do contact the team to discuss the options that are available to you 1-800-734-5491