The Cruising Experience
You can do as much or as little as you choose each day of your Billet canal or river cruising experience. It could see you helping with locks or crewing the boat (full training and tuition given). You may choose to relax on the stern deck, chatting with companions and crew whist enjoying the sights and sounds along the canal. You may enjoy the peace of the bow deck reading a book or listening to music. Many guests will enjoy planned walks or strolls along the canal tow path; with The Billet ever ready to take the guests back on board whenever they tire.
Food and drink
After a leisurely breakfast, cruising commences from 9.30am with mid-morning coffee/tea and home-made snacks before stopping for lunch soon after midday. A light lunch of salad with home-made quiches, soup, toasties, open sandwiches and fruit. Afternoon cruising will pause for Afternoon Tea, or freshly ground Coffee, with home-made cakes or scones; before finally mooring up for the day around 4.30pm to 5.00pm.
We will serve pre-dinner nibbles and aperitifs on the bow deck, followed by a 4 course dinner served in the saloon. The menu for the evening meals has been designed to satisfy without overwhelming, with a quality not quantity approach. We guarantee that you will go to bed satisfied and replete. Wine and port, soft drinks and mineral waters are all available to accompany your meal.
Please be aware that nuts and nut oils are used on this boat.
Throughout the day, teas, coffees, soft drinks, mineral waters, house wines and beers will be readily available. With all on board food and drink included in the price, guests can relax and focus on the pleasure of the canal cruising experience.
Any special or celebratory drinks can be pre ordered, at an extra cost, when making your booking.
Safety and Accessibility
The boat has certain features to make it accessible to the elderly or very young. The stern deck has no open sides, with lockable waist high tow path access doors, thus ensuring a safe and steady environment for all ages. The bow deck has no open sides, with seating all round. There are four steps down into the boat from the stern, and two steps down from the bow deck. There are specially fitted grab rails to assist entrance down the bow steps.
The latest in Self inflating slim line buoyancy aids (life jackets) are provided for all guests.