Do something different in 2021

Book a fully inclusive narrowboat holiday with College Cruisers on the South Oxford Canal.

Make yourself at home aboard one of our fleet of comfortable canal boats, then plot a leisurely course through the English countryside enjoying the pretty towns, villages and country pubs along the way.

Our Covid-19 policy

To ensure your peace of mind…

If after booking your holiday at any time during 2021 UK Government advice prevents travel from home or sleeping away from home we will refund you in full.

In the event of you or any member of the party becoming ill or having to isolate stopping you from traveling, we will happily re-arrange the holiday for you (subject to availability and any price increase due to change of date). There will be no administration charge for this.

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This is a provisional booking. Assuming your boat is available, you will then receive an e-mail asking you to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 via credit or debit card, using our secure payment system. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your booking and send you our conditions of hire and a map of how to find us. An invoice for the balance will also be sent afterwards which should be paid at least one month before your vacation starts.

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Can’t find anything suitable? Let us help you personally – call us on (+44) 01865 554343.

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Our boats

There are ten boats in the fleet ranging from 2 berth up to 12 berth, offering a range of facilities and each with a character of its own. All are named after the University colleges in Oxford and are painted Oxford blue.

Balliol

Balliol

Sleeps 2-8

Brasenose

Brasenose

Sleeps 2-12

Exeter

Exeter

Sleeps 2-10 people

Hertford

Hertford

Sleeps 2-4

Keble

Keble

Sleeps 2

Magdalen

Magdalen

Sleeps 2-8

Nuffield

Nuffield

Sleeps 2-8 people

Pembroke

Pembroke

Sleeps 2-6

Somerville

Somerville

Sleeps 2-6

Trinity

Trinity

Sleeps 2-5

More than 12 people? You need two boats! Please call us to discuss.

Latest News

Elizabeth and her 5 grandchildren

When Elizabeth contacted us in July wanting a boat for her and her 5 grandchildren, we were very happy to set them up aboard Brasenose, which is a fabulous boat for larger parties – up to 12 people!

10% off all remaining Spring breaks

Call us now on 01865 554343 to save 10% on any remaining holiday or short break between 20th March and 30th April 2020 (excluding bookings starting between 10th and 13th April).

Reviews

  • 5 star rating Perfect ***** Our third trip out with college cruisers and once again we weren't disappointed. They have responded to the current situation perfectly......sending. a video out of the boat we were... read more

    Jenama10 06/08/20

    5 star rating A great family company, relaxing break Returning to college cruisers for a break was a seriously good idea. They are great quality & well maintained boats on this beautiful stretch of water. The team are on... read more

    kexcus 28/07/20
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    Sehr guter Narrow-Boat-Verleih am Oxford Canal.

    Roger Mottaz 25/12/19

    5 star rating A week on Hertford A well designed smaller boat with a good layout and very comfortable for two. The options of two table sizes is very convenient. Our booking had to be re-arranged... read more

    johnhH5157EG 22/07/20
  • 5 star rating Brilliant week of fun on boat Balliol! Just returned from fabulous week on the Oxford canal on one of “College Cruisers”’ boats, Balliol. We were very lucky with the weather, but what a brilliant family holiday- our... read more

    red201837 16/08/20

    5 star rating Great way to celebrate an 80th Birthday Cerys and family were very helpful from first enquiry onwards. Useful videos of interior workings of the boat were sent prior to arrival and very good tuition for handling and... read more

    Ambassador337610 08/08/20

    5 star rating a brilliant short break in Oxford Canal Although I was given the opportunity to take out a narrow boat, I had never decided on it until now.
    After a period of hard work, I had a break of...
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    AlexanderV1736 24/10/20

    5 star rating A truly relaxed week in beautiful surroundings We were impressed with the service from College Cruisers, they sent videos before hand to give the layout and general operation of the boat, to prevent too much contact needed... read more

    garetho438 31/07/20