A canal boat holiday is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the company of friends or family. We’re ideally based at the southern end of the historic Oxford Canal so our routes cross some of England’s most beautiful countryside. The Oxford canal is a gentle easy paced break with fascinating villages, few locks and plenty of pubs.

Find out more about the Oxford Canal.

Our canal holidays are perfect for your first canal break – we give you lots of help and training before you head off on your own!

For visitors from abroad, Oxford has excellent links to all major airports and our base is only a short walk or taxi journey from both rail and coach stations. The Waterways are a wonderful way of exploring England.


Our Boats

4 of our boats are available for weekly (Saturday to Saturday) holiday bookings. These range in size from 2 berth up to 12 berth, giving something to suit all needs and budgets. Each boat is different and each one has a character of its own.

Find out more about our fleet of boats.

We take pride in making sure that your chosen canal boat is spotlessly clean for your holiday. The boats are very well maintained with everything in working order before your arrival to ensure that you take home with you happy memories of your canal break with College Cruisers.

Check availability of holiday boats and book online.


Handling Your Boat / Rules of the Water, etc.

If you haven’t rented a canal boat before please don’t be put off – it’s very straightforward!

handoverlog1It is in our interests as well as yours to ensure that you are confident and happy with the handling of your boat before you leave us for your canal cruising holiday, that is why we are members of the APCO Handover Scheme. For those of you new to this fun, we will guide you through the first stages on board, take you through a lock and explain in great detail the Do’s and Don’ts of canal cruising. Don’t worry about this part of the canal cruising holiday – we will have fun together! You may be interested to know that over 50% of our customers are first-timers.

This video, produced by the Canal & River Trust, is a handy guide to getting started and staying safe on the waterways.

We also recommend you read the Boaters Handbook which gives you all the basics. (LINK: boaters_handbook09)

brasenose-galleyWhat’s provided and what do you need to bring?

Our boats are well-equipped with most everyday utensils etc. We have tried to provide you with everything we think you will need for your canal holiday. If you have a special need please get in touch and we will see what we can do!

See the full list of equipment provided.

When it comes to packing, we have put together a handy checklist for you.

See our recommended list of what to bring.

archieDog-friendly holidays

We love dogs and they are welcome on our boats (by prior arrangement only, please).

Archie, our canine-in-residence has prepared a special guide to bringing dogs on a College Cruisers holiday.

See our guide to dog-friendly holidays.