Tips for winter cruising

Wrap up warm and grab the tiller! Winter cruising is a real treat – the beautiful crisp winter air, quiet canals and reduced prices make for an exhilarating experience. Don’t just take our word for it. Canal Boat magazine published an article in December 2016 extolling the virtues of winter cruising. All our boats are cosy and warm, and some even have wood burners. To check availability please visit our individual boat pages or call us now on 01865 554343.
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Pembroke – an update

The development of our new boat, Pembroke, is well under way and she is beginning to take shape. Matt, Richard, Sandy and the team at ‘Willowridge Boatfitting Ltd’ have completed the electrics, central heating, plumbing, and fitted the engine. They have also installed the new oak wood kitchen, along with beginning work on the interior. The interior will be painted whisper grey with an oak wood trim, formed from a 600 yr old oak tree that fell during heavy storms. If you would like to be one of the first to experience this luxurious new vessel, bookings start from the 1st April.
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Celebrate New Year on the beautiful Oxford Canal

Why not make a resolution to see in 2017 with a difference? Hire one of our luxury canal boats for a short break over the New Year holiday and celebrate in style. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape for two or a party with friends, we can help you plan a memorable experience, with a range of boats able to accommodate parties of up to 12 people. You can check availability on each boat’s page, and reserve online using our online booking form. Or just call us on 01865 554343 to discuss your needs. We’re always happy to help…!
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Christmas shopping with a difference

Why not turn your Christmas shopping into a weekend experience? Visit Oxford’s bustling shopping centre with its fantastic mix of big brands, independent shops and famous Covered Market. Combine your Christmas shopping with a gentle cruise along the south Oxford canal on one of our cosy comfortable narrow boats. Moor up overnight in the lovely, quiet canal-side village of Thrupp. Oxford offers top class shopping, eating and culture. Ring 01865 554343 for details and to check availability.
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“Ride of a lifetime”

Many thanks to 9-year-old Matilda Jane Gill from Carlisle, who enjoyed her recent holiday with us so much that she went into print not once, but twice, putting together a page of testimonials from family members AND a poem about her experiences. It’s lovely to hear feedback from our customers – of all ages – and we think Matilda has a promising future as a writer.
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“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”

College Cruisers is a long-established canal boat hire company, offering memorable narrowboat holidays on the Oxford Canal since the 1990s. We recently came across two of our early press ads from Waterways World. The first, from October 1998, invites parents to “go to college” to celebrate the end of school holidays, offering “peace and solitude” aboard our “warm and cosy” narrowboats. Although our fleet has grown since those days, the basic promise remains the same. The second ad, from November 1999, describes Autumn on the canal as “such a beautiful time of year… with the rich red tints of changing
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Our new boat ‘Pembroke’ has arrived safe and sound

Our new boat ‘Pembroke’, has been successfully launched into the water. She is 58 ft long and will be designed to be a luxury afloat narrow boat, perfect for family or friends wanting to cruise the south oxford canal in a boat that stands out from the crowd. We will be giving weekly updates on her progress. Anyone wanting to book Pembroke for the year 2017, please contact 01865 554343.  
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Our new arrival

Tomorrow sees the arrival of the latest family member in the College Cruisers fleet – travelling down by road from Doncaster tomorrow morning to be fitted out ready for the 2017 season.  
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Kayaking on the Oxford Canal

The Oxford Canal is not just for narrowboats… We’re delighted to say that we’ve been able to help a couple of kayakers recently. Over the last couple of years Richard and David from Greens Norton have been paddling rivers and canals in the southeast and having fun raising money for their village pocket park. Their venture started with the River Nene to Kings Lynn and then the Thames in two major stages:  first from Northampton to Teddington (via the Grand Union and Oxford Canals) and then Cricklade to Oxford. Apparently the first Thames venture was quite tough but uneventful. However,
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Cruising on the Oxford Canal 1950s style!

A recent discovery on our bookshelf gives a fascinating insight into what using the canals must have been like some 60 years ago. Cruising on the Oxford Canal was one of a series of “inland cruising booklets” published by British Waterways in the late 1950s. The booklets were designed to serve both as a general guide for canal user etiquette, and a detailed navigational guide to the stretches of canal in question. In his foreword the General Manager of British Waterways, the impressively-titled Major-General Sir Reginald Kerr extends “a sincere welcome and my assurance that you will find good companions, the
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