October 2003: “Lady Diana”, Kris Cruisers of Datchet
This time the two of us were off with my parents and Josh the dog on a 38ft 5/8 berth from Kris Cruisers on the River Thames. We had a limited choice from them as to where pets were allowed (and from ‘04 they weren’t allowed on this choice either!) so Lady Diana seemed to suit on standard and layout, even if the price seemed a bit flabbergasting!! On arrival it was clear this was an incredibly well run and high quality operation and despite being the end of the season the boat looked first class inside and out. Internal and external steering positions meant we could enjoy either the internal comfort or be out on deck enjoying the sun, which also made visibility for the locks better. The biggest difficulty was the boat had no rear access, so you had to walk along or around to the external helm and down some steps to get in. This is something often modified on later Lowliner design models, a big improvement, especially if you have an energetic but not overly cautious Springer Spaniel keen to get ashore! This was a brilliant holiday, everything was right - great boat, great company, great waterway! Anyone liking boats who’s not tried the Thames must try it. I really think that the scenery, attractions and places you pass through really do make this the best UK waterway to have a holiday on.... Can’t wait to be back!