Le Boat operates the largest fleet of self-drive cruisers on France’s waterways. The company is owned by Tui Travel, and was formed from the merger of Crown Blue Line, Connoisseur and Emerald Star boats in 2008. Le Boat regularly invests in developing new models to add to their fleet and retire older styles via second-hand boat sales. Le Boat is headquartered in Castelnaudary on the Canal du Midi, where its call centre handles all worldwide bookings, routing customers from abroad to agents in their respective countries.

Locaboat is a highly valued French Waterways partner; we know the company and its boats extremely well and we have complete confidence in the high quality of their boats and their customer service.

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Key Features:

  • Boats available in all regions of France
  • High quality, well-maintained fleet
  • Discounts for children, elderly and cruising less popular regions
  • Well-trained English speaking staff at bases
  • Well considered cruise routes marketed by interest type
  • Add on packages including damage waiver
  • Bicycles for each passenger to explore the surroundings

Routes

Le Boat operates in 9 regions within France, offering 135 named cruises, such as the ‘Medieval Markets Cruise’ on the Canal du Midi or the ‘Gardens and Castles’ cruise in Brittany. Customers choose their boat from amongst 30 models/styles distributed throughout their 27 bases. Le Boat’s cruising season is from mid-March to the end of October during which they offer cruises from 3 days up to 3 weeks or longer.

Vessels

Their boats can accommodate 2 to 12 passengers in one of four quality standards: Premier, Comfort Plus, Comfort and Budget. Their most recent boats are very well equipped to high standards, and include 2 steering positions, sundecks with seating and upper deck fridge, whilst inside, each cabin has its own bathroom with flush toilet, and the galley has an oven, hob, fridge and microwave. Many boats have air-conditioning, bow thrusters and shore power.

Pricing

Boat rental prices range from 540 GBP per week to almost 5,000 GBP for the newest and largest boats in peak season. The cost of Le Boat holidays is boosted by a myriad of extras, often bundled into packages, such as extra cushions, cleaning kit or welcome pack of essential provisions. Le Boat places emphasis on a large choice of high quality boats and excellent service from a large number of personnel, and its prices are not cheap. However, it discounts heavily and regularly according to demand.

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