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Reviews for the Classique

Really enjoyed our day on the boat, all the staff in Carrick on Shannon were very helpful, nothing was too much trouble
As Above
The boat was well equipped and gave us the comfort we required for our 5 day cruise. The tuition was somewhat short but adequate.
The initial cruise was due April 2016 but, due to flooding, was delayed until September 2016. Different boat to that originally booked but good value for money.
so good, we come back every year
perfect for our reunions of 5 to 7 people
See following which is a letter I was about to post regarding some problems on my cruise.
I am writing to you as a fairly regular customer on the Canal du Midi as this year I was a little disappointed in my one way trip from Casternaudary to Port Cassafieres, and I feel you ought to know about it. I collected two boats on Saturday 3rd August, a Classique and a Crusader. Some of my guests were a little late on arriving on the Saturday and we could not therefore leave their car for transporting to Port Cassafieres until the Sunday. However, we could not have left Castelnaudary on the Saturday anyway because there was some doubt about whether the refrigerator on the Crusader was working (as it happened it was, but was on the wrong setting) and the pump to clear the water from one of showers at the back of the Crusader was also not working. This was not corrected by late morning on the Sunday and we therefore had to leave with it still not working. However, this was not the real problem. Having previously cruised several times between Port Cassafieres and Castelnaudary I had always found time to visit some of the local towns, Carcassonne, Capestang, and others but this time we were dramatically held up at at least two of the locks at the beginning of our cruise. At one we arrived at 8.30.a.m. and found that we were 14th and 15th in the queue. We eventually got through at 12.15.p.m. At the very next lock which we arrived at at about 1.15.p.m. we eventually got through at about 5.30.p.m. That meant that we had effectively lost a day. I telephoned Port Cassafieres to advise them that if this was typical there was no way we would arrive on Saturday 10th. I spoke to a very pleasant lady who rang me back on the Friday to see where I was. In fact by hardly seeing any of the towns and by cruising most of the day we arrived in Port Cassafieres by 9.00. a.m. on the Saturday. Fortunately most of the remainder of the locks were busy but we were not kept waiting an excessive time at any of them. This was not what I was expecting and I had invited 12 of my family so that they could enjoy not only the cruising but also the towns and scenery. On the other hand, I have to say that all your staff were obliging, courteous and helpful in the extreme.
We went with West Highland Sailing. There was a small problem in findingg their base, the sign to Laggan Locks off the A82 leads to the opposite side of the lock from the base! However that was sion put right. The boat was well presented and we got aboard soon after lunchtime after a very good briefing. We slowly cruised from there as far as Inverness, fortunately finding Loch Ness in pieceful mood. The locks were easy and the lockkeepers friendly and helpful. It would have helped if I had realised at the outset that you should go to the side of the lock that the lockkeeper is standing. Sadly the good weather broke after out first two days, but you must expect rain in Scotland! We had two problems, the fiorst with the engine stalling on using the bowthruster when at tick-over and the other with a loo blocking [not our fault I hasten to say] On each occasion an engineer arrived very promptly and put things right. My party consisted of myself [86], my sister [92], siter-in-law [84] and my daughter , nephew and neice. On the whole the young managed the ropes and the old ones enjoyed the view [and did the washing up]. Everyone enjoyed themselves despite the rain. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful.
Well presented and clean. There were one or two leaks during the heaviest rain, but nothing that couldn't be managed.