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Archive for February, 2012

Spring Special Offer. Make the most of Springtime on the Broads by bringing the family for a holiday afloat with us! To make this time even more special you can save £100 per week or £50 per short break off the hire terms on selected cruisers!

These are: Fair Countess, Fair Viscount, Fair Ambassador, Fair Courier, Fair Regal and Fair Duke.


The offer applies to holidays with departure dates from Friday 16th March until Monday 30th April 2012.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer all holidays must be booked by Monday 2nd April, 2012. To make a booking either telephone our booking office on 01603 782207 or use our online booking facility.
Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

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The Queen of the Broads is currently having a new, larger bar area and downstairs toilet built.

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All those passengers that used to laugh at the size of the original downstairs toilet cubicle will be amazed at how much space there is now! We have even included a baby changing unit.

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Towards the end of December last year we celebrated the retirement of two long standing members of Norfolk Broads Direct staff.   Many of you will know Andy Nunn.  He had been doing trial runs for our hire cruiser customers for 11 years.   The other member of staff retiring was Phil Cooper.  Phil looked after the grounds and did general maintenance around the site.  We all wish Andy and Phil long and happy retirements.

Last Saturday evening the weather forecast was spot on and we currently have snow on the ground and the basin is covered in a thin layer of ice.  Despite this we currently have two parties out on hire cruisers, and yesterday we took the first coach party of the year out on the Belle of the Broads.

Next week is Half Term and we have a few cruisers booked out for the week.  We still have some availability, so if you fancy a week or short break on the Broads then get in touch.  Remember all of our cruisers have very good heaters and many of them have Playstations  or Xboxes on board so the kids can still have their fix!

Broads Tours Children

As Broads Tours we are running river trips throughout Half Term, and to celebrate the school holidays we are inviting all children to go Free of Charge (maximum of 2 children per fare paying adult).   For families that prefer to navigate their own boat we will also be running our dayboats and day cruisers throughout the week.

We have just received our new look 2012 Broads Tours leaflet from the printers.   You can download the leaflet (here), or if you would like us to post you out a copy/ies  please telephone us on 01603 782207.  The leaflet gives details of our summer programme of evening music cruises.  This year we have got a Ceilidh band performing for two Thursday evenings, we are all looking forward to what promises to be some really fun events.  View our full programme of evening cruises here.

Thank you to all of our customers who have just paid the balances of their deposits.  We are looking forward to welcoming you later in the year.

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We still have lots of heavy plant around the boatyard.   Paul and his team are just finishing replacing the last bit of quay heading.   This work really has smartened up the whole site!

We are still on schedule with our hire cruiser winter maintenance programme.  All cruisers coming out of the shed really are looking fabulous.  The staff from Jeckells in Wroxham are currently reupholstering boats as necessary, and we have just welcomed back three members of our housekeeping team who have just started the spring deep cleaning of the fleet.

The boat builders are making great progress with Fair Prince 2 and Fair Jubilee 1 will be started shortly.

In our December blog we mentioned that we were investigating fitting a wheelchair lift into one of our dayboats.  Well we have now bought a lift and Mick, our chief engineer is busy fitting it.  People wishing to hire this boat will be able to pre book.  We will let you know when it is ready!

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On Sunday 5th February James Greasley was down on Salhouse Broad taking some very eye catching photographs

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