Waterways Holidays Grading Scheme

 

This grading scheme has been formulated by Waterways Holidays, based upon the criteria outlined below. Each boat has been given a star grading (from 1 to 5 stars) that relates to the age, condition, facilities on-board, bed layout and equipment provided. Where the star grade includes the Visit England rose logo, boats have also been independently inspected by Visit England (under the quality grading scheme administered on their behalf by British Marine).


Elite

Typically, elite boats are under 10 years old or have undergone a comprehensive refit within this period. Highest level of decor, fixtures and fittings. Highest range of accessories and personal touches provided (e.g. toiletries, welcome pack, cafetiere, coffee machine etc). Radio and at least one flatscreen TV. Microwave available. All beds permanently made up (or with personal bedding packs) at the lower recommended occupancy level and fitted with quality mattresses (excludes dinette). Bed linen provided as standard. Towels available for overseas visitors and maybe provided as standard for all guests (check individual boat details). Warm air or central heating throughout all living areas and cabins. Contemporary LED lighting throughout. 240 volt power supply. Complimentary car parking included as standard. Quality assessed handover and full instruction on arrival. Skippers manual containing all essential and useful information plus emergency contact details.

Premium

High level of comfort and quality throughout. Radio and TV in saloon. All beds permanently made up at the lower recommended occupancy level. Bed linen provided as standard plus towels for overseas visitors. Warm air or central heating throughout all living areas and cabins. 240 volt power supply. Car parking provided (a small cost may apply). Quality assessed handover and full instruction on arrival. Skippers manual containing all essential and useful information plus emergency contact details.

Standard

Good standard of maintenance and decoration along with good quality and range of furniture, furnishings and fittings. Generally more space available than budget rated boats. Radio and TV in saloon. Heating and lighting throughout plus reading light for each permanent berth. 240 volt power supply. Car parking provided (a small cost may apply). Quality assessed handover and full instruction on arrival. Skippers manual containing all essential and useful information plus emergency contact details.

Budget

Popular 'no frills' range. High standard of cleanliness throughout. Adequate provision and quality of furniture, furnishing and fittings. Galley equipped to meet all essential requirements. Heating and lighting throughout. Minimum 12 volt power supply. Shower, toilet and wash basin. All exterior fixtures, fittings and finishes maintained in a clean and sound condition. Car parking provided (a small cost may apply). Quality assessed handover and full instruction on arrival. Skippers manual containing all essential and useful information plus emergency contact details.