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Continuing to Innovate and Lead the Way on the European Waterways

September 27, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALe Boat, Europe’s premier self-drive boating company, is pleased to announce a significant investment in new boats, as well as an expanded portfolio of products and services for the 2014 season.

As the largest owner/operator of the largest fleet and network of bases in Europe, we are dedicated to continuously investing in Le Boat’s existing fleet and buying new boats for the future… and, 2014 is no different! This year alone, we will invest over €7m on new boats which also includes an intensive winter maintenance program on all lower Anchor boats. Our package of new initiatives, products and services for 2014 clearly demonstrates our commitment to making inland waterways holidays a popular and accessible holiday option for everyone” said Cheryl Powell, Managing Director of Le Boat. In addition, Le Boat have just launched their 2014 Le Boat brochures, with both physical and online versions available.

540026What’s new for 2014?

The Mazurian Lakes of Poland…a NEW exciting destination!Together with our partner Sun Yacht Charter we are going to offer a brand new fleet in the land of the Thousands lakes – The Mazurian in Poland. Now travellers will be able to explore over 2000 interconnected lakes, all surrounded by lush and unspoiled nature.

Fleet Investment 

In 2014, Le Boat will invest more than €7m toward NEW boats plus an intensive winter maintenance program on our lower Anchor boats. Thirty-two NEW boats – 26 Visions in France and Italy as well as six Delphia that will be added to the fleet cruising the Mazurian Lakes – our beautiful new base in Poland!

540029Introduced and designed exclusively for Le Boat the NEW Vision SL is lower in height and features an easy-access staircase to connect the galley and fly bridge. The attractive NEW Vision2 boat sleeps up to six and boasts a large master cabin with en-suite and an additional smaller cabin. Plus the new Vision 3 Master is a variation of our popular Vision3, with the difference being that the Vision 3 Master has a bigger cabin at the front. The Joy-Stick Maneuvering function makes our largest boat the easiest to handle offering our clientele an exceptional voyage. State of the art features on the Vision provide the highest level of comfort throughout the market.

2 NEW Vision Cruising Locations
Due to customer demand we are delighted to offer Vision Cruising in Romantic Italy. Explore dramatic vistas in Southern Europe whilst immersing yourself in the culture. Additionally, travel to Brittany (France) aboard the Vision, full of Celtic charm and fairytale castles!

540032NEW Anchor Ratings
In preparation for 2014 we will be bringing our anchor ratings more in-line with the rest of the travel industry. A rating of 1 Anchor will be introduced for our “affordable and basic’ range and our 6 Anchor rating will reduce to a 5 Anchor rating for our ‘Ultimate Cruising Experience.” This does not decrease the year on year quality of our boats but instead offers a far more realistic rating our customers can relate to. We aim to not only meet customer expectations but exceed them. 

New pricing to encourage early sales
We have revised our boat pricing in each region and you are going to like our changes! To encourage early sales we have reduced our prices on almost every boat type, especially low and mid-season departures. In some cases we have even reduced our peak prices! We want to encourage the best prices early in the season and avoid late discounting. Please encourage your customer to book early to avoid disappointment.

Enhanced Holiday Planning Experience On and Offline
Le Boat works hard to make each product more appealing, user-friendly and easily utilized for customers while bringing the Le Boat experience to life both on and off the water! Enjoy our NEW mobile-friendly website which offers improved design, content and imagery! Customer reviews and searching flexibility make is easy for you to plan and book each cruising holiday.  

NEW WIFI in France
Wi-Fi is now available in select destinations in France, allowing customers to keep up with work, research nearby places to visit or interact with friends via social medias (Wi-Fi service for up to 6 devices per boat).

The newest license free cruising in Germany
Lager Trodel, our newest cruise available in Brandenburg, allows license-free cruising east of Liebenwalde. This historic canal will tantalize the senses with magnificent views and historical landmarks. With only two locks before idyllic Werbellinsee, this route is an ideal choice for beginning boaters!

SUP’s…Standup paddleboards in France
Venture out and explore the water while staying fit at the same time with a standup paddleboard. Available on the River Lot, Charente, Burgundy, Camargue and Germany.

NEW Bikes in Italy…
The Italian countryside and Venetian Lagoon provide numerous bicycling opportunities to leisurely sightsee and take in gorgeous landscapes. Enjoy the ride!

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