This scheme covers Narrowboats, Cruisers and Hotel Boats in small and large fleets across England’s waterways. The star ratings awarded reflect a combination of service, facilities and the overall quality and comfort of the boat.
New Owner/Selling your business? Please note, if and when an establishment is sold, participation in the scheme does not automatically continue. Please contact our helpline on 0845 300 6996 if you are selling your business or if you are a new owner who wishes to find out the rules regarding change of ownership.
These Scheme Designators have been specifically developed to help consumers understand the different types of accommodation that are currently available. (Please note, the designator is discussed at the time of the assessment with the assessor)
Purpose built, traditionally decorated boats, sleeping up to a maximum of twelve people.
Comfortable wide beam boats, ranging in style from practical, single floor level boats to the latest modern design ‘fly bridge’ types. These have two steering positions and tend to offer luxury accessories such as a microwave oven, DVD player and flat screen TV. Cruisers sleep from two to ten people, usually in double or twin berth cabins. Boats can be booked by the week or for short breaks.
Hotel BoatsHotel boats are generally Narrowboats that are worked by a crew, allowing guests to relax and only help if they choose to. Hotel Boats can be booked by individuals or groups and provide all of the services of a hotel.
- Review the Quality Standard relating to your category to check that you are happy with what we take in to account at the time of the assessment.
- Check the fees and benefits section to work out the costs involved or use our helpful calculator.
- Complete the application form provided and return it to Quality in Tourism along with your total payment, which must be made payable to Quality in Tourism. We are also able to accept credit/debit card payments (by phone), BACs payments and payments by direct debit that attract a 7.5% discount.