Hotelboat cruises are perfect if you want a packaged all inclusive holiday where all the hard work is done for you. It’s ideal if you don’t want to be physically active, or if you are traveling alone, or if you just like to be looked after on vacation! It’s not for family groups since most don’t accept children, unless you charter the whole boat, ideal for a larger group. Most boats operate in two’s, called a pair of narrowboats, taking up to 12 guests.   You get a canal and /or river cruise usually for a minimum of one week. Most boats cover different routes each week so you will see something different if you stay 2 or more weeks. You get generous home cooked meals, friendly like minded fellow travelers and private accommodation in compact but cozy 1 or 2 berth cabins, some with en suite facilities. Most boats have small lounges/bars and libraries. All the steering and lock work is done by the crew who are pleased to let you help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and accessibility. All canal holidays are informal affairs, just pack the things you are comfortable in, and remember some walking shoes and waterproofs if you want to spend time off the boats! Our sister site Canal Junction has links to recommended  Hotelboat operators.             “We’d prefer a skippered all-inclusive barging cruise. Is that possible?  Canal Vacations promotes the wonderful leisure opportunities on UK canals. We don't offer boats or vacations of our own! Our sister site Canal Junction has links to recommended Barge Hire Firms Book Now via Canal Junction!