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Enjoy truly wonderful canal boat holidays

Luxury canal holidays on the Oxford Canal and River Thames with College Cruisers canal boat hire

We are a family run boat hire company based in the historical, beautiful University City of Oxford. This allows you to cruise The South Oxford Canal and the Upper and Lower Reaches of the River Thames and explore Oxford itself.


  • At College Cruisers we focus on customer service, there are no hidden costs, no damage waivers, we want you and your crew to have a relaxing carefree holiday.
  • Our aim is to provide you and your friends or family including your pets, the best canal holidays we possibly can, by giving you individual, comfortable, modern, well maintained boats, tailored to your own requirements.
  • Also by providing you with a personal, friendly, and professional service, from when you make your first enquiry until you return to Oxford at the end of your holiday.
  • Canal holidays are the perfect way to relax and enjoy the company of friends or family. We’re ideally based at the southern end of the historic Oxford Canal so our routes cross some of England's most beautiful countryside. The Oxford canal is a gentle easy paced break with fascinating villages, few locks and plenty of pubs. More about College Cruisers.
  • Our canal holidays are perfect for your first canal break, we are the place to come and we give you lots of help and training before we allow you to go solo.
  • If you are visitors from abroad Oxford has excellent links to all major airports and our base is only a short walk or taxi journey from both rail and coach stations. The Waterways are a wonderful way of exploring England.

So let your holiday begin here, explore our web site and let College Cruisers help you to create wonderful memories.

LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

Spring Breaks with College Cruisers

BOOKING NOW FOR 2014

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 and week you want.

Our price promise!
If you can find a boat of comparable size, berthings and quality at a cheaper list price, we will let you book our boat at the lower price.

Check out our fabulous individually designed canal boats and explore Oxford and the stunning surrounding Oxfordshire and North Cotswold countryside. We have some brilliant last minute deals especially for this week, so DON'T delay ring us NOW.
Our base in Jericho is ideal for exploring Oxford (only 15min walk from Oxford centre) with shops, restaurants and lots to see, do, and visit. Jericho has lots of interesting places to eat. We can recommend The Book Binders for a warm welcome.

We've been featured!
See what Aspire Magazine says about College Cruisers, also see our The Continental View feature.

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Our mobile website is now live, just visit this site on a mobile device to check it out.

New Boat, EXETER.
Newly Refitted SOMERVILLE

Our new boat Exeter and newly refitted Somerville are working very hard.... so check out their web pages today..... and start planning your next holiday

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Canal Escapes Canal breaks with College Cruisers

Enjoy our short break, week or longer canal holidays right through the year. We are open all year round and a narrow boat break is a great way to escape and enjoy a little relaxing activity!

Our Boats Canal breaks with College Cruisers on the beautiful Oxford Canal

Our boats are fully equipped and maintained to a high standard. All eight boats (ranging from 2 to 12 berths) are named after the Oxford Colleges and are painted Oxford blue.

Celebrate Afloat Celebrate afloat party with friends with College Cruisers

Many of our customers are families or groups of friends and we welcome hen and stag parties too knowing that they all really enjoy their time together on our boats.

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