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Shannon River Cruising Testimonials

We don't like to blow our own trumpet, so we ask our customers to do it for us. When people book their cruise in Ireland with Shannon River, we like to ask them how they fared on the river to help us to improve our service. We're happy to say the the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and we're proud of our customer service. Below are some quotes from happy customers;

I couldn't recommend shannon-river.com more.
From start to finish, Brian from Shannon River.com was extremely helpful and extremely resourceful, he saved me the hassle of trawling through all the cruise operaters and found our party of 6, the perfect boat at 30% discount!! I couldn't reccommend shannon-river.com more, its so nice to get a friendly human at the end of the phone
Keith O'Grady, Ireland
It exceeded our expectations in every way
Our trip down the Shannon River on the Vision 4 was fantastic! It exceeded our expectations in every way. While the weather could have been better, we were prepared and we enjoyed every moment. I must say that your help and guidance planning and preparing for the trip was invaluable. Being our first river cruise, I had so many questions which you always answered quickly and completely. Your experience on the Shannon River and with river cruising was key to us being well prepared with what to pack, what to expect and which was the best boat and cruise itinerary for our family! I can't thank you enough for making our family vacation literally a dream come true! Thanks again Brian!
John Boutross, New York, USA
It was a pleasure dealing with you from the start to finish.
It was a pleasure dealing with you from the start to finish. You were on top of the numerous queries we had, since we’ve never boated before. Thanks so much for all the information and for pointing us in the right direction. Our Shannon cruise was an absolute pleasure; Aghiniver Boating Co. was also a pleasure to deal with. The Princess Queen was immaculate and was everything we’d expected and more. Thanks so much for making this year’s holiday so enjoyable. We’ve been spreading the word ever since. Thanks again Brian; please god we’ll be back onto you next year.
Damien Brennan, Ireland
I am very pleased with your service
Everything went very well the weather was poor as you know but had no real bearing on the fun factor. I had tried to get a boat through the Emerald web site and phone service without much success. With yourself I got the boat I wanted, when I wanted it , without fuss. I am very pleased with your service and, although I am not a regular cruiser, about 5 times in all, I will use it again and will recommend it to others.
Peter Galbraith
Many Thanks for a cracking week
Just back from Shannon and can say without doubt that this was by some way, the best holiday Jackie and I have been on in many years, if not ever! (And we go on approximately 16 holidays per year) The sights, smells of grass and vegetation, the wildlife, the gentle pace of the river and above all the fabulous people at every lock, shop, bar and restaurant were amazing. Having hired the boat, the rest of the holiday was extremely inexpensive with restaurants serving hearty meals in region of 15 euro each and wine from 18 euro per bottle. The Guinness was a delightful 3 euro 80 cent so I restricted myself to no more than 4 per night!, except Saturday and Wednesday and maybe Friday I’ve no idea why we haven’t holidayed with you before, but we’re looking at our diaries for September for a return visit Many Thanks for a cracking week
Brian Jamison, Northern Ireland
We are already looking to book again for next year
I would like to thank you for all your help and finding the best deal going for us with Emerald Star . All we had to to was turn up and say "hi we are here " , so easy . I would highly recommend the Vision 3 boat to anybody that's going on a cruise . It has 3 double or twin rooms which ever way you want them all are en-suite , and is very well stocked with all utensils and the likes . Outside/upstairs is brilliant with great views and plenty of seating even has a fridge and BBQ which was used everyday .We felt like a showboat as we kept showing this boat to other users on the river , when moored up and even in between locks . We collected boat in Carrick-on-Shannon and spent our first night in Dromod , from there went to Lanesboro for our second night and next morning returned to Carrick-on-Shannon . In total probably about 11-13 hrs sailing which was €88 to refuel which we thought was ok as we had budgeted much more . Only downside as this boat is of French origin anyone using it will need to bring travel plugs to use your electrical appliances which we were unaware of but could charge phones from USB in tv. Overall 5 of our group had never had this type of break before and we are already looking to book again for next year so it's over to you Brian look forward to booking with you soon Thanks again for all your help
Alan Bermingham, Co. Meath, Ireland
We had a lovely time on the shannon.

We had a lovely time on the shannon. Compliments to yourself first of all you were very helpful. Doris in the office in carrick was so lovely and the guys on the boats were also very friendly.

We went to Boyle (Clarkes restaurant was actually closed on the Monday so that was a pity) lough Key was great. Went to clondra / Richmond harbour and cycled the canal to longford which was great but nobody seemed to know about it and the cycle paths werent really highlighted anywhere which is a shame. Considering we had the bikes with us more info on locations with possible cycle/walking paths would have been great.

We used a little brochure from the office that had descriptions of the villages but not much info on cycling/walking options. That said we probably were winging it a little we didn't do a whole lot of research beforehand. Got a lot of info from lock keepers the guy at Rooskey lock was great, was also very helpful teaching us boat stuff etc.

The cottage restaurant in jamestown was gorgeous also. What a treat.

Not much on trip advisor about shannon boat trips either which we tend to use a lot when we land somewhere without a plan!

All in all had a great time and would def consider doing it again maybe with friends and a bigger boat now that we might be a bit more confident.


Rachel Finnegan, Ireland
We had a really enjoyable few days on the Shannon

We had a really enjoyable few days on the Shannon, renewing its acquaintance and happy memories of earlier trips, after a gap of about 40 years. We enjoyed some peaceful moorings and lovely evenings at Drumshanbo, the Jamestown canal and just below the lock on the Camlin River at Cloondara - lovely places. The locks and canals, bridges and piers and their wonderful stonework remain a tribute to the quality and elegance of the engineering of bygone days.

Everything went smoothly and many thanks for all your assistance in making the booking.


Albert Pratt, Dublin, Ireland.
We had a great relaxing time

We had a great relaxing time and enjoyed the cruise very much. Again, thanks for your support and all your bookings. We keep in touch for further cruises. Have a good time and take cake.

 


Kathrin Goman, Krailling, Germany
We had a great time in Ireland.
We had a great time in Ireland. Even the weather was not to bad. I was very satisfied because of the service of you (shannon river). I had all the informations I needed and you gave very good and quick responses to my questions. Thank you. Just only tiny little thing: It was a bit difficult while paying by transfer to find out, if Rooskey or Roscommon is the City to send it to. But it worked :-) We were very happy about the service of Emerald, too. They are very helpful, gave us the required information and the boat was clean an working perfect.
Markus Alder, Switzerland
We had a wonderful weekend
We had a wonderful weekend and it was a pleasure to deal with you all went very well thanks.
Winnie Kennedy, Dublin, Ireland
We had a really unforgettable holiday
We had a really unforgettable holiday and everything was super. We decided to go north and have countless photos, some of which I will gladly send you but they are on a computer which is temporarily on the blink.
Catherine Eunson, Scotland
I did not expect it to be so nice.
We had a great time on the Shannon River. I did not expect it to be so nice, with the river winding through great country side, with the banks of the river formed naturally by fields of reeds, or bordering wide open pastures, and everywhere all sorts of trees and bushes thriving and surviving at the edge of the water. It by far exceeded my expectations - of course we also had splendid weather. And definitely, our Lake Star was a good choice. Nothing fancy - a good solid boat with plenty of space for us two! The one week was plenty of time to for us to cruise leisurely from Portumna to Lough Key, ending in Carrick. Many thanks for your expert guidance and professional support!
Janis Vitins, Wettingen, Switzerland
We will be back again at some stage.
Thanks very much Brian, Everything went very well, we had a great weekend. We will be back again at some stage.
Donogh Madigan, Co. Limerick, Ireland
We had a fantastic time in Ireland
We had a fantastic time in Ireland, starting with the weeklong boat cruise. The river cruise was an absolute memorable experience. All arrangements from yourself, as well as Carrickcraft, were superb. The transfers, the boat with its equipment and all facilities were outstanding. Service was always friendly and efficient. Thank you all for very enjoyable time. We will certainly use and recommend your services in future.
Charles Blaauw, South Africa
Thanks again for a brilliant break
Back at home in Clifden a week now and still fondly recalling the 3 night break we had on the Shannon. Firstly thanks very much for all your helpful information and advice before we started our cruise. The Kilkenny Class was a great choice for us as there was the perfect amount of space for our group of 5. The cruiser was fully equipped, spotlessly clean and a great home as we navigated from Banagher to Dromod. We're already talking about doing it again in the future and I have recommend it to plenty of people. No other trip I can think of would be more relaxing, idyllic or a better way to spend quality time with friends and family. Thanks again for a brilliant break
Kevin Gavin, Galway, Ireland
I would like to thank Brian for all his help with our booking.
We are just back from a week’s boating on the River Shannon, on Magnifique 3. The boat was indeed magnificent, and everything went to plan. Even the weather was kind to us. But most of all I would like to thank Brian for all his help with our booking. Every time I contacted him I got a reply in a few minutes. We enjoyed the experience so much that we have already made another booking for the end of August!
Max Tiano, UK
Cant wait to do it again!
. We had a wonderful time on the river. It was Maggie’s first time cruising and she absolutely loved it! Cant wait to do it again! We posted the feedback form separately, however we found the staff particularly helpful and knowledgeable.
Kevin Duffin, Northern Ireland
Everything was just perfect
thanks for your kind e-mail. Everything was just perfect and we had a really great time on the Shannon. Weather was very dry and often sunny as well so we got lucky. In the next weeks I can send you some pictures of our trip!
Isabell Maras
We were both extremely impressed.
Thanks again for our boating experience on the Shannon and it was wonderful that Elise enjoyed it so much after all. As you said a number of months ago you thought a boat trip would make a wonderful honeymoon and we were both extremely impressed. We found the initial induction on the boat really good and the river itself was extremely well marked out so as even novices like ourselves could navigate with ease. We were a bit annoyed with one of our lock experiences at Clondra /Richmond were we couldn't get through the lock despite phoning the numbers given in the Waterways Ireland brochure. The facilities on the boat were quite simple but more than ample and all in all everything we needed for a break from the day to day. Thanks again for a great boating trip
Alastair Donaldson, Northern Ireland
My wife and I had an wonderful time on the river
My wife and I had an wonderful time on the river, fantastic scenery , met some great people, ate fantastic food, listened to good music , caught lots of fish and managed a few drinks on the way . Thank you for the effortless booking process. We will be back.
Steve Berry, Solihull, England
I would recommend you and your company to all.
We just returned from a cruise for May. 7 thru May 14. We took a cruise on the Shannon in 2006. After endless bragging on the good time we had, the Kirschkes and Obergs wanted to have the same wonderful experience. Once again thanks to you, a good time was had by all! The Slaney was a fine ship!! Tim from Portumna was outstanding! He covered everything including restaurant and pub suggestions. He made departure and return effortless. Six of us ate, slept and enjoyed Ireland in great ease and comfort. I would recommend you and your company to all.
Sonia Tauber-Svoboda, Calinfornia, USA
My booking experience was excellent.
We had a great weekend on the Shannon. The boat was clean and very well equipped. We were well instructed before the boat was handed over to us. The only comment I'd make about any of the facilities would be the lack of waste facilities in the harbours. We didn't mind taking our rubbish home as we couldn't find any recycling facilities in Carrick on Shannon and the facilities in Dromod were full. As I say we took ours home but if you are a foreign visitor it's a different story. My booking experience was excellent and I would definitely use you again. In fact my husband has 3 boats booked with you for the end of this month. Just hoping the weather will be a bit warmer this time.
Edel Robinson, Ireland
Could not have been any better.
Thanks for all your help, information and guidance material. The holiday was absolutely excellent, could not have been any better. Will be looking into doing it again next year.
Joe Clarke, Co. Meath, Ireland
It was the most wonderful few days on the Shannon.
It was the most wonderful few days on the Shannon, with glorious sunshine throughout. It is such a special way to see Ireland "from the inside". We didn't want to give our perfect little boat back! Special thanks to you and all the staff at carrick craft who made everything so straightforward and stress-free. We have recommended this holiday to family and friends and I am sure we will be back.
Heidi Furlong, South Africa
You were right, the Vision is a great boat!
Back from wonderful holiday’s the daily routine has started! Let me thank you – in behalf of all of us – for the great support you have given us by reserving the boats, looking for the best solution and during the week before we started to solve the issue. You were right, the Vision is a great boat! It was a great relief having this spacious boat with all the commodities – especially the toilet and shower, aswell as the heating and cooling. We had a wonderfull time and were so lucky with the weather! Only one day with rain :-) ! Let me give you some feedback about the boats: Vision 3: as mentioned, great boat but really big! This means, that guest booking a boat trip for the first time needs to be informed (maybe event only recommending this boat to senior adults and not young people) about it so that not to narrow waterways are selected. It is important to have at least 2 – 3 boat experienced people in the crew. Shannon Star: this is a real old boat and not every thing is working perfectly (we have given our feedback to Emerald Star directly). I’m only saying this in order to avoid deceptions. Once more, thank you so much for your assistance!
Regine Ammann, Switzerland
What a great way to see Ireland
Thank you for the opportunity to give you some of my thoughts about our recent week on the Shannon. Despite the weather, I really enjoyed the week, seeing places I wouldn't have seen except for doing it by boat. What a great way to see Ireland, the pace is perfect, with scenery to match. Even the wifi generation volunteered that the anticipated lack of same didn't really bother them - they too enjoyed the week. I've enthused to all since about the virtues of boating on the Shannon; I am amazed at how few have done this by now. The staff at Carrick Craft were most helpful and accommodating. The only slight downside was not the weather, but something else entirely outside your control - the lack of eateries in some places: very limited in Roosky, none in Drumsna after 3p.m., apparently, (otherwise a very pretty place, and equally interesting), nor in Cootehall. Unfortunately, that is symptomatic of what we read about, dying Ireland. Dromod, however, was also a very pretty place, with a number of good restaurants - and of course, Carrick-on-Shannon isn't lacking in restaurants or attractions. I dislike cooking completely, and all the more so when holidaying; that said, the lack of restaurants in some places would not stop me from doing it again; and hopefully, I've interested others in doing it also. There are certainly other parts of the Shannon I look forward to seeing in the future, and would also happily return to parts recently visited (not just Lough Key!).
Colm Ó Sé, Dublin, Ireland
I can only say that it was an absolutely perfect weekend.
I can only say that it was an absolutely perfect weekend. Your staff were extremely warm, welcoming and efficient. The boat was very comfortable and clean. The river is of course stunning! Thank you very much for your service Brian especially considering the short notice with which I booked it. Thanks again tou yourself and all your staff.
Mike Gibson, Northern Ireland
It was a wonderful trip
It was a wonderful trip which we enjoyed a lot. Carrick-Craft was very well organized and we loved the boat. Caught 32 pikes, had a lot of nice evenings on the boat and in the pubs. For sure this was not our last trip! We'll be back (as the Austrian say).
Mario Lechner, Germany
We had a ball
Hi Brian, we had a ball. My girlfriend was a first timer but now she's converted too. The consul is a fine boat. Won't look beyond it or Emerald Star for next time. Handover was quick and efficient on both sides. Thanks to all. See you next summer.
Cian O'Donoghue, Cork, Ireland
It was the best Holiday I have had and believe me I have been all over the world...
It was the best Holiday I have had and believe me I have been all over the world...Unbelievable craic and met great people cruising.... Loved my boat and managed it very well. It is a fab boat and I would highly recommend it and will be using it again next year.
Carmel Swan, Dublin, Ireland
We had a lovely time on the Shannon!
We had a lovely time on the Shannon! Thank you for making the booking so easy. Emerald cruisers were lovely to deal with too and very accommodating. The boat was ideal and everything we needed was provided. We will definitely be booking with you again in the future.
Julie Bermingham, Galway, Ireland
We had a truly brilliant holiday
We have a truly brilliant holiday. we had fun, the kids loved it, the weather was great (for ireland) and everything went smoothly. we had an engine problem half way through that carrick dealt with quickly, but no other hiccups. i believe you settled accounts with my father vis-a-vis the fuel refund, thanks a mil. i would be delighted to send you some photos as soon as i've sorted through the 500-odd i took...! thanks again for everything, you were great brian.
Guy Gordon, Jerusalem, Ireland
All good things to report.
All good things to report. We really enjoyed our weekend on Clare Class. Really impressed with the fit-out of the boat and found it very comfortable below deck while the weather was against us. Enjoyed all the places we stopped into along the river also like Dromod and Roosky. Will almost certainly be back!
Darragh Mahoney, Dublin, Ireland
Everything worked out perfect. No complaints.
Everything worked out perfect. No complaints. Thank you very much. It was our first time on a river boat and we had a great time. The boat was ideal and I was glad that I chose a little bigger one for the four of us. Overall we enjoyed the river trip and our subsequent 10 days touring in Ireland. It’s a beautiful country with the most friendly people I have ever seen from all my traveling, just the weather needs a bit improvement :-)
Claus Cronberger, Trinidad
The locations and facilities along the river were excellent
We had a great time, emerald star facilities were excellent. The boat was very spacious comfortable and well equipped, the locations and facilities along the river were excellent, we ll be contacting you again to book another holiday early next year.
Thomas Kane
Everything you arranged for us worked out perfectly.
Just wanted to drop you a short note to let you know my family and I had a truly wonderful time on the Shannon. Everything you arranged for us worked out perfectly, many thanks again for all your efforts.
Christopher Harris, Switzerland
We had a wonderful week
We are all very satisfied with boat, service and nice crew in Carrick! We had a wonderful week and I just had a mail from USA were they told how they had enjoyed the cruise. Many thanks to you and the rest of the girls & guys in Carrick craft!
Tor Vaksdal, Norway
we loved every minute of our holiday
I would just like to say we loved every minute of our holiday on the Shannon, all the staff were very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, we loved every place that we stopped at and were amazed at how clean and well kept they were with lovely flower arrangements and not a bit of litter to be seen..... We loved our boat and the cruising experience and we decided we would definitely be back next year. Many thanks for a brilliant relaxing and fun week on the Shannon
Lynne Curran, Northern Ireland
The best holiday I ever had in Ireland.
Just want to let you know that it was the best holidays I ever had in Ireland. I am soooo happy I discovered that type of holidays and definitely we all will be back soon! Thanks so much!
Edita Arlauskiene, Dublin, Ireland
As always service was top notch!
. As always service was top notch! We ended up extending our stay by one night, the weather was amazing. I didn’t take my camera with me as the whole idea was to take a break from taking the pictures :), I am sure my wife Rozalia has some pictures on her phone of Inish Davar, this island was amazing, all covered in Bluebells…There was not too much traffic on the lakes so everywhere we stayed we were on our own so it was like staying on private islands… We are already planning to take a boat in September for a week, this time we want to take our parents so it will have to be a bigger boat and since we have a Dog I think our choice will be limited to Emerald Star
Stepien Wojciech, Dublin, Ireland
The best vacation I have ever taken.
I wanted to say thank you for all of your assistance and patience in getting our trip on the Shannon arranged. It was the best vacation I have ever taken; everyone in my family feels the same way. I look forward to doing it again. Handling the boat ended up being fairly easy and the vistas were brilliant!
Frank Conway, Pennsylvania, USA
It all worked so well.
We had an absolute marvelous few days on the Shannon.. The boat was perfect. Had everything we needed. The staff at Banagher were so friendly and helpful. We were blessed with the weather. It all worked so well. And thank you in particular for accommodating us at such short notice. Will certainly give you a call whenever we want a boat again and will certainly recommend your service to our friends. Thanks again Brian.
Barry Hennebrykk
We had a great time on the cruise.
We had a great time on the cruise. Thanks for all your help. We'll definitely be looking into doing it again soon, and we will definitely use your company.
Adam Swan
We had a great time
Hi Brian, Yes we had a great time and many thanks for all your help. I already passed on your details to a friend of a friend who has booked through you for later in the summer.
Seamus Cullen, Dublin, Ireland
Was a fantastic weekend
Brian thanks very much for all umyour help , was a fantastic weekend , we were filled with depression coming back the Monday morning ha ha . We will be on to ya next year again for sure . Many thanks Brian take care
Rory Kavanagh
Probably the best holiday we have ever had.
I would like to say we had a fantastic time on holiday on the Shannon. It was probably the best holiday we have ever had. The staff were genuinely helpful and pleasant and the boat and linen were clean and fresh. We will be using Shannon River Boat Hire again next year. Thanks for a truly great service.
Farrah Deane, Dublin, Ireland
We had an absolute ball!
We had an absolute ball! Great weather helped. Thank you for your help to organise this it was a 40th Birthday celebrations we will always remember! Booking with Shannon River Boat Hire proved to be a fast, extremely efficient and friendly service, I would have no hesitation in using this service again.
Ann Ryan, Cork, Ireland
We had a brilliant time, thank you.
We had a brilliant time, thank you. It is appreciated that you were able to put everything together on short notice. Sean in ABC in Belturbet was brilliant, very helpful and informative. The boat was beyond expectations, modern, well equipped and everything worked as it should. We elected, based on recommendation from Sean, to go North into Lough Erne rather than down 16 locks to Carrick on Shannon. I think if we want to cruise down the Shannon side, we’ll hire from that end. The Erne system is truly amazing and fully recommended.
Ivan O'Daly, Ireland
It was the highlight of the holiday!
We had a brilliant time. It was the highlight of the holiday! Everyone at Banagher and on the lake was very helpful and the boat was great. Just right for 3 adults and it would even work for 4 adults if 2 don't mind sharing the small double. Though that would be tight. But 2 adults and 2 smaller children have plenty of space. I'm planning to be back some time in the - hopefully not too distant - future. (And we didn't crash into anything :-) )
Linda Stewart, Switzerland
We really appreciate everything you and the Portumna staff did for us.
Many thanks to Timmy, John and Brian for going the extra mile (in Timmy's case quite literally - chasing the bus with 6 of us in his vehicle!) to make our cruise in Ireland such a relaxing holiday!
Dudley Magill
We were very satified with the comfort on the boat and your services.
We were very lucky with the weather and had a great time on board. We were very satified with the conmfort on the boat and your services. Since one of our friends was ill and couldn't join us, we are thinking of doing the trip over again next year ( but on the upper Shannon or Erne). I'll contact you next year! Kind regards, Frans
Frans Peeters, Belgium
For us the cruise on the Shannon was a marvellous experience.
We had a great time on the boat. For both of us it was the first time being in charge of a motorboat. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the good service, starting with the correspondence and the captain's manual (which I hadn't looked at properly until the evening before flying and then finding out they were videos and not just a manual - should have known it from the links!), the notice at the marina, finishing with the instruction on handling the boat and taking care of our delayed luggage. For us the cruise on the Shannon was a marvellous experience.
Mark Brouwer, Switzerland
Thanks for everything
We had a brilliant time and were very happy with everything - the boat was really well equipped and the service from Carrick Craft was great. The service from Shannon River was even better than from Carrick Craft - you were extremely helpful and there's no way I would have been able to figure out all the booking options so quickly without you, so thanks for everything.
Mary Byrne, Co. Galway, Ireland
We had a wonderful time on the boat.
We had a wonderful time on the boat. The service at your office was quick, efficient and friendly. The woman at the desk was wonderful. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience and a great vacation.
Yfat Scialom, Israel
We had an absolutely fantastic time on the Shannon.
We had an absolutely fantastic time on the Shannon. Of course the weather was unbelievable but aside from that I can't believe how much I enjoyed the trip.
Olivia O'Connor, Ireland
No faults or complaints from this end
In both cases, the service was professional and exceptional - many thanks on making the booking as seamless as possible. We found Silver Line likewise to be incredibly professional, without losing friendliness and flexibility. No faults or complaints from this end
Nigel O'Flynn
It was BRILLIANT!!!
It was BRILLIANT!!! We definitely want to go again and again! My Husband and I went with my Mom's and we brought our Dogs too, we all had a great time! The boat was excellent, such a great fun to drive it! Such an adventure! Thank you all so much and hope to get on a trip soon again!!!
Katalin Gabor, Ireland
It was amazing
I have to say it was the best holiday we have ever been on, it was amazing. The boat was fantastic, although next year we might rent a bigger boat. Basically having someone sleeping in the living area doesn't suit when they like to have a lie in and when most of us are up at the crack of dawn:) But I have to say we all thought that the facilities were fantastic, the weather was fantastic and everything really met our expectations. Thank you so much for everything and if you have any special offers for next year on a bigger boat please let me know.
Gillian McDermott, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
We had a great weekend
Hi Brian, we had a great weekend and will definitely be recommending to book with you to others. We are thinking about doing it again next year already. Most of us left on Sunday however two people stayed down and gave the boat back Monday morning. It was docked there from Sunday evening and keys were handed back at 10.45. The two people were asked to fill out a survey by the lady working there to which they filled out that everything was excellent. Then when they handed that back the lady then informed them they would have to pay an extra 100e as the boat was not clean enough and one toilet had blocked. We have the boat a general clean and it was more than acceptable to give it back the way we did. As far as we were aware cleaners serviced the boat when we left as we seen cleaners there on Friday and had been told from previous people who had rented boats.
Claire Graydon
Thanks for all your assistance.
We all had a great time. The staff was very helpful getting us off and the videos really helped prepare us. Thanks for all your assistance.
Liz Promen, Virginia, USA
We had a great time on the river.
We had a great time on the river. Everything was made very easy, thanks to you guys and Carrick Craft. Until next year!
Catherine McBride, Dublin, Ireland
It was really a nice trip and not at least thanks to you
Now that we are back at home I would like to thank you in the name of the whole crew for your good service and support. We had a great time indeed. We enjoyed the time on the river (notwithstanding the stormy weather sometimes) and the evenings in the pubs. All in all it was really a nice trip and not at least thanks to you everything worked well
Siegfried Knock, Hamburg, Germany
The best laugh we've had in ages
We had a fantastic time, we plan on making it a yearly trip as the kids just loved it, the best laugh we've had in ages and my in-laws are now converted. Thanks again for the email and no doubt I'll be in touch.
Karen Reid
We had a wonderful time on the river.
We had a wonderful time on the river and the service could not have been better. We really appreciated the friendly and efficient way that all the Carrickcraft guys helped us. The boat was clean and in good condition. The design was perfect for our needs. I wish we could be back someday. I am sure that my son and family will be. Thank you and best wishes
Don Webster, USA
e best holiday any of us have ever been on
Cheers we had a great time best holiday any of us have ever been on beats a sun holiday hands down
Andy Beveridge
We had a great trip last week
we had a great trip last week,everyone thoroughly enjoyed the few days break, the weather made us think it was the middle of summer. I will forward on your email to the others, they may want to write their own version of the trip. Just one query, Tom paid €250 fuel deposit on thursday and as the office was closed when we returned the boat on Sunday we were unable to measure the fuel usage. I don't think we would have used all the fuel so if you could let me know what the situation is regarding a refund of the balance Tom would be delighted. Thanks for all your help
Lorraine O'Sullivan
I thank you for help you make our trip so hassle free and memorable!!
I can say without reservation that I have nothing but good comments to make on the service you offered, the advice you gave, the information which was always clear and unambiguous and the overall experience. You can quote me on that if you like!! The paperwork for the boat was minimal and we were able to be underway in a short space of time. The service from Carrick Craft was also impeccable and efficient and we would certainly use Shannon River again and indeed hope to do so before the end of the year. Once again Brian on behalf of myself and the group on the Fermanagh Class boat I thank you for help you make our trip so hassle free and memorable!!
Marian Farrelly, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great trip and enjoyed it all tremendously
Many thanks for the follow up and indeed the terrific experience on the Shannon. We had a great trip and enjoyed it all tremendously. We felt your service was both professional and friendly and really we would not presume to offer any advice for improvements...it was all so good!!
Barry Daniel, Thailand
We had a fantastic time!
We had a fantastic time! Everything went smoothly and we had a relaxing weekend. The kids loved it too especially the locks! In one of them we got stuck with the current as you can see in the attached pic. :) but got back on track pretty soon. The weather was wonderful and we could enjoy the deck most of the time. We ill definitely do it again
Teresa Luppino, Dublin, Ireland
It was a really great expierience
We had a very nice boat trip on Shannon River and everything was fine. If we'll come back to Ireland we would like to do this again, it was a really great expierience! Thanks a lot for your engagement, you and the other guys from Silverline Cruises did a great job, very nice and friendly. I wish you a nice day and thank you again for everything.
Melanie Kalchofner, Switzerland
We really enjoyed our week
We really enjoyed our week, weather was good to us and it was great to meet up with old friends on the river including Trevor & Mary Thomsett, with whom I had moorings for my boat over many years; also, Jim Henry's pub in Cootehall - where I signed their first visitors' book in May 1977! My grown-up kids, and their families, are avid Shannon fans and I've told them to contact you for any future trips. Thank you again for your service - it was a pleasure dealing with you. I'll send you some of their photos - I leave that to them and don't bother with camera etc.
Ray Billington
We had a great time on the boat
We had a great time on the boat. For both of us it was the first time being in charge of a motorboat. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the good service, starting with the correspondence and the captain's manual (which I hadn't looked at properly until the evening before flying and then finding out they were videos and not just a manual - should have known it from the links!), the notice at the marina, finishing with the instruction on handling the boat and taking care of our delayed luggage. So for us the cruise on the Shannon was a marvellous experience.
Mark Brouwer, Switzerland
It was a great trip
It was a great trip, I would like to take my family down the Shannon some time in the future and will of course bear you in mind. Many thanks again for all your help.
David Armstrong
I would definitely do it again
We had an absolute fabulous time on the river, it was great fun. I would definitely do it again. Thank you and the silver line cruisers for everything. Everyone at work was very interested to know how we got on, so I hope you'll get a few more bookings from down around here in the future. Thanks again for all your help and hopefully speak again in the near future.
Karen Burke, Cork, Ireland
We had a fantastic weekend
We had a fantastic weekend. I’m still not fully recovered. The service was great. We had the keys to the boat by 2.30 on Thursday and I just got refunded for the fuel we didn’t use. I really have nothing bad to say. We are looking forward to next year already.
Pádraig Coughlan
We had a fabulous time.
We had a fabulous time and met some good people. We also were able to spend a couple of days in Drumshanbo as there was a music festival. Swimming in Lough Eldin was surprisingly pleasant. I have attached some pictures from our trip. Thank you again for your help.
Sandra de Souza, UK
Thank You So Much For Your Help
Just want to thank you so much for your help in booking our boat yet again this year.. We had a great time and have no complaints (as usual) Hope to speak to you again next year.
Louise Coleman, Dublin, Ireland
we had an absolute fantastic time!

Thank you for your email, we had an absolute fantastic time!

The gearbox on our original boat broke down on the second day, but the staff were brilliant in supplying us with an alternative boat in no time at all.

We are a bunch of old pals that have boated together every year since 1992, but this was one of our best years yet.

We will certainly be back to do the rest of the wonderful Irish waterways & meet more of the most friendliest people in the world.


Mark Jones, Shropshire, UK
Thank you to you and your team
We all safely returned after our very good holidays in Ireland. Our boat tour will remain in our memories forever, we had such a lot of fun, did cruising,fishing, sightseeing and of course enjoyed pints of Guiness and famous Irish steaks. Everything was well arranged and we liked the boat very much, we had a really good and unforgettable time on board ``our`` Doire Mac Dhuibhfinn. Thank you to you and your team !
Ralf Thierbach, Cyprus
Highly recommend you to anyone who asks.

Just a quick message to say thank you yet again for your help in booking our trip this year .  We had a lovely time and really appreciate your help In getting booking sorted so easily.  We want to send a special thanks for Pat from Emerlad Star who was extremely helpful getting us started , it had been 5 years since our last trip so he helped refresh our memory.  That's now our 4th trip down and we enjoy each one even more than the last. 

 Highly recommend you to anyone who asks. 

 


Louise Coleman, Dublin, Ireland
We had and absolute blast!
We had and absolute blast !!! We used to do this every year , with a different company , this was our first time in ten years . We all loved the trip and boat , it was perfect for us and completely reliable !! The skylights leaked , but it didn't really bother us too much . The only bad thing about short trips is the late pick up , I think we got out after 5pm ( but we did get a late drop off 12pm ) . There were the only negatives . Honestly the trip was great and staff were very helpful , we look forward to another trip soon !!!
David Fennell, Dublin
We had a very nice trip on the Shannon
we thank you for all you have managed fort his trip. Everything was fine, everything worked as planed. So you can be sure, we had a very nice trip on Shannon.
Daniel Filsner
The trip went well
You were very helpful and flexible when making and changing the booking. The trip went well. The boat was ready and induction was straightforward. We had no mechanical problems with the boat but the fore hatch leaked one damp morning and there was a smell of what we thought was sewerage from the galley/internal steering area. Emerald star assured us that it was the smell of the river but we remain unconvinced. Overall we had a really enjoyable few days.
Sean Murphy
We enjoyed it very much
We enjoyed it very much. All, you have prepared, went well. Great! Let me take the chance to thank you and your colleagues at Banagher Marina and also at Carrick-On-Shannon Marina. The weather was patchy the first week, but better and relative sunny the second week. The boat was fantastic. A little bit too big. But a friend gave me the advice to take no small boat for the first time. And he was right. The scenery is wonderful and I videotaped it and took lot of photos. I will tell our relatives, friends and colleagues about our holidays in Ireland.
Ulrich Hof, Rhineland, Germany
Very happy with your service
All went smoothly although the weather was a bit rough over the bank holiday weekend!! Staff at Silverline were friendly and helpful, the boat was fine although starting to show its age! Had to have the heating system and a few leaks repaired. Very happy with your service and will be happy to book through you in the future (2nd year running now!) Would like to compliment you on your website which as a comparison website is excellent. In particular, its great to be able to to view different boats and see at a glance the boat specs and the cost for a particular week.
Neville Couse
Our cruise was very fun and relaxing
Our cruise was very fun and relaxing. I have also appreciated a lot your service. I can recommend it to anyone who wants to be out of stress of life for a while.
Philippe Brosy, Switzerland
Thank so much for everything
Thank so much for everything you helped me. It was amazing fantastic holiday. we are all satisfied about our holiday. I think I may call you again next summer holiday. Thank you so much again.
Hyun-Jin Choi, Dublin, Ireland
We had an amazing cruise on the Shannon
In short, we had an amazing cruise on the Shannon. I have not stopped recommending it since we got back. Thank you for all your help!
Daire Grant, Waterford, Ireland
Lean and easy!
We enjoyed our holiday very much! Your big advantage is your well structured and full-of-information website, which was also along our journey useful. All the payments and mails came to the appropriate time. Lean and easy!
Markus Hager, Switzerland
Hope to come again next year
Hi Brian. Everything was ok. Just the heating system of the boat worked only in the bedroom but not in the kitchen. All people at the desks were kind so we could appreciate all the beauty of the Shannon and Erne. Many thanks for everything and hope to come again the next year.
Antonio Cincioni
We estimated very much your personal service
We had two very pleasant weeks on the Shannon and his lakes. We first went down to Dromineer and then up to Garadice Lough and back. We are very satisfied with the service of Carrick Craft. Their staff kindly helped us twice doing small repairs or giving us additional hints. However the introduction given to us the first day was a bit short and not very complete. The experience of former boat holidays didn't help much. The map is very good. We would find helpful, if more of the markers on the map would show their number. We estimated very much your personal service too. Our journey to and from Banagher didn't cause any problem.
Berchtold Moser, Switzerland
we had a great time on the Shannon
we had a great time on the Shannon and if anyone is going to hire a boat for a trip down I will most definitely be telling them about Shannon river boat hire. Didn't get much photos but if I find a good one I'll email it down to you .
Yvonne McDonnell
Everything was perfect.
We enjoyed our stay on the Irish waterways very much and everything was perfect.
Ulrich Wintersol, Leverkausen, Germany
We had a brilliant time

We had a brilliant time thanks. The boat was great fun with more amenities and space than we had expected. It was just the right size for us plus the dog! We couldn’t really find anything negative to say about the trip, our boat broke down on the 2nd last day and the engineer came out very quickly and sorted it out which was super. A couple more bin bags might have been good but I really can’t think of anything else!

We will hopefully cruise again with you in the future! 


Teresa Gillespie, Glasgow, Scotland
had a wonderful time on the Shannon
thank you for your email myself and Trish had a wonderful time on the Shannon and found the holiday very relaxing would definitely be doing it again with emerald star have told some friends about our experience and they said they would like to give it a go all the staff were very helpful and we would like to thank you for your help also
Tony McDonnell
Yes, we had a great time.
Yes, we had a great time. The weather was a little hit and miss but everything else was excellent. The people in Carrick were very helpful and the boat was great ( Probably go for a bigger one next time ). We will definitely go again and I will contact you when this happens. Thanks for all the help.
Conor Walls
We had a great time in Ireland
We had a great time in Ireland, first on the Shannon River and the second week in Adrigole. Ireland is a wonderful country and the people of Ireland are extremely friendly!!! The week on the boat was a great experience. The boat was very comfortable and the scenery was very nice. On a personal level, I found the handling of such a big boat a bit difficult, especially at the beginning like when leaving the wharf backwards for the first time on my own, or during the first two days at the sluices or when trying to moor. Stress levels were a little high on such occasions. But in the end, everything went well. Looking backwards I believe there is no other way but “learning by doing”, I would still recommend that for future clients, such considerations are given a little more time… I will definitely recommend Shannon-river.com to my family, friends and colleagues!
Michael Morf
We really enjoyed the trip a lot.
Thanks for your great support in finding the baot and rentig it.We really enjoyed the trip a lot. All went very smooth - especially since we did decide on short notice to rent the boat - and completely pain free. Great experience. If we come back in the future, be assured we will contact you again.
Andreas Lippert
I was as always delighted with your excellent service
We had a lovely time on our cruise, despite the awful weather, we had to stop so I could buy a furry hat, gloves & more socks it was so cold & wet. I deliberately chose a boat with an inside steering position too but Stewart says he likes the challenge of being outside in all weathers! Cruising on the Shannon is so varied, this time we experienced some still water in the canal and for the first time ventured out onto the Loughs which was very different. I was as always delighted with your excellent service, help & support and look forward to booking with you again next time.
Kate Morris, Cheshire, UK
We had an absolute ball on Lough Derg last week.
Thanks Brian, we had an absolute ball on Lough Derg last week. Emerald star worked out very well, with Timmy being a great help. We will definitely use your service in the future, and look forward to many memorable trips on the Shannon!
John Caird
The boat was fantastic and the staff were very pleasant and very helpful.
We all had a great time, the boat was fantastic and the staff were very pleasant and very helpful. We hope to do it again next year and we have no problem recommending it to everybody. There is only one thing with the boat ( Elegance 607)....The main double bedroom had a very strong damp smell. We did mention it to the lady at the desk on the day of departure. Thank you so much for all your help.
Declan Hannon
The trip was fantastic
The trip was fantastic. We absolutely loved every minute of it. Everything went very smoothly and the boat was great. Very well equipped, clean and comfortable. We'll definitely be doing another trip next year.
Riona Hegarty, Cork, Ireland
Got on mighty with the boat
I must say we all had a great experience cruising on the shannon on the shannon star at the weekend and got on mighty with the boat everything went smoothly and will definitely do it again with my husband and the staff in the office at Portumna were really pleasant.
Jude Donnellan
It was brilliant.
We had a fabulous time on the Shannon. A cushion for the driver's seat would have been appreciated too - other than that it was brilliant.
Josie O'Farrell
A perfect time
Thanks very much. It was great. A perfect time. We ll definitely go for an other trip in some stage. Your service was great.
Martin Glaeser, Kilkenny, Ireland
We had a very good time
We had a very good time spent on the river with no problems with communication with You or either the Carrick craft people good service,nice people to deal with,well equiped and clean boat.Will recommend to my closes.Thank You.
Radek Miros
We had a great time thank you.
We had a great time thank you. We filled out the comment sheet for E Star. The only complaint we had that the toilets were very hard to flush other than that every thing was supper. The staff in Portumna could not have been nicer. The lockkeeper as we all know in Athlone is not a pleasant man ! ?. Photos to follow.
Philip Armstrong
Our cruise was excellent
Out cruise was excellent. The boat was great and all service starting from the booking of our trip till the moment we returned the boat was excellent. Our child got sick (recovered few days later) and it was great just to be able to call the service line and got the nearest address of a doctor. I am sure we will return. Many thanks again for your help.
Natasha Schaerer
We had a very pleasant few days, thank you.
We had a very pleasant few days, thank you. The delay at pickup was somewhat annoying; 2.00pm is as late a start time as you would want. Waiting until 4.00pm was painful, as the kids were very anxious to get going. See you next time.
Dave Grey
Only good comments to add
Hey Brian, Jos and William were both totally delighted about the service, hospitality and the accomodation. Only good comments to add:) and next year they will revisited you again at Shannon river. Thank you for everything.
Kim Sweers, Belgium
Very happy with the service and the boat
Thank you we were very happy with the service and the boat. I guess it’s a pity that we didn’t know that the size of the boat would mean that it would be much slower than a smaller one, but guess that goes done to experience.
Sorcha Ní Scolaí
We had a great time cruising on the Shannon
We had a great time cruising on the Shannon We even had reasonably good weather which is always a bonus in Ireland Silverline are a great company The service and quality of their boat was excellent We found your service and help excellent also We look forward to booking with you again
Adrian Gray
We enjoyed the cruise very much
Thank you very much. We had a great time and enjoyed the cruise very much.
Klemens Reich
Had a fab time
Had a fab time and the service we got was perfect Will definitely come back but maybe with another couple next time. Party poopers, you know what I mean. Thanks a lot
Norman Coutts
We had a ball thanks!
We had a ball thanks! and we will do it again it was a bit scary being our first time but very exciting!
Jo-Ann Smyth
We had a great time
Many thanks for your help in arranging our trip on the river Shannon. We had a great time, the boat was really comfortable for the two of us and was very well equipped. Everyone at Silver Line was very friendly and helpful and we shall have no hesitation in recommending you and Silver Line to anyone who asks us about our trip. We sailed north from Banagher and did not quite make it to Carrick, but this could have been achieved if we had wanted to do more sailing each day. On the return we had an 'interesting' sail south through Lough Ree facing a strong southerly wind, but it has given us something to talk about to our friends!! Once again many thanks. With very best wishes for your continued success
Keith & Irene Watford, Nottinghan, UK
Irish friendly people fun loving regardless of the cold and wet
Dear Brian – we only got back yesterday – as we also travelled part of Ireland for a bit – we were not lucky weatherwise but gosh are you Irish friendly people fun loving regardless of the cold and wet – not sure we Swiss make that impression – we had a great time on the river – are used from France to more locks and more „action“ but knew that it would be that way. The people from Silverline were VERY friendly and helpful – we once got stuck and we were pulled out within the out….somehow we were not enough in the middle of the posted signs… The boat itself was great – we first took a bit getting used to as we have used a penichette a flying bridge before – the silver spray is much easier to manoever – and some things we would have changed – so here just some input: - The beds up front are very small – the thing to fix between the two is not really useful – what was great was the bulls eye in the ceiling letting light in – making it less small… and the mattresses and the bedding were great !- - The chairs to sit around the table are too a little bit too high to be comfortable… Please just see this a feedback and I hope it is useful.
Pia Aeschlimann
It was a wonderful experience for all the family
We had a great time and were very lucky with the weather. It was a wonderful experience for all the family (dog included!). Vinny at Carrick Craft in Banagher couldn't have been nicer and more pleasant to us and very helpful in his instruction and dealings with us. We looked over the "Kilkenny" on our final day , with a view to, perhaps toward next year. My only quibble, which is probably for Waterways Ireland, was of the standard and quality of the shower and toilet block at Lanesboro - no seating for dressing. Otherwise no complaint and many happy memories.
Gerry Scully, Dublin, Ireland
We did have a great holiday.
We did have a great holiday even when it was raining! It was a very relaxing experience and we had no problems with the boat, I think the thing that made the holiday so enjoyable was the Irish people who we met on our travels everyone is so friendly and they can't do enough for you. We might be back again next year and if we are i will contact you about a booking
Michael Flett, Banffshire, Scotland
Thanks for the good organisation, all worked out perfectly.

We had a great time on the house boat! The whole family enjoyed the few days on the lakes and rivers of Ireland a lot.

We will surely book a house boat holiday in Ireland again. Next time even for a few days more, so we get to travel further.

Thanks for the good organisation, all worked out perfectly.

 


Thomas Frei, Oberlunkhofen, Switzerland
Had a great time
Had a great time thanks for your help, will book again with you .
Aaron Gahon
We enjoyed ourselves so much on the boat
We are back in Amsterdam today after two lovely weeks in Ireland. Just wanted to say thank you very much, we enjoyed ourselves so much on the boat – eating at some fabulous places along the way! Barbara from Silverline Cruises was wonderful too, she even gave us a lift to our B&B in Shannon Harbour after the cruise. We will not hesitate to recommend you in the future as the contact for cruises in Ireland.
Andrea Florens, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thanks for all of your help with the boat.
Thanks for all of your help with the boat. The Caprice was a lovely craft and perfect for the two of us and we had a third for one night and there was no loss of comfort. Couple of things that would make my next trip better. Overall the boat was good, other than it was underpowered - low set governor, no doubt. I was not interested in a power boat but everything passed us going away and on the open water it was very difficult to make headway with a crosswind. The boat did not have bow thrusters as you had mentioned, but I got pretty proficient quickly and not sure I would need them. The whole battery/power/heating system scenario was pretty flawed. We stayed our last night in Carrick with shore power and still could not effectively heat the boat. Do other boats have similar problems? I think a portable space heater might work well, interested in your thoughts. Anyway, I am thinking of returning the end of May. I have looked at the prices and it is obviously a different time in the season, hence the differences. Any better deals? Thanks again.
David Hanafee
No complaints, the boat was clean, comfortable and well stocked
We're home and basking in the memories of near perfect (unusual), Irish weather and a fine time on our charter, Ballinamore to Enniskillen and back. Philip and Melody at the Ballinamore office couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, even to the extent of giving me some adhesive to fix a loose sole on one of my sandals. No complaints, the boat was clean, comfortable, well stocked, and we appreciated the diesel heater several times. It was a pleasure dealing with you and the Ballinamore folks, Brian, and we remain in love with Ireland and her people and way of life. Thanks for all you did.
Joel Maguire, Prudence Island
We had a brilliant time on the cruise!
This is just to let you know that we had a brilliant time on the cruise! All four of us really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be doing another cruise some day! The only small issue we had was that the boat wasn't ready until 5 o clock on the Wednesday but the company were very good and allowed us to have a late checkout free of charge on the Saturday to make up for this. Thank you for all your help
Aisling
We had an absolutely amazing trip and were very lucky with the weather.
We had an absolutely amazing trip and were very lucky with the weather. The boat and amenities far exceeded our expectations and your service has been impeccable. I would have no hesitation in recommending you or Carrickcraft. You have asked for some feedback and I have provided some below but please note it did not spoil our holiday and we just made it into a good story. We found it quite difficult to find places to eat in the evenings. When we arrived into Keshkerrigan, the only place that served food could only offer us soup and sandwiches. While the food was delicious, we had hoped for and were looking forward to an evening meal. In Jamestown, having already moored the boat, we tried to book a table in the only restaurant there to be told they were fully booked, which meant we had to move onto the next stop. It was almost like the gods were conspiring against us as on our second night where we stayed in Boyle, we headed to Clarke's as advertised in the navigation booklet we were given. When we had walked the 2.5km with three children under 6 to the restaurant, we arrived to find no food due to a burst pipe! We did find another place to eat and I have to say that all the food we had was divine. The suggestion I would have would be for more precise details of what is available at each location to be provided to holidaymakers. There were icons provided by each stop in the navigation booklet, but it wasn't a true reflection of what service was available - for example that there was only one place to eat, that there was a limited menu or you needed to book in advance.
Carolyn Dolan
Our trip was really great.
Our trip was really great .... apart from paddling and using the big ferries we haven''t done anything like that before. We first collected our son, who just arrived home from his J1 at Dromod station and headed then as far as Athlone. Louh Ree was rather smooth in the beginning, but got pretty rough after a while, but having had 3 captains on the outside stirring kinda helped ... and to be honest. the 2 boys even enjoyed the bumpy ride. There is so much to see while driving along. I loved all the bit of wildlife and also the vegetation at the edge of the River. Even for the boys ( 20 and 22 ) with no TV or Wifi they were never bored a minute. So I have to truly admit, that it was one of our nicest family holiday. The balance between relaxing and being active seems to be just alright. Also the whole teamwork idea on the boat gives a family a chance to bond and learn to rely on each other. All the other boat people on the Shannon were very helpful and friendly and so were the ones operating the locks.I have been putting up pics on facebook and got many inquiries of friends, who were often thinking about renting a boat, but like us, just weren't to sure about it. All your staff were very patient, professional and friendly too. I inquired also about the environmental impact of this kind of tourism and got ensured that there is a control mechanism which gives out reports on a regular base. Thank you again for your assistance throughout,
Martina Kilian, Sligo, Ireland
Your service was really perfect

Your service was really perfect. The boat was perfect. Everything was working. The entire journey was great. Nothing to complain.

The weather could have been better. But I guess your possibilities are restricted in this topic. Right?


Stefan Voegeli, Switzerland
We had a fantastic 3 days on the river

We had a fantastic 3 days on the river and got a lot further down the river than anticipated as we made use of all the drivers onboard.

I would highly recommend Shannon River due to the service we received from the early check in, to the instruction received on the boat and to the after service provided when our personal belongings left onboard were returned to us.

If I had to critique on anything it would be the fuel, we were not given a key to refuel so we could only refuel when we got back to the base at €1.35 p/litre as opposed to €0.93 down the river, this was a huge increase in the cost but we got over it. It was explained to us the reasons why the key was not given out, but we had four more than competent mariners onboard, that knew the difference between a water and fuel tank.

Overall, it was one of the best short trips we did and we will definitely be back again to ye. A big thank you to the lady in the office who returned our purse very promptly via post.


Gillian Power, Ireland
Really, Really Fantastic Time
I would just like to confirm that we all had a really, really, fantastic time.
Jim Moore, UK
Thanks for your very efficient help when booking

Thanks Brian we had a lovely time.  The boats were great and the weather was fairly good:)  Here are two photos.  Thanks for your very efficient help when booking.


Clare Healy Walls, Cork, Ireland
A very relaxing holiday

My kids and I had a fantastic time on the boat , from start to finish your staff from reception and the guys that showed us round the boat at first could not have been more helpful, you're included in this also. A very relaxing holiday made even more special because of lack of Internet my kids actually spoke to me during the day. Thanks one and all for a first rate service and lots of great memories on our trip down the Shannon 


Tony McLaughlin, Ireland
I am sure that we will be back in the future.

Thanks, we had a great holiday.  Even the weather was reasonably kind. The boat was comfortable and well equipped. The only negative was the pump out toilets. The Aghiver Boat Company was very helpful and accommodating.

 

I am sure that we will be back in the future.


Roger Lewington, UK
We had a fantastic trip on our hired boat

We had a fantastic trip on our hired boat cruising up the Shannon River. It was our first experience and we were a little apprehensive but the team in Carrick-on-Shannon made us feel confident and at ease with cruising. We were impressed with the the organisation of marinas and mooring spots along the river as well as the signage indicating the channels and the facilities on the boat were perfect for self catering. It made for easy cruising. Mostly though, we appreciated the incredible wild beauty along the river meander and would highly recommend this destination and especially cruising experience to others looking to get a unique look into Irish country side and the everyday life in small towns and villages in this picturesque area


Loiuse Bragge, Belgium
We had a lovely holiday
Regarding the boat, it was large enough (as we were only 4). We had to get used to handle it but everything went well. The water pressure in the showers could be increased. The bed sheets should be a bit larger. This being said, we had a lovely holiday. The weather was pretty good. Enchanting views, pretty villages. Excellent music evening in Clondra. Thank you for your kind assistance!
Deborah Higelin, Switzerland
We enjoyed our holiday on the Shannon
I have to say for the first time with Carrick-Craft I was very impressed and we enjoyed our holiday on the Shannon. Everyone at Carrick-Craft was very friendly and helpful and got our boat fixed quickly with competence during a battery charging issue in Roosky. The Engineer had all the parts in his Service-Van and was able to resolve the issue onsite. Carrick-Craft even dropped us to the local train station at no charge, as we departed from Ck-on-Shannon back to Dublin. Just as we were leaving, we were already planning our summer holidays for next year with Carrick-Craft and plan to take a much larger boat (Waterford Class) as the boats are really very easy to handle and since our first off experience, we were able to make better decisions in making next year an even better and more comfortable holiday
Ramon de Bruijn, Austria
We thoroughly enjoyed our short break
We thoroughly enjoyed our short break, cruising on the Shannon. Everything was very well organised from booking in through to car parking and understanding how the boat worked. It only took us a very short time to feel confident handling the boat. We particularly enjoyed visiting Drummond and had an excellent meal at the Purple Onion in Tremonbarry and The Oarsman in Carrick. We will return, for longer next time to enjoy a little more of the wonderful Irish hospitality, beautiful countryside and delights of cruising you own boat down the Shannon. Thank you for helping to arrange everything so well.
Ian Burns, UK
We had a fantastic time
Thank you Brian we had a fantastic time. The kids have put it as one of the best family holidays they have had which is a big statement as having worked for Qantas in Australia they have been all over Asia /Europe /USA. It makes you thoroughly appreciate what we have as an Nation, its a shame that it is not marketed a little more. They have already asked if we would be able to do it again next year. Many thanks .
Declan Byrne, Kildare, Ireland
We had a great time
We had a great time, everything was perfect. Our biggest problem was to decide what beer to drink in the local pub. Thanks!
Freddy Leiser, Israel
Had a brilliant time again
Had a brilliant time again. Weather was unbelievable, having played golf every weekend since the turn of the year i don't think there has been a weekend like it yet. Only caught one fish between the 6 of us so morale was low, but nothing a few pints couldn't sort out. Parked up in Garrykennedy on good Friday (didn't matter where we docked since there wasnt a pub to be had), then headed to kilaloe on saturday, had the run of the place in Mills's pub. Then spent our last night in Mountshannon. Thanks for the help and I'm sure we will be in contact again.
Alan Padden, Ireland
It was really a great experience for all of us
I just wanted to say Thank you very much for consulting me again. It was really a great experience for all of us, which we enjoyed a lot! There was nothing to complain about and we had a great time on the river!
Conrad Scheibe, Germany
We had a great time on the river
All well here, we had a great time on the river and can only recommend the cruise to our friends
Mogens Pedersen
Very pleased with the service you provided
I was very pleased with service you provided Thank you
Alan Cox
would go again next year.
Thanks for yr note ,all went well boat good weather ok but cold would go again next year.
Max McMullan
Great holiday
Great holiday, loved the boat,comfy enough beds (we've certainly had worse) I just wish there had been a whistling kettle. I think I wasted some gas waiting for the kettle to boil realising it had boiled when the boat began to steam up! Beautiful countryside, in fact nothing to complain about not even the weather. We fell lucky.
Marie Jepson, Yorkshire, UK
We had a wonderful time on our cruise
We had a wonderful time on our cruise, thank you... just a pity the weather wasn't great, still we really enjoyed our week. Thank you for your help with booking and organising, it really made things easier for us. We found the boat very well equipped with everything we could possibly need. We did however experience difficulty at some stop-off points filling up the water tank, we were not supplied with a hose connector to connect to the water taps and had to borrow from another boat at the Hodson Bay, unfortunately there was nobody available to borrow from at Portrunny so we were without a water refill for one night until we got to Lanesboro. This was only one small difficulty, and outside that, we really found everything else totally perfect, apart from the weather of course! Many thanks again, and we will certainly recommend this trip to our family and friends.
Michelle Hurson
We had a lovely time on the river
We had a lovely time on the river although, with hindsight, I would have probably only booked for 5-nights for a first time. I have attached a photo of our first night berthing in Ballinamore. Found out the next day that the mooring was in fact closed but we had a very peaceful night. Think that the lush background, colour and stillness of the water is lovely and I will be making a framed enlarged poster from it for my dining room wall. Only a couple of comments from the boat. Although there are curtains around most of the windows there is no privacy curtain for the main entrance. We had to close the sliding curved door and lay towels across when we were berthed in the busy marina. I understand that radio signals are not guaranteed which made the fact that the CD player didn't work a bit of a problem. A neighbour of ours had a problem when he filled with water, he had a Carrick Craft boat, when he dropped the cap into the water. Would be ideal to have a retaining chain on the caps as they don't float! Was entertaining for the rest of us watching him retrieve the cap from the freezing cold river though! And he took it well. Apart from those small issues we felt that the boat was well equipped and allowed us to have a lovely time and we would recommend your company to others.
David O'Hallorin, Essex, UK
We absolutely loved it

I was planning to send you an email this week to say thanks for all your help. We had a brilliant time on the cruise, we absolutely loved it. The booking process and service was excellent. I would definitely recommend it to my family and friends. I'll definitely be back to do it again, hopefully every summer!


Emma Scarborough, Dublin, Ireland
Everything was shipshape

We had a lovely few days – unfortunately too short. Everything was shipshape


Diarmuid O'Sullivan, Cork, Ireland
We had a marvellous time

We had a marvellous time and really appreciate all of your very kind assistance and advice throughout the booking process. Looking forward to next year !! I'll be sure to get in touch with you then !


Albert Lennon, Ireland
Even better than last time

We had a wonderful holiday, even better than last time, we saw lots of new places and thoroughly enjoyed each one. How can I write a review for your website?


Caroline Mueller, Switzerland
We all had a fantastic time last weekend

Thanks for all your help, we all had a fantastic time last weekend. Found your staff to be particularly helpful and welcoming (had the pleasure of meeting Padraic who was an absolute gentleman).

 

We look forwarding to booking another cruise with you and Carrick Craft and will most definitely be recommending it to friends!


Tiernan King, Dublin, Ireland
I found your service great

Thanks for your email. The booking, value for money, Emerald Star: le boat as they are now known were all great. The weather however let us down badly and unfortunately put a bit of a damper on our trip. There is however one issue that should be addressed and its quite out of your control but maybe yu may be able to get a word in some day. The problem is that the information provided on the facilities available in towns on the river is all hopelessley out of date. The Waterways Ireland booklet and Emerald Star Book all describe wonderful pubs and restaurants that simply do not exist, in some cases having closed over 5 years ago.  One example , Drumsna, one small pub and shop in one is all thats left. The information is seriously in need of updating.  So much is just not there.

 

Anyway, I found your service great and will book through you nexttime and happy to reccomend your site to anyone interested in hiring a boat.


Peter McGrath, Meath, Ireland
Brian it was absolutely brilliant
Brian it was absolutely brilliant. Last day we sailed from Leitrim to Carrick. A mist was over the river. I tell you. It was astonishing. So cold. So quite. God is good. Roll on. Next year
Brian Jamison, Belfast, Northern Ireland
We enjoyed the cruise very much
We enjoyed the cruise very much but prefer the lower stretches of the Shannon i.e. Portumna which I did 10 years ago as there was more activity in the towns along that section of river. There was very little choice on bars and restaurants from the towns on the Carrick on Shannon end. Otherwise service was great and would recommend to friends for the future.
Frank Ryan, Bangkok, Thailand
We had a wonderful family holiday.
We had a wonderful family holiday. The children loved it as did my husband & I. We were a bit disappointed with facilities and activities along the way - Dromod was by far the best place to moor. There is a lovely resturant near Quigleys Marina but it really wasnt signposted appropriately (we found it by chance) We needed more tuition regarding what to do if one needed to moor where there wasn't enough space on a Marina. Lastly the boat was very tired. The flooring was all ripped in the main living area and near the steps down to the kitchen (this could have been very dangerous and was a bit disappointing). Overall we had a great time despite the weather and we look forward to doing it again.
Mairead Ahern
We had a wonderful family trip
We had a wonderful family trip, I would highly recommend it to a family. We stayed at lough Key where there was plenty to do.
Tracy O'Shea, Ireland
Everyone Enjoyed Themselves.
Many thanks for your email. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be doing it again, especially since we have now mastered the locks!!! We didn't have any issues and everyone enjoyed themselves. Again many thanks for your help.
Michelle Rafter, Ireland
We had a great time, many thanks.
We had a great time, many thanks.
Dorothy O'Byrne
Your service was excellent as advertised

Your service was excellent as advertised and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise.

Some minor feedback regarding Carrickcraft

  1. Ablution facilities at homebase need upgrading as does the reception area which smells mouldy
  2. The boat although clean, also needed a "revamp", cracked broken tile in the galley and also fire damage to the stove surround.
  3. The boat was definitely the slowest on the river, one of the mechanics admitted that thy were waiting for a part. This made planning a day difficult as the times and distances supplied on the guide were impossible to achieve.

Tom Cumming
Great Service!
Thanks for you help with booking this trip. I found the booking experience easy and efficient. I hope to be booking with you again soon. Emerald Star were also very efficient and friendly. We had a great few days on the cruise, no negative feedback whatsoever. In summary Great Service!
John Norton, Galway, Ireland
We had a great time

We had a great time and would do again. Only gripes if I had any would be where to get rid of rubbish in one or two places though an amazing lady in a shop in killaloe took ours so maybe knowing where the bins are would be good eg. mount shannon. I also mentioned to the cruiser company that the water hose on the boat was about 10-15 feet short. Only very minor things so.


Scott Rankin, Dublin, Ireland
Would recommend your company again

Despite the sudden change of plans at the last minute everything turned out well and we all enjoyed the trip. As it was our first time and the boat was fairly big it was stressful doing our first mooring  and perhaps a little longer instruction could have helped we got the hang in the end and would recommend your company again. 


Peter Dooley, UK
We were very impressed with the boat and your service

We are home safe and sound having had a lovely holiday on the Shannon despite the inclement weather. We were very impressed with the boat and your service. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. The only problem we had was getting the heating to work  -  we were unable. We could have rung base for help but any night we tried to get it going, it was after 7p.m. and next day would be so full on that we forgot to get advice during office hours. So it was probbly our own ignorance but someone might just check that it is working.

 

Overall though it was a great holiday and ye provide a very good service, thank you.


Micheal McNamara, Cork, Ireland
We really enjoyed our trip

Yes we really enjoyed our trip, was well equipped and amazingly easy to manage the food, sleeping was a bit on the small side as we expected

 

Everybody very friendly on the river and willing to help each other out, a lovely way to spend a few days away. Thank you for everything.


Paula Murphy, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great time

 Thank you for asking, we had a great time, didn't go to far, Leitrim town on Friday evening, Boyle for Saturday night, and Jamestown for Sunday and Sam!!!. Weather wasn't bad a little cool during the nights and mornings, the Sunday was absolutely gorgeous we were up early in Boyle marina to catch the rising sun and the whole day was beautiful, Monday morning was very foggy and we were back at about 10.15am, I had phoned them to let them know. Got good introduction to the boat by Emerald staff, the boat (Crana Shannon star) had a good few outings in it's life with a few little things not working, the showers in the two rear bathrooms were set on cold and could not be adjusted, the heating only worked at one vent in the main dining/living area, a very strong odour in the front toilet/bathroom, the cooker could do with a good service, very low flame, there was a good bit of play in the steering and the upper steering position was missing the transparent wind deflector and stop engine button didn't work, we had no key to open clean water tank but didn't need it. I told the woman at reception about these and she said they would check them out. We still had a great time and will be back again for more, hopefully in a newer boat.


Patrick Rooney, Dublin, Ireland
The cruise was lovely

The cruise was lovely, and the Caprice boat was really nice. Weather wasn't so great at first as it rained a lot but got better as we headed South.

The comforters in the rooms were not clean though, you could tell they had just been used.

The grill was hooked up for us upstairs but we were unable to use it as all the gas leaked out,not sure how.We paid 47 Euros extra for it and we were disappointed that it leaked and never worked.

Other than that, it was a lovely cruise and ground team was very helpful.


Virginia Mutinda, United States
Everything was perfect
Thank you for your message, everything was perfect. We spend a wonderful and sunny week in a beautiful country with very friendly people.
Laurent Rombi
Everything was great
Thank You ! We had a ball and really enjoyed the weekend. Everything was great. Only issue was my skills at manovering the floating shopping trolly :). Only issue on the boat was two of the rings wouldn't stay on which really didn't affect us at all. We will be back for sure and thanks again for everything.
Stephen Mullin, Dublin, Ireland
We very much enjoyed our adventures on the Shannon-Erne waterway
We very much enjoyed our adventures on the Shannon-Erne waterway with the barge LIR from Riversdale. Graham, Georgina, and Paddy at Riversdale were very kind to accommodate our last minute schedule changes, arranged taxis to/from Dromod, and even made sure our refrigerator was stocked per our request to start the trip. We had great weather (for the most part), and thanks to all of the creature comforts built into the barge, we were quite comfortable at each of the places we moored. Needless to say, the service block HOT showers were much appreciated, even tho we had one of our own! We got as far as Carrick-on-Shannon and made it back again, safely. Maybe next time we can explore more.
Helen Murray & Henry Dwyer, UK
We had a magnificent trip
Hi Brian, we had a magnificent trip. The boat was great. Everything ran smoothly. The only bad point was that we wanted to use showers in Terry glass and garykennedy they weren't available plus no shop there either. I know these are not yer issues but just to know in future for yer customers would be helpful. We were blessed with the weather too. Thanks for everything Brian. We'll definitely be returning custom again.
Carlos O'Gara, Ireland
Was a great time we had.
Oh but a distant memory. Was a great time we had, weather improved last two days so that made it good... Attached a few images of the trip, Thanks, and next year may do again
Joe Lennon, Dublin, Ireland
We strongly recommend it to our friends.

We had a very enjoyable week and are really glad we tried it. We strongly recommend it to our friends.

One small observation. Unlike, say, a rental car, there is no indication of what fuel is in the tank before and after the cruise so it's unusual to be billed for usage at the end when you don't know what you started with. 


Frank Shouldice, Ireland
Another fantastic adventure on the Shannon
<p class="MsoPlainText">I should be thanking you! Another fantastic adventure on the Shannon with plenty of fun and laughter.&nbsp;I'll be in contact again before the end of the year to book another trip.&nbsp;Talk to you soon and enjoy the weekend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p>
Rodney Macken, Ireland
Had an absolutely brilliant holiday.
Had an absolutely brilliant holiday , ive already recommended you to anyone who asked , staff were lovely and very helpful ,couldn't fault anything to be very honest and we're already thinking of next year , probably get a bigger boat with a few extra heads next time :-)
David Coyne, Louth
We had an excellent time on the cruise

We had an excellent time on the cruise. Polish Seamus saw to us on the first day and got off without a hitch despite none of us having previous experience. 

We were truly blessed with the weather and we got to visit some great places such as Carrick, Dromod, Roosky, Tarmonbarry, Lanesborough, Cloondara, Athlone, Clonmacnoise Monastery.


Daniel Haydock, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great trip.

We had a great trip and the picking-up / dropping off the boat was all seamless. We had a minor mechanical problem with the boat on the first day but Carrick cruises came to the rescue as soon as we phoned them and we were on our way again.

One point I have just noticed is that we got a cleaning bill of €100 which I thought was a bit excessive. I admit that we had left some dirty dishes but we had attempted to wash them only to discover that we ran out of water. We emptied all the rubbish etc. We may not have folded the linen but this is removed anyway for cleaning, would I be correct?

To their credit they had asked for a deposit of €1,000 but when I mentioned that we thought it was a choice between that and the €220 waiver they agreed to go with the waiver. Which was lucky as this is what we had budgeted for.

Just some points of note.


Alan Stack, Cork, Ireland
We very much enjoyed our cruise

thank you. We very much enjoyed our cruise from Banagher to Carrick and back. Lots of fresh air (not too much rain!). Highlights were visits to the Purple Onion at Tarmonbarry, Athlone Castle, and Carrick.  

REVIEW:

7 day Shannon River cruise on a Carrickcraft Tyrone Class boat, August 2017

+ points:

·      we found shannon-river.com to be friendly, informative, and efficient

·      the route planning maps provided prior to picking up the boat were useful

·      the online tutorials on boat handling were helpful   

·      our boat was well equipped and comfy if a little dated

·      the river maps provided were excellent and the binoculars a good idea too

·      the Carrickcraft showers at Banagher were good (less so at Carrick)

- points:

·      the set of saucepans provided were poor (the ones in my granddaughter’s toy box are better!)

·      the dvd player looked ancient and would only play 2 of the discs we brought with us

·      like most people these days we have electric toothbrushes, shavers, and iphones / ipads – the single inverter device on this boat was totally inadequate

·      diesel costs and collision damage waiver should be included in a single upfront price

 

·      there is a shortage of suitable mooring spots on this river which can cause difficulty


Tony Mead, Uk.
We had a great holiday.

We had a great holiday. Your staff were excellent especially the receptionist( sorry I forgot her name.. But has glasses) and Pat who done the boat handover on arrival and departure.

We are already talking about our next boating trip on the Shannon.

 


Pat Lehane, Ireland
My 2 German friends and myself really enjoyed the break.
My 2 German friends and myself really enjoyed the break. The boat was well kitted out and there was ample room for us (3 adults) in the Carlow class. Take over and return in Banagher was problem free. The staff were friendly and polite. My only criticism is that driving on the RIGHT is not emphasied enough !! I would suggest that on each page of the chart book it should be written in BOLD print. A firm reminder is better than an accident which we nearly had on two occasions.
Desmond Keaveny
We might even set sail again in the near future…
Just back from my Summer leave and wanted to thank you again for all your help with organising the surprise for my husband John’s 40th birthday. He absolutely enjoyed the whole trip! We dealt with a lovely man in Tullybay who suggested some of the places we should visit with the lads and I was delighted (as were my lads) with the boat I had selected. The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed the whole experience. I would definitely recommend your website (for making the booking so easy) and the customer service you personally provided was brilliant. You never know, we might even set sail again in the near future…
Bernie O'Neill, Dundalk
We had a great time

We had a great time. Locaboat people were great and we would definitely consider them again


John Callanan
We had a most enjoyable holiday

We had a most enjoyable holiday although I was very disappointed that there was no DVD player on board our boat because the booking confirmation stated that there would be one. When I raised this issue with the office on Day 2 of our holiday I was simply told that our boat did not have one because not all Elegance boats have them ! It did not seem to matter that our booking confirmation stated that we would have one ! This was particularly disappointing as three nights in a row we also had no television due to no signal!


Paul Murray, Dublin, Ireland
We had one of our best holidays ever with one of your boats.
Many thanks to all of you. We had one of our best holidays ever with one of your boats. We enjoyed much and had a really relaxed stay, due to the good service of your team.
Herbert Helbling, Switzerland
The whole experience was brilliant
On behalf of myself and Angela I would like to thank both Shannon River and Carrick Craft for an amazing holiday, from being picked up at the airport, to being dropped back off there, the whole experience was brilliant. The staff at Carrick Craft could not of been any friendlier or helpful, the boat was perfect and even the one afternoon of rain could not dampen our spirits in anyway. The Shannon itself was a pleasure to be on, from being well marked to every town, harbour, lock and facility being immaculate, clean and an absolute pleasure to visit, which is something we plan to do again. Once again thanks for everything.
Paul Neatis, Cumbria, UK
Thanks a mill will definitely be using your services again.
Thank you so much we had a fab break and your boat is fab. Thanks a mill will definitely be using your services again in the near future
Karen Smith, Dublin, Ireland
We all had a super time on the Shannon.
We all had a super time on the Shannon. We used to holiday on the Shannon when we were kids so for our Mam and Dad’s 80th birthday we decided we’d “re-create” the memories of holidays gone by. While we were small kids back then, we are now all 40 and 50 something grown kids. We decided we’d just go on our own with Mam and Dad i.e. no partners or spouses to make it more like days gone by . We were a bit apprehensive about how six siblings might get on in such a confined space and with water all around (intentional drownings were a concern !!!). However, we all got on great and had a wonderful time re-visiting Lough Key Forest Park etc. The boat was exactly as described. Basic enough but did the job. The one thing we were all a bit surprised at was the price of the diesel – 130 euro for the few days – seems quite expensive. Other than that, a great time was had by all. The booking system was very efficient and well run and you kept us well informed on every detail. Hopefully, we might be back again.
Sandra Doyle, Meath, Ireland
We had a great time on the river.
We had a great time on the river, really enjoyable and the kids loved it. I was very impressed with your web site and the back up service you gave in terms of the phone calls etc. We have some great photos of us dressed as pirates so will try to send some on if I remember when I get home.
Conor Walsh, Dublin, Ireland
We all had a really, really, fantastic time
I would just like to confirm that we all had a really, really, fantastic time
Jim Moore, UK
Everything was perfect
Hey hey, everything was perfect. They enjoyed it very much and are very greatfull for the hospitality and kindness. One remark, one dinghy had some pro s with the motor. That s all. For sure they come back to Shannon river.
Kim Sweers, Rotem, Belgium
We had the best time ever!
We had the best time ever! My wife didn't want to come and now her and the kids are asking when can we do it again. The staff in Carrick-on-Shannon were so helpful and friendly, I can't say enough about them.
Ed Heffernan, Co. Clare, Ireland
It really was a fantastic holiday
I can just say our cruise on the boat was great!!! It really was a fantastic holiday!!!!! Thank you very much for all your help.
Stefan Jecklin, Switzerland
Ah yes it was brilliant experience
Ah ye it was brilliant experience, great craic, some serious drinking and fishing took place. Who knew pubs didnt close until you were ready to go home !! Setting out it was lashing rain, we were fearing the worst but after a few mins the sun came out n stayed dry for the whole wkend. Would have been great to have a full week on board, sure maybe the next time we will. Thanks for all you help.
Alan Padden, Ireland
We had an absolutely brilliant time on the boat
We had an absolutely brilliant time on the boat. The boat itself (Elegance) was gorgeous and we were lucky enough to have mostly good weather so we were really pleased. Saw some fantastic places and ate in some lovely bar/restaurants along the way. Plus all the staff we dealt with were really helpful and friendly. Thanks so much for all your help and hopefully will be in touch again in the future.
Anne Lamb, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great time and we were blessed with the weather.
We had a great time and we were blessed with the weather. All was great with the boat, couldn't fault it, even my wife who is 8 months pregnant really enjoyed it, thanks again.
Stephen Byrne, COrk
It was a most enjoyable Holiday.

It was a most enjoyable Holiday , due to my father in laws health we had 5.5 days in total but the Holiday went well. I contacted Banagher directly and they were most helpful, the lady met us at 7pm and as it was to late to set of we slept over night and went away Monday morning about 10.30am. A half hour into the trip we had a issue to the speed  control upstairs ( it wasn’t responding ) but two very helpful staff met up and it was replaced within 10 minutes and we went on out way…

 

I would say the interior is looking “tired” (Silver Crest) at this stage of its use i.e fabric, cabinets, it was clean but musty.  We would recommend more pillows, and very importantly a double duvet for  the double bed. We asked about the duvet but they didn’t provide it. The maps and information given was very helpful and the Staff from start to finish were very good.


Aileen Hayes, Ireland
Your advice and service was invaluable and I would totally recommend you to anyone
We had a great trip - the weather could have been better but we made the most of it nonetheless. The handover of the boat went extremely smoothly although the only thing was the beds still had those vinyl covering on them, which I was keen to avoid as you know . Your advice and service was invaluable and I would totally recommend you to anyone else who was planning a trip on the Shannon.
Alan Greene, Ireland
Thanks for your professionalism.
The three of us had a great trip and all went well both the with craft and the occupants. Not having any boating experience, as captain, it was not as difficult as I thought it may be to control the craft. Best wishes and thanks for your professionalism.
Brian Wates, UK
Great time thanks
Great time thanks, Carrick Craft were great, weather less so but that didn't manage to spoil it. Will be doing it again.
Aidan Brooks, Dublin, Ireland
We Would Book Again and Would Do It Through You.
Hi Brian we had a great time thanks for asking,We would book again and would do it through you again.The service was great anything we asked we got a reply about. We will recommend you to friends in the future. Again thanks for all your help.
Dustin Richardson, Dublin, Ireland.
We all loved it
Just wanted to thank you very much for everything. We had an absolutely amazing weekend, we all loved it - although perhaps having a 5 star boat helped!
Oonagh Carney, Dublin, Ireland
We loved the trip
We loved the trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Have you anywhere for reviews that we can write up on? The fact that some of us had gone before we knew what to expect so that was an advantage. Perhaps the next time we need to do better research into where we go and what is there to do.Thanks very much for all your help in organising this.
Niamh Merrigan, Dublin, Ireland
A super trip

A super trip although we left the good weather in Dublin and had rain for the 3 days but nonetheless all enjoyed the experience.  The boat was quite old and with 10 of us on board and no air conditioning the condensation each morning was off the scale but apart from that it was super.

 No issues to report and we will again return soon. 


Ruth Brady, Dublin, Ireland
It was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Thanks for your help with our trip - It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Hugely relaxing with great experiences. food and people.
Garech Mulcahey
We had a great time on the river.
We had a great time on the river. Everything went smoothly with all four seasons during our days. Will send you a picture when we get home.
Rainer Huebner, New Zealand
We had a marvellous fortnight
Thank you for all your help in booking our boating holiday with Carrickcraft, and for all the information on your website. We had a marvellous fortnight and I have enclosed some photos. The only thing I would mention (nothing to do with your service) is that our intention was to travel the Shannon - Erne system right up to Belleek, which we did, with time to spare in the 15 days. However, in retrospect, it was not ideal to start the holiday (from Carrick) with the narrow canals and self-service locks when we had only 2 people on board and were still learning to steer ! This apart we had no problems at all and everyone we encountered, from the staff at the Carrickcraft bases in Carrick and Bellanaleck to fellow boaters, was very helpful and reassuring. Thank you again for all your help, and we will certainly recommend you to anyone wanting to visit the Shannon
Eileen Smith, UK
They had a bril time
Hi brian just to say thank you for organising the boat for my husband and 2 brothers last weekend. They had a bril time.
Ber McWey, Co. Laois, Ireland
The boys and I had a great time on the river
The boys and I had a great time on the river and the weather was glorious. I was extremely impressed by your attentiveness and the ease with which the arrangements were put in place.
Peter Doran, UK
The trip was great!
The trip was great! helped by the nice sunshine we had : ) One of the guys is already planning his next trip so I've passed on you're details.
Patrick Nolan, Ireland
All great indeed
All great indeed - besides 2 days of rain .... Boat mint condition - clean and all functional. Only thing not to good - chaos on day when we picked up boat - only on lady at receiption - no "qeue system" no clear information when boat is ready .... But overall great! Might do it again anytime soon!
Heinrich Prokop, Austria
Overall -a really good trip.
We had a great time on the river despite the dull weather. The boat was very comfortable and interiors smart. Our only issue was Meelick lock and the Portumna Bridge. The Carrickcraft people should have warned us about the times especially on Sunday evening. We had planned to return the boat on Sunday evening but on the way to Meelick lock we realised that it was supposed to shut at 6pm. Fortunately, another group had been in touch with the lockkeeper and he opened the lock @8pm letting about 5boats through. Overall -a really good trip.
Aine ni Chonchubhair, Galway, Ireland
It was a great experience
Brian, it was a great experience. Thanks for all your responses over the months of planning the trip. I asked for comments from the other people on the boat and here they are in no particular order: The cushions were particularly hard and everyone woke up stiff after sleeping on them. The low fuel consumption over 8 days was amazing. The lack of shore power was bothersome to the ladies not able to use blow dryers and curling irons. I would recommend that cruisers buy European-plug extension cords as most of the marinas has power at the docks. Would also recommend cruisers to purchase a sturdy cooler for the extra drinks and items that won't fit into the refrigerators. Recommend cruisers bring a good quality compass. If you choose to make a diversion from the well marked straight on the river path on the lakes to an interesting site, a compass would be helpful in making better sense from the charts. Most of the marinas were well maintained with helpful staff. Groceries are generally available in most villages so there is no need to overstock before you leave. We experienced a mechanical problem one evening while docking. Called Carrick Craft that evening. He said he would be out the next morning. He was on time, quickly diagnosed the problem, assured us a replacement boat would be provided if he could't fix it on the spot but in 20 minutes he had it fixed. Everyone we met were welcoming and helpful. We have some great stories from the pubs and fellow boaters. Everyone on our boat wants to do it again. I would comment that we checked out the silver line cruisers at Banagher and their bow thrusters, 2000 watt inverters, the covered fly bridge and cushy cushions will be tempting the next time around although you pay a premium for those features. All in all, it was a great trip, your help and guidance was invaluable and mosh appreciated. I'll send some pictures next week when we get them more organized. Thanks again Brian.
James Watson, Portage, USA
A great week on the river
A great week on the river. Panicked a little when our boat reached the lower end of the what we had been told was the fuel limit, after we found that one of the few fuel depots, at Quigley's Marina doesn't serve on a Sunday. In fact when we took in back to Silverline the tank was more than half full. I guess they have to be pessimistic but it would have been better to have had a more realistic estimate of the boat's fuel use - it does seem remarkable that there's no way of telling how much fuel's in the tank without filling it up to capacity. Perhaps this is just an issue with the Silver River model. Apart from that no worries and the Silverline people were genuinely friendly and helpful. Many Thanks,
David Starley, Yorkshire, UK
We had a great week on the Shannon River
We had a great week on the Shannon River and thank you for your help in organising our booking. You even organised some lovely weather for us which was an extra special surprise! Thank you again and with best wishes,
Matthew Neil, UK
We had a great time on our week's cruise
We had a great time on our week's cruise, although the weather was a little testing on the lake! The Emerald Isle team at Portumna were excellent, especially Hannah, Jason and John. Thanks for a smooth and straightforward booking experience.
Gerry Keen, Ireland
We had a great week on the Shannon
We had a great week on the Shannon, getting to visit lots of places. The girls thought it was a super adventure and was definitely a hit with them. The staff at Carrick Craft in Banagher were great and could not have been more helpful. The only comment we would make is that I am sure they not using road diesel (but agricultural diesel) to fill the boats and yet the charges are reflective of the road side pump prices!!
Sharon Rice, Ireland
Yes we had a really good time.
Yes we had a really good time !! Everything was great (except the weather on some days, but this is ireland :-) The boat was comfortable, and easy to drive, and the instructions left on the boat were clear (navigation maps, handbook etc...). The preparation of the trip with you was also nice: good contacts, sending of useful video etc...
Laurent Bergdoll, France
We very much enjoyed our short cruise.
Thanks for your email and, yes, we very much enjoyed our short cruise. We had previously been on the river about 10 years ago with Shannon Castle and we cruised up to Athlone and down to Killaloe. My wife's family originated near Tarmon and we had thought to visit that area but we realised this was perhaps a bit ambitious in 2 days so we went up to Leitrim and then to Lough Key instead. Everything was excellent apart from the weather which, alas, is beyond anyone's control. In spite of this we enjoyed seeing the King House in Boyle and the Lough Key Forest Park nearby. It was sad to see the effects of the recession and flooding on some of the villages (we saw Leitrim and Cootehall) but Carrick seems to be thriving and when we drove back we saw that Athlone seems to have recovered quite well. I expect we will come again and when we do we'll be sure to contact you. Thanks for your help and best regards
David Hedgeland
we had a great time
Yeah we had a great time, when we were checking in the guy warned us that the force 9 winds that were forecast would make lough derg fairly brutal so we went up river to Banagher the 1st night, then on to shannonbridge for the 2nd night, swung around and headed for Terryglass on the 3rd night, in hindsight we probably should have just parked off in Portumna on the 3rd night as there wasnt much in Terryglass to write home about. Got lucky with the weather in fairness, when it did rain we were either in the pub or asleep. There was an issue with one of the toilets getting blocked up on the saturday, rang it in and the guy said to get a plunger that there was nothing he could do. Got one in Shannonbridge (theres a pub that is also a shop) but it didnt solve the problem. It wasnt ideal as it made the whole boat smell horrific. That aside, it was a great trip and will definitely be back, definitely worth the hassle trying to get the Mrs. to sign release papers for 4 days!
Alan Padden, Cork, Ireland
We had an excellent time
We had an excellent time and really enjoyed it, and have recommended it to family and friends
Padraig Ward, Ireland
We had a great time!
We had a great time ( weather did help – best 2 days so far this year) everything was perfect and the lads took over ! Pardon my ignorance – never knew the canal existed going down to the lock – really beautiful. Got down as far as Lanesboro before turning back. Thank you for all your help
James Quinn, Dublin, Ireland
Had a Great Time
Hi Brian had a great time.
Mark Scarff, Dublin, Ireland
We will certainly do it again

Everything was a joy from start to finish and we will certainly do it again. When we do we will be back to you

 


Ger Sweeney, Ireland
We had an absolute ball!
We had an absolute ball – thoroughly enjoyable and well certainly be doing it again. The boat was lovely and well maintained. The only negative I would give you is the return time of the boat being 9am was very disappointing. This meant we were tied to Carrick on Shannon the night before and a very early start to pack up. This would make me reconsider booking through a company again. However that is no reflection of the the boat itself, the standards and the trip as a whole – it really was amazing.
Celine Maher, Ireland
A big thank you for organising our week on the Shannon
A big thank you for organising our week on the Shannon with Silverline. The boat was perfect, well equipped and spotless. The staff at Silverline were really helpful and flexible. Silverline are the most professional, well run company we have ever hired a boat from. We will definitely be back to them next year.
Deirdre Germaine, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
This is really a great holiday
We did have a good time on the Shannor River. And we really appreciate this great trip with your service. And thanks again, I hope we can do it again. This is really a great holiday ever!
Stanley Lo, Dublin, Ireland
I would recommend anyone to have the experience
We had a lovely time the weather was fantastic the only down fall is they was no electric on the boat as they was two girls you can imagine not being able to dry hair, it was my own fault as I did not read it in the details . The only other issue I have you can not collect boat till 4pm but it has to be back by 9am so that means you really need to be staying in carrick-on-Shannon the night before you give the boat back, other than that I would recommend anyone to have the experience.
Valery Joy, Dublin, Ireland
We did enjoy ourselves and are looking forward to going again
Thanks for sorting out the boat for us last week, alas the weather was not great and it was a bit wet, having said that we did enjoy ourselves and are looking forward to going again.
Brian Tyrell, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great holiday
Thanks Brian, we had a great holiday, helped hugely by fab weather. The boat was a new experience for us and great fun. We will definitely recommend it to friends. Thanks for everything.
Katherine Stroughair, Dublin, Ireland
We would totally recommend the holiday and your services
We had a wonderful trip and everything went exactly to plan. We ended up getting the 5 days for the price of 3 so we had the boat from Monday to Saturday. the weather was great which of course made everything that bit nicer. We would totally recommend the holiday and your services...in fact I have already passed on your details to a few colleagues.
Deirdre Moore, Ireland
We had a very great time, indeed.
Thanks, Brian, we had a very great time, indeed. We will tell around here in Brussels.
Jeroen van Beeck, Brussels
We had a great time on the river,
yes, we had a great time on the river, mostly Lough Derg. We didn't get the weather Met Eireann promised, but as one wag said, that only happens when they promise rain! Best of all, it was my partners first trip on the Shannon, and she took to it greatly, so we'll be back. Many thanks for your help.
Tim Costello, Dublin
Loved Every Minute
Loved every minute Brian. Will definitely book with you again. Thanks, Noeleen
Noeleen, Ireland
I would like to thank you for all your support
I would like to thank you for all your support. It was a great holiday and everything went well. We had a wonderful week, mostly good weather and came back really relaxed. Probably won’t be the last time, we did a trip like this.
Thomas Lantsch, Germany
Thanks shannon river,looking forward to next year
Every year we all look forward to our trip with Emerald Star on the river shannon, such peacefulness, such beautiful scenery, what a great time. Thanks shannon river,looking forward to next year or maybe sooner
James Kershaw, Dublin, Ireland
The trip was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone
The trip (stag) was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone. The boats themselves were clean and well equipped for our needs. The pre-sail lesson from Emerald Star was very informative and just what was needed. All the towns/villages we visited (Portumna, Dromineer, Killaloe, Garrykennedy and Terryglass) were clean, tidy and the locals were warm and welcoming. They really were a credit to their country! The interaction and service I had with both yourself in Shannon River and Emerald Star was fantastic. All queries were answered promptly and all requests were looked after. Everyone asking me how the trip went is being told to call yourself and book themselves a few nights on the Shannon. I will definitely be returning when the kids are old enough.
Sean Nolan, Dublin, Ireland
The trip was great
The trip was great and we enjoyed every minutes at the boat. The services around the booking worked really well. I will attach some nice pictures of our trip. Hopefully, we will find time to do it again.
Thomas Richter, Germany
Had a great time on the Shannon
Had a great time on the Shannon , all the family enjoyed it ,my dad especially. Boat was fantastic very easy to handle and very clean. The lads from emerald star who worked on marina were great, very helpful and great Craic. Will be back again hopefully before season ends.
Anthony Duff, Ireland
We had a fantastic time
We had a fantastic time ! We'll definitely do it again.
Seamus Cullen, Dublin, Ireland
Yes indeed we had a great time on the river
Yes indeed we had a great time on the river. Service was good. Would be good to add to your website links to restaurants and restaurants logistics when mooring.
Marc Fortems, Belgium
We had a great holiday and appreciated your service
We had a great holiday and appreciated your service. I’ll certainly be recommending Shannon River to my friends and family. The only disappointment with Carrick was the additional payment of €120 we became aware of as we checked in to reduce the insurance excess from €1000 to €100. That felt like a bit of a scam - including only insurance with a €1000 excess in the quoted price was a bit misleading by Carrick - it’s not what car hire or similar companies do. I paid it because I was in a hurry to check in - need to read the small print in advance next time!! But this is a a disappointment with Carrick, not with you. Thanks for arranging our hire - we will be in touch when we book our next river trip in Ireland.
Robert Watson, Berkshire, UK
We'll be coming again!!!
Brian, We had a great time. The only criticism I would have is that you should tell people how to cross a lake on a windy day. When the waves rock the boat it can get quite scary if don't face your boat into the waves. We managed fine but it should be mentioned. We'll be coming again!!!
Tiarnan O'Ruairc, Co. Clare, Ireland
We had a fantastic time, and were very lucky with the weather.
We had a fantastic time, and were very lucky with the weather. The guys at Carrick Craft Banagher were amazing, especially when we discovered that our transfer back to the airport at the end of the trip was a problem (they had our name on a list to be transferred, but had not assigned us to a bus, so if we had shown up at 10am for our ride to the airport we would have discovered that all the rides to the airport left at 9am or earlier!). Sean stayed late to make some calls and sort it out for us. The boat was just the right size for us (thanks for helping us select the right one), and was easy to operate. Thanks again for you help in putting together this adventure for us!
Sheila Trant
We had a fabulous time
We had a fabulous time – the weather really helped. We were delighted with the boat and would have no complaints in that regard.
Gary Morrissey, Ireland
I want to thank you for the great service
I want to thank you for the great service you did for us! We had again a nice trip on the boats
Peter Stankowitz, Germany
We Thought the Service Was Great
We had a great time on the river, we wished we could have spent longer cruising, but our time home just didn’t allow. We thought the service was great, and very responsive, and we thank you for all your help. We will definitely do it again, and for longer next time!
Cormac Treanor, Connecticut, USA
I would recommend it as a brilliant holiday
Had a ball thanks to all involved everything was excellent had only one negative and it was the price they charged for diesel But otherwise I would recommend it as a brilliant holiday
Lorraine Corlett
We had a nice short break on the Shannon
Yes, we had a nice short break on the Shannon although weather wasnt great but thats always the risk in Ireland. we were quite impressed by some of the restaurants we came across, better than I remember from my early days of Shannon cruising! I think your website is a very useful resource for those contemplating a Shannon cruising holiday, particularly the comparison and availability data.
Neville Couse, Ireland
We had a brilliant time
Thanks Brian we had a brilliant time and can't wait to do it next year as we're gonna make it a yearly thing from now on. Thanks again for all your help
Damien Duff
Had a great time, thanks
Had a great time, thanks. The boat ran beautifully and the staff at Banagher were top class. If I had to point out one thing that could be improved it would be the downer of having to pay insurance at the beginning and then the diesel bill at the end. Wouldn't it be a good idea to amalgamate these two items into the initial quote? Although I understand the necessity of both (and the choice aspect of the insurance policy), it does feel like you're been for a few extra Euro, just before and after you have a great time.
Evan Colbert, Co. Galway, Ireland
Everything was perfect
Everything was perfect Brian, I've passed your number on to some friends so hopefully you'll get another booking in the next few week. If not we'll surely be going again next year.
Patrick Holohan, Ireland
We had a great time on the river
We had a great time on the river and i have to say everything on your part was great easy to deal with helpful etc etc im afraid i cant say the same for emerald star their service leaves a lot to be desired but i would have no hesitation in using yourselves again if i was to book another boat next year
Paul McGuinness, Belfast, Northern Ireland
We had a great time on the river
We had a great time on the river Service and information from yourself Was excellent
Ger Connollly, Meath, Ireland
We really enjoyed our time on the Shannon and would definitely do another holiday like this.
We really enjoyed our time on the Shannon and would definitely do another holiday like this. Lough Key Forest Park was brilliant, we all loved the zip wires! We loved all the little towns along the route also – although some pubs/ restaurants listed in our guidebook are now closed due to the recession or did not do food in the evening On the whole though a great week, thanks for your help and we would do again
Sarah Lynch, Ireland
We Have Been Very Satisfied With Your Services.
We have been very satisfied with your services and strong follow up on everything. Thank you! We also had a very fine holiday in Ireland and on River Shannon. Beautiful country – very very nice people!
John Tonnes, Norway
Holidays were awesome
Holidays were awesome and I would like to thank you for everything. Marina staff were really friendly and helpful. Also weather was perfect. Thank You
Michal Dydowicz, Limerick, Ireland
I had a really great time.
I had a really great time and cannot compliment Shannon River enough for sorting out my trip at such short notice! Was a very enjoyable experience and I hope to return.
Fergal McGuinness, Co. Meath, Ireland
Just a big thank you
Just a big thank you for everything you did for us on our recent trip on the Shannon. If you check Emerald Star’s face book page you will see I put up a review/comment and some photos and my son Andrew is also on their facebook page with his life jacket on!! We had a super time and everything went really well and we will certainly do it again.
Helen Olliffe, Dublin, Ireland
Wonderful part of the world.
In short we had a fantastic time and your role in guiding us beforehand was invaluable. Best wishes and many thanks again. Wonderful part of the world.
Hugo Storey, UK
Everything was great Brian
Everything was great Brian, including the weather. There was a problem with the gears on the boat before we left so we got upgraded to a much bigger, better boat. Fred the dog had a great time too and all the pubs along the way had no problem in letting him in.
Kevin Downey, Dublin, Ireland
The service was from you guys was excellent
Just wanted to let you know that all 9 of us had a great time! The boat was huge, the service was from you guys was excellent and we'll all definitely be back again!
Jonny McKeon, Dublin, Ireland
Thank you very much for your help.
Hi Brian, yes thank you, we had a great holiday. Thank you very much for your help in advance, everything was very straightforward when we arrived at Portumna, boat was fantastic and the weather worked out great too! We will definitely think about another trip some time in the future!
Kieran Desmond, Co. Cork, Ireland
All was hassle free and very straightforward
Had a great time over the weekend and the kids had a ball. All was hassle free and very straightforward on the organisation so thanks very much for that.
Martin Sheridan, Ireland
We had a great time
We had a great time. We enjoyed everything and hope to so it again!
Robert Guaghran, California, US
A great time was had by all
Hi Brian, yes a great time was had by all last week and we are already planning our next trip to explore some of the other areas of the shannon we didn't get to see. Honestly the feedback to you is very positive. The staff in Glasson were very helpful and friendly and we got off on our holiday pretty quickly on the saturday. The only tricky bit is returning the boat so early on the saturday morning, It s hard to get breakfast done and the boat cleared and back in dock by 9. The petrol in Quigleys marina was also very expensive so i think in future when we go back we'll do a little more research on competitive fuel prices. Otherwise everything was great. The boat was fine and had everything you could need on it. We took lots of photos and i'll send you a few once we've gone through them. I'd have no problems at all recommending Waveline or a holiday on the Shannon to friends and family. :)
Julie Knox, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
It was all good
It was all good. If anything, it was better than we'd expected. You told us we couldn't get our boat till 4pm but actually it was ready much earlier; you said we'd have to bring it back by 9am but we disoverred that, being a Sunday, we had the whole day. Also we were expecting to have to hire towels but when we got there discovered they were already supplied. So, no problem with tthe outcome, but it would have been easier to plan with the facts. One niggle, I suppose: when we started, the batteries were not fully charged so the heating didn't work the frst night, despite four hours' charging. Also, why is your diesel so expensive?
William Peskett, Thailand
Thank you for being so helpful!
Our stay on the boat was fantastic! The only criticism I can give is that the water pump was defect on our first day, which led to us being "stuck on water" for a couple of hours. Only when we called a mechanic, the engine worked fine again. But other than that, we had a blast. Thank you for being so helpful!
Lorena Mancino, Switzerland.
Our trip on the river went extremely well
Our trip on the river went extremely well. From the moment I contacted you to berthing back in Portumna after the cruise, we did not have any problems and everyone, old and young, had a special experience. We will definitely do it again soon. Thank you for all your help.
Arthur Lappin, Co. Laois, Ireland
It has been a great experience and all went very smoothly.
It has been a grat experience and all went very smoothly. Thanks a lot. We will recommend you.
Ted Ganten, Germany
We Had a Great Time and All Went Very Well.
We had a great time and all went very well. Everything was as good if not better than advertised and we plan to do this again in a couple of years.
Mike Dawson, Washington, USA
We are very satisfied
Our Boat-Trip on the Shannon was very good and we are very satisfied. Thank you again, and have a good time.
Daniel Jenni, Switzerland
We had a most enjoyable 3 days on the Shannon
We had a most enjoyable 3 days on the Shannon and we will definitely do a cruise on the Shannon again in the future. Thanks for your help on the booking arrangements.
Robert Donaghy, Ireland
The Shannon river was excellent
The kids bought me the cruise for my 60th birthday, never done this before Myself and my wife Maria really enjoyed the 4 days spent on the Shannon the staff at Banagher were really helpful Noel & Vinny Really enjoyed Shannonbridge, Clonmacnoise going through the lock in Athlone, Hudson Bay and Portrunny As you can see we had a busy 4 days, the weather was good and the Shannon river was excellent
Brian & Maria Martin, Galway, Ireland
Overall very happy with your service thanks.
Great time thank you. Overall very happy with your service thanks. Only niggle was the hire bikes. Silver line said they thought we were bringing our own and the ones we were given were too small and in very poor condition. The pedal and pedal fork on mine was very loose and rusty and made an awful creaking noise riding along. I had to buy some WD40 to stop the noise. Other than that boat was great and trip very relaxing. Will definitely do it again.
Justin Cummings, Mayo, Ireland
We can't wait to come back
We had a fantastic time on the river and I can't praise the staff highly enough. We can't wait to come back, it's just a case of when. The only suggestion I would make is for additional ropes on board. I know it's fairly straightforward to swap sides with two ropes but we got caught out once or twice with a quick change of sides required particularly at Athlone lock. An extra set of lines would be a great help when cruising shorthanded. I hope you and the staff have a fantastic season and that we will see you again soon.
Andrew Carroll, Dublin
We had a great time.
Hi Brian, had a great time, it was a stag for a 67 year old, 2nd time round, you would think he would be getting sense at this stage of life, we had 14 in no at one stage, I think this could become an annual pilgrimage, first time cruising for most of crew, they will be back.
William Browne, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Thank you so much for all your help
Thank you so much for all your help we really did have an amazing time, we could not believe the scenery and the boat was perfect Some feedback, We did not know anything about lough cards or anything like that until we reached our first lough, we were told we could pay €1.50 to enter loughs, but as there was no lough keeper or anything we had to call emerald star to drive to us with a lough card as they had not mentioned it before. We were told the boat would be ready at 2, so we landed at 2, we were then told 2:30...this kept happening until it was 5pm before we actually got to leave carrick on shannon. Overall we had an amazing time, and thank you again
Peadair Gill, Galway, Ireland
All went smoothly and can't wait to go again!
All went smoothly and can't wait to go again!
Pawel Debakowski, Ireland
We had a great time with you on the Shannon
We had a great time with you on the Shannon. Particularly the easy going admin stuff, handing over and returning the boat was a very good experience, compared to other countries.
Udo von Meltzing, Germany
Yes, we had a great time
Yes, we had a great time, even when the weather made things a bit rough on Lough Key! Kathleen didn't like it when things started falling down in the cabin but we sorted that out and after finding that there were no berths left at the first mooring area, we found a second one and tied up there. I was a bit disappointed when I was charged an extra €100 on arrival because we had the dog with us. I thought that since Carrick Craft say they accept pets that the initial charge included that. We saw people on some boats with life jackets for their dogs and, when you think about it, something like that could be supplied when such an extra charge is made. After all, they supplied absolutely nothing extra for that.
Bob Power, Dublin, Ireland
We Had a Wonderful Time!
Brian, we had a wonderful time! The boat was in good shape; my daughter-in-law thought the kitchen was incredibly well laid out and so she made homemade bread while we were in docked at Garrykennedy! Some of the harbours had been spiffed up since we were there ten years ago. The cruise from Portumna to Garrykennedy was completely sunny, we dodged every cloud and shower! Nice work!!
Jan Davis, Massachusetts, USA
everything was excellent
Thanks a million Brian, we have no complaints at all, everything was excellent!! Will definitely recommend to others!
Kevin McGarrigle, Dublin, Ireland
We had a ball
Many thanks for the help with this booking, we had a ball. Only drawback was the weather!
Eoghan O'Shea, Cork, Ireland
We had a good time
We had a good time and I really liked the Noble Chief III. It was a fine boat.
Greg Warner,
We had a lovely time on the Shannon with our boat
Thanks for that and we had a lovely time on the Shannon with our boat. One issue I would have is that as we had a bigger boat we were restricted on certain routes that we could take and this only became apparent after we got to Carrick. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company as the service was excellent.
Eddie Bohan, Ireland
The service was top class
Thank you very much for your email we had a fantastic weekend from start to finish and the service was top class. We look forward to going on the river again in the future.
Alan Hickey, Cork, Ireland
We had a good break
We have a good break, thanks, very interesting to see your country from a different perspective and stop in lovely towns on the river that you might not otherwise visit. I appreciate your very swift response to our initial query as it helped us to schedule a much needed holiday at short notice.
Julie Byrne, Ireland
We had a great time
We had a great time and were impressed by the great service we got. Hope to be back to you in the future for another boat. Thanks for all your help.
Kate Kalin, Cork, Ireland
I’d Certainly Do It Again.
Yes great trip. The boat was perfect, well equipped and everything worked as expected. Staff at Carrick were very helpful and friendly. I’d certainly do it again at some time in the future – maybe in a bigger boat.
Susan O'Neill, Kildare, Ireland
We had a great time and enjoyed the whole experience
We had a great time and enjoyed the whole experience. We will definitely do it again. Thanks for everything.
Des Ferris
Everything Worked Out Very Smoothly.
It was nice meeting you and Robert when we were in Roosky. It's too bad that we had to leave the next morning. I know that Mark would have enjoyed the Shepherds pie. The boat was well maintained and in very good condition. We enjoyed the cruise. Thanks for pulling all of this together Brian. Everything worked out very smoothly.
John Anderson, Minnesota, USA
Thanks for your help.
We'd a lovely few days on the Shannon and were so lucky with the weather. The staff at Carrick Craft were really helpful and welcoming. Thanks for your help.
Siobhan Lundy, Lisburn, Nothern Ireland
We'd an amazing weekend.
We'd an amazing weekend. Thanks for all your assistance
Kiera Mulvihill, Ireland
Would Thoroughly Recommend the Weekend
The weekend was fantastic and the service and boat and everything was excellent ...again thanks for the help with the weekend. Would thoroughly recommend the weekend to anyone.
Kieran O'Sullivan, Dublin, Ireland
We had a great trip
We had a great trip, will defo be doing it again
Aoife Maloney, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Definitely we'd do it again
We had a ball and the boat was great. We were surprised at how good the showers were and enjoyed the trip emensely. Definitely we'd do it again
Ger Dore, Ireland
Very enjoyable. Thanks for all your help.
Very enjoyable. Thanks for all your help.
John Cave, Ireland
A Must Do.
I'd just like to say that we all had a great time, it was a great weekend - one of the best weekends we've organised. Everybody was very helpful and we found the boat to be in great condition with everything we on-board that we needed. Thanks for your help, we will definitely be booking it again and I would have higlhy recommend it. A must do.
Barry Kirby, Dublin, Ireland
We had a good break
Thanks for the mail. We had a good break- very lucky with the weather, let it be said! Generally all was fine- there were quite a few minor issues with the boat, but we made Emerald aware of all of these.
David Brouder, Ireland
Thank you very much for your help.
The days on and along the Shannon were lovely. Thank you very much for your help.
Arne Wolf, Germany
We had a brilliant time on the Shannon.
We had a brilliant time on the Shannon... Not one Complaint. The Boat was Fab & the Experience was even better. We will be doing it again in a year or 2 & have gone on about it so much to our friends that hopefully you'll get a few bookings & have recommended your Company. Thank you so much, your staff were so friendly & very helpful.
Ann Byrne, Dublin, Ireland
It was the Best Trip Ever
The trip was wonderful and it was the best trip ever...everybody enjoyed, we had a cocktail party on the boat, BBQ beside boat, had great fun. Definitely I will recommend to someone who would like to go for an amazing and unforgetable break.
Mike Zhang, Dublin, Ireland
We had an Absolutely Brilliant Time
We had an absolutely brilliant time. The boats were brilliant and we were amazed at how everything worked (I have rented RVs in the USA with all the same features but nothing ever works). We had brilliant fun and everyone we met along the way were really friendly. I think the weather we got we were very lucky so I don’t know if we will top it when we come back next year. It was also a brilliant and easy service for booking the boats so thanks again for that. Everyone who has asked me about the weekend has just got good reports and I recommended you guys.
Ronan Kernan, Dublin, Ireland
We Had a Great Time
everything was great on the boat and we had a great time – felt like we were in a different world altogether. Weather was smashing so an added bonus.
Joe Knox, Kildare, Ireland
An Outstanding Weekend
It was an outstanding weekend. The boat was fantastic and the service all round was excellent.
Liam Mannix, Kilkenny, Ireland
Had great time thanks
Had great time thanks
David O'Regan, Cork
 
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