Phone: +44 1753 543930


Self Drive Boat Hire

Booking Conditions


Your contract is with Kris Cruisers and is  made  under English law with Kris Cruisers subject to these conditions. Your contract with Kris Cruisers is made once you have (1) completed and signed a booking form on behalf of all members of your party, and/or paid the appropriate initial payment (2) Kris  Cruisers  confirmation  has  been sent to you.



Unless booked online, all correspondence will be sent to the address specified on the booking form. Kris Cruisers reserves the right to refuse to accept a booking at its discretion and will not accept any booking where the person making the booking is less than 18 years old.



The balance of the holiday price must be received by Kris Cruisers no later than 10  weeks  before  your  departure date or, if your booking is made within 10 weeks, full payment must be made at the time of booking. No reminders are sent and if payment is not received within   the timescale, Kris Cruisers  reserves  the  right  to  cancel the booking and to apply the charges as set out  in paragraph 7. In no circumstances are post dated cheques acceptable and Kris Cruisers reserves the right to recover the cost of any bank charges incurred in handling dishonoured cheques, direct bank payments and foreign currencies.



Kris Cruisers reserves the right to alter the price of any of   its holidays before you make your booking. The  price  of your holiday will be made known to you before you book and will be shown on your confirmation. All prices quoted   in the brochure or otherwise advised to you include all booking fees, charges, and where applicable VAT (at 20%) and Insurance Premium Tax (at 20%). Should the VAT

or IPT rates increase, or  any  additional  taxes  or  levies be introduced that affect the price of your holiday, you may be required to pay the extra amount. Alternatively, should the rate of VAT, IPT or any government imposed tax or levy included in the quoted prices decrease so that  a lower rate applies to your holiday, the price of your holiday will be reduced accordingly.



All holidays are covered  for  cancellation  within  the hire terms printed in the brochure or on our website.   To comply with our Insurance Conditions, all bookings require a minimum of 2 adults except Lady Elizabeth and Lady Annalise which require a minimum of 3 adults     (1 teenager is acceptable) unless agreed at the time of booking with Kris Cruisers. We strongly recommend that all customers take out their own personal and travel insurance to cover the duration of their booking.



If once the booking has been  accepted  by  Kris  Cruisers you wish to make any alterations to the booking details, Kris Cruisers will do all it can to assist you, although it is under no obligation to make any alteration other than to allow you or any member of your party who is prevented from travelling to transfer his/her booking  to  someone else, provided that written notice is given to Kris Cruisers with full details of the transfer by the person who signed the booking form and must be accompanied by a £25 administration fee. Please note that  major  changes  may be treated as a cancellation by you and will be subject to the cancellation charges referred to in paragraph 7. Any changes you wish to make to your holiday arrangements once your holiday has commenced are your sole responsibility.



If you have to cancel your booking, you must notify Kris Cruisers immediately by telephone and on the same day send written confirmation signed by the person who originally made the booking or by email to Kris Cruisers. The cancellation will be treated as effective from the day your  telephone  notification  is  received  by  Kris  Cruisers. If the reason for your cancellation falls within the terms     of the Holiday Protection Insurance Policy, you will be relieved of liability for the holiday price and will receive a refund of monies paid less a claim excess of £70 for holidays up to 7 nights and £140 for 8 nights or more


plus any bank or credit card charges (currently 1.5%). If your reason for cancellation falls outside its terms, Kris Cruisers will make a cancellation charge as below; (a) If you cancel your booking 70 days or more before the departure date, we will retain the initial deposit but you will not be liable for the balance of the holiday price. (b) 29-70 days before your departure date, 50% of the hire terms are payable. (c) 15-28 days before your departure date, 75% of the hire terms are payable (d) 14 days or  less before your departure date, 90% of the hire terms    are payable (e) on the holiday start date or later 100% of the hire terms are payable. If we cancel your booking because you fail to pay the balance as required in paragraph 3, the above calculation applies, less any hire terms we receive by re-booking the boat, less 20%  of those hire terms.



Unless agreed with Kris Cruisers in advance, the normal time for boarding your boat is 2.30pm on the hire start date (subject to the boat being returned  on  time  in  a clean and tidy condition). One of Kris Cruisers instructors will explain the controls of the  boat  and  its  equipment and take you out onto the river for a trial run. You must notify us of any  faults  in  the  equipment  of  the boat before the boat leaves the boatyard. Any faults discovered while on your holiday should be  notified  to Kris Cruisers immediately by telephone so they can be rectified. No claims will be considered after your holiday for faults not notified during your holiday. Non arrival

at the boat yard by mid-day on the  day  following  your hire start date without prior notification shall entitle Kris Cruisers to treat the holiday as cancelled. Unless agreed with Kris Cruisers in advance you must return the boat (including all its gear and equipment) to our boatyard in a Clean and Tidy condition no  later  than 9.30  a.m.  on the final day of hire. All boats must be vacated by 9.45am unless otherwise agreed in writing. Kris Cruisers reserves the right to make a charge of up to £750 if the boat is returned late or in a dirty condition.



The boat is insured but you are expected to take all reasonable care and to  report  to  and  pay  Kris  Cruisers for any damage,  broken,  stolen  or  loss  of  equipment. You are responsible for loss and/or damage to the boat, its equipment, or to any third party up to the amount of the security deposit. If none occurs the deposit will be repaid to you. The damage waiver is non-refundable and gives you full cover in the event of accidental damage to your boat or its equipment including the cost of a diver if your propeller gets fouled. The damage waiver excludes wilful or criminal damage for which you are fully liable. If you return the boat damaged without reporting it at the time of the accident, the damage waiver  will  not  apply and you may be liable for the total cost of the repairs.

Further details and an indication of the amounts normally charged are given in the brochure. Kris  Cruisers  reserves the right to charge a 2nd Damage Waiver if  you  are involved in an accident or damage the boat.



Life jackets are available free of  charge  to  everyone.  If you are under the age of 18 years or a non-swimmer are required to wear one.



While you have charge of the boat you are responsible for its safe navigation. No minor may control the boat without the supervision of an experienced adult. In the case of any accident or damage to the boat or to other craft or to waterway property you must:

(a) Obtain the name of any other boat involved together with the names, addresses and telephone numbers

of the owners or hirers.

(b) Immediately telephone these  facts  to  Kris  Cruisers with full details of the damage before you  continue  on with your holiday. No repairs may be put in hand without Kris Cruisers consent.

(c) On your return you will be required to fill in an accident claim form with all the details taken at the time of the accident from the 3rd party.



You are responsible for any charge made by the waterways authorities in respect of loss of water or damage to waterway property caused whilst you are in charge of the boat.



On NO account may you:

(a) Tow or be towed by other boats unless with professional assistance.

(b) Cruise after dark (your boat is not equipped or insured for night navigation).

(c) Permit your boat to be taken through Teddington Lock or out to sea.

(d) Permit your boat to take part in any race. You must navigate in accordance with current bye-laws and observe the 8kph (5mph) speed limit applicable to the waterway.



You may NOT take onto the boat portable heaters of any type, electric cool boxes, lighting equipment, barbecues, bicycles, canoes  or  anything  which  may  cause  damage to the boat, its equipment or occupants.



We reserve the right to decline to accept a booking or refuse to hand over a boat to any person or group who       in our opinion is not suitable for on the grounds of age, ill health, disability, or anyone we believe to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other reason. In such cases all sums paid shall be refunded in full and  the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party. We reserve the  right  to  repossess  the boat at any time where a serious accident or damage has occurred, or in our opinion is likely  to  occur  because of the unsuitability of the hirer due to age, ill health, disability, or anyone we believe to be under the influence   of alcohol, drugs or any other reason. In such cases, Kris Cruisers shall not be liable to make a refund of any portion of the hire terms paid.



(a) Kris Cruisers accepts responsibility  if  you  or  any person named on the booking form suffers bodily injury, illness or death due  to  a  negligent  act  and/or  omission of our employees, or agents or  sub  contractors  whilst they are acting within the scope of or in  the  course  of their employment to provide any service or arrangement forming part of the holiday that you have booked with us.

(b) All claims must be notified to Kris Cruisers immediately and in any event in writing within 30 days of your return from holiday.

(c) Kris Cruisers shall not be responsible for the consequences of delays or restrictions  on  cruising arising from navigation works, flooding, shortage of water, industrial action, fuel rationing, shortage or non availability of fuel or other circumstances beyond their

control. Kris Cruisers reserves the right to restrict cruising     if  unusual  or  hazardous  conditions  prevail  including strong stream conditions.

(d) Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury  or  death  through  any  misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of our holiday arrangements,  Kris  Cruisers  will  offer  you at its  discretion  advice,  guidance  and  assistance  to help you in resolving any claim you may have against a third party provided we are advised of the incident as soon as possible and in any event within 30 days of its occurrence.

(c) Kris Cruisers accept no responsibility for loss of or damage to motor cars parked at its boatyard unless it is caused by Kris Cruisers negligence or wilful default.



Any dispute, difference or question  which  may  at  any time arise out of the contract or  the  subject  matter thereof shall be referred to a single  arbitrator  to  be agreed upon between  the  parties  (or  failing  agreement to be nominated by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on the application of either party) in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration Act 1950, or any statutory modifications or re-enactment thereof for the time

being in force.



All prices, services and taxes were correct at time  of going to print and may be subject to change. All boat plans are not to scale and can only be used as a guide.




If you would like to receive any information, or cannot find what you are looking for, please call 01753 543930 (or from outside the UK, +44 1753 543930) or e-mail