A Marine Cruises canal holiday from two great bases

A canal holiday with Marine Cruises is special!

Because our canal holiday routes are special.

Marine Cruises operates from two great canal holiday bases, each ideally suited to explore some of the finest canal holiday routes in the UK! The Llangollen Canal with its famous aqueducts and tunnels is probably the most beautiful canal in Britain, you can explore lots of fascinating canal holiday rings, and our Falkirk base allows you to cross Scotland coast to coast, including a breathtaking journey on the world famous Falkirk Wheel! details

A canal holiday is a special holiday.

It’s a special holiday because it’s a great way to spend quality time with the people who matter to you. Leave all the hassles behind and take some time out, travel slowly, notice the fine details of life and enjoy the company of friends or your family. Unwind while steering the boat, working the locks or just chatting to folk you meet along the way! On a canal holiday there really is something for everyone,  as much enjoyable activity as you choose, always something to see, tunnels, castles, villages, pubs and countryside, even just relaxing with a good book while the world floats by! details

Special Narrowboats

Marine Cruises are proud of our purpose built narrowboats designed with you, our valued customer, in mind. All are professionally fitted to the highest standard to provide both the comfort and accessories you expect from a first class hire fleet. Our narrowboats are expertly maintained and well equipped and come with every item you will need to make your holiday run smoothly, all have a bathroom with shower and a galley complete with full size cooker. details

… with very special service

Marine Cruises is special because we are a family firm, set up by Arthur Rudland and now run by his daughters. Our friendly staff can give you advice about how to get the best from your canal holiday. Our 2 bases have been carefully chosen to give you the best choice of wonderful cruising routes, whether you are coming for a week, a short break, or a longer holiday. You will be able to travel at your own pace and dally where you want, in fabulous scenery. details

Coronavirus Update

If you wish to transfer your holiday dates due to isolating or testing positive for Covid-19, you can contact us:


Email: holidays@marinecruises.co.uk Or Call us on (01244) 373911


Please see our Terms and Conditions are on our website:



General Information

Individual emails will be send out just prior to your holiday departure dates for all 2021 customers with some pre arrival information, a few days before departure.
You will also need to keep in mind other areas such as Scotland and Wales will have their own protocols to follow and so we ask you to adhere to the Government Guidelines of the country you are in.





Overseas Customers

For those flying in from overseas with different guidance to the UK please get in touch if you wish to transfer your dates across, again this is optional. We are transferring 2021 holidays at no extra cost to like for like periods for upto 12 months from the original holiday commencement date into 2022 even if you have already transferred before.


We are extremely busy at the moment so where possible we would appreciate you emailing us via holidays@marinecruises.co.uk with your new requested dates or your query. Please follow the government guidance for the most up-to date information in the area you are travelling.


New Bookings – Can be made over the phone or via our website at the top of the page, If you book and cannot take your holiday due to Government guidance/restrictions/lockdown or you are self-isolating because of COVID-19/SARS-Cov-2, we will transfer your dates for upto 12 months from your original booking date at no extra charge *unless you change the time of year to a peak time when there may be a small additional charge or for further information please email us.


To secure 2021 & 2022 bookings we are only asking for a 10% deposit & your remainder balance is due just 21 days prior to departure.