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“Boating holiday”

Freedom Boating Holidays - Day Boat Hire
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Owner description: Boat Hire by the Half day, Day or Cabin Cruiser Holidays on the Norfolk Broads. Booking recommended for day hire. Holidays can start and end on any day offering real flexibility. On-line holiday booking service. Dogs welcome. Parking onsite.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We have just spent the easter break on the Norfolk Broads with freedom boating . We hired a boat for five nights, the great thing about freedom boating is that you are able to choose your start and finish dates which was perfect for us . The boat we hired was the smallest in the fleet , it’s an old boat and it is very small inside , however the deck area is spacious and if the weather had been nice it would have been the perfect area to sit and enjoy the views, unfortunately we spent the whole holiday with the canopy up due to the rain. We had a few issues with the boat but Nicky and Andy did everything possible to resolve these , from the point of enquiry to the end of the holiday they were always very helpful . We would definitely like to book with freedom again but would probably choose one of their bigger, more modern boats next time .

Thank Leanned762016
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Freedom_Cruisers, Owner at Freedom Boating Holidays - Day Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write a review; customer opinons are important to us. It is a shame the weather was not kind to you, but I am pleased you had a good time despite that. Would love to see you again soon.

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Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I rented a day boat on Thursday 08/02/18. We had a great day, good little boat, friendly staff, excellent location and very reasonably priced. We can’t wait to return for a holiday on a river cruiser in the summer!

Thank Jproud1987
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Freedom_Cruisers, Owner at Freedom Boating Holidays - Day Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Very pleased that you enjoyed your boating with Freedom.

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Reviewed September 29, 2017

We rented the "Flamping pod" for one night and it was great. The boat was very clean on our arrival. We were dealt with and briefed swiftly. The staff were all friendly and approachable. The recommended Surlingham Ferry Inn was a highlight for good food and friendly owners.

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Reviewed August 30, 2017

In 2016 this company saved my partners birthday from an ill conceived canoe holiday, I had somehow decided it would be fun to navigate the Yare in a canoe with an excitable 40 KG dog on board - it was not, however motoring along in their little Freedom Pod boat which is available for overnight hire was fantastic, so much so that this year we rented it again.
The boat is the easiest to drive you will find on the broads, in good weather, which we were lucky enough to enjoy, the canvas cover folds completely flat and the 8 seater table lowers to make a huge sunbathing area. We were two people and a large German Shepherd which was comfortable. The boat is available from midday until 11am the next day but if nobody has booked for the drop off day the company are quite flexible so do check. The boatyard is down a long track across a level crossing where they offer free and very safe parking. The boat was ready and waiting for us as was a polite and knowledgeable person to take us through safety and where all the pubs were on our route! They call the overnight experience Flamping which is floating camping but the canvas cover was easier to put up than any tent I have erected. Unfortunately in the preceding year some heavy handed renters had mashed some of the press studs so the sides did not affix but they are going to fix this and as I mentioned the weather was great so good quality sleeping bags, pillows and a water-tight roof are all you really need. The boat does not have room for a toilet but there is an emergency toilet stowed on board. There is also a cooker which is good for tea but I took along a camping cooker to use off the boat though you will pass plenty of pubs serving excellent food.
Flamping may be a bit too real for some but the feeling of sleeping on the water and in this case so close to the water is very freeing and so worth the experience even if at the cost of some convenience.
To spend more than a day on the Norfolk Broads you always had to rent the boat for three nights and rarely part with less than £500 whereas the freedom pod makes it all so easy, a simple boat for a simple price and only available for one night.

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Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

Our first experience of boating holiday on Norfolk broads. Lady took our money and then just left us standing around for over an hour!!! more interested in getting money from another family regarding a day boat. Finally a man came and provided us with our safety jackets and showed us around the "old girl" boat ( his words) rambling freedom. On entering boat was a strong smell of urine!! walking further on a strong smell of wet dog!!!! The man provided us with a good knowledge of how to operate boat. The microwave only worked whilst the boat was running. The bedding was dirty. curtains all stained, the boat need fumigateing!!! Once it started to rain the rear 2 cabins rained in. making them un-usable to sleep in. beds and mattresses now wet!!!. Told the man if the problems, response was: shes an old girl. An old girl i believe should be scrappped. Wound not use this boat ever again. All there boats seemed old and past there best.

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Freedom_Cruisers, Manager at Freedom Boating Holidays - Day Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

I feel that is a rather unfair review and I am sorry that you feel so negatively that you couldn't make respresentation to management and instead chose such a public voice.

We separate the arrival times of day hire vessels from holiday vessels to avoid the kind of delays you complain about. The lady who you accuse of wanting to collect money rather that help you is one of the owners and is so approachable and friendly. I am not able to determine the precise customer from the username, but I can only assume that you arrived early and, therefore would have been asked to wait whilst customers who's time was limited to just an afternoon were handled first.

To comment on any other vessel within our fleet is borderline spiteful. You hired just one vessel and experienced just one vessel. All boats are fully cleaned prior to use and all bedding is processed in our own laundry. It is not possible that you could have been given dirty bedding.

Microwaves will often only work when the engine is running and you would have been advised of this.

I appreciate your comments, but making them so long after we could have assisted you helps nobody and, as you can see from the majority of the reviews, your experience is not a typical one.

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