Cruises for disabled and/or elderly people in private parties or as organised outings

About Waveney Stardust

Waveney Stardust, founded in 1988, is a registered charity. 2017 is the 25th season promoting cruising facilities for the disabled and/or elderly persons on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

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12th December.
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Recent News

Reflections on 2017

 

 

Reflections on 2017 at the end of our 25th Season! Looking back it was another excellent year. Thank you to all our volunteers and to the 2050 or so people that made it all worthwhile by cruising with us this year.

As always the Summer months were busy for both boats. Waveney Stardust 2, based on the Southern Broads, was fully booked throughout July, August and September. The early and late months of the season continued the trend of the last few years with a drop in trips compared to 2016. A particular disappointment to us was the lack of take-up for our cruises in Norwich during April and November. We hope to move the Norwich schedule closer to the Summer in 2018 to see if that helps.

Overall we carried out 226 trips through the year. Some of these were hilarious, some were quiet. But all of them were enjoyed by passengers and crews alike. It was great to hear some of the customer feedback – it makes it all worthwhile for us in Waveney Stardust.

Caroline

“Thank you to the crew & Waveney Stardust for our trip today to celebrate our parents Golden Wedding Anniversary. Thank you for your understanding, a lovely relaxed day and your constant help and support”

Penny

“Lovely relaxing surprise trip for my Mum’s 80th Birthday! Loved by all the family!! Thanks to the fantastic crew!! “

Lisa

“Fantastic afternoon on the Broads thanks to the crew at the Waveney Stardust. Recommend to anyone”

Heather

“A fabulous outing from Brundall. Great crew that were terrifically helpful. Waveney Stardust is a gem in the broads”

Genevieve

“Thanks for a fantastic cruise from Brundell! 10 of us – family and friends – had a wonderful memorable time.  Wheelchair friendly with an extremely kind and professional crew. And we saw great birds and plants.”

Jack

“5 stars really isn’t enough to show my appreciation of the lovely lads who we met today on a Waveney Stardust cruise from Beccles. Loved every minute of the 7 or so hours”

Broads cruises for the Elderly and / or Disabled – 25 seasons!

In late August Waveney Stardust held a party at The Ferry Inn Surlingham to celebrate 25 seasons of Broads cruises for the elderly and disabled. Over these years we have carried 65,000 passengers and travelled over 85,000 miles.

Our two specially-commissioned craft were there. Both are equipped with a hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, ramps, and fully accessible toilet. With tea and coffee-making facilities and central heating we cruise from the beginning of April to the end of November. Visibility is excellent, providing the opportunity to experience all the drama of seasonal change in this fascinating landscape. [Why not book a cruise this Autumn?]

The majority of our 40 or so volunteers and many of our frequent customers came along to our celebration. We also welcomed Richard Stubbing, Mayor of Beccles, Professor Jacquie Burgess, Chairman of the Broads Authority and representatives from the many Boatyards and businesses which support Waveney Stardust including Broom Boats, Hippersons, Broadsedge Marina and The Waveney River Centre.

We all had a great time, and the rain held off until the last guest had gone home. Take a look at some of the photographs from the event in the slideshow above. Many thanks to Allan and Jane Dye for bringing their cameras and spending the day with us, and to Jane in particular for the still photos included with this News item.

A typical cruise – our new video

New Video of a typical cruiseIn our 25th year we have produced, with many thanks to Allan Dye and his team, a new video of a typical cruise with Waveney Stardust.
This video highlights the many purpose built modifications to our landing stages and boats to make cruising for the disabled and elderly both safe and enjoyable. See how easy it is to get on board and move around the boat. Watch one of crews in action and see how they help make a cruise a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Watch the viedeo and then book a cruise with Waveney Stardust in 2017. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

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