Waveney Stardust operates two purpose-built day cruisers designed for people in wheelchairs, with walking difficulties or other disabilities which make it difficult to use a standard cruiser. There are no steps to negotiate; a sturdy hydraulic platform lift is at the stern. Gently sloping ramps are used when necessary and a wheelchair is kept on board for people who experience discomfort on slopes.
Waveney Stardust was built in 1992 and celebrated her 25th season in 2017 . Waveney Stardust II came into service in 2012.
As can be seen from the pictures, Waveney Stardust cruisers can be boarded with ease. Access to the boats has been managed to ensure ease of access on foot using walking aids, your own wheelchair or through use of the onboard wheelchair. Walkways slope gently and are non-slip. Once on board, passengers are taken down to inside floor level by hydraulic lift. The boat ramps and the wheelchair lifts are provided with guard rails. There are no steps to negotiate anywhere on either boat.
The boats are bright and well ventilated with large opening windows, opening front doors and an opening roof. There is a deep cockpit well aft with safety rails from which to enjoy the river outside.
Each cruiser has a large toilet compartment which is spacious enough for a wheelchair and carers.The cabins are equipped with a flush WC, fold-down hand rail, spacers and hot and cold running water via lever taps.
Each boat also has a defribrillator on board which the crew are trained to use.
Tea, coffee and squash are included in every cruise. Why not bring your own picnic and enjoy a relaxing day out? Alcoholic drinks are permitted on board.