SMITHS FALLS, ON — With the delivery of six new Horizon Cruisers, Le Boat now has 30 vessels ready to set sail this spring and summer 2022 season on the Rideau Canal.
Le Boat’s 2022 season on the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal kicks off May 20, the Victoria Day long weekend, with expectations for another very busy season.
Le Boat’s Managing Director, Cheryl Brown, says the company is looking forward to welcoming many guests from across Canada and the U.S. to its base in Smiths Falls, ON.
“We are so delighted to start our 2022 season with a much more positive outlook than we’ve had in previous years and the addition of the new Horizon Plus boats shows the amazing growth and continued interest we have had,” said Brown.
“With the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, travel confidence is steadily returning and bookings are flooding in once more. It feels so good to be preparing our boats and bases to open with more certainty,” she added.
Le Boat’s 2022 launch on May 20 coincides with the company’s fifth anniversary sailing the Rideau Canal.
Brown says the Horizon Plus models are identical in build, layout and quality to the standard Horizon fleet, however, they have a few additional features to elevate the customer experience, including hotel-quality mattresses with memory foam, premium cushions on the sun deck, and smart TVs capable of handling all the top streaming services.
The brand new Horizon Plus boats join the expansion of Le Boat’s ownership program into Canada. The program allows committed cruisers to enjoy boating season in nine different cruising regions in Canada and Europe, while offering savings and making owning a boat simple and worry-free. Le Boat’s ownership program is similar to time-share or boat-share programs and is an affordable alternative for travellers who go boating more than once a year.
With the program, Le Boat covers all the cost of boat maintenance, dockage, off-season storage and provides onngoing maintenance, at no extra cost to boat owners. Owners get 10 weeks of cruising in both Canada and Europe each year and receive a return of 6% of the boat’s purchase value per month. Le Boat offers a guaranteed buy-back of 50% of the initial cost after a seven-year period.
TRAVEL WITH CONFIDENCE
For anyone taking a Le Boat holiday, no boat license or previous boating experience is required. Le Boat teaches travellers everything they need to know to captain their own vessel. Boat rentals start at $3,016 for seven nights onboard a Horizon 1 (that sleep up to five people).
Le Boat’s COVID Safety Charter was implemented last year and applies to all of the company’s destinations at home and abroad. Travellers are also protected by the operator’s Go Boating with Confidence flexible booking policy, which allows customers to make one date change to their booking free of charge up to 14 days before their departure or get a full refund if they need to cancel their trip due to COVID-19.
More information about Le Boat can be found at www.leboat.com/ or call 1-800-734-5491 to reach Le Boat’s sales team.