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Greta Thames Sailing Barge - Private Trips

Whitstable, United Kingdom
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Rachel H wrote a review Aug 2020
Faversham, United Kingdom14 contributions15 helpful votes
This was my second time on Greta but the first time since Covid. It did not disappoint, it was a lovely, relaxing day out. It's very good value at only £35 per person in the weekday and our trip lasted just over 4 hours. There are allocated seating areas for people from the same household to sit together. You can wander around the boat but it's so big and even when at full capacity (12 people) there is still plenty of room so social distancing is not a problem. You don't need to wear face coverings as there is so much space. To get on the boat at Whitstable, you have to climb down a ladder but it's really easy to do. The crew take your bags for you and when you get on the boat, there is hand sanitiser to use. I didn't use the toilets on board but others did. Only one person can go below deck at a time so you are never close to others. You have to bring your own food and drink. Our trip went out to the WWII forts and we got up really close to them. They are really big close up (and very rusty!). On the way back, they put up the front sails for awhile which was really nice. I'm often the sort of person who gets sea sick so I had my tablets with me just in case but I didn't need them in the end, it was a lovely sunny day, the water was calm and it was a great way to relax for 4 hours. You can book the whole boat for the day if you have a big group, or if there are just 2 - 4 of you, you can just book online. They sometimes have late availability. I booked just 1 week before the trip for 2 of us. I would recommend this trip.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Malby88 wrote a review Oct 2019
Kent, United Kingdom1 contribution
Booked this as a present for hubby's birthday and it didn't disappoint. He loves being on the water and the look on his face when he realised he was going to spend the day on this historic vessel said it all. Steve, and his crew, was welcoming from the moment we all boarded, taking time to answer questions as well as making endless cups of tea & coffee! The WWII forts are hard to describe, and have to be seen to fully appreciate them. We were unfortunate that we were not able to have the sails up but this did not deter from the experience and will be returning next summer for another day on this wonderful historic barge. Thank you Steve & crew :)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Stephen W wrote a review Sep 2019
13 contributions3 helpful votes
Well what can I say, a really brilliant day out on this beautiful and historic vessel. Skipper Steve, knowledgable and interesting took us on the Swale, we were blessed with perfect weather, but I think if the weather hadn’t been as good I think the day would have been just as brilliant. When the engine is cut and you are under sail the barge transforms into a place of peace and quiet which was very welcoming. Tea and coffee served to us all through the day by Steve. Thank you Skipper for a most interesting and enjoyable days sailing. Just like to mention the seal colony basking in the sun
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Carole403 wrote a review Aug 2019
St Albans, United Kingdom17 contributions3 helpful votes
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The four of us (myself, husband, sister & brother in law) had been so looking forward to our trip on the Greta and it certainly didn't disappoint! Steve took our bags for us before we boarded and we were able to explore and familiarise ourselves with the layout & facilities before we left harbour. The Greta is a beautiful sailing barge - particularly when the sails are up. We were fortunate that the weather was glorious and we were able to switch to the sails as soon as we were out of the harbour. There is plenty of space on board to move around so we could maximise views and as numbers a limited to 12 per trip so we never felt crowded Steve and his crew ( including cute dogs Albert & Ludo) were friendly and relaxed & Steve supplied copious cups of tea & coffe throughout the trip We went out to the wind farms and around the WW11 forts - we didn't appreciate how enormous they are! Steve also has an information brochure on board so that you can read up about the history of the forts before reaching them - that was very interesting. The trip was fascinating but relaxing - just the sound of the water lapping against the sides of the barge as we sailed - absolute bliss! We could post some of the many pictures we took but recommend that you see for yourselves - it really is an experience not to be missed!! It's our mission now to make this trip an annual event!! Thank you Steve!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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RJDF wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom19 contributions9 helpful votes
Greta is a historic and now very rare Thames sailing barge that was part of the Dunkirk evacuation, it's a real privilege to go to sea aboard her. Likewise the Maunsell forts are a piece of history that have to be seen close up to be believed. Skipper Steve is a friendly guy, very knowledgeable on the area. Two lovely dogs are thrown in for good measure and you can help crew if you want to. On a sunny day you are going to struggle to have a nicer day out than this, really could not recommend highly enough.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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