Is it really getting to that time already??
Yep!! The 2008 Clyde Season has only 11 - yes - 11 sailing days left before our wee paddler heads south for her traditional South Coast of England and Thames cruising programmes.
The point of all this you ask??
Simple -if you haven't been for a cruise yet - you dont have much time left - so what are you waiting for??
To say the least Waverley's owners and operators have had a challenging season so far. The weather has been changeable - which is outwith anyone's control (including the forecasters it would seem) and the minor repair required to the steamer's port (left) side paddle shaft whilst in dry dock did nothing to assist. Nevertheless I think it should be said that the ship has been turned out beautifully and the crew have worked hard to maintain this level throughout.
Fuel costs are still a BIG factor in the continued operation of both Waverley and her consort Balmoral and this has resulted in a very reasonable £1 fuel surcharge being added to every Adult & Senior Citizen tickets. Hopefully the Gift Aid scheme - new for 2008 will go some way to offsetting the ever rising costs.
So, tell your family, friends, their families, their families friends, the dug, the cat, their friends dug.....well you get the picture...to come for a sail on the Clyde on or before Monday 1st September.
The Clyde Timetable can be accessed here.
When the steamer returns from her South Coast & Thames sojourn she will sail for one weekend in October - follow the timetable link above.
If you live down on the south coast - dont worry shes coming to a pier near you soon - have a look at the timetable here or alternatively the Thames here.
Book your sailings via the Waverley Excursions Website or by calling 0845 130 4647.
Now for some photos showing the steamer on the Clyde this season. (click on image to enlarge)