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TESTIMONIALS

  • Deirdre Macklin

    It was a most relaxing holiday-a little hidden paradise and only an hour's drive from home! I could have stayed another week and am already looking...

  • Richard McCaw

    As our first time we would definitely sail again perhaps slightly bigger boat. Wonderful relaxing experience. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.

  • Colm Brennan

    This was our first time on a boating holiday and we were apprehensive enough. From booking it with Wendy, through check in and check out with Padraig it...

  • Pat Hall

    Yes it was our first time cruise 5 of us pick a differnt spot in ireland every year couple of us were.nt sure but from start to finish it was one of the...

About Us

Cruise Ireland is the group name for Carrickcraft, Waveline Cruisers and now Linssen Boating Holidays in Ireland.

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Carrickcraft was founded over 45 years ago in Carrick-on-Shannon (hence the name) by Eric and Marie Thomas, who added another marina in Banagher soon after and then one on Lough Erne at Knockninny in 1994. The present owner, John Morton, bought the company in 1999 and, through lots of ups and downs, steered the company to where we are today. The Lough Erne marina was moved from Knockninny to Bellanaleck which is closer to Enniskillen.

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Waveline Cruisers was founded 20 years ago by Sven and Anita Neubert, who had moved from Germany to make a life in Ireland. Waveline was very successful and benefited from the Neubert's German connections. Then in 2015 we all merged and Sven and Anita moved back to Germany and set up a marketing company near Stuttgart and they handle all the business from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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And for 2017, we have added some lovely new Linssen cruisers and have joined Linssen Boating Holidays selling Linssens in Ireland. Linssen boats are renowned throughout Europe for the quality of their design and build.

Proud of our company

We are very proud of our company and the service we offer and we know you will enjoy your holiday in Ireland - it is a unique combination of laid-back solitude followed by a lively night in the pub. It's hard to describe but it's that subtle friendliness that you find everywhere - advice on where to go tomorrow, maybe where the local pub is having a traditional music night, or maybe where you shouldn't go!

And then in the evening, the pubs and bars are welcoming to all visitors - and as we say in Ireland, "the craic was mighty". Another strange expression but it means fun and a pint or two and great banter.

Our staff are our biggest asset and they will give you a big welcome and help you out whenever they can. In addition to our permanent staff, we have dozens of casual staff in the summer who will clean and prepare your boat.

Meet the Staff

Carrick-on-Shannon Staff

Carrick-on-Shannon staff, L to R: Padraig, Bernie, Richard, Doris, George and Pzemyslaw

Banagher Staff

Banagher Staff, L to R: Vinny, Vinnie, Marion, Shane, Seamus and Noel

Bellanaleck Staff

Bellanaleck Staff, L to R: Charlie and Kevin

Cruise Ireland Sales Staff

Sales Staff, L to R: Wendy, Anita and Andrew

Cruise Ireland Directors

Directors: L to r: Sven, Anita, John, Andrew and Colin