“ The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. It sails round the coasts of the United Kingdom.... Firth of Clyde, River Thames, Bristol Channel, South Coast....through to October 2000. Waverley Excursions Ltd, Waverley Terminal, 36 Anderston Quay, Glasg „
I found the trip doon the watter a little below par. The whole experience was lacking in atmosphere. It could have been improved with some background music or something like an old guy playing the accordion to get folks going. That might have been cheering on a dull day when the views were less than inspiring.
The facilities left a lot to be desired considering the boat had recently had a refit. It was extremely difficult for invalided people to board the boat as the gangway didn't seem suited for wheelchairs or the elderly.
The invalid toilets were easily accessible on the main deck however the ladies and gents toilet facilities were not clearly marked and you had to know the boat to know where they were.
Dining facilities were generally quite poor or maybe a better way to describe them would be very basic, dull and dark. You could barely see through the windows lining the dining area as the glass appeared dirty. The self service food wasn't up to much either. Generally the staff were quite helpful....particularly the older crew members. On the whole if it hadn't been for their cheerieness the day would have been a lot worse.
O.K. It’s coming up to Christmas, and the Paddle Steamer Waverley is going to be in Glasgow over the festive season, sailing up and down the Clyde Estuary for all of the lucky people of Glasgow and surrounding areas. Myself and lovely lady first travelled down the Clyde to Dunoon on the Waverley in 1990 and have been - totally - head over heels - absolutely in love with this unique - Day-Away- phenomenon ever since ! The Waverley usually docks in Glasgow every July- during the Glasgow “Fair” and we always try to go for a wee trip ‘Doon the Water’ on it. The fare is usually about £14 for the day trip, but it has been put up to £25 for the special sailing’s over Christmas. In no particular order of importance we reckon that the days’ away relaxing on the Waverley have : Saved us from the ‘ routine ‘ of daily life, on many occasions : Broadened both of our minds : Given us a chance to get away from ‘Telephones’ and ‘Computers’ for just a wee while: Saved us from sure and certain divorce : :-) Given us both something to really look forward to each year : Allowed us to visit such exotic places as Largs, Dunoon, Rothesay and Millport. and , meet some of the most amazing people in the Universe : I could go on, but , suffice to say, -- If you ever get a chance to sail on the Waverley, - Doo it Your life, and your horizons will surely be enriched by this great experience ! auldmac
ADDENDUM; added Sunday 13th August 2000 Now that the Waverly is back 'down south' all you lucky people living in Folkstone and Bristol areas are going to be able to take advantage of the new facilities on board her. When we went to Dunnon on her last week, the Waverly was looking great. Her 4 million pound refit certainly shows, with th engine room (you can SEE the new paddles and believe me they are worth seeing, even to a 'girly' like me who knows nowt about engines and stuff)and the upper-deck tea room being the 'best bits' One day I hope to see the Thames and my old home town, from the decks of the Waverly. Until them I'll be more than happy with the view of Dunoon from her stern last Monday evening. It was a view I will NEVER forget. As I said earlier . . . The best way to see the river Clyde is to climb aboard the good ship PS Waverly at Anderson Quay and cruise the length of the river, past ship yards and shopping centre, bridge and beach to the 'tail of the Bank at Greenock or further on to Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsular. The Paddle Steamer Waverly entered service in 1947 and is the last surviving sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Not only is a sail on the PS Waverly a unique experience it is also easy on the pocket. The costs involved are minimal, with a full day “doon the watter” ( just ask the Purser) costing between £12:00 and £26, with loads of pensioner’s / ‘kids go free’ special deals. Where else can you find value like that these days? A day trip on her is a day like no other, offering everyone the chance of escaping the rat race and getting away from it all, - to drift among the fascinating industrial history of the urbanised upper Clyde and the to gaze in wonder at the amazing scenery to be found around the Clyde estuary. For a taste of the Scottish Mediterranean, take the Waverly
to Rothesay on the wonderful Isle of Bute, where numerous famous people chose to spend their leisure hours. If this sounds like the kind of trip you might enjoy then you can chose to go “all the way”. To see 'Scotland in miniature' you can stay on board for the full trip, which takes in a cruise around the isle of Arran and later, - when you can truly say that you have “seen Scotland in a day”, you drift back up the Clyde, under the illuminated arch of the Erskine bridge and back again to 'civilisation' in Glasgow. Waverly has a self-service restaurant and "heated bars and lounges." (Sounds like she is prepared for our Scottish weather) Speaking of 'lounges', the licensing laws don't allow anyone to take alcohol on board BUT the crew are adept at serving some of the best larger in Scotland. (alongside most other kinds of booze, at reasonable prices) A bonus for anyone taking the trip in this Millennium year is that this will be Waverly's first summer after a multi-million pound refurbishment. She has been totally rebuilt from the keel up and will be in the same mint condition she was in when she was launched! Only the keel remains of the old Waverly and she has been fitted out with the same style of interior which she had when she was launched. This means that you can take a 'nostalgic trip' on board a ship which is fitted out with the very latest in everything. . . Sounds like an amazing, not-to-be missed combination to me! Cruising on the Waverly starts on 18th August. Her booking office is to be found at the quay-side in Glasgow or her ‘Booking Hotline’ at the following number; 0141-234-2224 GG ADDENDUM; added Sunday 13th August 2000 A extra reason for taking a trip - from Glasgow - on the Waverly within the next two week
is that, if you don't, you will have to wait until next year! Owing to a delay in getting her to the site of her refurbishment last year she is coming back to Glasgow later than was originally planned. That means she will only be staying a few days. But you will be able to take trips on her until the 28th August 2000, with a trip to the Cowal Games as a special attraction. Only ten days of wonderful, sailings on a unique ship, soaking up some of the most beautiful scenery in thew world. On her first scheduelled sailling she will cruise to the 'tail of the bank' at Greenock with a 'big band' to entertain the passengers. (if you are going on this special night you are requested to wear 'smart' clothes, but they are laying on nibbles and plonk too!) Take my advice, - Don't miss out on a day out out of this world.