We took a one way trip on the paddle steamer from Dartmouth to Totnes.
The plus points - we were able to sit undercover, out of the sun and our less mobile family members were helped on and off the boat. The Captain's narrative was both informative and entertaining.
However, the minus point - our trip was spoilt to some extent by a party of 10+ adults, who boarded the paddle steamer with huge picnic baskets and stood in the centre of the boat, drinking alcohol for the entire trip. This made it impossible for us to see the attractions on the opposite side of the river and made it very difficult to hear some of the Captain's commentary. The boat was full, and so there was no where for us to move (although that would have been very difficult anyway for us due to mobility issues).
I do not understand why this large party did not book a private cruise for their celebrations and I would suggest that the company which runs the Paddle Steamer reviews its policy on allowing such parties in future.
Please note that I have based my ratings on the tour as it would have been without the loud party, as hopefully this was a one off event.
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