I took a small coach party to Athlone for a football game, and booked the river cruise as something to do before the match for the group. Booking with "Viking Mike" was easy, an exchange of emails being sufficient to reserve places on the noon tour.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived - I hadn't really known what to expect, but a lovely big boat, fully covered in case of rain, with comfortable padded seating all around, and a personal welcome from Mike. The river cruise was lovely, with the added bonus of a full guided tour from a very knowledgeable Mike! All coffee and tea aboard was served free of charge, and even plastic viking helmets were available for the kids to wear on the boat if they so wished, a really nice touch.
Great atmosphere and a very relaxing way of spending some free time in Athlone. I would highly recommend a trip down the Shannon with Mike and his son, 10 Euros is very good value for money. I look forward to taking other parties there on future trips!
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