Children and animals
This kind of holiday is not generally suitable for children because of safety issues raised. Barge Nilaya therefore requires that ALL human guests are fifteen years old and over.
After much consideration, we do not allow pets of any kind aboard. This is again for safety reasons not only for our human guests, but for that of the pet. If your dog for example loves water and it jumps off the side of Barge Nilaya in an ecluse or lock while that lock is in action, it could be almost impossible to retrieve and will most likely perish. Other reasons are that pets cannot use flush toilets and it's not always possible to just "pull over".
Plus, there's also the danger of a pet causing someone to trip and fall overboard.
Nilaya was designed and built in 1922 and although looked into by me, cannot simply be adapted for disabled access. This is unfortunate.
Her design which includes narrow walkways, bollards and steep staircases therefore makes her unsuitable for anyone who is not reasonably fit and able to participate in all aspects of shipboard life.
Most of the time, Barge Nilaya moors in wild or previously unvisited locations. This means that we are sometimes against grassy banks, high walls, low walls, wooden jetties, other barges, between boats of varying heights etc. Often we don't know where we will moor until we arrive. Take a look at the picture below for an example...
The 'Nilaya' sandwich. It was unusual and not to everyone's taste. Particularly the Captain!