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FAMILY OWNED ORWELL RIVER CRUISES

Orwell River Cruises Limited was specifically formed in 2001 to bring back the pleasure of river cruising to the River Orwell after an absence of such facilities for several decades.

A Suffolk businessman, with strong links with the maritime scene, is the driving force behind the family owned Orwell River Cruises. It had long been an ambition to provide a traditional, professionally run, river cruise service locally, so that more people could experience the wonders of the River Orwell and Stour estuary, including the very impressive Port of Felixstowe. The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country, and has been officially voted by the RYA as the second most beautiful river in England.

Using its purpose built vessel, ~Orwell Lady~, the company runs regular, scheduled cruises for up to 118 passengers per trip, leaving from Orwell Quay in Ipswich Wet Dock, along the River Orwell and into Harwich Harbour. There are three different daytime public cruises down the river (to the Orwell Bridge and back, Pin Mill and back or Harwich Harbour and back), Afternoon Tea cruises and,Sunday Buffet Lunch cruises to either Harwich Harbour or Pin Mill and various themed evening cruises.

She is also available for private hire and is described by company bosses as ~ideal~ for corporate use and parties. If you have a special birthday, anniversary or special occasion then a cruise down the river on Orwell Lady, together with food and music is a wonderful way to celebrate it with a difference.

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ORWELL LADY

The river cruise vessel ‘Orwell Lady’ is suitable for day trips, family parties, music and buffets. ‘Orwell Lady’ has an open seated top viewing deck and fully enclosed lower saloon, with panoramic viewing windows and toilet facilities.

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ORWELL THEMED EVENTS

During the season the Orwell Lady will sail on certain nights with special Themed Night Public Cruises. These will all be on selected Saturday nights. Musical entertainment and a buffet supper (vegetarian on request} are included in the cost of the ticket. The cruise will commence at 7.30pm and will last approximately 3.5 hours. Music will be supplied by either a Disco or Live Band and the ticket price reflects this accordingly.

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PRIVATE CHARTERS

Orwell Lady is available for private charter bookings when she is not undertaking her public cruises. Although Orwell Lady has a seating capacity of 118, it is recommended for private charter that the numbers of passengers are limited to around 65+ so that, in the event of inclement weather, the hirer and guests can be comfortably accommodated under cover in the main saloon and to allow greater freedom to to move from one deck to another. For evening charters it is mandatory the numbers must be limited to 65.

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ORWELL LADY CRUISES START & FINISH AT ORWELL QUAY

A Good Landmark is the Luxury Apartments in Neptune Square

THE ORWELL BRIDGE CRUISE

Lasting approximately fifty minutes passing through the historic locks, the ‘new’ Port of Ipswich and down to and under the magnificent Orwell Bridge.

THE PIN MILL CRUISE

Once through the historic locks we pass under the Orwell Bridge and down river to Pin Mill taking in the majestic sights of Freston Tower and the beautiful surrounding Suffolk countryside.

THE HARWICH HARBOUR CRUISE

Lasting around three and a half hours, journey down the River Orwell past Pin Mill to the Stour Estuary. The cruise includes the opportunity to see from the water (weather permitting) the UK’s largest container Port at Felixstowe.

AFTERNOON TEA CRUISES

Why not take time out to enjoy a lazy afternoon cruising down the River Orwell whilst indulging in a delicious English Afternoon Cream Tea.

SUNDAY BUFFET LUNCH CRUISES

As with our afternoon tea cruises these are very popular so book early! Enjoy a leisurely three and a half hour cruise on the river taking in all the fantastic scenery.

ORWELL LADY NIGHTS

Orwell River Cruises hold various seasonal and special theme nights with food and music included in the ticket price. The cruises last approximately three and a half hours.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS FOR ORWELL TRIPS

To buy tickets for all our trips please use the book online button, there you can select the trip of your choice and easily book safely within minutes. A conformation email of your trip is sent directly to your email account, please retain this for embarking. If you wish to purchase tickets from our re-sellers details are below. Tickets can be purchased from our agents at the following locations:

OUR ENTIRE RANGE OF CRUISES IN IPSWICH TOWN CENTRE AT:

Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Church, Ipswich IP1 1DP 01473 258070 email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

YOU CAN CALL IN, TELEPHONE OR EMAIL FOR DAYTIME NON-CATERED PUBLIC CRUISES ONLY AT THE IPSWICH WATERFRONT BY CALLING IN AT:

CoffeeLink, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1AX, 01473 210620

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Tickets for our daytime non-catered public cruises, may also be purchased at the gangway but to ensure space is available we strongly recommend either booking in advance or telephoning beforehand to ensure there is space available, as existing tickets holders will have priority on boarding for the cruise.