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2016 Public Cruises Information, Timetable and Prices


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2017 - Orwell Lady Cruises - Information, Timetable and Prices

Details, of all our cruises are shown below.

Orwell Lady operates three cruises on the Orwell River all with a detailed and informative commentary by our experienced skippers. Prices vary according to cruise selected.  The price quoted for all our cruises, with or without food provided, are totally all-inclusive, no "hidden extras" (except bar purchases), and no compulsory service charges. What we say you will pay is what you do pay!

Details of all our cruises are shown below. You can book online or through one of our agents shown below the cruise information.

Our Cruises

The Orwell Bridge Cruise

Lasting approximately fifty minutes passing through the historic locks, the 'new' Port of Ipswich and down to and under the magnificant Orwell Bridge.You have a chance to see the resident peregrine falcons who nest under the bridge together with an opportunity to see the local seal who sometimes accompanys us on our trips down the river.

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.  At Pin Mill we turn and return to Ipswich.

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,  Harwich Harbour, and historic Harwich. We then turn in Harwich Harbour and return back up the river to Ipswich.

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 supplied and served by one of our on board caterers, Mary Duggan Fine Cuisine.

You can either cruise down to Pin Mill or Harwich Harbour. For full details and sailing dates and times please click on the Afternoon Tea Cruise link.


Orwell Lady Nights
Themed Evening Cruises

Orwell River Cruises  hold various seasonal and special music nights with food and music included in the ticket price.  For details of all cruises and prices click on the Theme Nights link. The cruises last approximately three and a half hours as they are the same as the Harwich Harbour Cruise.


Fizz & Wine Tasting Cruise

This will take place on Saturday 8th July to Harwich Harbour departing at 7.30pm, returning at 11pm. The price also includes a hearty finger buffet supper. The numbers are strictly limited to 55 passengers per cruise) The finest wines and the finest scenery - what more could you ask!

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,whilst enjoying pre lunch canapes followed by a sumptious fork buffet lunch. . Numbers are strictly limited and catering staff and waitresses will be onboard.For full details and sailing dates, including the complete lunch menu, please click on the Sunday Buffet Lunch link..

Sundowner Cruise

Enjoy a night out with a real difference . You will be greated with a glass of bubbly on arrival, waitresses will serve freshly made canapes that will be followed by a sumptious buffet served by Seasons Catering, who are one of our three caterers. A live band "All About Jazz" will play Dixieland music during your return voyage along the River Orwell to Harwich Harbour and the Port of Felixtowe

Ghosts on the River

Special Halloween ‘Ghosts on the River’ cruise to Pin Mill departing 2.30pm and returning at 5pm Come aboard to hear eerie river tales from our resident Spooky Skipper! Halloween Themed Buffet included, fancy dress optional. Suitable for all ages. See below for prices.

Special notes
For Catered Public Cruises (food other than bar confectionery). Numbers are limited to 55 on all public catered cruises. If you have a food allergy or special dietary requirements then please ensure that you inform the Tourist Information Centre at the time of booking. If you are chartering Orwell Lady please inform your chosen caterer direct.

The price quoted for all our cruises, with or without food provided, are totally all-inclusive, no "hidden extras" (except bar purchases), and no compulsory service charges. What we say you will pay is what you do pay!

Special Halloween ‘Ghosts on the River’ cruise
to Pin Mill departing Sunday 29th October 2017 at 2.30pm and returning at 5pm

Special cruise with ghostly commentary by our spooky skipper!
Sandwiches, sausage rolls and Halloween cakes are included in cruise cost. Ticket prices for the Ghost on the River cruise are shown below.

Adult: £29.00 Child (under 16): £19.00

2017 Public Sightseeing Cruises dates/times

For a printable pdf file of our 2017 Public Sightseeing Cruises, Catered Cruises and Music Nights Timetable and Costs please

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Public Sightseeing Cruise Fares for 2017


Pin Mill
(under 16)
(under 16)
(under 16)
under 3
under 3
under 3

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
No food or drink may be taken aboard
No dogs, unless certified guide dog for the blind

The Company reserves the right should bookings on any cruise be insufficient to warrant departure to cancel a public cruise and offer money refunds or alternative cruises.

Booking Information

To book online

Or 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 person , telephone or email )

or daytime non-catered public cruises ONLY at the Ipswich Waterfront by calling in at

Neptune Quay
Ipswich IP4 1AX
01473 210620

Tickets for our daytime non-catered sightseeing 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.

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© 2017 Orwell River Cruises Limited
updated February 21, 2017

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