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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Enjoy a cruise on the River Orwell, one of the most beautiful rivers in England, aboard Orwell Lady from the stunning Ipswich Waterfront, through areas of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife to the bustling ports of Felixstowe.


Orwell Lady is suitable for sightseeing trips, family parties, music nights and buffet cruises. There is an open, seated top viewing deck and fully enclosed lower saloon, with cushioned seating underneath the panoramic viewing windows leaving the floor area free to move around or for socialising. The view from the open deck is quite outstanding and from the fully enclosed saloon, passengers can enjoy the same views in total comfort.

There is a fully stocked bar serving hot and cold drinks as well as confectionery snacks, along with separate toilet facilities. All drinks and food consumed must be purchased on board.

Orwell Lady is 57 ft (17.13m) long and 15 ft (4.4m) in the beam and weighs 42 tonnes. Licensed by the MCA (Marine Coastguard Agency) to carry 118 passengers on board plus crew, Orwell Lady carries all necessary safety equipment plus extra, and is equipped with up-to-date MCA-approved Marine Life Saving Equipment.

Sailings from Easter until October. We carry up to a total of 100 passengers accommodated over 2 decks; one open, one enclosed. Confectionery snacks as well as hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can be purchased on board.

Sailings from May to September. Ideal for small or larger groups. Choose from English Afternoon Tea cruises, Sunday Buffet Lunches or specialist trips such as our Sundowner or Shotley, Fish and Chips & HMS Ganges Museum experience. Food is arranged on tables allowing people to choose whether to sit above or below deck. Numbers limited, so please book early! Additional hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can be purchased on board.

Sailings on selected Saturday evenings from May to October. Again, ideal for small groups, couples or larger parties. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can be purchased on board. Prices include all food, which is served buffet-style. All depart at 7.30pm, returning at 11pm.

These include an afternoon with Terry Waite, our Solstice Sunrise, and our Exploring Shotley cruise!