From Easter until September, the Orwell Lady be cruising up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering sightseers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the wildlife and beautiful wooded stretches of the river and points of local interest such as Freston Tower, Pin Mill and the UK’s largest container port at Felixstowe.
The 2016 season starts on Easter Saturday (26th March) with a midday one hour return cruise from Orwell Quay in Ipswich to the Orwell Bridge. This cruise passes through the locks, past Ipswich’s historic wet dock and under the Orwell Bridge (with a chance to see the nesting Peregrine falcons). The cruise lasts around an hour, is ideal for families, and costs £12 for adults, £6 for children (under 3s travel free) or £30 for a family ticket.
The two and a half hour return Pin Mill cruises leave on Easter Saturday and Monday afternoon and the very popular Harwich Harbour/Port of Felixstowe return trips commence on Saturday 30th April (sailing at 2pm, returning at 5.30pm).
All three public cruises come with a commentary and continue on weekdays and weekends until September.
A Suffolk Savoury Tea cruise has been added to the list of daytime cruises, with local fare being served from 3.30pm. The very popular English Afternoon Tea and Sunday Buffet Lunch cruises remain. Also new this season is a return cruise to Shotley, including lunch at The Shipwreck Pub and a trip round HMS Ganges Museum on 5th July and 23rd August.
The programme of music nights returns on Saturday 14th May with an Abba and the ‘70s disco.
Tickets can be booked online via www.orwellrivercruises.com from mid-April. Alternatively tickets for all cruises are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre in town (01473 258070) or public cruise tickets are available from CoffeeLink on the waterfront.