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Orwell River Cruises

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Address: | Orwell Quay, Ipswich IP3 0BQ, England
Phone Number: 07773 369970
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Sail the River Orwell in Style

The River Orwell is one of the most scenic...

Sail the River Orwell in Style

The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country. The Orwell Lady public cruises sail from Ipswich Wet Dock (Orwell Quay) to Pin Mill or Harwich Harbour from Easter weekend through to September. There is a programme of music evenings, wine tasting, sunday lunch and afternoon tea cruises throughout the season and the vessel is a popular venue for private charters. Tickets for all public cruises and theme nights are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich or CoffeeLink on the waterfront.

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Very attentive crew

This was a trip I organised for a group of 50+, taking in Shotley Marina and HMS Ganges museum. Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the crew were excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was a trip I organised for a group of 50+, taking in Shotley Marina and HMS Ganges museum. Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the crew were excellent, in looking after us making sure we reached various stages in journey on time, and providing fascinating commentary on the lovely River Orwell. From Start to finish Orwell River... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunchtime trip on The Thistle. Crew were fun and informative when asked questions. There is no commentary but you can find information on board. We were lucky as it was a beautiful sunny day. A ploughman's lunch was given for lunch which was enjoyable and drinks could be purchased. Would definitely recommend but take a cushion... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, however this isn't The Thistle! - we are Orwell Lady. Best wishes Emma More 

Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We took a trip on the Orwell Lady on the Harwich harbour Cruise. It lasted approximately 3 and a half hours. It was a good trip and the commentary was excellent. However, we had to retire below deck after a while as the metal bench seats were very uncomfortable. I suggest you take a cushion with you if you are... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

To paraphrase Groucho Marx: I had a perfectly wonderful afternoon, but this wasn't it. In ORC's defence: Maybe my expectation of a river cruise would have expected a more interesting scenery, than the one actually on offer (about 2 interesting buildings on the way between Ipswich and Harwich - plus another few good things to see around the port area... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Dear Benedikt Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - apologies for the few days it has taken me to respond; I wanted to find the time to speak to the crew and travel onboard the boat to hear the commentary myself. This I did on Friday 30 September. With regards to the river, as you... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The trip from Ipswich waterfront through the lock gates and under the Orwell Bridge, up the River Orwell, with a marvellous afternoon tea or sandwiches of all varieties, salads, and delicious variety of cakes and cream scones. Skipper gave a very interesting and informative commentary, and along with the bonus of a fantastic late summer afternoon , made for a... More 

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IPSWICH SUFFOLK U.K.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We have lived in Ipswich all our lives but had never been on the River Orwell, so we decided to change all that with a Cruse on a barge name "The Thisle" - cost was £35 for a couple with a Ploughmans lunch - the cruse lasted 4 hours and was superb - the skipper and mate kept us informed... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, however this isn't The Thistle! - we are Orwell Lady. Best wishes Emma More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We booked for the Ipswich to Harwich harbour trip lasting 2.5hrs, and what a lovely cruise it was!!! A open upstairs deck where most people want to sit but there is a enclosed lower deck with a licenced bar and snacks available to buy. We managed to secure a nice seat near the front of the boat, with beautiful scenic... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

A very enjoyable experience. The weather held off, and evening the sun popped out to say hi. The commentary on the journey to harwich was both informative, and entertaining. The upstairs seating was a little uncomfortable, but the refreshments and downstairs made up for this. Well done to all involved.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I treated my partner to an evening with Elvis as a birthday treat accompanied by my brother and sister in law. What a treat it was! Firstly the staff gave us a very warm welcome and the music started immediately ,the bar doesn't open until the boat passes through the gates (don't panic,it's only a ten minute wait!). The scenery... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I had pre booked these tickets from Ipswich Tourist Information office,we parked at the suggestion at the IBC car park in University Ave..£4 all day quite cheap for Ipswich and right next to where you get on the Orwell Lady. We were told to ge the 20 mins early to get on, every one was apart from 1 lady and... More 

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