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In order to comply with government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 we have to temporarily change the way we run our cruises, taking bookings etc. especially with the new “6 rule”.

Our number one commitment remains the welfare of our guests and employees as we take our first sailings together. We want you to have an amazing time and we want to help you do this with confidence.

We have decided not to take two separate bookings for the same cruise at the moment as keeping 1meter + distance between two “bubbles” is impossible on our boat.

Making a booking for numbers less than 12 leaves us with empty seats therefore to continue offering this unique experience we are happy to take a bookings for any number, however we have to introduce a new pricing system to keep our family business afloat.

This is temporary change and as soon as we can we will revert back to what we usually do.

Our online booking system is not available at the moment – please call 07831 698 298 or 01473 558 712 or email for more information and to make bookings.


Allen Gardiner cruises the River Orwell for 3 hours during which an a la carte lunch, supper or dinner is served. Your meal is freshly prepared on board while you cruise, using produce from Suffolk’s fine local suppliers.

Sailing all year round, with a cosy coal fire in winter.

There is ample space, both out on deck and in the elegant dining saloon.

Operating from the historic waterfront’s Ipswich Haven Marina in the Wet Dock, we cruise the River Orwell down towards the Port of Felixstowe, whilst serving fine food from an a la carte menu.

Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure from the berth where you will be welcomed aboard by the team, take a seat out on the boat's deck or inside the dining saloon if you prefer. 

We will then take your drinks order and offer you the menu. Depart on the cruise sit back and enjoy the cruise and the informative commentary given by the captain. 

We leave the Wet Dock through the lock, and you will enjoy passing through the port of Ipswich, with its grain and timber terminals and the roll-on roll-off (RORO) vehicle ferry terminal. Passing under the impressive Orwell A14 Road Bridge, dockland gives way to one of the prettiest river shorelines in Eastern England. We pass marinas at Woolverstone and Levington, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, picturesque Pin Mill, ultimately turning for home insight of the Port of Felixstowe, the largest container terminal in Britain. This is opposite the old HMS Ganges Naval Training School at Shotley and also Harwich Pier and Parkeston Quay.

A fully stocked bar is available and there is an informative commentary throughout.

The cruise operates all year round, taking just 12 passengers booking individually or as an exclusive private charter.

  • The Lunch cruise is from 12noon to 3.00pm.
  • The Supper cruise is from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.
  • The Candlelit dinner cruise is from 7.30pm to 10.30pm


  • The 3 hour lunch, supper & dinner cruise itself is £22.50 per person, food and drink is then an additional cost.
  • Lunch, Supper and Dinner Set Menu : Two courses £18.95 or Three courses £20.95  

So why not come and join us on the Allen Gardiner, or give a Gift Voucher to a friend?

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