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The Allen Gardiner cruises the River Orwell from Fox's Marina down towards the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich.

Your lunch, supper or dinner is freshly prepared on board while you cruise, using produce from Suffolk’s fine local suppliers.

Sailing all year round ( just NOT on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day ) with a cosy coal fire in winter.

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

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 . Depart on the cruise sit back and enjoy the cruise and the informative commentary given by the captain. 

We leave  Fox's Marina, 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 at 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 Allen Gardiner is available all year round, taking maximum 12 passengers ( including children ) for an exclusive private charter or individuals may book independently sharing with other passengers. 

For Lunch, Supper and Dinner Cruise we do require a minimum of eight passengers ( adults ) to be booked on before the cruise will run.

  • Lunch cruise is from 12noon to 3.00pm.
  • Supper cruise is from 4.00pm to 7.00pm   ( March until October )
  • Dinner cruise is from 7.00pm to 9.00pm    ( March until October )

The cost of the cruise itself is £25 , this is payable at the time of the booking.

Food and drink is an extra cost and this is payable on the day on the boat. Prior to your cruise we will need your food order/choices for your meals.

Lunch, Supper and Dinner Fixed-Price Menu : Two courses from £27 or Three courses from £30 .

We have gluten free & dairy free & vegetarian and vegan options available.

Whole boat private charters can be catered for on request. Find Out More

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