Lady Florence cruises the Rivers Alde and Ore for 3 hours during which 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.
Boarding time is 15 minutes prior to departure from Orford Quay where you will be welcomed aboard by the team, have a seat out on the boats deck or inside the dining saloon if you prefer.
We will take a drink order the captain will give you a safety briefing drinks will be served; we will then depart on the cruise. Sit back and enjoy the cruise and the informative commentary given by the captain.
Departing from Orford Quay, initially we proceed upstream towards Aldeburgh. The river runs parallel to the coast up as far as Aldeburgh then it turns inland towards Iken and Snape this is where we turn opposite Aldeburgh sailing club .
Usually this is within an hour the ships bell will be rung to indicate that your meals are ready. Moving into the dining area you will be seated and your meals will be served. Coffee and tea are usually served out on deck weather permitting however you may stay at the dining room table if you prefer.
There is a fully stocked bar and a wine list aboard and is available throughout the cruise.
We go downstream to where the river goes into the North Sea at Shingle Street. So while you are having meal in the saloon we cover the same bit of river you have already seen, and that way you don’t miss anything.
We turn at the river’s mouth within sight of the North Sea and Shingle Street returning to Orford on the landward side of Havergate Island.
We go down on the seaward side of Havergate Island and come back on the landward side, so that way we complete a full circumnavigation of Havergate Island, which is the RSPB bird reserve famous for its avocet.
Returning back to Orford Quay.
The Lady Florence is available all year round, taking maximum 12 passengers ( including children ) booking as 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.
- The Lunch cruise is from 12noon to 3.00pm ( all year round ).
- The Supper cruise is from 4.00pm to 7.00pm ( March until October )
- The Dinner Cruises is from 7.00pm to 9.00pm (June & July only)
The cost of the cruise itself is £25 per person, 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 & Dinner Fixed-Price Menu : Two courses from £26 or Three courses from £29 .
We have gluten free & dairy free & vegetarian and vegan options available.