Built in 1979, Orwell Lady was a purpose-built Thames River Cruise Boat, operating from Westminster Pier for 11 years. After a ten-year spell taking passengers around Brownsea Island near Poole, Orwell Lady motored round to Ipswich under her own power and started operating from Orwell Quay in 2001.

Orwell River Cruises was formed by a local businessman, with strong links to the maritime scene.  It had long been an ambition of his to provide a traditional, professionally run, river cruise service locally, to enable more people to experience the wonders of the River Orwell and Stour estuary, including the very impressive Port of Felixstowe. The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country, and has been officially voted by the RYA as the second most beautiful river in England.

Orwell Lady boat trips brought back the pleasure of river-cruising to both the residents of Ipswich and visitors to Suffolk, after an absence of several decades.

Nowadays, there are regular sightseeing cruises, for up to 100 passengers per trip, to the Orwell Bridge, Pin Mill and Port of Felixstowe/Harwich Harbour, English Afternoon Tea , Sunday Buffet Lunches as well as discos, our Sundowner and Sunrise trips and other special events! Our caterers are local (Jamie Lee Smith Catering and Emerald Catering) so alot of our food is made in Suffolk, we also have Adnams beer and wines on board.

Orwell Lady is also available for private charter – a wonderful way to celebrate!

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