Orwell Lady is available for private charter bookings when she is not undertaking her public cruises.

Although Orwell Lady has a seating capacity of 118, it is recommended for private charter that the numbers of passengers are limited to around 65+ so that, in the event of inclement weather, the hirer and  guests can be comfortably accommodated under cover in the main saloon and to allow greater freedom to to move from one deck to another. For evening charters it is mandatory the numbers must be limited to 65.

Orwell River Cruises can offer the following cruises on Orwell Lady for private charter or the vessel may be booked by the hour

Cruise Description
Orwell Bridge

We leave the Wet Dock at Ipswich. Once through the historic locks we pass under the Orwell Bridge then turn and return to Ipswich

1 hour
Pin Mill

We leave the Wet Dock at Ipswich. Once through the historic locks we pass under the Orwell Bridge and down river to Pin Mill taking in the majestic sights of Freston Tower and the beautiful surrounding Suffolk countryside. At Pin Mill we turn and return to Ipswich.

2.5 hours
Harwich Harbour

As the Pin Mill cruise but we continue down river to Harwich Harbour and the Stour Estuary. The cruise includes Harwich Harbour, and historic Harwich, including the opportunity to see from the water (weather permitting) the UK’s largest container Port at Felixstowe. We then turn in Harwich Harbour and return back up the river to Ipswich.

3.5 hours

The 2017 costs for private charter cruises as above and private hourly charter are shown below.

Day Rate
Evening Rate
Orwell Bridge


Pin Mill
Harwich Harbour
Hourly Charter Rate
Up to One Hour
Up to 2 Hours
All hours thereafter
£225 per hour
£275 per hour

All hourly rates charged per hour only and not pro-rata. ie 1 hour 30 minutes = 2 hours charter.

On Board Catering

For private functions food is supplied to customers order by one of Orwell River Cruises’ approved vessel caterers. We regret that passengers are not permitted to bring their own food or drink on board, or to use the bar facilities for the purpose of serving their own drinks. Sample menu’s from caterers will be sent on request to those wishing more information  together with contact details for you to discuss and order your choice of food.

Please note If you have a food allergy or special dietary requirements then please ensure that you inform your chosen caterer direct.


There is also the option of having music aboard, whether a disco, or a small  band. Whilst we can assist in this regard, if you wish to arrange your own music this must be approved by Orwell River Cruises Ltd. Both the Caterer’s and music suppliers are permitted to board early to set up, but must obtain permission from Orwell River Cruises Ltd. beforehand.


Advanced booking is recommended by telephoning first to ascertain availability, and then by forwarding completed forms together with a deposit of 50% to secure the booking. The balance must be paid at least fourteen working days prior to the date of the trip. We regret that boat trips will not commence unless full payment has been received within this period.

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Conditions of Hire

Please Click here to read the Conditions of Hire page for full details

To open a pdf file of our 2017 Charter Information Pack which gives full details on chartering Orwell Lady together with sample menus from our four approved caterers and details of discos bands etc, please

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For answer to further questions regarding Private Charter, please contact Orwell River Cruises Ltd at the email address shown below or telephone

(44) 07734 875887

Orwell River Cruises Limited