Chelmer Cruises - Prices

Coronavirus Situation - August 2020:  Our small passenger boats Albert (based at Paper Mill) and Blackwater Dawn (based at heybridge Basin) are now available for skippered charter for family groups (maximum 12 passengers - minimum one hour).  To discuss your requirements, please call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 or email victoria@waterways.org.uk

Other trip boat operations are currently closed.

When Coronavirus restrictions finish, the following arrangements will apply:

Charter Charges for Victoria

2 hours £325*           
Extra hours £150* per hour
(4 hours maximum cruising)

Bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit (usually 50% of the cost). Balance and food orders will be required 21 days before your trip.

Please note:  Victoria does not cruise when the Navigation is in flood as she cannot pass under bridges. Should this occur Victoria may be used as a static venue at Paper Mill Lock at 50% of the trip cost. Alternatively a full refund will be offered.  

We are fully equipped to accommodate wheelchair users but would be grateful to have as much advance information as possible as to the number of wheelchairs likely in order that seating arrangements can be prepared for you to enjoy your trip.  

Victoria can accommodate 45 people but we suggest that in order to seat everyone a maximum number of 36 is recommended.  

Charter Charges for Albert and Blackwater Dawn

2hours: £160* Saturdays and Sundays - £150* Mondays to Fridays
3hours: £200* Saturdays and Sundays - £190* Mondays to Fridays 
4hours: £240* Saturdays and Sundays - £230* Mondays to Fridays

Bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit (usually 50% of the cost). Balance and food orders will be required 21 days before your trip.

Please note:  Albert does not cruise when the Navigation is in flood as the boat cannot pass under bridges. Should this occur Albert may be used as a static venue at Paper Mill Lock at 50% of the trip cost. Alternatively a full refund will be offered.  It is more unusual for the Navigation to be in flood at Heybridge Basin, but should this occur, the same terms apply for Blackwater Dawn.

Both vessels are fully equipped to accommodate wheelchair users but would be grateful to have as much advance information as possible as to the number of wheelchairs likely in order that seating arrangements can be prepared for you to enjoy your trip.  

Both Albert and Blackwater Dawn can accommodate 12 people (plus crew).  

 

One Hour Boat Trips 

Due to Covid-19, we are not currently running one hour boat trips.

During the summer months, we run regular boat trips on our canal boats Albert and Blackwater Dawn on a 'turn up and go' basis, but it is best to phone up and book as tickets tend to sell out fast.

Albert operates from Paper Mill Lock, offering a one hour round trip. 
Prices: £6 - Adults; £5 - Children under 12; £20 Family Group of 4. Babes in arms under 1 years old travel free.  Call the office on 01245 226 245 to book.

Blackwater Dawn operates from the Daisy Meadow Kiosk at Heybridge Basin, offering a one hour round trip. 
Prices: £6 - Adults; £5 - Children under 12; £20 Family Group of 4. Babes in arms under 1 years old travel free.  Call the Kiosk on 07943 025846 to book.

*Please contact the office for current availability and costs.

Group Bookings

Charter one of our boats for your group outing or celebration or book now: Download the booking form

One Hour Boat Trips

Regular boat trips depart from Paper Mill Lock in Chelmsford and Heybridge Basin in Maldon. Find out more about our one hour boat trips.

Locations

See location map for Chelmer Cruises.

Contact Us

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or email victoria@waterways.org.uk.