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Celebrate, enjoy and relax with City Cruises York

City Cruises York private charters off­er you a unique, floating venue on the beautiful River Ouse, cruising through historic York and beyond. What better way to make an impression than a venue with ever changing scenery?

Special offers for winter private charters including Christmas parties in December!

If you are planning on arranging a private cruise between November and March, you may want to check out the following amazing discounts:

Christmas Private Parties in December

Winter Private Parties in November, January, February and March

We have years of experience in hosting:

  • Corporate Hospitality
  • Weddings
  • Civil Partnership Celebrations
  • Wedding Anniversaries
  • Birthdays and Christenings
  • Reunions
  • Prom Nights
  • Hen Parties (T’s & C’s)
  • Life Celebrations and Wakes
  • Christmas Parties

Our fleet of party boats can accommodate from 10 up to 100 guests, have fully stocked bars, toilets and are suitable for any occasion, from small gatherings to large celebrations. Enjoy wonderful food, dancing and entertainment for 10-100 people as you relax and cruise through York on your own privately chartered riverboat in York, most of the year! View our 5 party boats!

When you break down the cost of a private charter cruise with City Cruises York on a cost per head basis, you will see that is very competitive with hiring a function room in the City Centre (and remember, your function venue will be sailing up and down the beautiful River Ouse!). Your first port of call would usually be to choose your vessel and then you can select from our large range of optional extras such as entertainment, catering, drinks and decorations. See some examples below:

The example packages are samples only. Please bear in mind that guest numbers and costs per head will vary depending on the number of guests on board, season and choice of food, entertainment, boarding drinks and decorations

Hen Party for 35 people

Hire River King for 3 hours £600
Captains buffet x 35 @ £12.50 £437.50
Disco £220
Total £1257.50
Cost per person: £35.93

30th Wedding Anniversary for 60 People

Hire River Palace for 2 Hours £700
Admiral’s Buffet x 60 @ £14.95 £897
Balloons and Background Music £30
Total £1627
Cost per person: £27.17

Wedding Reception for 80 people

Hire Captain James Cook for 3.5 hours £1150
BBQ Menu x 80 @ £20.50 £1640
Decoration Package £125
Band Music License Fee £25
Boarding Drink Pimms x 80 @ £3.70 £296
Total £3236
Cost per person: £40.45

30th Birthday Party for 50

Hire River Prince for 3 hours £800
Disco £220
Total £1020
Cost per person: £20.40

Catering & Boarding Drinks

Our professional caterers can prepare food from a range of mouth-watering menus ranging from Canapés to hot or cold buffets and from afternoon teas to hot suppers. Take a look at our Catering Menus.

We can also supply a Welcome Drink for all of your guests as they step aboard your party boat; choose from a glass of wine, bucks fizz, cocktails, soft drinks and more. Take a look at our Welcome Drink list.

Finally, you can pre-order drinks packages from our Banqueting Wine List to make your special event even more special. Take a look at our Wine List.

Entertainment

You can choose to keep your guests entertained in a variety of ways; we can arrange to have gaming tables on board if you would like to host your own floating casino night or we can source you a professional DJ with optional karaoke if you just want to let your hair down. See our full list of recommended entertainers.

Alternatively, our band list comprises anything from Jazz to Rock ‘n’ Roll to Caribbean steel drum bands! We will be happy to recommend a live band to suit your event. Take a look at our recommended Band List.

Finally, if you prefer to simply prepare a playlist in advance on your MP3 player or bring your favourite CDs we can play these as background music over our public address system (not played at the same volume as a disco though).

Decorations

We can dress the boat however you wish; helium balloons, floral displays, bunting or even ‘Just Married’ life rings and banners. If you want to have a Pirate Party we will source the decorations for you. Or if you supply your own we will happily dress the boat for you ready for your special event (there would be a charge for using our helium for balloons). View our decorations packages.

Booking and Availability

We can help you create your own bespoke cruise with a choice of boat, food, boarding drinks, entertainment and decorations. Impress your guests with cocktails and canapés or delicious dinner and drinks. Dance the night away or simply sit back and relax in the comfortable saloon or spacious top deck.

Your next ‘port of call’ is to complete an online enquiry form, following which one of our friendly sales team at City Cruises York will be delighted to get in touch with you to discuss your ideas, helping you to choose from a wide range of options. You are more than welcome to visit our Sales Office for a tea or coff­ee to further discuss your special event before having a private viewing of the fleet.

We can arrange a booking to view the boat between 9:30-10:00am on weekdays and between the same time on Saturdays from May to September (subject to the boat not being in operation). Then sit back and let us do the rest so you can simply step aboard and enjoy your special event.

(Please ensure that you have read our Private Charter Terms and Conditions before you make your booking).

Boat Hire

Please see below the current prices for the private charter of our fleet. These prices are for the boat itself and are fixed regardless of how many guests you invite, provided that number does not exceed the maximum allowed for each vessel. Please click on each vessel to see further details about its size, facilities and layout.

 

  Evening Hire     Daytime Hire (Selected Dates Only)
Vessel 2 Hours 3 Hours 3.5 Hours 12 Noon – 4 p.m.
Captain James Cook £800 £1050 £1150 £1300
River Palace £700 £850 £900 £1200
River Prince £650 £800 £850 £1100
River Duchess £550 £650 £750 £1000
River King £500 £600 £700 £850

 

NB: Friday and Saturday evenings – minimum of 3 hour hire applies.

NB: If hiring Captains James Cook on a Saturday night April to September or a Friday night between June and September and it must be a 3.5 hours’ charter, on dates that our BBQ Cruise is due to operate. Details and conditions apply.