Corporate Hire

City Cruises York can provide an ideal and unique venue for you to host a client party, a product launch or even an executive away day.

Your guests will be able to relax and enjoy their time aboard one of our fleet, with the city, the countryside, the stunning Bishopthorpe Palace and the picturesque village of Acaster Malbis providing an ever-changing backdrop to your event. We can also guarantee minimal interruption for your guests whilst they are happily aboard one of our fleet.

The fleet vary in size, meaning that we can comfortably accommodate parties of 20 to 100 guests. How better to ensure minimal interruption than by being afloat?

What type of events have you hosted in the past?

We have provided our unique venue to host the following corporate events over the years:

Client Hosting:
If you have a number of clients visiting our beautiful city and would like to give them a night to remember when they return back to other parts of the UK or overseas, our team can work with you to create a cruise package that they will remember forever.

The variety in our fleet means that we can offer a networking venue with a difference. An informal furniture layout means that our larger vessel, the Captain James Cook could accommodate up to 120 guests across 2 levels (without catering).

Business Dinners:
The Captain James Cook can accommodate up to 45 guests for a formal sit down dinner. This would be a memorable end to a hard day of discussing financial and corporate strategy. There would still be space downstairs for a casino table or a band.

VIP Events:
Numerous companies have hired our fleet in the past to reward their premium business partners for their loyalty and efforts.

Team Building Events:
Why not use our venue to host a slightly different type of river cruise to strengthen the ties between your team members? Working with one of our business partners, we could create anything from a beer or gin tasting evening to a murder mystery night.

Christmas Parties:
Every December we operate a choice of two cruise options, ideal for the team to unwind after their last day of work before the festivities begin. Our Christmas Party Nights Afloat are ticketed cruises, ideal for groups of up to 20 guests. You will have allocated seating, enjoy a hot seasonal menu and Christmas-themed DJ set. Alternatively, hire your own vessel and we will help to create your own, bespoke cruise package.

Awards Nights:
Whether you are presenting awards for a competition or are looking for a venue for a tongue-in-cheek staff awards evening, a City Cruises York private charter would provide an excellent setting.

Leaving Parties:
One of the team is retiring or leaving after years of dedicated service and hard work. A private charter evening cruise is a great way to get the team together and give your departing colleague a send-off that they deserve.

Ready to book your party?

Why choose City Cruises York to host your event?

City Cruises York carry thousands of private charter customers on board our vessels every year. We have an exemplary safety record and our team have operated on the River Ouse for over 30 years. All of our crew and captains undertake regular and focused training programs that result in a high quality level of service throughout the products and packages that we offer.

All of our fleet is unified in livery with five boats to choose from, with a wide range of prices, shapes and sizes for all your event requirements. Our boats are well maintained and have large windows for viewing, with the majority having a modern interior and open area on the upper deck.

Our experienced and knowledgeable sales team are ready to help you arrange your bespoke event from start to finish. Once we have received an initial brief of your event requirements (advising what your event is for, what is essential, type of food, entertainment, bar etc.), the team will offer helpful tips and ideas to ensure that your event runs perfectly.

Which boat should I choose?

We would highly recommend that, whilst you consider the boats that are on offer, you allow our experienced team to match your requirements, and the number of guests, to the ideal boat for your event.

Why are we different?

All of the staff assigned to your event will be in full uniform.

Your guests will be welcomed by the Captain at your chosen departure point of either King’s Staith or Lendal Bridge and ensure that they are directed to the correct boat with a welcoming smile.

Our experienced external caterers will ensure that all your catering needs are delivered to the highest standard.

Ready to complete your enquiry?

Simply complete an online enquiry form and our Sales Manager, Lynne Wright, or one of her team will make contact with you at the earliest possible convenience. If possible, please let us know:

  • Approximately how many guests will be attending?

  • What type of event are you arranging?

  • Will you require food? if so what type of menu do you have in mind.

  • Will you require entertainment?

  • Are you looking for a disco, band or other form of entertainer?

But don’t worry if you don’t have all of the answers just yet, Lynne and her team will help you to choose from our array of catering, entertainment, drinks and decorations options.
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