City Cruises York Private Parties


Private Parties

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?

We have years of experience in hosting:

  • Corporate Hospitality

  • Weddings

  • Civil Partnership Celebrations

  • Wedding Anniversaries

  • Birthdays and Christenings

  • Reunions

  • Prom Nights

  • Hen Parties 

  • 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 on a Friday night in June.

Hire River King for 3 hours


Captains buffet x 35 @ £13.80






Cost per person:


30th Wedding Anniversary for 60 People on a Sunday night in August

Hire River Palace for 3 hours


Admiral's Buffet x 60 @ £15.80


Balloons and Background Music




Cost per person:


Wedding Reception for 80 people in a Saturday night in July.

Hire Captain James Cook for 3.5 hours


BBQ Menu x 80 @ £21.00


Decoration Package


Band Music License Fee


Boarding Drink Pimms x 80 @ £3.70




Cost per person:



30th Birthday Party for 50 on a Friday night in October.

Hire River Prince for 3 hours






Cost per person:


Private Charter Brochure

Download a copy of our Private Charter Brochure for 2018/19 to see full details on the following:

Vessel Charter Prices: The prices are for the hire of 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. The price is however determined by the time of day and time of year that you are hiring the boat. A calendar reflecting this is included in the brochure.

Catering: 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.

Welcome Drinks: 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. 

Banqueting Wines: Finally, you can pre-order drinks packages from our Banqueting Wine List to make your special event even more special. 

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).

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.


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.

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. Ask us to send you a copy.

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).


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 charter package for decoration options.

Daytime Dining Options for Smaller Groups

If you are celebrating a special occasion, would like a daytime cruise with dining but a daytime charter is outside of your budget, then perhaps our Lunch Cruise or Afternoon Tea Cruise would be the perfect option?
For groups of 20 or more, we will offer you a 10% discount on the ticket price, provide you a complimentary balloon package and also a bottle of Prosecco for the lucky person celebrating the special occasion.
To book a reserved area on one of our daytime dining cruises, call 01904 628324 or email our Sales Team yorkprivatehire@citycruises.com.


Ready to book?

Please complete an online enquiry form.

Service Update: Monday 18th March & Tuesday 19th March 13.02pm:
Please note that as a result of high river levels all of our cruises today Monday18th March and tomorrow Tuesday 19th March have been cancelled. We will post an update regarding cruises for Wednesday 20th March as soon as possible . Please contact infoyork@citycruises.com or 01904 628324 for further information. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.