River Thames Cruises Attraction Cruise Boats

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The River Thames may not be a long river but it is one with an important past and a luscious bank. If you ask a Londoner, you will be given plenty of reasons to spend time on the Thames, and one of the best ways of doing this is with a River Thames cruise.

There are a number of cruise companies operating a River Thames cruise. City Cruises offer frequent tours every day except Christmas Day. This can be anything from straightforward sightseeing to dances and dinners. Awarded the London Tourist Board Sightseeing Tour of the Year Award in 2001 and 2003 and the Group Travel Award in the Best River Boat Operator category in 1999 2003, they are modern, wheelchair friendly, and probably one of the best ways to see the sights of London. Their shortest trip is from Westminster Pier to Waterloo Pier and takes 20 30 minutes. A full round trip is about two and a half hours. Unique to City Cruises is the running commentary River Guide, available in various languages and offering information about London's famous sights.

To really get in the London mood you could cruise upon the Cockney Sparrow with Thames Pleasure Cruises. This boat can hold up to 90 people, or 32 for a sit down meal. DJs, karaoke and live bands can also be arranged if you want something specific. The Clifton Castle is the granddaddy of their fleet at an impressive 78 years, and like a lot of our granddaddies, it too was involved in the D Day landings at Normandy in 1944. This is much larger, with a capacity for sightseeing of 200.

From the heart of central London, a full days River Thames cruise follows the Royal Barge route of Henry VIII past Kew Gardens, Richmond and down toward Hampton Court Palace. A River Thames cruise all the way to Hampton Court Palace is a day trip in itself. In fact many companies would advise you to cruise one way and get the train back in order to have enough time to enjoy the Palace on your arrival.