City Cruises to increase its services on the Thames

By Rob Virtue on February 25, 2014 8:07 AM |


The future of river transport in London has received a boost with new services announced for the Thames.

City Cruises, the sightseeing operator working from a base in Bermondsey, said it was planning to introduce a second RIB to its thrill-seeking experience and renovate a boat for a new tour service.

It came as the firm announced its strongest year to date with 22% growth in the last 12 months, ending with a record breaking festive period. That has provided revenue to invest in the latest products.

The Thames Circular Cruise, due to launch in April, sees a £250,000 revamp of heritage vessel the Eleanor Rose.

Operating seven times a day from Tower Pier, the 45-minute cruise offers live commentary as passengers catch sight of a host of famous destinations.

Meanwhile, RIB BlueLightning is identical to existing the 315 horsepower BlueThunder and will begin this summer for a seven day a week operation, up to four times a day. The white knuckle Thamesjet RIB experience was launched in September last year.

City Cruises is also increasing the running of its Riverdays lunch and afternoon team from three days a week to five, while its Show Boat evening dining experience is also going up from five to seven days a week. The company said the increases were being brought in to cater to demand and will begin in April.

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