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Islands (Blue) Cruise with Allocated Seating

Take in the islands (or holmes) around the central half of Windermere

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COVID-19: Temporary closure.

The Lake District & Cumbria is currently in Tier 4 of COVID-19 restrictions. All our cruises and boat hire are temporarily closed.

  • Already booked? We have contacted all customers via phone/email and issued a refund.
  • The information below is for reference only & help plan your visit later in the year.

Bowness → Bowness | See route map below

🕘 45 minutes in length / departs 3 times a day

  • Join us for a circular cruise from Bowness, with fantastic views of the many islands (holmes), Lakeland mountains, wooded shorelines and bays.
  • Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest around Bowness and the central part of the lake.
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a modern launch such as Miss Cumbria or Westmorland.

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise near Bowness

Ticketed Seating

To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers this cruise will have ticketed seating.

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding.
  • Every person on board needs their own ticket.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Monday 2nd November 2020 until Friday 26th March 2021)


Additional Information

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise

Enjoy the many islands, Lake District views and places of interest along the lakeshore.

Photos from the Islands Cruise

More Information

Service Status


COVID-19 Tier 4 restrictions -we are temporarily closed.

Windermere, The Lake District and Cumbria are all now classed as Tier 4 within the UK Government's COVID-19 restrictions. To help stop the spread of Coronavirus, all of our cruises and self-drive boats have temporarily closed.

Please keep watching our social media and this service status page for information on when we plan to re-open. We look forward to welcoming customers back only when it is safe to travel once again. Stay safe everyone.

⚠️ Already booked? We will be contacting all customers as soon as possible to arrange a full refund.

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Access & Facilities

COVID-19 Special arrangements

All passengers are requested to maintain social distancing at all times and keep alert to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Thanks for your understanding and your help in helping us keep everyone on board safe.

Ticketed Seating

You must sit on the seat you have been allocated within the booking process. This strict layout of coloured seating allows us to maintain the safe social distance between all passengers. This cruise will either be on a modern launch.

Disabled Access

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service as not all of our vessels are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly in poor weather conditions. On board toilet facilities on all vessels can only be reached by means of the stairs, however there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside Piers.

Our most wheelchair-friendly vessels are ‘steamers’ (marked in black on the timetable) that can be accessed by a ramp from the pier to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. Our steamers do not run on this cruise - wheelchair users are advised to pick a Red Cruise or Yellow Cruise instead.

Please call us to discuss your access requirements.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches with enhanced regular cleaning. Socially-distanced cafes will be operating on steamers. Sorry, no cafe facilities onboard during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.

No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.


All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.


Sorry, there is no room for bikes on these special cruises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upgrade This Cruise

Why not treat you and your family to a private cruise? Depart from either Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead) at a time that suits you. Let our Skipper give you a personalised cruise and commentary just for you.

Perfect for family groups or social bubbles of 1-6 passengers.

Private Circular Cruise

Private Circular Cruise

Enjoy a skippered private cruise on Lake Windermere for your family or social bubble.