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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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Book online for up to Sun 4 July 2021 (inclusive) | Later dates added soon.

📆 Later dates added soon. Tickets go on sale about 7-10 days in advance.
👪 Maximum 6 in a group booking, as per current UK law.
🎫 Book with confidence. If we can't sail due to COVID-19, you'll get a full refund
😷 Our cruises have changed to keep everyone safe.

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 Saturday 27th March 2021 until Sunday 31st October 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


This ticket can only be used to start from Bowness and is only valid on the timetabled sailing and coloured seat that you have booked.

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  • To ensure compliance with Government legislation/roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown, please only complete this booking if you are adhering to the most recent Government guidance.
  • Bookings are limited to a maximum group size of six, a valid ticket must be purchased for every person traveling, including children of any age.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Infants (Under 3s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

Today's sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive BownessVessel type

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Service Status


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Beat the crowds

Service Status

🔴 RED SERVICE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

Haverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness
✔️ Services OK
Ambleside Waterhead ↔ Bowness ↔ Lakeside
✔️ Services OK

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻
✔️ Services OK

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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

We're sorry, but our larger, more accessible vessels called 'steamers' do not operate on the Islands Blue Cruise. Wheelchair users/buggies/prams are advised to book on the Red or Yellow routes operated by steamers instead.

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.