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Red Cruise (with allocated seating)

Sail from Bowness to Ambleside or vice versa

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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 ↔ Ambleside (Waterhead) | See route map below

🕘 80 + minutes return / 30 minutes one way

  • This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 80-minute return cruise.
  • Alternatively, you may board at Ambleside (Waterhead) and return on a later boat from Bowness. Your ticket allows you get off and get a later boat back.
  • Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a smaller, modern launch such as Miss Cumbria or Miss Lakeland or historic 'Steamer' (larger vessel)


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

  • Choose from either a single or return journey from either Bowness or Ambleside.
  • You must book a seat for the outward and return legs of your journey for everyone in your group.
  • Infants (under 3s) who don't need a seat (who can travel on a parents knee) can travel for free.


seating plans of the vessels

On the boat

  • 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 the boat.
  • Every person on board needs a seat (except under 3s who sit on a parents knee).

A steamer heading north departing Ambleside on the Red Cruise

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

  • Prices below are return fares
AdultsChildren
£12.40£6.20

Additional Information

'Steamer' MV Swan departing Bowness Pier on the Red Cruise

'Steamer' MV Swan departing Bowness Pier on the Red Cruise

Enjoy the the finest views from our most scenic cruise on Lake Windermere

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Service Status

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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 steamer (larger white historic vessel such as Swan, Teal or Tern) or modern launch (smaller blue boat such as a Miss Lakeland or Miss Cumbria class).

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 other vessels have limited access for wheelchairs but sometimes can be accommodated on board. 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. Please call us on 015394 43360 to book your wheelchair and carer place on board the boat.

On-Board Facilities

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

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.

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.

Dogs

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

Bikes

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

Upgrade This Cruise

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

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