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Celebrating on the Thames this Christmas and New Years Eve

The river Thames in London is a magical place at Christmas. The boats are all decorated and with the cooler weather shut outside the heated luxurious cabins leave everyone with that snug warm feeling. Most have covered outside space for guests to get some fresh air during the festivities or have a quick smoke!

There are many types of cruise for celebrating your Christmas Party and welcoming in the New Year.

  • Private Christmas Boat Parties
  • Scheduled Thames Dinner Cruises
  • Christmas Lunch Cruises
  • London Party Boats for Disco style parties
  • Thames Fine Dinning Cruises
  • Cruise to Dinner at Le Pont De La Tour

Here is a brief guide of what we recommend you consider when planning your Christmas Boat Party or New Years Eve celebrations on the River Thames in London.

First of all decide what type of event you would like, a Black Tie Christmas Boat Party, Formal Fine Dining Boat Cruise or simply a Christmas Disco Cruise?

What are you numbers and are you set on a certain date – i suspect you are for your New Years Eve celebrations!!!

I recommend contacting a range of companies – those on page 1 of google are a good place to start. Contact them and find out which vessels are available which are suitable for your numbers and style of party – see who else has chartered them in the past.

Judge the way your enquiry is handled; generally the quality of service onboard is similar to that you expereince when enquiring.  If the person is causal or formal then their boats and service will most likely reflect this level and style of service – is this what you want for your Christmas Boat Party?

Generally fine dining lends itself to more formal service therefore avoid ‘one man band boat operators and go for a larger more established operation with a fleet of London Party Boats. If you are after a disco party then a more casual and relaxed atmosphere then the quality of service and luxury of the boat is generally less important…

Price is also a good measure to what you can expect – the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly rings true on the Thames in London. Saying that when comparing similarly priced vessels of very different styles one may be seen as better value to you over another – e.g. comparing a traditional Thames boat with a modern contemporary London party boat of the same charter price.

Remember a boat’s recommended capacity for a party in the summer is not the same in the winter. In the summer generally operators increase recommened party sizes due to the outside deck spaces. Maximum licaensed capactiy as per the vessels Marine Coast Guard Certificate is never a good guide as it is based on the maximum the boat can hold safely not comfortably!

Check when the Christmas decorations are going up – not all operators have them and they all put them up at different times. Generally they are good and worth having!

Discuss your preferred route as the Thames in Central London is beautiful at night with all the famous buildings and architecture lit up. You also need to condsider people getting to and from the boat. Embankment Pier is popular as it is central with a tube and mainline station on it’s doorstep. Festival Pier is opposite and Westminster just around the corner should Embankment be taken – there are around 30 piers you can use on the Thames so don’t panic if the main ones are booked already!

If you would like any further tips please leave a comment below – and have a great end to 2008!

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This entry was published on 29/09/2008 at 9:24 am. It’s filed under London Party Boat Hire, River Thames, Thames Passenger Boats and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating on the Thames this Christmas and New Years Eve

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