Sunborn London Yacht Hotel
Royal Victoria Dock, Newham, London, E16 1XL, United Kingdom – Great location - show map
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i enjoyed the relaxing feel about my stay and the breakfast in the morning was delicious. the room was huge and i would really like to return with my wife in the future to show her around and have another great stay.
Arrived to a very warm welcome. We have stayed at the Sunborn previously and to our surprise we were allocated the same room, which was lovely. Size of the room perfect, balcony is beautiful to stand on and take some wonderful photos. Breakfast was lovely, requested vegetarian sausages and this was no issue at all, they were lovely. Staff were very friendly and helpful
Absolutely everything from check in, breakfast, evening bar and departure. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
The location was great. We found the shower was brilliant, as was the room, the size and the facilities
Everything was fabulous. Clean very helpful & obliging staff. Food/drinks were on the expensive side but you can see the prices online before you book.
It was in the perfect spot for what we were doing. The room had a perfect view for us; we could see the queue for the event we were attending.
I do not know if its available in a higher graded room but a bath rather than shower would be superb. Nothing else to say really a lovely venue and great service.
Loved the setting of the yacht. Felt luxurious but friendly with a good atmosphere
Breakfast had an excellent selection Nice and close to the Excel centre
Beautiful experience, lovely friendly staff, lovely location and great service. Food was excellent and it definitely gave a ‘wow’ factor
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Located less than a minute's walk from ExCeL London, the Sunborn London is a floating super-yacht hotel docked in Royal Victoria Dock, boasting free WiFi access, a bar and a restaurant. The hotel is 7 minutes' drive from London City Airport and a 6-minute drive from the iconic Canary Wharf. Each of the smartly designed rooms feature a TV with Freeview, air conditioning and an electric kettle. Also included is a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some of the rooms also benefit from a view overlooking The Royal Docks. At Sunborn London there is a 24-hour front desk and a sun deck. Other facilities offered at the property include a ticket service, a tour desk. The lounge bar serves a selection of beers, wines, ciders and spirits. In the restaurant, a buffet breakfast with continental and cooked items is served each morning. An à la carte menu is available in the evenings. Custom House Docklands Light Railway Station is 5 minutes' walk away. It offers direct routes to Westfield Stratford City and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Emirates Royal Docks Skyline is a 5-minute journey on foot. It offers a direct route to The O2 Arena.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.8 for a two-person trip.
- Family rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- Room service
- 24-hour front desk
- Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
- Good breakfast
Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.8)
Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly rated for its very comfy beds.
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Restaurants 1 restaurant on site.
- Cuisine British • Mediterranean • Asian • International
- Ambiance Modern
- Dietary options Vegetarian
Facilities of Sunborn London Yacht Hotel Great facilities! Review score, 8.3
- Toilet paper
- Bath or shower
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Wardrobe or closet
- Sun terrace
- Coffee machine
- Electric kettle
- Clothes rack
- Seating Area
- Flat-screen TV
- Tea/Coffee maker
- Invoice provided
- Concierge service
- Luggage storage
- Daily housekeeping
- Dry cleaning Additional charge
- Laundry Additional charge
- Fax/photocopying Additional charge
- Meeting/banquet facilities Additional charge
- Fire extinguishers
- CCTV in common areas
- Smoke alarms
- Security alarm
- Key card access
- Safety deposit box
- Air conditioning
- Non-smoking throughout
- Wake-up service
- Laptop safe
- Ironing facilities
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Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in
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Children of any age are welcome.
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Cot and extra bed policies
Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Pets are not allowed.
When booking more than 8 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Accepted payment methods
Cash is not accepted Sunborn London Yacht Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
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In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.
In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.
Spa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
In the event of an early departure, the property will charge you the full amount for your stay.
This property may host on-site functions and some rooms may be affected by noise.
Please inform Sunborn London Yacht Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
Lands End Restaurant is closed from Fri 12 Mar 2021 until Sun 16 May 2021
Bar is closed from Fri 12 Mar 2021 until Sun 11 Apr 2021
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Check-in at Sunborn London Yacht Hotel is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.
Does Sunborn London Yacht Hotel have a restaurant on site?
- Lands End Restaurant
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What kind of breakfast is served at Sunborn London Yacht Hotel?
Guests staying at Sunborn London Yacht Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.6).
- Full English/Irish
How far is Sunborn London Yacht Hotel from the centre of London?
Sunborn London Yacht Hotel is 6.2 miles from the centre of London. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.
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Pre and Post Cruise Hotels in London UK
London, United Kingdom
A cruise can get off to a good start if you extend your holiday for a few extra days in one of London’s cheap hotels, which allows you to explore top attractions in the city before embarking on your ship.
Or, at the end of the cruise you can extend the pleasure of your vacation with a stay in a luxury suite at a choice of top hotels – and breathe in the sights of this great city before heading off home. This extension to your holiday is known as a pre and post cruise stay. When you extend your holiday, you’ll have the opportunity to see what London has to offer, and add value to your cruise.
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Hotels in London are well served by public transport, including red buses, trains and coaches. As well as various minicab firms, there are usually plenty of iconic black taxis around too.
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Many pre and post cruise hotels offer a good range of attractive features such as free WiFi, television, and an in-house restaurant. After you’ve enjoyed a hearty full English breakfast in your hotel or at a local café, it’s time for you to explore this fascinating city. Visit the Tower of London where you can view the crown jewels and take a tour led by a genuine Beefeater.
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Pre and Post cruise hotels will also put you within easy reach of the London Eye . Standing at 135metres, it is the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. Another must visit is St. Paul’s Cathedral , which has been an iconic feature of London’s skyline for over 1,400 years.
London is within easy reach of 4 cruise ports which include the Southampton cruise docks , Port of Tilbury , Dover cruise and ferry terminal , and Harwich International Port .
Enjoy London shopping and entertainment when you extend your cruise
Pre and post cruise hotels enable you to enjoy the nightlife of this bustling city, and you’ll discover there’s a great choice of things to do when you extend your vacation. You could spend a night out at a top theatre in London’s West End , or see one of the latest film releases at BFI IMAX – this cinema boasts the largest screen in Britain!
For a spot of shopping, Knightsbridge is highly recommended. As well as being home to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, there are plenty of luxury boutiques selling well-known designer label fashion. If antiques is more your thing, a pre and post extension will enable you to wander along the world famous Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market .
Boasting over 1,000 dealers, it is the largest antique market in the world. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or with family, holiday rentals in London are able to meet your accommodation requirements when you extend your cruise. Some pre and post cruise hotels provide a transfer service to your port of call or to and from Heathrow Airport or Gatwick; otherwise, you can easily take a taxi.
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Pre Cruise London Package - with Transfer to Southampton
Our pre-cruise London package is the perfect way to spend three or more days in London before your cruise departs from Southampton Cruise Terminal. Choose from a selection of 4* and 5* hotels located in Central London. The package includes a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, a fully guided day tour of London, and on your departure date a transfer to Southampton Cruise Terminal.
We also offer a selection of optional extras to complete your package, such as day trips from London and sightseeing transfers on your way to Southampton Cruise Terminal.
Our pre-cruise packages offer great convenience as well as excellent value for money.
You can choose the number of days you wish to stay in London before the start of your cruise. The packages co-ordinate on all dates when Royal Caribbean, Oceana, NCL, Carnival, Celebrity, Princess and Disney cruise ships depart from Southampton Cruise Terminal.
- Pay a 10% deposit now, and clear your balance up to 28 days before your departure date
- Free cancellation and full refund available up to 14 days before travel
The minimum package duration is 3 days (2 nights) when you will not have time for a free day in London.
There is no maximum to the length of the package so you can book as many days as you like. You can use the additional free days to take more tours out of London and/or enjoy more of the attractions in London.
Working through the booking form, you can select your number of days, choose your hotel, and choose if you want any one or both of the add-on out-of-London tours within the package price.
- We offer an excellent range of 4* and 5* hotels in Central London. All are well located for sightseeing.
- You can see a full list of hotels via the link here . Hotel prices and availability can be viewed on our booking page.
- We recommend booking our pre-cruise packages early as London hotels get fully booked during peak season.
- A driver will be waiting to greet you in the Arrivals Hall in the airport terminal, holding a board with your name on it
- All pickups include 90 minutes of waiting time. Should you be delayed getting through security or collecting your luggage, there is an emergency number to call us on.
- We will track your flight. Should your flight be delayed, we will adjust our pickup time.
- The driver will take you directly to your Central London hotel. The driver will assist with your luggage..
- After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore London at your leisure.
LONDON Sightseeing Day Tour
- Our pre-cruise package includes a fully guided day tour of London.
- You will be met in your hotel lobby by a driver who will take you to the tour start point.
- Travel in a luxury air-conditioned coach with a professional guide.
- The tour includes a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, a cruise along the River Thames and a viewing of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
On additional days of our pre-cruise package, you can choose between spending a free days further exploring London or joining one of our small-group day tours.
- A driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for the transfer to Southampton Cruise Terminal.
- This shared transfer goes directly to Southampton, with a maximum of 6 passengers per vehicle. The driver will assist with your luggage.
- The pick-up from your hotel is between 9.45am – 10.45am. You will receive the exact time in your Welcome Pack.
- All our transfers from London to Southampton Cruise Terminal are carefully planned so that you will arrive at the Cruise Terminal between 1.00pm – 1.30pm.
- At Southampton you will be dropped off at your cruise terminal where you will walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin.
- We operate these transfers on an almost daily basis during the cruise ship season.
- In the extremely unlikely event that there are delays due to unforeseen circumstances (such as a major traffic jam), we will be in direct contact with the port authorities and update them on our expected arrival time.
Departure day upgrades.
We offer two upgraded sightseeing transfers via Stonehenge or Windsor Castle as part of our package. Travel in an executive coach with entrance tickets included. Following your visit, we drive directly to Southampton Cruise Terminal.
- Visit Stonehenge on the way to Southampton. Spend 90-120 minutes exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site which is famous for its mystical stone circles.
- Visit Windsor Castle on the way to Southampton. Spend 90 – 120 minutes at the official residence of the King and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world! Please note that Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Both transfers will arrive at Southampton Cruise Terminal between 1:30pm-2:00pm, carefully planned time to your ship’s departure.
Free day(s) in london.
Spend a day exploring. With so many things to do in London, the possibilities are endless! From visiting The British Museum to taking afternoon tea at Harrods or exploring Covent Garden and Soho, you will surely have a great day out. London has a rich history when it comes to theatre and there is always a large selection of shows to enjoy with both matinee and evening performances.
Small-Group Tours from London
Join a small group day tour with a maximum of 16 passengers departing from Central London.
- Stonehenge, Windsor Castle & Bath
- Oxford & the Cotswolds with Pub Lunch
Please note that these tours operate at different times and dates throughout the year. If you would like to include a small-group tour as part of your pre-cruise package, please check our ‘Book Now’ page to view availability
- Accommodation for 4 nights or more
- Pickup from Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and drop off at your hotel
- A direct transfer from your hotel to Southampton Cruise Terminal
- A 1-day sightseeing tour of London with hotel pickup
- A sightseeing transfer from your hotel to Southampton Cruise Terminal. Stop at Stonehenge or Windsor Castle along the way
- Small-group day tour(s) from London
Our pre-cruise London package includes a selection of 4* & 5* hotels in the capital. You can see a full list of hotels here
Popular hotels include:
- 4* Amba Hotel Victoria: Recently refurbished hotel in a fantastic Central London location, within walking distance to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament. The hotel is also just a few minutes walk from the starting point of your London sightseeing day tour on day 2 (and therefore a transfer is not included).
- 4* Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge: Located on the other side of the city, within walking distance to Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and London’s bustling East End neighbourhoods.
Pre Cruise Package Timings:
- A driver will be waiting to meet you in the airport terminal holding a board with your name on it
- All pickups include 90 minutes of waiting time. Should you be delayed getting through security or collecting your luggage, there is an emergency number to call us on
- We will track your flight. Should your flight be delayed, we will adjust our pickup time
Dropoff at Southampton:
- We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Central London. (You will receive the exact pickup time in your Welcome Pack)
- All our transfers from London to Southampton Cruise Terminal are carefully planned so that you will arrive at the Cruise Terminal between 13:30-14:00
- We drop you directly at your cruise terminal and porters will take care of your luggage
- We operate these transfers on an almost daily basis during the cruise ship season, and this is comfortable way of getting from London to Southampton Cruise Terminal
- In the extremely unlikely event that there are delays due to unforeseen circumstances (such as a major traffic jam), we will be in direct contact with the port authorities and update them on our expected arrival time
- Each passenger is allowed 2 items of hold luggage (maximum 23kg/50 lbs each) and 2 items of carry-on bags (maximum 10kg/22lbs each)
- You must contact us before booking if you are bringing a wheelchair or walker
- Please tell us the dimensions, weight and if there is a battery
- Mobility aids must be foldable and are counted as 1 item of hold luggage
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- Free cancellation and full refund available on this product up to 14 days before travel. You can view the booking conditions during the booking process, prior to confirmation of any booking
- Pay in full now
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Mandarin oriental hyde park, the essence of timeless heritage coupled with contemporary flair.
Sitting between glorious Royal Parkland and the buzz of central Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is re-imagined and re-invented, offering the essence of timeless heritage coupled with contemporary flair and impeccable service.
As part of the most extensive multi-million-pound restoration in the hotel’s history, internationally renowned designer Joyce Wang oversaw the new design of all the rooms, suites and public areas, inspired by the natural beauty of neighbouring Hyde Park and the glamour of the 20th century Golden Age of travel.
The stunning re-imagining of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London along with the hotel’s destination restaurants and Mandarin Bar, was directed by esteemed New York designer Adam D Tihany.
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Each room has its own unique layout with a bespoke leather-topped desk and custom-made Onyx chandeliers. Volakas marble bathrooms have either a walk-in shower or a bath with an in-built shower.
With two outstanding restaurants, two Michelin stars, and one magnificent bar, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is undeniably one of the city’s finest culinary destinations.
St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection
Experience historic luxury in central london.
Debbie T.: “St Ermin’s in London is a wonderful hotel to stay in before British Isle Cruise.”
Sandra W.: “We loved the St Ermin’s as well. Fantastic location.”
With an intriguing and glamorous past, eclectic styling, gorgeous rooms and suites, the enigmatic Caxton Bar and Terrace plus award-winning signature restaurant, The Caxton Grill, the four-star deluxe St. Ermin’s Hotel in London’s St James’s Park has been transformed after a £30 million renovation project.
The overall result is a distinctly individual, contemporary, and welcoming offering – and with room rates starting at just £229 is accessible for all to experience.
St. Ermin’s is a member of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.
The hotel is the only publicly accessible establishment in London closely associated with the history of espionage, particularly the British intelligence services through WWII and the Cold War.
Location, Location, Location… Just a five-minute walk across St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly the hotel is ideally placed for stylish city sightseeing or business meetings in the resurgent corporate Westminster and Victoria areas. What’s more, with the hotel’s links to the establishment’s secret London, it’s a stone’s throw from Whitehall, Big Ben, Parliament Square, The Cabinet War Rooms, New Scotland Yard, and just a hop from the water taxis on the river and the South Bank.
Inspired by England’s indelible history and informed by its dynamic present, St. Ermin’s Hotel, Autograph Collection is a luxury destination amid the best of central London. Immerse yourself in stylish comfort in 4-star accommodations with contemporary amenities, premium bath products, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Discover some of the world’s most celebrated attractions, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Host flawless corporate events and elegant social engagements in sophisticated event spaces, enhanced by expert planners and custom catering. Punctuate your day by exploring the dramatic elements of their historic grounds and beautifully manicured courtyard. Or, savor delectable British fare at the Caxton Bar and Grill, and sip fine wines and creative cocktails at our stylish bar. A distinctive haven of modern comfort, the hotel provides distinguished luxury that captures London’s historic essence.
Discover the top choice for business trips and family vacations in central London and enjoy well-appointed accommodations with luxury amenities.
Dating back to 1899, the hotel’s historic structure has been restored to offer modern comfort while preserving a sense of England’s storied past.
Indulge in fine wines, innovative cocktails, and authentic British cuisine at our Caxton Bar and Grill, a favorite of local UK Parliament members.
The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel
A haven of calm at the crossroads of the city’s most stylish neighbourhoods.
When you stay at Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London is yours to explore. Step out from the main entrance and be swept up in the luxury brands and high-end retailers of Knightsbridge. Alternatively, slip out of the side door and be in the artistic heart of Chelsea, full of craft boutiques, artisanal food, and trendy drinking spots. After a day sampling the delights of the city, you’ll find every indulgence awaiting you back at the hotel. Cozy up in front of the fire with your drink of choice, or slip into the indulgence of your beautiful suite. It’s truly a welcome home.
Step into your own personal sanctuary in the heart of the world’s most exciting city. With a longstanding history as the top hotel in London Knightsbridge, the rooms and suites at Belmond Cadogan Hotel pay tribute to our past while offering every modern indulgence.
Those searching for the best restaurants in London need to look no further. Under the culinary direction of celebrated chef Adam Handling, Belmond Cadogan Hotel has something for every taste, at every time of day. Dine on exceptionally executed modern British cuisine in the restaurant, or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea experience in the Lounge.
K+K Hotel George Kensington
A relaxing and peaceful oasis in the heart of vibrant central london.
Karen S.; “We love the K+K Kensington hotel in London!”
K+K Hotels is a collection of luxury European hotels that mix original features with modern style and facilities. Based in the heart of eight city locations, each one of our hotels is the ideal stop for both business and pleasure.
The K+K Hotel George Kensington offers a convenient central location for you to explore the ever-changing and inspiring city, before enjoying a quiet night’s sleep in one of our elegant and comfortable rooms.
Perfectly situated on the Piccadilly Line, K+K Hotel George Kensington is a short tube ride or walk to some of London’s major attractions, with Hyde Park, the Albert Hall, and the Museum District a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
Your peaceful night’s sleep is important at K+K Hotel George Kensington, which is why we offer top-quality mattresses and duck-down duvets in each one of their stylish rooms. High-speed internet access across the hotel means you can stay connected from the comfort of your bed, plus the conference room shared workspace or gym.
The Tower Hotel
Luxury barge cruises, cruising between hampton court and henley-on-thames on the river thames, cruise highlights.
8 passengers ★★★★★ 5 star rating
- Explore Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace
- Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
- Tour of Cliveden and its gardens
- Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
- Enjoy English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel, London
- Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town
- Tour of Christ Church College, Oxford
- Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
- A tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is also available on selected departure dates
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Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames River Thames
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- From 4890 USD per person
- Charters from 35,100 USD
- Length 116′10″ ft ( 35.60 metres )
- Width 0′0″ ft ( 0.00 metres )
- Crew members : 4
- Up to 8 guests
- Central heating
- Spa or pool
- TV/DVD in suites
- Bicycles : 4
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About magna carta barge cruises.
As featured in Cruising with Jane McDonald, the Magna Carta provides a truly relaxing holiday aboard one of the most luxurious vessels cruising in the British Isles.
The ambience created by combining a traditional 1936-built barge hull with fine mahogany, teak and oak wood is outstanding. Modern amenities include underfloor heating, a spa pool and contemporary ensuite facilities for the four air-conditioned /centrally heated, spacious 200sq feet suites, complete with TV/DVD.
The upper deck saloon and dining area feature picture windows and stylish furnishings. Your master chef produces a range of mouthwatering dishes whilst you enjoy the riverside surroundings from your floating country hotel barge.
On deck, you can make use of the spa pool or take one of the 8 touring bikes for a ride. 4 British crew accompany you throughout your stay attending to your needs both aboard and onshore.
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Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames
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Hampton Court Palace
Sunday We meet our guests in central London at the Stafford Hotel. Enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta where a champagne reception awaits. Dinner on board.
Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
Monday After a hearty breakfast, we will explore the stunning interior and extensive grounds of Hampton Court Palace. We then return to Magna Carta for lunch on board and our first cruise passing through several locks including Sunbury and Molesey before mooring at Runnymede. Dinner on board.
Runnymede to Windsor
Tuesday This morning is to be very relaxing as we use the spa facilities of the recently refurbished Runnymeed-on-Thames Hotel. Sit back and enjoy the views as we then cruise past the Magna Carta Memorial to our mooring at Windsor. Do check to see if the Royal Standard is flying; perhaps the Queen is at home today! We'll visit Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world including the State Apartments, St George's Chapel, home of some recent Royal Weddings, and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.
Windsor to Cliveden
Wednesday We step back in time today as we visit the Tudor Manor House of Dorney Court, which has been in the Palmer family for over 450 years. In the afternoon, there's time to relax on board and admire the fabulous waterside houses of Bray as we cruise to our evening mooring on the celebrated Cliveden estate. Dinner on board.
Cliveden to Hurley
Thursday A busy day awaits! After an early morning cruise, we will visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and then continue through Marlow and Hurley. There will be a chance to tour Peter Freebody's traditional boatyard to discover this noble art, followed by an equally traditional pint of ale at Ye Olde Bell, reputed to be the oldest pub in England. On selected departure dates, we tour Highclere Castle, the real Downtown Abbey. Dinner on board.
Hurley to Henley-on-Thames
Friday We follow in the oars of many a famous rower this morning, along with the Henley Regatta Rowing Course to our mooring at Henley-on-Thames. Enjoy the views over an early lunch, before we head to the inspirational towers of Oxford's grandest college, Christ Church. A college was initially founded on this land by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525. Christ Church, as we know it today, was founded by King Henry VIII in 1546. Famous alumni include 13 British Prime Ministers, 17 Archbishops, the writer Lewis Caroll, the poet W H Auden and the eminent scientist Einstein. We return to Magna Carta in time for a fabulous Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in central London.
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Best Boat Hotels in London: Where to Stay on the Water
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With the Thames running through London, along with a plethora of canals and marinas in the city, having a break on a boat hotel (or boatel?) is easier than you think.
From mega millionaire yachts to boutique barges, this is your one-stop shop for finding the best floating hotels in London.
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The Good Hotel sits in the Royal Victoria Dock area of London’s Docklands. We love that this is a hotel with a social conscience – the not-for-profit basis of the hotel sees all profits reinvested to help underprivileged people, from sending children to school to offering adults the chance to retrain in hospitality.
Rooms at this hotel are designed to maximise space in the most stylish of ways. Utilising Dutch design, the ensuite bathrooms have outstanding rain showers and locally-sourced toiletries.
And best of all? Each night you stay, a disadvantaged child can go to school for a week.
Sunborn London Yacht Hotel
Moored in Royal Victoria Dock, in the heart of East London’s affluent Docklands area, the Sunborn Hotel is a minute’s walk from ExCeL London. This superyacht is highly luxurious, with crystal chandeliers, an opulent lobby, stunning dining areas and much more.
There is a sun deck where you can take drinks and sit back to soak up the rays, with the bar selling a terrific selection of beers, wines and spirits. Meanwhile, their breakfast buffet comes highly rated.
The best part of the Sunborn Yacht is unquestionably the accommodation. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and an excellent power shower, while some rooms even boast stunning views across the Royal Docks.
The Boathouse is a wood-panelled houseboat moored in the Paddington Basin, where the Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union. Not too far from Little Venice , and with all the charming waterside bars, restaurants and beauty of the Paddington Basin, this is one of London’s premier floating holiday accommodations.
Although we’d recommend this boat for romantic breaks, there’s space for up to four people. Guests can use the whole boat, including a gorgeous bathroom with a bath and shower space.
The living quarters are super comfortable, and the kitchen is well-equipped. Best of all, the rooftop deck from which you can marvel at a beautiful London sunset for those summer months.
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St Katharine Docks in Wapping is home to Sea Dancer, a yacht that sleeps four and includes a microwave, hot drink-making tools and a fridge for the whole self-catering waterborne experience.
On the boat is a work desk, a stove, flat-screen TV and even an outdoor dining area, step foot on land and you’ll be greeted by plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Absolute Pleasure Yacht
Moored in West India Quay, the Absolute Pleasure Yacht gives guests a taste of the millionaire yacht-living lifestyle at a fraction of the price. Although it’s primarily a function space that hosts corporate and private parties, you can also hire the yacht for a break, which includes everything you’d expect from a top-draw London hotel.
Ten luxury bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and luxe linen. Bottled water, toiletries and bathrobes are all included, while the yacht is moored close to a range of stunning bars, restaurants and a cool pop-up food market on Thursdays and Fridays.
Boutique Barges have three narrow boats moored on the Thames, offering holidaymakers and visitors to London an authentic riverside experience.
Barbara is a stunning boat with a log-fired stove and bathroom complete with a shower, as well as a small double master bedroom, and is situated in Central London.
Meanwhile, Big Boat is more comprehensive but shorter than Barbara and comes with a raised master double bed that we love, making it the perfect accommodation for a romantic couple’s break. Outside is space for a fire pit and a couple of deckchairs, ideal for watching the sun go down with a glass of bubbly.
Finally, Velvet Morning is another narrow boat that has been gorgeously designed and is moored in Central London. We’d say this was our favourite, thanks to the crisp and stylish decor.
This floating holiday home is one of our favourites. Mainly because it offers something a little bit different to the others we’ve mentioned.
Situated in the inner lagoon of Taggs Island near Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park is a stunning oasis of calm where you can leave the stresses and strains of the 21st Century behind you.
Cross the bridge onto Taggs Island and enjoy this stunning floating home amongst the reeds of the lagoon. Tulana Taggs combines gorgeous Art Deco and period furnishings with the mod cons of a Sky Glass Smart TV, a four-poster Super King bed, a freestanding nickel bath and for a little extra, a Swedish wood-fired hot tub – just a stunning floating holiday home experience.
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your London Yacht Hotel
- These boat hotels are dotted around London, many of which have limited parking. Check before you book whether you need to travel to the boat via public transport or whether you can park at the hotel.
- If you’re staying on a houseboat, check the house rules before you visit to ensure you know what is expected of you as guests.
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The best boat trips in London
See the city from the Thames or one of London’s canals with these great London boat trips
London boat tours are a truly fabulous way to see the city’s top spots. The River Thames is a destination in itself, of course, and most London boat tours will take in famous landmarks such as the Tate Modern , St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, The O2 and Canary Wharf . You’ll be spoiled for choice with footage for your Instagram story.
If you fancy something a little bit different, there are some charming London boat tours along Regent’s Canal, many leading to the incredibly picturesque Little Venice . Whether you’re a seasoned sea dog or a naval novice, there are definitely one or two London boat tours for you.
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City Cruises operate on a hop-on, hop-off basis and run from Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich Piers with commentary along the way. The River Red Rover ticket allows unlimited one-day cruising; there's also the Rail and River Rover ticket allowing unlimited one-day travel by river and on the DLR. Single or return tickets are available for shorter journeys, too. The London Showboat is an evening dinner and dance cruise running from Westminster Pier. Afternoon tea and lunch cruises are another popular option during peak periods.
- Ships and boats
This slick RIB (ridged inflatable boat) operation offers a thrilling, high-speed ride on the Thames. You can book by phone or online, or just turn up and pay on the day at the London Eye Ticket Office. Arrive 20 minutes before the off to be kitted out with a waterproof jacket, a life jacket and goggle-style visors (fun in itself). The trip starts calmly enough and the guide will keep kids and adults entertained with fun facts and celebrity stories. But once the boat passes Wapping, it’s pedal to the floor all the way to Canary Wharf.
Tate to Tate Boat
Running every 20 to 30 minutes, the boat service connecting London’s two Tate galleries, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, takes you through the heart of London, with plenty to see on both banks (head to the outdoor deck at the back of the boat for the best views). The catamaran service boasts specially commissioned exterior and interior designs by artist Damien Hirst, but there’s no commentary, so take a map.
River bus services running daily between Royal Arsenal Woolwich in the east and Battersea Power Station in the west. A daily commuter service operates every 20 minutes calling at all major central London piers. On event nights at The O2, the River Bus Express operates a fast direct shuttle service from London Eye (Waterloo) and London Bridge with optional champagne upgrades. There’s no tour guide on board, but you can download a free app for an audio commentary.
Thames RIB Experience
Hurtling about the Thames at 30 knots (roughly 35mph) is the closest thing we’ve got to a white-knuckle ride in central London. It takes just under 40 minutes to travel from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Then the turbo engines kick in and you’re off, bumping about on the open water between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, turning in terrifyingly tight figures of eight. It’s the quickest, most thrilling way to travel the Thames.
Vintage Red Bus Tour and Thames Cruise
Two tours in one. The first, departing from Victoria Coach Station on a restored double-decker bus, will take in views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. The second is a cruise on the River Thames passing Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before arriving at Embankment pier, where you hop back on the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. The tour will finish back at Victoria Coach Station.
Turks Launches have been operating boat tours along south-west London’s pretty stretch of Thames for 300 years. Running from Richmond Pier to Hampton Court, their routes pack in more historic sites than you might realise, including the seventeenth-century pile Ham House, Eel Pie Island (where Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones used to party), and Teddington Lock’s Dunkirk Memorial. Turks tours run daily from March until September; look out for special disco and jazz cruises during peak months.
London Waterbus Company
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Navigate Regent’s Canal in a narrowboat with the London Waterbus Company. Trips run along the Regent’s Canal linking Little Venice, Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Camden Lock. Warwick Avenue is the closest tube if you’re catching the boat from Little Venice. There’s no advance-booking option – these tours are first come, first served – so if you arrive at peak time, just before lunch, you might have to queue.
Canal Museum Tunnel Boat Trip
- King’s Cross
These trips are best suited to the brave. Regent’s Canal’s tunnel – built in 1820 – is long, dark, dank and three quarters of a mile long. Once upon a time, boats normally pulled by horses on the towpath had to be inched through the tunnel by a process of ‘legging’ – with the men on board having to brace their legs against the tunnel walls to power the boat along. The tunnel tours take place during the summer, and tickets also includes admission to the London Canal Museum proper. There are only 12 places on each boat tour, so booking is definitely recommended.
- Little Venice
Jason’s Trip navigates the picturesque route along Regent’s Canal from Little Venice, through Regent’s Park, on to Camden Lock and back again. The boat is more than 100 years old and the trip, which includes a live historical commentary and lasts for 45min each way, has been a feature on the canal since 1951. Tours run from the first week of April right through to the first week of November.
- Camden Town
Hop aboard for an hour and a half's cruise from Camden Lock, past London Zoo in Regent's Park, through the tunnel to Robert Browning’s Island at Little Venice and back to Walker’s Quay. A commentary is included on the cruise, and picnic lunches are available from the company’s waterside restaurant. If you prefer the idea of more formal onboard dining, try the My Fair Lady cruising restaurant boat, operated by the same company.
Bow Boat Company
Bow Boat Company offers a more bespoke kind of canal tour. Its cute narrowboat seats up to 12 people and can be hired (complete with skipper and tour guide) for special-occasion tours of east London’s waterways. You can decide exactly how long you want to tour for, and precisely where you’d like to stop. The comprehensive ‘east London loop’ takes in everything from the Olympic Park to Victoria Park and stretches out over a leisurely five hours; a shorter tour from Hackney’s buzzy Broadway Market to bustling King’s Cross takes just two hours.
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JetBlue: JetBlue's Cyber Monday sale has flights for as low as $49 until Nov. 29. The sale is valid for travel from Jan. 9, 2024 to March 27, 2024. Spirit Airlines: Spirit Airlines ' deal is running through Dec. 1, 2023. Travelers can save 40 percent when they buy 12,000+ Free Spirit Points.
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Expedia: Expedia is offering 30 percent off or more with Member Prices on select hotels. Bookings must be made by Nov. 29, 2023, and travel must occur by Dec. 31, 2024.
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MIAMI — New luxury cruise brand Explora Journeys isn’t counting on experienced cruisers to try out its first ship, Explora I. The new venture created by the people behind MSC Cruises are hunting for people who have never sailed before.
“We have this space for a true European luxury brand that is like a luxury hotel or luxury resort you usually travel to, but on the ocean,” said line CEO Michael Ungerer, speaking aboard the 63,900-gross-ton ship when it arrived to Miami earlier this month to begin a winter sailing season in the Caribbean.
The ship features six restaurants, 12 bars and lounges as well as a chef’s kitchen. The shipwide design is a mix of modern lines, but every space seems filled with unique curiosities that manage to feel like each is on display in a modern museum, not an antique shop.
The color scheme exudes earthy tones. Waltzing through the coffee lounge feels like walking through a caramel-filled chocolate confection. Restaurants have their own individuality such as the monochrome Marble & Co. Grill steakhouse, or the red-and-pink hues with cherry-blossom ceiling found in the Pan-Asian concept Sakura.
The European influence is there as well, from the five kinds of pasta at the buffet to the massive wine displays at each restaurant to the clean marble flooring in the public spaces.
Ungerer says customers it expects to rein in are not necessarily those that have been on ships before, or as an alternative to existing brands because the market opportunity is so huge.
Explora Journeys' first ship Explora I arrives to PortMiami for the first time on Nov. 3, 2023. (Richard Tribou/Orlando Sentinel)
He said before the pandemic, the luxury cruise market had about 800,000 people worldwide sailing, a number that has after the restart grown to 1.3 million. But as teams were surveying potential travelers, the estimated target pool was near 29 million.
“We surveyed about 20,000 qualified potential guests worldwide, of which 97% have never been on a ship yet, and the addressable markets are by selected by high net worth but also by the propensity to travel and by attributes and by benefits ultimately,” he said, and that other research has shown that could grow closer to 45 million.
So with that market research, the first of six planned vessels over the next five years made its debut this year. With a 922-guest capacity and a 1-to-1.25 crew-to-guest ratio, it’s similar to many luxury offerings already sailing.
That includes newcomers Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton on top of new and revamped ships from existing brands Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Seabourn and Crystal. Ungerer even welcomes the marquee names like Ritz-Carlton.
“To me, those brands, of course, they need to be in this as well, and it gives validity and importance and permanence to that segment,” he said.
Ahead of its Miami arrival, it made a sailing from Quebec with only about 200 passengers on board.
“I don’t need to price to fill. We said from day one no discounting,” Ungerer said noting the line had already gone through two price hikes so that it’s making the company an average of $650 per person per day. “I would rather have a few suites left and have the right people at the right price.”
That sort of market line in the sand is one benefit Explora Journeys has since it is run by the Italian ship magnate Aponte family, which owns the massive MSC shipping and cruise empire that has been in business for more than 300 years.
“When you build ships and you make a living off the sea, you have to have a long-term view,” Ungerer said. “Especially as a family company and you have only one shareholder you’re responsible to. So they think in generations. They don’t think in quarters.”
With that in mind, the end result is a refined combination of modern luxury, but with detailed touches throughout the ship. That combined with a strategy to sail to destinations on more laid-back itineraries is something Ungerer says will bring customers in.
“That was the idea — traveling slower, lingering longer and going deeper, meaning you have ample time at sea, you arrive later at the destination, you stay overnight,” he said. “I think it’s just the combination of all those factors — that level of thought, and a lot of detail and attention and that sort of planning and curation.”
He pointed out the array of selections on display in the ship’s observation lounge.
“You sit here for instance, and if you look at the materials we use, and the wood floors and the color scheme, and all the different objects, that are not there by surprise or by coincidence. They have been curated. So the owners are very hands-on. It’s also kind of an expression of the way they like to travel,” he said.
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Three-year cruise people sold homes to go on is cancelled weeks before departure
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A three-year world cruise which passengers paid up to £90,000 to go on has been cancelled weeks before setting sail – because there’s no ship.
Life at Sea Cruises announced the voyage, designed to house remote workers and retirees, in March and took on extra passengers in June after saying it had acquired a larger ship.
The cruise promised to visit 145 countries, allowing passengers to visit 13 of the 14 ‘wonders of the world’ and offering activities like scuba diving.
But after delaying the initial departure date of November 1, the cruise was cancelled altogether on November 17.
Many passengers, some of whom didn’t renew rental leases or sold their homes, have been left without a home after the cruise fell through.
One passenger, who wanted to remain anonymous until they got their refund, told CNN : ‘There’s a whole lot of people right now with nowhere to go, and some need their refund to even plan a place to go – it’s not good right now.’
‘I’m very sad, angry and lost,’ said one passenger. ‘I had the next three years of my life planned to live an extraordinary life, and now [I have] nothing. I’m having a hard time moving forward.
‘I was proud and feeling brave, now I don’t trust anyone or anything. I know it’ll work out and life will go on, but I’m uncertain of the direction.’
Another said they felt ‘incredibly sad and incredibly betrayed’.
‘The company seems to have no consideration about what they’ve done to our lives,’ they said, ‘I never imagined I’d be in this position as a senior citizen.’
They also lamented the loss of community that had been built in the run-up to the cruise: ‘I was looking forward to building friendships – that’s what made it different from a regular cruise. We were all of the same mindset and all started with the same thing in common.’
A third, speaking just before the cruise was confirmed as cancelled, said they were feeling ‘let down, deceived and betrayed’.
111 cabins had been sold on the ship, and some passengers are stuck in Istanbul, Turkey, where the cruise was set to depart from.
The voyage was first announced in March, with prices set at $30,000 (£23,700) per year. After announcing they’d acquired a larger vessel with 200 more cabins, they increased the price of the trip to $38,513 (£30,400) per year.
But in a message to passengers Vedat Ugurlu, owner of Life at Sea’s parent firm Miray, said the purchase of the larger ship had fallen through.
He said: ‘Miray is not such a big company to afford to pay $40-50 million for a ship.’
The company, he said, had ‘presented the project to investors, and had official approval from some of them to buy the vessel,’ but after making the down payment those investors ‘declined to support us further due to unrest in the Middle East’.
A day later, Chief Operating Officer Ethem Bayramoglu added: ‘Although we are all disappointed and frustrated that we didn’t sail this time, it is important to us that you feel positive overall about your experience with us.
‘Vedat in particular is still hopeful that Miray will someday soon have an option for you to consider.’
Life at Sea says it will refund passengers, who put down deposits of tens of thousands of dollars – but repayment won’t start until next month, and it will be made in monthly instalments.
The company is also promising to pay for hotel rooms and return plane tickets for passengers in Turkey.
Metro.co.uk checked the Life at Sea website and it’s currently still possible to book cabins on the cancelled cruise.
Life at Sea has been contacted for comment.
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Carnival Cruise Line making huge onboard change
Posted: December 1, 2023 | Last updated: December 1, 2023
Cruise ships face some problems that land-based hotels rarely have to deal with.
Traditional hotels, for example, don't have a single day when all guests leave and another group replaces them a few hours later. Sure, hotels might have more turnover on Sundays or the day after a huge event, but even for something like the Super Bowl, not every person staying in Las Vegas for the game will leave on Monday.
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Cruise ships, however, must quickly get their passengers off the ship so they can clean the rooms and bring a new group of customers onboard. Even people sailing on the same ship in the same room on back-to-back cruises need to leave their rooms and go through immigration (which sometimes means leaving the ship and sometimes involves customs officials coming onboard).
That's a daunting process and even the slightest glitch can cause major pain for passengers. If there's a delay getting to the port and getting people off the ship that can lead to new passengers and old passengers being at the port at the same time.
In addition to causing crowding issues, it also means that parking lots have not cleared out for arriving passengers. That can lead to gridlock at the port, impacting not just the affected cruise, but others leaving from the same port.
Here's how Royal Caribbean disembarkation works
Every cruise line handles embarkation and disembarkation differently. In a broad sense, however, passengers on Carnival Cruise Line ( CCL ) - Get Free Report , Royal Caribbean, MSC, and even Virgin Voyages have the same general disembarkation choices. Passengers can opt to walk off with their own luggage,
On Royal Caribbean ships, passengers who opt to have the cruise line handle their luggage get luggage tags in their room the night before the cruise ends. Those tags have a number that will ultimately help the passenger know when to leave.
People who opt for the assisted departure pack their bags, put the luggage tags on their bags, and leave those bags outside their rooms on the last night. Porters collect those bags and ultimately deliver them to the cruise terminal the next day.
Each tag has a number and Royal Caribbean shows where each numbered group can wait after passengers have to vacate their cabins. On the departure day, the cruise line uses one of its in-house television channels to share expected departure times for each numbered group and the designated waiting spots.
Carnival makes a disembarkation change
Carnival has begun rolling out a new disembarkation program that uses its app to control the process, Cruise Hive reported.
"We always want debarkation to be as easy as possible. Sometimes it is, sometimes it is not," said Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald shared on his Facebook page. "I wanted to let you know that we are rolling out a new debarkation system for those guests who put their luggage outside of their cabin door and want to choose what time they will disembark."
Under the new system. guests will pick a departure time on the Carnival Hub app and to receive notifications on the app as to when they can leave the ship.
The current disembarkation process requires guests to go to guest services to get luggage tags. That can create long lines and backups, at a time when guest services is also busy. Luggage tags will be delivered to the passengers' cabins based on the selection people make in the app.
Carnival is currently testing what it's calling "Digital Debark" on four ships, Conquest, Spirit, Dream, and Elation. It plans to slowly role it out across the fleet, but has not shared a timetable for the change, according to Heald.
Digital Debark will not impact passengers who opt to walk their own luggage off the ship.
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