Following a review in the UK Government’s social distancing guidelines City Cruises, the largest tour boat operator on the River Thames, will resume sailings from 4th July 2020.
To give passengers in London greater flexibility and alternative commuter options, City Cruises will also launch from 4th July 2020 a new weekly and monthly pass suitable for commuting, starting from £29 per person – a saving of 20 per cent when compared to the Central Tube Pass.
The new City Cruises Commuter service will provide central London stops at Westminster, Waterloo, and Tower of London. This July, City Cruises London will also introduce an incredible open ticket option for sightseeing, daytime dining, and dinner experiences, with customers able to purchase a ticket today and delay booking a sailing until a future date with tickets valid until the end of 2021. Experiences will cast off across London with all sailings operating with social distancing measures in place. City Cruises has significantly reviewed passenger capacities and the customer journey from ticket purchase to boarding and disembarking, to ensure that customers can enjoy a day out.
Kyle Haughton, Managing Director of City Cruises, commented; “Passenger and staff safety is our number one priority and we have reviewed all aspects of our operations and service to offer our customers sailings in which they feel confident to book and experience. From reducing sightseeing passenger capacity to increasing contactless payments to £45 per transaction, increased sanitisation of the boats and personal protection wear for all staff, we have put in place measures that allow customers to enjoy a different view of the Capital in an environment they feel confident in.”
From 4th July, social distancing will be in operation on all experiences. City Cruises will enable this by reducing the number of passengers admitted on each sailing. Seat capacity has been restricted on all cruises to fall in line with social distancing requirements to allow guests to enjoy a cruise with a select number of guests. Whilst on board, signs will indicate that some seats are not available to sit on to keep distance between passengers. In addition to the high standard of cleanliness that City Cruises keeps on its boats, the operator has implemented extra measures to make them Covid-secure. All boats will be disinfected every day before going into service and then cleaned every 30 minutes on customer touch points whilst in service.
Hygienic screens will be in place to separate staff and customer interaction, and hand sanitiser will be available on all boats for customer use. City Cruises’ staff will wear masks, gloves and other PPE as required and customers will be asked to wear face masks. Customers will be also be requested to make sure that they are fit to travel to maintain the safety of other passengers.
City Cruises closed operations on 20th March 2020 and looks forward to welcoming passengers from 4th July 2020 onwards onboard one of the following sailings. CITY CRUISES LONDON Commuter Ticket From 4th July 2020, Londoners can commute on the river onboard City Cruises for the first-time.
Providing central London stops at Westminster, Waterloo and Tower of London, commuters will be able to hop on board using either a weekly or monthly ticket. Starting from £29 per person for a weekly ticket the cost to commute with City Cruises is 20 per cent less than the Central Tube Pass, with savings rising to 29 per cent when a monthly ticket is purchased at £99 per person.
Open Tickets Flexibility of when to travel and experience a day out is a key priority for City Cruises’ customers. Guests can book one of three new Open Tickets, safe in the knowledge that they have until the end of 2021 to book the date and sailing they would like to board. The new Sightseeing Flexible Open Pass provides customers with a 24-hour ticket, priced from £19 per person.
Sightseers can explore the historic landmarks of London with ease boarding any City Cruises’ sightseeing boat from three different piers along the Thames: Westminster, London Eye and Tower of London. Passengers can board boats every 40 minutes allowing plenty of opportunities to discover the variety of attractions along the way whilst taking memorable photos.
Each of the boats provide guided commentary allowing passengers to deepen their knowledge about London’s greatest moments of history. For those looking to dine on the River Thames, City Cruises has two dining passes to choose from. The Daytime Dining Pass, priced from £35 per person, allows guests to book either a Lunch, Afternoon Tea or Evening cruise, whilst the Thames Flexible Dinner Pass provides either Showboat or Jazz entertainment with a sit-down meal – priced from £82 per person.
As the dinner cruises sail along the Thames, guests will be wined, dined, and entertained by a live performer as well as seeing spectacular views of London from the upper deck. Dinner cruises depart on select dates, please view www.citycruises.com