The River Cruising Collection


Great Britain is a seafaring nation and, like her ancestors, Queen Elizabeth II loves spending time on the water.

When the Royal Yacht Britannia was in service The Queen and her family travelled widely for both royal tours and for pleasure in the early days, and recent jubilees The Queen has frequently travelled by boat, her love of the water is clear.

Gloriana, the Royal Row Barge, was commissioned to lead the royal pageant celebrating The Queen’s diamond jubilee and we saw the extraordinary procession of boats cruising through central London.

We are offering your clients the opportunity to follow in Her Majesty’s footsteps, albeit watery ones, and cruise on the River Thames in luxury launches in which she has travelled.

They will be hosted by those who have served The Queen and taken the helm when she has been on board.

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RIVER CRUISING ON THE THAMES

Travel along the longest river in the UK, the River Thames, on a luxury river cruise and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the British countryside.

Cruise along the most beautiful stretches of the river and listen as your skipper shares the history, stories and iconic landmarks with you.

Explore the river with a luxury river cruise from a number of locations across the UK such as Windsor, Oxford, Henley-on-Thames or from another town or city.

Sit back and relax on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames and listen as your skipper shares the history, stories and secrets of the river with you. As you board your stunning river launch, you can step back in time and delight in the traditions of the river.

We will be delighted to arrange champagne or the drinks of your choice and a picnic for you to enjoy during your cruise, alternatively, you have the option to stop off along your route at one of the riverside restaurants or hotels and we will happily make a reservation for you.


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GLORIANA: THE ROYAL ROW BARGE

The Royal barge was named by Her Majesty The Queen as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Gloriana is the first royal barge built for over 250 years. Her design and build used structures and techniques that have changed little since the long-boats of the Viking age, and carries on a centuries-old tradition of Royal barges on the Thames.

Her immediate realm is the River Thames and London, but Gloriana also celebrates the Commonwealth, which delivers a truly international dimension to her presence. The crests of 16 Commonwealth countries adorn the outside of the coach.

Gloriana is an inspiration for national pride, a showcase for traditional British boat-building and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people, especially young people, to engage with the River Thames and the sport of rowing.

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CRUISING ON ALASKA

Spend a day on the River Thames, sit back and relax like The Queen would when travelling by water. Built in 1883, Alaska is the oldest working passenger steamer on the Thames. She is part of the National Historic Fleet alongside the HMS Victory, the Cutty Sark and others.

In 2009 Alaska was chosen to act as the royal barge, taking Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh along the Thames to witness the ancient ceremony of swan upping. In June 2012 Alaska too The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Hambleden lock to the Henley Business School to attend a diamond jubilee garden party.

Alaska was also one of the 1,000 participants in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant in London.

Operated at the highest standards and is licenced as a Class V passenger vessel by the Maritime + Coastguard Agency of the department transport. We can guarantee you will have the most experienced skipper. The managing director and senior skipper is a former merchant Navy officer and has over half a million miles logged.

Alaska is the perfect venue for you, your friends and your family to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. We are able to cater for drinks, canapes, a luxury gourmet picnic or buffet, whatever you would like.


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THE NEXT STEPS

The Humphreys team is here to make it happen for you and your clients.

We need to know:

  • The chosen dates
  • The preferred experience options
  • Accommodation preferences
  • Lunching and dining requirements
  • Transfer and transport requirements

We will then design the draft itinerary and you are guaranteed that your clients:

  • Will be offered the best options on the chosen dates
  • Will have minimum transfer time and optimum enjoyment time
  • Will have transparency of the different options for their chosen experiences so they can choose their preferred style

Boating on the Thames is probably most enjoyable between April to September, btu we do have some lovely heated launches that are very cosy for a winter cruise.

We love talking through the options so we can really understand what will make the perfect visit.

Let’s arrange a call or a Zoom chat and start the process.

We will happily arrange it for you, please call or email: info@humphreysofhenley.co.uk | +44 (0) 1491 736468


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