Original Post – from 2014….Pre-Christmas Pitstop!
What happened? One moment it was the most glorious Summer – followed by an equally glorious Autumn – and we could hardly keep up with the wide variety of demand for Thames cruises at Thames Leisure. We were doing BBQs, Club Nights, Corporate Dinners, Company Parties, Birthday Parties and just about every other type of party coming out of our portholes! Now the clocks have gone back and there is just a moment’s breather before we are into our Christmas Party Cruise season.
Just time to put our two largest vessels: the William B and Dutch Master into dry dock down in Greenwich for their maritime MOTs. All an essential part of our strict safety regime before we send them out to undertake a range of important work this coming December and, of course, for giving them a good tidy up to look their best for the festive cruise season. We pop them in a large dry dock give them a good checking over with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, test them, scrape them, paint them and generally tweak them so that they not only look good but are safe and ready for Christmas Cruise action!
Christmas Cruises and New Ideas
So what are we up to this December 2014? Well lots of high demand cruise slots have already been sold but many still remain and we have four vessels to fill:
The Dutch Master (up to 375 party persons for our Dutch Master Christmas Party Club or 260 guests for our Dutch Master Christmas Party Club and Buffet);
The William B, our luxurious restaurant boat, (offering a William B Christmas Classic finger buffet for 100 guests or a William B Christmas Gold delicious seated meal for 80. Then there is Sailing Barge Will, our Thames Sailing Barge, which can happily cater for 10-50 passengers for Christmas dining in great style as well as open up Tower bridge for you and your party – what a Christmas Thames Treat!
And then there are our Christmas Cruise Special Offers…….
It’s simple, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we are offering great reductions on our published Christmas package prices!
Dutch Master Club Boat Party – New Christmas Additions!
We had thought long and hard about what to offer this Christmas and how best to meet our customers’ needs with a club vessel like the Dutch Master. So we have taken steps to alter the way we do things on the Dutch Master and make her the Number One boat party cruise choice in London this Christmas. We have decided to offer mouth-watering menus of hot fork and finger buffet food aimed to cater for the larger office groups with the emphasis definitely on the Party! On the Dutch Master we have two inside decks which are great flexible spaces for serving food, drink and of course for dancing to the excellent sound system of our own house DJs. Outside again there are two decks from which you can enjoy the best view of our beautiful capital city, nothing beats seeing London from the river: the views are glittering, dramatic and uninterrupted. Just the best way to celebrate the festive season. Add a photographer, Christmas decs and strings of ropelighting and you have one amazing venue: a movable feast this Christmas in London.
Shared Christmas Event – THURSDAY 11TH DECEMBER!
We are also hosting a Shared Christmas event on Thursday 11th December, with ticket prices from £27.00 per person. This includes hot buffet food, Christmas decorations and novelties as well as our in house DJ!
Putting Customer Service First, Putting Money Back into the Thames Leisure Business
Yes it has been a busy and thrilling year as we look back on 2014, exciting and successful. And we want that success to continue and there is no doubt in our minds the best way to do this is by improving the experience we offer to our customers both in terms of the service we offer on board the boats and the fabric of the boats themselves. So with this in mind this winter we are starting a serious programme of investment into all our vessels, particularly Dutch Master and Tideway. Even the William B and Sailing Barge Will are going to get a good maritime makeover so that our River Thames Boat Parties deliver the best value, best service and best experience for cruises in London.