Vouchers can be purchased now for any cruise taking place in 2018! They are not date specific, and when the dates are released, all you need to do is contact us to book onto the cruise of your choice, quoting the ID number that will be on the voucher. They make brilliant Christmas and birthday presents! There are two types of cruises, afternoon and dawn.
These cruises begin at Whitwell Harbour, where the Rutland Belle sets sail for an hour and a half cruise on Rutland Water. We stand a very good chance of seeing ospreys flying by and fishing, and lots of other gems that Rutland Water has to offer. There will be a live commentary pointing out things of interest, and providing information about the osprey project and the reservoir. Members of the osprey team will be on board to help you get the best out of your trip. There will be tea, coffee and snacks available on board.
On the day of the cruise, the osprey team will be delivering a talk on the Osprey Project at the Lyndon Visitor Centre, for cruise guests to attend. The talk is optional, but provides a useful overview of the project and information on spotting ospreys from the boat, how they fly and hunt etc. There will be two opportunities to attend the talk, at 10am and 2pm.
Afternoon cruises cost £22 for adults and £13 for under 16s.
The start times differ for individual cruises. Please check the information for your chosen cruise date on our website.
Dawn cruises depart from Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise. We’ll then arrive back at Whitwell and drive around to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre in Egleton for a well-earned cooked breakfast. The breakfast consists of a bacon and egg roll, or a vegetarian option of egg and mushrooms. Early mornings are a magical time to be out on the reservoir, and we have often been treated to some spectacular views of ospreys. Tickets for dawn cruises are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for under 16s. For more details please click here.
In addition to your cruise ticket you will also receive a 20% discount on the permit entry price to the nature reserve. Nature reserve permits cover the Egleton (LE15 8BT) and Lyndon (LE15 8RN) sites of Rutland Water and with nearly 40 hides there is lots to see and do to fill a day. You can use your discount on the day of the cruise, and/or the day after.
All parking costs at Whitwell and the reserves are covered by your cruise ticket.
All you need to do is decide on a date that suits you by looking at the list here, then call 01572 737378 and quote the ID number to book for that date. Click the links below to buy your cruise vouchers!
Your voucher will be sent to you via email.
PLEASE NOTE: Vouchers are not date specific, so you can choose any date from the list of dawn cruises in 2018 – dates will be released in November.
PLEASE NOTE: Cruise vouchers are non-refundable, and can only be used for cruises in 2018.