African Queen Thames River Cruises

Christmas Cruise

Christmas Cruise Thames River African Queen

Enjoy an unforgettable gourmet Christmas break. Sleep onboard the African Queen and experience a quintessential English Christmas filled with tradition and festivity.

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Christmas Eve

  • Check in from 5.00pm.
  • Welcome glass of bubbly followed by Christmas Eve Party integrated with a Buffet Supper & Live Entertainment. Bar open till late.

Christmas Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast there will be several options on offer:
    • Church Service (Church is located on Mapledurham Estate).
    • Guided walk to the Folly or you may want to explore the area on your own accord.
  • Christmas Day lunch will be served at 3.00pm (Traditional Christmas Day Lunch with all the Trimmings). This will be a very leisurely dinner that will take most of the afternoon up.
  • Cheese and Biscuits will be served later on in the evening.

Boxing Day

  • After breakfast the African Queen will cruise “The Wind in the Willows” route (weather permitting).
  • A two course lunch will be served on board.
  • Boxing day evening enjoy a three course Cape Malay dinner followed by Parlour Games.
  • On board Bar is open till late.
  • Check out after breakfast 27 December.


Run up to Christmas 
Corporate Christmas Parties
Family and Friends Christmas do’s
All Welcome



Here's what people say about us

  • Christmas on the African Queen!

    Last year my fiancee and myself went on the African Queen for Christmas. We enjoyed it so much that we had to take my family and friends there this year. The location it self is probably one of the most beautiful locations in England. Again the crew’s service was excellent, no request is to big for Andy and Bonnie. Their hospitality is also unmatched.
    All I can say about the food is that words can’t do it justice and it needs to be experienced!

    Renier P – UK
  • Have just returned from five days on board the boat hotel, African Queen.

    It was a most enjoyable, relaxing experience. Our expectations were exceeded when we received a phone call from Bonny, the co-owner of the vessel, to welcome us in advance and to check that if we had special dietary needs could be met. She also checked that we had any concerns prior to our departure. Shortly after boarding we were treated to home made scones with jam and cream and that was the start of interesting, quality meals which were cooked to perfection. Delicious!


    Ezanns – Lincoln
  • A weekend with a difference!

    If you are looking for peace, great food, then this is the place to be. Andy, Bonnie and Bobby do everything humanly possible to make their guests comfortable. Andy is the skipper, keeping many people amused with his anecdotes and experiences of life. Bonnie and Bobby keep their guests exceptionally well fed and comfortable.

    Everybody on our trip gelled (young and old) and on Saturday we had a wonderful evening celebrating a guest’s birthday. We sang, danced, laughed and had a thoroughly good time.


    W Spatriciab – Wellington
  • Spent several days aboard a 100ft Dutch Barge! Excellent food – Bonnie is a superb chef, ably assisted by Bobby. Wonderful atmosphere. Compact accommodation but exceedingly clean and very functional! and “user friendly”. Andy is an excellent mine host – tells very funny stories and has a really good sense of humour. Beautiful countryside. An experience to treasure and to repeat!

    Patrick M – South Africa
  • Great weekend – nothing quite like it!

    Seeing our great national river up close while others do all the hard work was well worth the price. You would be hard pushed to find such a combination of excellent food and under-stated seamanship anywhere else. All we had to do was relax and enjoy. Given our weather can be unpredictable the boat was well fitted for all possible circumstances and so was the bar – nice to see a classic paper spreadsheet in use 😉

    Roger C – Mattishall