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About Blue Funnel

Take away a unique experience with Blue Funnel

For an unforgettable day out and a warm reception, hop aboard and join us for a Blue Funnel river cruise. Our vessel MV Ocean Scene holds up to 340 passengers. She has large open sundecks and spacious heated interior saloons making her accessible all year round for day cruises and evening party nights.

On board our fully trained and uniformed staff are always there to ensure personal attention and that your cruise runs smoothly. Cruises can range from simple docks tours offering fabulous views of the Cruise ships when in port to a day out on the Solent covering all the local rivers including going down to Portsmouth or over to the Isle of Wight. Time ashore is offered on some of our cruises.

While cruising, enjoy a wide range of beverages hot and cold from our fully stocked licensed bar and freshly prepared meals cooked & served on board by our catering staff. This could be a simple basket meal or a 4 Course silver service dinner, the choice is yours. Our brochure offers a wide range of ‘Summer Specials’ at discounted prices, we welcome groups large & small, tour companies and individuals to book with us along with everyone else who would like to experience a local river trip. Visit the itinerary page on our website to see new trips as they are added throughout the year and the variety of events we can offer.

Public river cruises run all year-round Christmas being a very busy time for us with our festive Lunch cruise and Christmas party evenings. Not forgetting the Santa cruise for the children which is a firm favourite.
Considering a private charter? We can tailor any package to your requirements. We are here to make your day something special that you will always remember.

Company History

Hello and welcome to Blue Funnel Cruises, we have been operating around the Solent for over 50 years and are based in Ocean Village, Southampton. I’m Lee Rayment; I have lived in Southampton since 1993 and love the city and all its attributes. Since attending higher education in the city I have seen many changes in the business of passenger boats and our attitude and ability to suit the market over the years and am very glad to have been part of it. I was born under Pisces the water sign so I guess the waters in my blood. When I’m not running my company I spend my spare time rowing for Itchen Imperial Rowing Club. I also like to enjoy my holidays aboard Cruise Ships whenever possible

I took the company over in 2001, previous to this I was the Marine Superintendent. Since taking over Blue Funnel I have worked hard to expand the business and offer a complete package to the client. I have immense pleasure in introducing you to our new and improved website. It is very important to me to maintain our position as the South’s leading Pleasure Boat Operator and with this website we aim to offer easy access and provide comprehensive information to people from many different walks of life.

I also have an excellent team in the office who have worked with me for many years. With their knowledge and expertise they will be there to guide you towards ensuring your event is everything you ever wanted it to be.

We aim to be as contactable as possible so even when the office isn’t open, someone is always there to answer your emails as promptly as able.

Events in the Area

Southampton offers a variety of different experiences, covering all ages and interest. Keen on history? Visit the historic walls built by Henry VIII to protect the city from invasion and still standing in parts. Or you may enjoy The Ghost Walk, an interactive theatrical tour of the city amongst its many historic buildings including The Bargate.
Southampton is classed as the cruise capitol of Europe with ships in and out on a daily basis. These can be seen from the shoreside but a much better view is afforded from our boats along with commentary.
If shopping is your thing then look no further than the West Quay complex considered one of the best retail and dinning locations on the South Coast with its large and varied range of stores and considerable choice of dinning experiences. The 10 screen cinema and bowling complex both enhance the occasion, young and old there is something for everyone.