Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions by our customers before booking a cruise. If these do not answer all your questions, please phone us on 0115 9100 507.

Q: How long are the cruises? A: Depending on which type of cruise you have selected, the duration is normally either 2, 2.5 or 3 hours in duration but this can be extended if required.

Q: How far does the cruise go? A: We generally sail in a large lazy loop setting off from our moorings, to Wilford Church, turning there and then cruising to Holme Pierrepoint, the home of The National Water Sports Centre, before returning to our moorings.

Q: Can we be picked up/dropped off at a different location? A: All Public Cruises on The Trent Lady sail from the headquarters of The Nottingham Sea Cadets in Colwick, Nottingham. Daytime Public Cruises on The Nottingham Crusader sail from Colwick Country Park. Evening Public Cruises on The Nottingham Crusader sail from Nottingham Sea Cadets. Alternative departure/return points (if accessible for our boats) can be pre-arranged with our Bookings Office for Private Charter Cruises, but the whole party must board/disembark at the same point and unfortunately we cannot pick-up/drop-off individual passengers at alternative locations.

Q: Are children allowed on cruises? A: Children are allowed on most daytime cruises, however, under 18s are only allowed on evening cruises if it is a Private Charter Booking or if there are 35 or more guests, which automatically gives you exclusive use of either The Trent Lady or The Nottingham Crusader without the need to Private Charter.

Q: Do we need ID? A: The same licensing laws apply on the boats as in any pub or club, therefore, any passenger lucky enough to look under 25 years of age, will be asked to produce current photographic identification as proof of age prior to being served an alcoholic beverage. On cruise packages with an "Over 18s only" age restriction, we reserve the right to refuse entry to the boat to any passenger unable to produce current photographic identification as proof of age, when asked.

Q: Can we smoke onboard the boats? A: It is illegal to smoke indoors at any venue in the United Kingdom and the same law applies onboard our boats. There is a small open fore-deck on The Trent Lady (accessible from the lower deck) and on The Nottingham Crusader where passengers are permitted to smoke. Electronic cigarettes are only permitted in the designated smoking areas.

Q: Do you cater for vegetarians? A: Trent River Cruises offer vegetarian options for all meal choices offered, but these do need to be ordered prior to the sail.

Q: Can we bring our own catering? A: Unfortunately own catering is not usually permitted mainly due to Health Regulations and endorsements in our insurance, with the exception of St John Cruises on The Nottingham Crusader or Educational Cruises, where packed lunches are permitted, providing a disclaimer is signed prior to the cruise. Celebration cakes are allowed.

Q: Can we decorate the boats? A: You may bring your own decorations, but please note that we do not allow silly string, party poppers or indoor fireworks/sparklers. Normal birthday cake candles are permitted. Decorations may be fixed in place with blu-tack or low-tack tape only, no pins or staples please! Please contact the Bookings Office to discuss what time the boat will be available for you to decorate for your cruise. Trent River Cruises can decorate the boat for you for an additional fee, please contact the Bookings office for more information.

Q: Can we get married on the boat? A: At present we are not permitted to hold a licence to marry people onboard the boat. Wedding blessings are permitted either onboard The Trent Lady or The Nottingham Crusader or on our moorings.

Q: Can we perform a scattering of ashes ceremony on the boat? A: We offer a Private Charter Package for the scattering of ashes. These cruises are usually one hour long and we sail to a secluded section of the River Trent to allow passengers to perform the ashes scattering ceremony with as much privacy as possible.

Q: Do you do All Inclusive Cruises? A: The short answer to that is no. The main reason for this is to allow our customers more choice, due to the diverse range of products stocked on our bar, most of which would be excluded from a standard All Inclusive Package, which typically only include "house" drinks. Also we do not actively encourage binge drinking. You may however, run a bar tab if you wish, which must be settled prior to disembarking the vessel.

Q: Is there any heating onboard the boat? A: Both boats have central heating, which is very effective.

Q: Is the boat completely covered or is there an area to stand outside? A: The main saloons of both boats are completely covered but both The Trent Lady (accessible from the lower deck) and The Nottingham Crusader have an open fore-deck.

Q: Are there any toilets onboard the boats? A: The Trent Lady has toilets situated on both decks, one on the upper deck, which is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and two on the lower deck. The Nottingham Crusader has two toilets, one in the front saloon and a disabled toilet in the rear saloon.

Q: Is there Disabled Access? A: The Nottingham Crusader was purpose-built for disabled passengers and has full wheelchair access throughout the passenger areas with disabled toilet facilities in the rear saloon and low windows throughout to ensure a good view for wheelchair users. On The Trent Lady, the upper deck has access for wheelchairs, which may appear to be a little strange, it being on the upper deck, but we actually board passengers on the upper deck via a loading ramp. There is also a toilet on the upper deck, which is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Unfortunately there is no disabled access onto the lower deck of The Trent Lady, as passengers must access this deck via the onboard stairs.

Q: What are the Bar Prices? A: Whilst we do not have the buying power to compete with some of the High Street pub chains, we aim to be comparable to the run of the mill pubs & clubs. A full bar menu with prices can be obtained by contacting our Bookings Office.

Q: Is there a Parking Area? A: If you are sailing from the Nottingham Sea Cadets, parking is permitted on the road outside the main gate to the unit (Waterside Way). Due to the high security of the Sea Cadets Unit, parking is not currently permitted inside the unit itself. If you are sailing from Colwick Country Park, you have the choice of either parking at the Fishing Lodge and walking round the lake to the Crusader's moorings or you can drive through the barrier into the park. There is ample parking close to the Crusader's moorings and there is a pick-up/drop-off point dierctly outside the moorings.

Q: Can we catch the bus to the moorings? A: The Ecolink bus service operates from the city centre to Racecourse Park and Ride on Racecourse Road every 15 minutes throughout the day Monday to Saturday, which is a 5 - 10 minute walk from our moorings at the Nottingham Sea Cadets, but this only runs until 7pm in the evening and does not run at all on Race Days at Colwick Racecourse. Some of the Ecolink buses also stop on Mile End Road, not far from the main entrance to Colwick Country Park (approximately a 20 minute walk to the Crusader's moorings). The Red NCT bus number 44 from the city centre stops on Racecourse Road (approx. 10 - 15 minute walk from Nottingham Sea Cadets) and this operates every 10 minutes Mon-Sat and every 30 minutes on sundays. The 44 runs until midnight except for Sundays. The 44 Bus also stops on the Colwick Loop Road near a side entrance to Colwick Country Park but there will be a lengthy walk through the park from there (25-30 minutes) to get to the Crusader's moorings.

Q: Will there be taxis waiting at the moorings at the end of our evening cruise? A: You will need to book a taxi. We recommend that you pre-book taxis for evening sails as Nottingham's taxi companies are very busy at 11.00pm, when the boat docks, and there can be a very long wait for a taxi, especially at weekends. On Friday and Saturday evenings we offer a bus service for passengers from the boat moorings into Nottingham City Centre for an additional fee, but this must be pre-booked if required and cannot be arranged on the night of your cruise. Please note that passengers must be clear of the Nottingham Sea Cadets Unit by 11.15pm.

Q: What nightclub do we get tickets for? A: On Friday and Saturday evenings we currently offer tickets for free queue-jump entrance into Pryzm Nightclub in Nottingham City Centre. These tickets are complimentary and can be used to gain free entrance into Pryzm before midnight on the date of issue only (please note that a dress code and age restrictions may apply). We can also arrange transport from the boat moorings to the nightclub for an additional fee, but this must be pre-booked if required and cannot be arranged on the night of your cruise.

Q: What happens if we arrive early for our cruise? A: Your booking form will show the boarding time for your cruise. If you arrive earlier than the pre-arranged boarding time, you will not be able to board the boat. Our moorings at the Nottingham Sea Cadets are within a secure military base and therefore the gates are locked at all times. The gate to the unit will not open until the time stated on your booking form. At Colwick Country Park, The Nottingham Crusader is kept within Colwick Marina, which is not accessible to the general public. It does not usually move over to the passenger pick-up point until the pre-arranged boarding time. If you find yourself in Colwick with time to spare before boarding, there are a few pubs and cafes in the area where you will be able to get refreshments. If you need to contact us on the day of your cruise, please call 0115 9100507 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm Sat or Sun or 07436811391 from 6pm onwards.