Festive Special River Cruises

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Come on-board with us at Stuart Line Cruises and take time out of the busy festive season to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe on our Festive Special River Cruises.


Our festively decorated boats have covered and heated lower decks, with cosy blankets, plenty of fresh air and great views on our upper outside deck.  Our Festive Special River Cruises welcome you with a hot glass of homemade mulled wine and tasty warmed minced pie whilst you sit back and take a breather from the busy Christmas season.  Sailing through December and January – right the way through the Christmas and New Year period – with live, informative and interesting commentary, these cruises are just the ticket to get you in the Christmas spirit!

  • Cruises last one and a half hours and tickets cost just £9.50 for adults and £6.00 for children, sailing times vary, so take a look at the timetable and we look forward to welcoming you on-board!

Guided Birdwatching Cruises
Join our leading ornithologists to see the thousands of migrating birds on the glorious River Exe. During the Winter months the River Exe becomes a home for many of migrating birds, one of the reasons this river is a designated RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nature and wildlife.


Knowledgeable and informative commentary from renowned ornithologists throughout provide guidance on the species, habitats and behaviours of the thousands of bird that have made their way to this stunning part of the world. Our boats have covered and heated lower decks with excellent panoramic windows, and outside upper decks with cosy blankets for plenty of fresh air and great views!  These three hour cruises sail along the calm and sheltered waters of the river and due to the length of this trips we would not recommend them for young children.

  • All tickets cost just £12.50 per person, and for just an extra £3.50 a hot and tasty Chunk of Devon pasty, both steak and vegetarian, can be added onto your booking!

We have trips running from November through to March and advanced booking is strongly recommended as these are really popular cruises. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!


Sail With Santa
The BEST way to see Santa in the South West!  Sail with Santa is the family’s favourite way to see the man himself!  Cruising up the calm and sheltered waters of the stunning River Exe there is plenty for everyone to do on this fabulous hour long trip!  For the children there’s music, singing, balloon modelling, face painting, boat driving lessons, sweets and a visit to the amazingly authentic grotto to see Santa and receive their high quality hand-picked gift!  There’s plenty for the grown-ups too, with a welcoming glass of mulled wine and a warm mince pie whilst you enjoy the festive family fun!

  • As part of local families Christmas tradition, these trips are extremely popular and as each gift is age appropriate to the child, advanced booking is essential! All tickets are £10, and £4 for under 1 year.


Christmas Day Swim
Join all the Stuart Line family to watch from the warmth and comfort of the boat, Exmouth’s greatest Christmas Day tradition, the Christmas Day Swim!  Setting sail at 10.45am, we cruise down to the seafront for the best view of all the crazy revellers as they charge down the beach and dive into the water – brrrr!  We then turn to take a leisurely cruise up the glorious River Exe to enjoy a hot glass of mulled wine and tasty mince pie, whilst relaxing and soaking up the views.  This cruise lasts one and a half hours and will return you to Exmouth Marina for 12.15pm as we’ve got a turkey to cook!

  • Advanced booking on this trip is essential, tickets cost just £10 for adults and £7 for children and include your glass of mulled wine and mince pie!

Details at Stuart Line Cruises website