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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Get acquainted with the seaside splendor of Poole during a cruise around Europe’s largest natural harbor from Poole. Climb aboard the boat and enjoy spectacular views of the famous Sandbanks. Listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable captain as you sail from the picturesque town of Poole. Hear of how Poole Harbour was formed in the last ice-age and absorb the tranquility of the ocean before returning to Poole Quay.  
  • Sightseeing cruise around Poole Harbour from Poole Quay
  • See impressive maritime sights like the Brownsea Island
  • Listen to interesting commentary about the history of Poole from your knowledgeable captain
  • Revitalize with snacks and hot drinks at an onboard bar
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Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After selecting a departure time to suit your schedule, climb aboard your awaiting boat at Poole’s quaint quayside and set sail on the calm waters of Europe’s largest natural harbor. Receive an interesting introduction to the history and geology of the region from your knowledgeable captain as you sail towards Brownstone Island, home to the impressive Corfe Castle.

Capture panoramic views of the opulent houses of Sandbanks and the picturesque islands of Poole Harbour as you sail. Gaze at the glittering surface of the Blue Lagoon from a comfortable seat on the top deck, or relax with a cup of fragrant tea in the heated saloon area.

When your cruise comes to an end, return to Poole Quay and continue exploring the town independently.  
Pass By:  
Brownsea Island
Sail past historic Brownsea Island and it's Castle. Home to the Red Squirrel and incredible wildlife, you will get a taste for nature.
Pass By:  
Sandbanks Beach
Set sail past the golden beaches of Sandbanks and its famous Millionaire's Row. Get an up close view of the stunning homes belonging to the Sandbanks area, and the picturesque surrounding views.
Pass By:  
Poole Harbour
Sail through Europe's largest natural harbour on this cruise, where you will learn all about it's history and see the surrounding islands that call Poole Harbour home.
Stop At:  
City Cruises Poole
Return to Poole Quay, where you can explore the other cruises we offer at City Cruises Poole.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole.
What is the social distancing policy during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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160 Reviews

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Funny and surprisingly accessible.
, Dec 2021
Lovely trip. We had a traveller with limited mobility and she was able to use the gangway to the upper seating without difficulty and stay there for the entire trip. The toilets, cabin area and bar were down some steep stairs and not really accessible if you had mobility issues. The staff were very helpful and stored the wheelchair for us. The commentary was excellent with Lovely humour.
Happy trip
, Oct 2021
Two very excited kids who had been longing for the trip. Very good narrative from a well informed skipper.
The trip was really good...
, Oct 2021
The trip was really good and the best part was hearing the guide. There is so much history in this area and the guide was so knowledgeable we learnt so much!
Great stuff
, Oct 2021
Great price for what you get. Great running commentary - needs to be a bit louder on the speakers though. But amazing experience.
A truly enjoyable cruise...
, Oct 2021
A truly enjoyable cruise and great value for money. The crew were very cheerful and helpful to older people. The commentary by the "Captain" was excellent, full of enthusiasm and sense of humour, even though he must have done it dozens of times before! A great cruise.
, Sep 2021
A super trip that was incredibly informative. We went round 5 of the islands within the harbour and the hour and a half went by too quickly. I’d book this again to enjoy all the sites and their history. Loved every moment and highly recommended this as the crew were brilliant! Thank you
Poole cruise
, Sep 2021
Friendly staff. Good commentry on the way round. Beautiful scenery. Good facilities on board. The out look was nice and clear. We enjoyed the view of the Island from a different angle.
A trip to remember
, Sep 2021
Stunning views and the best, most informative commentary, by Jamie, ever! Every consideration for safety and passenger comfort and I shall definitely return for more.
Loved it
, Sep 2021
Loved it, informative and really interesting. Sea wasn't to choppy, sun was out, booked later ticket but the crew let us both on early. Would highly recommend.
Pleasant enjoyable boat ride
, Sep 2021
Nice relaxing and enjoyable boat ride. Running commentary by the skipper was also funny, entertaining and knowledgeable.

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