Cambridge River Trips
Cambridge River Trips
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Cambridge River Trips on THE CAMBRIDGE is the ideal way to experience the sights and sounds of river because of its comfort, very quiet electric motor and all round visibility. You will be completely sheltered or if the weather is fine, all the sides open. Passengers board at our mooring at The Boathouse pub (it has a pay and display car Park). We are a private hire service. Our mooring is a short walk from the centre of Cambridge. River trips are towards beautiful Ditton Meadows or, if conditions are suitable, we'll proceed along the backs passing the universities, during the period of October to the end of March. We also offer an Afternoon Tea, Cream Tea, Picnic, Hen/Stag Parties, Group bookings, Corporate Events. A few days notice is needed especially for catering. All celebrations are with comfort and style on THE CAMBRIDGE ! Licensed to sell alcoholic drinks. Maximum number of 11 passengers. Come on board, it will be the best part of your Day!
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

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Dec 2018 • Couples
I cannot praise Paul enough for the first class service he offered. I decided to hire a private boat for a surprise proposal and Paul arranged the boat in short notice. He was very accommodating and helpful form the very start and assisted in setting up and liaising with two of my friends who also helped set up the surprise.

The boat itself is truly beautiful! The interior was immaculate, spacious and very quiet. The route Paul took us on was also very scenic and beautiful. This turned out to be such a beautiful surprise and I cannot imagine it to have gone any better.

All in all Paul made our day very welcomed and memorable. I highly recommend Paul and his boating services and if you are planning any memorable event, you will not be let down!

Many thanks Paul and all your efforts were much appreciated. I will for sure recommend and use your boating service. Keep in touch.
Written January 3, 2019
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I cannot thank you enough for the great review! Your review is one of the best that we have received. You were incredibly efficient, fastidious, precise and thoughtful from the moment you contacted us. It was a great pleasure to liaise with you, your charming close friends and an honour to have you on board. Thank you for putting your trust in us. It was a splendid winter's afternoon and fortunately the weather was relatively fine; The river was very tranquil and we enjoyed a lovely return trip to our mooring in the dusky twilight, a very fine way to end the year. You told me that you do not offer reviews so making an exception for us is extremely rewarding and a tremendous compliment. I am sure that we'll keep in touch! Paul and Victoria CAMBRIDGE RIVER TRIPS Thank you for taking the time to look us up on TripAdvisor and to write about your experience on board, The Cambridge; We depend on TripAdvisor reviews to gain trust and to give confidence for others to choose us.
Written January 5, 2019
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674victoriab77
Framlingham, UK96 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
What a fantastic day!! Victoria and Paul made us feel very welcome, beautiful boat and the most peaceful river trip along the river Cam. The lunch was just perfect & the hosts kept our glasses topped up. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend- thank you for making our day so special.
Written September 11, 2016
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Thank you for a wonderful review Victoria!! We enjoyed being with you all very much, it was lovely to see a happy, fun and relaxed family get together for the celebration of Sylvie's special Birthday. Charlie was very good and we think that he is a bright little chap. We saw that you went to the Jesus Green park, he certainly deserved that! Hope to see you all again, Best wishes, Paul and Victoria
Written September 12, 2016
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DAVID L
essex16 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Had a wonderful time today on this lovely spotless little boat with my friends today. we had a nice day weather wise, but it would not matter what the weather is like as it has a hood and side clear windows which can be up or down. The owners of the boat (Paul and Victoria) were so very nice and did everything possible to make out trip such a success. I really will recommend this to all my friends to do.
Written July 31, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review! It really makes it all worthwhile when we read such positive feedback. We were lucky having a fine day but as you have stated, the boat is suitable for for all weather conditions; We can close all the clear plastic windows to give you complete shelter or they can all open up to enjoy the warmth. Also, we can get very close to the wonderful wildlife without disturbance due to the boat's very quiet electric motor. We hope that you'll be back sometime as it was a great pleasure to have you on board Jose.
Written August 12, 2019
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Lisa H
Paris, France8 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
I reserved the trip as a surprise for a 30th Birthday. All the guests really enjoyed the trip despite the cold and wet weather. The boat was covered and blankets and electric hotwater bottles were available and indeed very appreciated. The weateher made the atmosphere even more lovely and cosy. Paul and Victoria are perfect hosts. I would definitely recommend a trip with them.
Written January 2, 2019
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It was a very memorable afternoon for us, it was a great pleasure to host such an endearing group of people! The "freezing" rain and strong, gusty wind didn't prevent the cheerful, rhythmic chatter and laughter that prevailed inside the boat. I am sure the rest of the weekend was great fun celebrating the big "0" birthday and you had fun catching up with your delightful fellow Bretons. Vive la France! Thanks very much for choosing us. Hope to see you again sometime. Paul and Victoria CAMBRIDGE RIVER TRIPS Thank you for taking the time to look us up on TripAdvisor and to write about your experience on board, The Cambridge; We depend on TripAdvisor reviews to gain trust and to give confidence for others to choose us.
Written January 4, 2019
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oxforddr
Oxford, UK69 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Beautiful gentle trip to Baits Bite Lock from close to the Fort St George Cambridge. We set off from the Boat House Paul and Victoria were ready and waiting. We brought cakes and Champagne and they had glasses, plates and cutlery laid out. We silently motored (electric) down the river, paused by the Dragon Boat racing down to the lock. The return trip was exciting as I piloted some of the way. The river is quiet and tourist free - a passing King Fisher demonstrated this. On return the tame swans looked in vain for any leftovers. The boat is spacious and comfortable. well covered for any conditions but the covers fold away if the sun comes out. We'll come again
Written September 10, 2018
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The Dragon Boat racing was quite a spectacle, only surpassed by the fleeting King Fisher! Thank you very much for your email and wonderful review. We enjoyed the great pleasure of being in your company. It was interesting to hear about your retirement projects such as silversmithing, travelling and helicopter flying, such fulfilling lives. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Cambridge and Cotto was up to expectation. It was a very happy anniversary celebration, isn't it lovely to be with your best friend?! Victoria and I will be delighted to see you both again.
Written September 21, 2018
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pamphil2018
Braintree, UK1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
Just got back from a really lovely afternoon tea on the river hosted by Paul & Victoria.
We were made to feel very welcome and the food was superb.
The boat was very comfortable and peaceful.
Would just like to say thank you for a wonderful trip and would highly recommend Cambridge River Trips.
Written July 19, 2018
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It was a pleasure to have the both of you on board, it was a lovely couple of hours chatting to you on that very fine day! Thank you very much for your super feedback, taking the time to post a fantastic TripAdvisor review; It certainly means a great deal to us. We depend on TripAdvisor reviews to gain trust and to give confidence for others to choose Cambridge River Trips. Come back on board THE CAMBRIDGE sometime, we will be delighted to see you again! Best wishes, Paul and Victoria CAMBRIDGE RIVER TRIPS
Written July 31, 2018
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Nini S
11 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
I surprised my husband for our 13th wedding anniversary and decided to book a boat tour. I came across this website and was so excited to see they do afternoon tea. I got in touch with the owner Paul and it was all booked. I was in touch with Paul right up to my visit and every email was responded to straight away and no question was silly. He even went that extra mile and got us halal chicken! The quality of the afternoon tea was outstanding and both Paul and his wife were such great company, it really did make our trip enjoyable. We even got to steer the boat! Nothing was too much trouble for this wonderful company and I highly recommend them especially for special occasions. We definitely will be back with our family one summer.
Written March 25, 2018
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review! You told us that you celebrate each anniversary in a different location, we were delighted that you came to Cambridge and chose us to be part of your special weekend. It was a great pleasure to have such a charming and interesting couple on board with us; We came away from that trip with a warm glow of friendship. We hope that you enjoyed your meal at The Bedouin and had a fulfilling Sunday before reuniting with your children. It will be lovely to see you again with your family sometime! Best wishes, Paul and Victoria Cambridge River trips
Written March 26, 2018
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Paula S
Ipswich, UK2 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
We are six ladies who have been friends for 60 years and who are all celebrating our 70th birthdays. We wanted to celebrate with a special day out and we could not have made a better choice than Cambridge River Trips.
From the moment I first contacted Paul he could not have been more helpful and each email I sent (and there were many!) was answered promptly and nothing seemed too much trouble.
As I was the person who organised the day I was concerned that it might not live up to our expectations. However my fears were entirely groundless. The whole day was more than perfect because of all the meticulous detail and planning put in by Paul and Victoria.
When we arrived at the boat it was decorated with the balloons and banners that I had sent to Paul and the table was set out beautifully. We ate our delicious lunch whilst travelling up the river and Paul gave us a commentary on the points of interest. He even allowed those of us who wanted to, to drive the boat. A very brave move!
He stopped at a very pleasant pub when we had finished our lunch so that we could have a comfort break and a coffee, and then we were off again on our return journey. Victoria had relaid the table with our desserts and much to our delight and surprise brought out a birthday cake accompanied by a recording of 'Happy Birthday'.
Both Victoria and Paul were so kind and friendly that we felt we had known them for years. We all felt thoroughly spoiled and none of us wanted the day to end.

Thank you Paul and Victoria for a fantastic day, and such personal attention. It is a day we will never forget. We would recommend the experience to anyone and we will certainly be back at some time.
Written August 7, 2017
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Victoria and I are still talking about your trip, it was a very special one for us. We loved having all of you on board our boat, it was a lovely trip, full of fun, fond reminiscence and with so much laughter. It is a testimony to your friendships that you have maintained a close and consistent contact for 60 years. You are a "technogeek" Paula! You skillfully posted a TripAdvisor and a google review for our modest business for which we are extremely grateful. With meticulous planning you arranged a memorable day in Cambridge and you made it easy for us with your prompt, concise communication that began in January. It was a delight to have met you all and a wonderful experience that will stay with us forever, Beat wishes, Paul and Victoria
Written August 8, 2017
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laurajpoole
St. Neots, UK1 contribution
Apr 2017 • Friends
I had been looking for something special to do to celebrate a big birthday, when I came across ‘Cambridge River Trips’ offering an afternoon tea experience travelling down the idyllic River Cam, Cambridge. The owner Paul was extremely helpful in arranging all aspects of the afternoon, detailing the different options available and executed the trip to perfection!

Arriving in Cambridge on a gorgeous, sunny Spring day, Paul and Victoria were docked awaiting our arrival at a pub within walking distance from the city centre with the boat set up ready for an afternoon tea, with Prosecco on ice. There were lovely small touches like the use of quaint bone china, and they took catering for vegetarians in their stride, making the sandwiches according to my request, along with a selection of delicious cakes and scones accompanied with clotted cream and jam – there was no shortage of food what so ever.

Paul had anticipated the large amount of Prosecco that would be consumed by 8 females, and brilliantly had extra bottles stocked on board for us so that our glasses were never empty. I had supplied a music playlist which we had playing throughout the duration of the trip which again was a great extra touch, as was stopping at a pub halfway down the river for further refreshments.

The boat was immaculate and ever so comfortable, with the trip down the river being so relaxing yet exciting at the same time, with beautiful sights and the sun shining.

Paul happily took an endless amount of pictures for us to remember the day, and it was made even more special by Paul and Victoria supplying a birthday cake for myself and letting me have the experience of driving the boat for a distance!

I would greatly recommend Cambridge River Trips to everyone, and my friends all walked away commenting on what a brilliant time they had.

Thank you so much to Paul and Victoria for a wonderful birthday celebration!
Written April 11, 2017
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Thank you Laura for a wonderful review! We are passionate about ensuring that we do our best to help all celebrations on board The Cambridge go smoothly and enjoyably. Your review has given us a great boost. We had a such a great time with you and your friends. We are so glad and honoured you decided to celebrate your birthday with Cambridge River Trips. The weather was quite incredible, you were all dressed so elegantly, and the river was at its best, very serene. It was the perfect afternoon on The Cam for an Afternoon Tea for eight very pretty young ladies celebrating a big but a young "0" ! You made it very easy for us to cater for you because of your prompt responses, thank you. Well done for bringing your playlist, that always helps us knowing that you have your own choice of music. We noticed that you invited two sets of close friends that had not met before and by the end of the afternoon you were all together as if you had known each other for years! We hope to see you all again sometime! Thanks Laura! Paul and Victoria
Written April 12, 2017
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geoffearl
Letchworth Garden City, UK1 contribution
Sep 2016 • Couples
A lovely time spent on the River Cam celebrating my husband's 70th birthday with family. The hosts, Paul and Victoria were very accommodating and made the river trip very memorable. Thank you.
Written October 1, 2016
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Thank you Hazel for a lovely review. You did very well organising everything so well for Geoff's special birthday. The highlight, apart from Geoff's blue hair highlights, for us, was the good old singalong, great fun! We hope to see you all again sometime! best regards, Paul and Victoria
Written October 3, 2016
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