Luxury Passenger Vessels

Luxury passenger vessels for private & corporate hire

Charter a boat on the Thames from Henley to make your event one to remember

A fleet of the finest luxury passenger vessels on the Thames from Hobbs of Henley

At Hobbs of Henley, our sole purpose is to help you discover and explore the Thames, whether that's with friends, family, business associates or customers. So whether you are on an organised Hobbs trip or would like to charter a larger boat, ensuring that you are safely accommodated in maximum comfort is vital. 

Aside from our extensive self-drive fleet and chauffeured launches we have a range of boats to suit every event and party, details of which are given below. Take some time to pick out which one best suits your needs and book by completing our reservation form using the button below.

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Links to caterers, entertainment providers and more can be found on our private and corporate events page.



The New Orleans

The New Orleans is the largest and most luxurious passenger vessel on the upper Thames. Styled on a Mississippi paddle-steamer she has two decks: a fully enclosed saloon with bar, and an open upper deck for viewing the scenery by day or dancing by night (click the button below for a virtual tour). Licensed to carry up to 140 guests in simple ‘ferry’ mode, she can be arranged in a variety of configurations to match your requirements. 

The New Orleans is available for all manner of entertaining and hospitality - corporate and private - and is often used as a unique venue for weddings and anniversaries. The captain and crew, bar and catering staff are all there to ensure your event is an unforgettable experience, whether you book a boat charter with additional entertainment or opt for an all-inclusive weekday package.

To see a little more of The New Orleans, watch this video courtesy of Visit Britain, or take a virtual tour.

Virtual boat tour
Maximum passenger capacities
Canapé reception 125 (standing room)
Carved, fork and hot buffets 100 (maximum seating in lower saloon: 80)
Formal seating, fine dining & wedding receptions 80
Passenger capacity adjustments for special occasions
Top table for formal wedding receptions reduce by 8
Band reduce by 8
Dance floor reduce by 8
Casino reduce by 16

The Waterman

Slightly smaller than our flagship, the two deck Waterman has been constructed using a combination of the best of modern and traditional materials. With teak timberwork and comfortable soft furnishings it’s a great boat on which to entertain your guests or hold private business meetings or presentations and she can be arranged in a variety of configurations to match your requirement

Passengers on the Waterman can experience the sights of the upper Thames from the open upper deck or enjoy the more intimate atmosphere of the lower deck saloon. The flexibility of the on board facilities makes her an imaginative and luxurious venue for your corporate event or private celebration. 

As with the New Orleans, cost-effective, four hour all-inclusive charters are available on the Waterman Mon - Fri to save you the added headache of organising the food and drink for your event.

For a virtual tour of the Waterman, click the button below. Reservations can be made by using the boat booking form at the top of the page.

Virtual boat tour
Maximum passenger capacities
Canapé reception 100 (standing room)
Carved, fork and hot buffets 90 (maximum seating in lower saloon: 72)
Formal seating, fine dining & wedding receptions 72
Passenger capacity adjustments for special occasions
Top table for formal wedding receptions reduce by 6
Band reduce by 6
Dance floor reduce by 12
Casino reduce by 20

The Hibernia

We commissioned the design and build of The Hibernia to demonstrate an exciting concept in passenger vessel design. Viewing the Thames from her is a special experience as she is encased in glass, allowing guests wonderful visibility. The light, airy environment makes her a great choice for celebrations or company days out and she can be arranged in a variety of configurations to match your requirements.

The saloon is luxuriously upholstered and features a bar facing into the dining area with a dance floor / presentation space at the rear. The Hibernia has a particularly generous foredeck seating area which provides a good space forward of the wheelhouse for guests to congregate in the open air. She is also fitted with two large hatches left and right which can be opened during fine weather cruising. 

The Hibernia is ideal for group visits. For a virtual tour of the Hibernia, click the button below. Reservations can be made by using the boat booking form at the top of the page.

Virtual boat tour
Maximum passenger capacities
Canapé reception 60 (standing room)
Carved, fork and hot buffets 50
Formal seating, fine dining & wedding receptions 50
Passenger capacity adjustments for special occasions
Top table for formal wedding receptions reduce by 6
Band reduce by 5
Dance floor reduce by 10

The Consuta II

Consuta II is our ‘self-catering’ boat and is ideal for sightseeing trips and private events alike, and can even be hired as a large chauffeured boat for river transport for up to 50 guests. She can be arranged in a variety of configurations to match your requirements. The forward section of the saloon roof can slide back and together with the three sliding roof hatches provides passengers with the opportunity to enjoy the open air during fine weather cruises. 

For private events, you are welcome to provide your own catering and decoration aboard Consuta II and she comes with an ipod connection for you to play your own music or messages (there are no additional electrical sockets). Please note there are no facilities for cooking, boiling water or refrigerating food on board.

With the exception of Regatta week this crewed boat is available April to October. With reduced rates for selected groups for half day hire 
Monday – Friday only and before 12 noon. The Consuta II can be reserved by sending a deposit along with the boat booking form at the top of the page. For a virtual tour, please click the button below.

Virtual boat tour
Consuta II Passenger Capacities
Sightseeing riverbus style plus seating outside 50
Sightseeing riverbus style inside only 44
Party style without catering 40
Party style with catering 35

If you have any questions about chartering a large passenger boat from Hobbs,
Call: 01491 572035
Email: charter@hobbsofhenley.co.uk

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