Mersey Ferries continues to follow government advice about essential travel and helping to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and we are reviewing our services in light of this advice.

Update Tuesday 31 March: From Monday 6 April the morning and evening commuter services will be temporarily suspended due to a significant fall in demand but this will be monitored on a regular basis. If your journey is essential and you need to travel cross river please consider bus and rail options.

All River Explorer Cruises and weekend services have been cancelled and U-boat Story is closed.

We have also made the decision to cancel all Evening Cruises and Manchester Ship Canal Cruises in April and May 2020. If you have purchased a ticket for any of these cruises, we will be in touch shortly to arrange a refund. If you have booked a cruise using a gift voucher, we will refund you with a gift voucher.

If you have already bought a ticket for an Evening Cruise, Manchester Ship Canal Cruise or Liverpool Bay Cruise in June or beyond, we are currently planning for these cruises to take place. However, we are monitoring the situation closely and have suspended any further bookings in June.

We strongly advise people to follow the advice about non-essential travel and social distancing and more information is available online.

Customers who are key workers can visit and rail and bus operator websites for the latest service information.

Give your event the wow factor and impress your guests as you cruise past the UNESCO world Heritage Waterfront, on your very own Mersey Ferry for the night.

Our historic vessels are available for exclusive hire, so whether it’s a birthday party, wedding reception, product launch or a night out for your friends and family, we can help. You can hire the Royal Iris of the Mersey with her traditional black, white and red livery or the UK’s only operating Dazzle Ship ‘Snowdrop’ (subject to availability).

Our ferries are available for private hire from 7.30pm throughout the week. The price to charter the vessel starts at £1,750 Monday to Thursday and £3,600 Friday to Sunday. The maximum capacity is up to 300 passengers. Our flexible catering team can prepare a range of options for your guests: from a simple, yet delicious finger buffet; to canapés, a superb fork buffet or hot food such as their famous Scouse dish. Bars are available on both decks with a good selection of alcoholic and soft drinks to keep your guests refreshed.

The Mersey Ferries team is on hand to help plan and organise your event, and can also help you to find top quality local tribute bands, DJs, photobooths and much more. Alternatively, you can bring your own entertainment on board at no extra charge.

Find out more about hosting your event on a Mersey Ferry by contacting us at 

Bride and Groom- Hayley and John

“We had the most wonderful wedding reception. From the attentive staff on board, the food, drink, band, cakes and decorations all made possible thanks to the seamless planning and arranging by the Mersey Ferries team."

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find frequently asked questions about the boat hire. If you can't find an answer to your question, please feel free to call our team on 0151 330 1444 or email

Please note VAT may apply to the charter fee.  

Frequently Asked Questions