The Black Pearl Experience

Our aptly-named traditional narrowboat Black Pearl is perfect for day and evening cruises along the Regents Canal, departing from our base in Camden Town.

Our cruises offer passengers a hands-on boating experience. Get involved with working the locks, have a go at steering the boat - or just relax and watch the world go by from the tranquility of the waterway. Whatever you choose to do you can rest assured that you'll be in safe hands under the friendly supervision and guidance of our experienced skippers and crew.

A cruise on Black Pearl is perfect for all occasions, be it a birthday party or just to take friends and family out on the water for a memorable cruise. The canals offer a much gentler pace than most of us are used to, and it's a great way to unwind after a hectic day at work - there's nothing nicer than going boating on a summer’s evening. After the brightness of the day, the dusk melting into the dark is one of the most magical of times to be afloat. We hope that while you are on board that you will feel at home.

There is a kitchen where food may be warmed or hot drinks made, a fridge to cool your drinks. Although we do not provide catering, you are welcome to bring along your own food and drinks (including sensible amounts of alcohol - no spirits, please!). Should the weather turn chilly, the boat can be kept warm and toasty with the traditional real coal stove.

Black Pearl is licensed carry up to 12 passengers and potential uses include entertaining clients, holding meetings, team building sessions, floating dinner parties, family outings or romantic evenings .

Private hire rate (from 01.01.24) = £120 per hour Weekday's (Mon - Thurs) / £130 per hour Weekends (Fri - Sun) for a minimum of 2 hours hire and a maximum of 12 passengers
Boat Hire Times:
2-hours: 09.00 - 11.00 / 12.00 - 14.00 / 15.00 - 17.00 / 18.00 - 20.00
3-hours: 11.00 - 14.00 / 15.00 - 18.00
4-hours: 10.00 - 14.00 / 15.00 - 19.00
6-hours: 12.00 - 18.00 / 15.00 - 21.00

Black Pearl is available for use by charities, community groups and schools at subsidised rates - check out our Camden Community Cruises.

The proceeds from all private bookings help support the Pirate Castle's charitable work, which includes free boat trips and holidays for disability groups and those who could not otherwise afford them.

Please email us or call 020 7267 6605 for more information or to book.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!