Camden Community Cruises

We're passionate about opening up the waterways for everyone to experience, take part in and enjoy! Camden Community Cruises give everyone the chance to experience boating and the waterways, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Thanks to our funders and money raised through the private hire of our canal boats, we are proud to offer subsidised and free canal boat trips to eligible charities, community groups and support organisations seeking stimulating, interactive and sociable experiences to help improve their service users' wellbeing and personal prospects.

Discounts are also available for state/specialist schools and Pupil Referral Units for activities to enhance learning or aid personal development.

The Rosedale Scheme - named after our 1960s clubhouse barge - provides free, interactive canal boat cruises for vulnerable groups and people facing hardship, with a particular focus on young people, local families and Special Educational Needs/Disability groups of all ages. We also welcome refugee and asylum-seeker support groups.

Groups can either relax and watch the world go by at the leisurely pace of the canal or get involved with the practicalities of boating - steering the boat, helping to work locks and assisting our qualified staff and volunteer crew, all under the sensitive guidance and supervision of our friendly team.

We have two boats available, each accommodating up to 12 passengers.

Pirate Prince was specially designed to cater for the needs of disabled boaters. Our modern, spacious 55-foot long by 12-foot wide boat includes a fully-accessible wet room, toilet and kitchen, wide fore and stern decks, wheelchair lifts and state-of-the art throttle control and steering systems which can be operated by wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

Black Pearl is our newly aquired 57' stern deck cruising narrowboat. Although unsuitable for wheelchair users the long, open fore deck of this boat provides a great space to relax and enjoy the canal for groups with low to mild mobility/sensory restrictions.

Discounted Camden Community Cruises and funded Rosedale trips are return trips, departing from The Pirate Castle. The minimum trip time is 1.5 hours (to Little Venice and back, passing ZSL), with longer trips available to suit all budgets (funding permitting).

If your organisation/group is interested in booking a Camden Community Cruise or funded Rosedale trip, please complete our APPLICATION FORM and return it by email to andrew@thepiratecastle.org. We will then contact you to discuss your application. Alternatively, please call us on 020 7267 6605 for more information or to discuss availability.

We look forward to welcoming you on board!