The Princess Katherine is the number one Manchester Party Boat! Purpose built in Amsterdam, with the largest capacity of any vessel in the Manchester area. 

Party Catering

There are two local catering firms than help you with your event – South Catering – or Impact Catering, both have a good range of buffet options for you to choose from.

Just let them know what you want and they will build the perfect menu for your event. Alternatively you can provide your own food or use a caterer of your own choice, it’s up to you!

THE BEST boat in the world…perfect for every occasion and with the most obliging staff. THANK YOU for the best day of my life 🙂 xDanielle Moore

DJ Live Music

Whatever your occasion when organising your Manchester Boat Party with us you have a choice of entertainment. We have space for anything from a DJ to a live band and once we even hosted a full brass section!

Unit One Entertainment are a great team who can provide you with whatever type of entertainment suits you. Or you are welcome to provide your own or be your own DJ with our on board sound system through your ipod or phone.

“Can I just say what a wonderful time we all had, and many thanks to Graham and the bar staff who made the evening so special. – Saxon, Manchester Leathermen


The Princess Katherine has fully stocked licenced bar on board to take care of your drinking needs. We can also provide pre-paid drinks packages, welcome drinks on arrival or whatever you and your guests want to make it the ultimate Manchester Boat Party, just ask!

Pick up and Departure

The great think about having a Manchester Boat Party is the venue is always changing! We operate from two main points.

Ralli Quay* is right in the heart of Manchester city centre just minutes from the popular Spinningfields night spots and just a short walk further to the vibrant Deansgate area.

Salford Quays is quickly becoming a must do destination with a host of restaurants and bars as well as the Lowry Theatre it makes a great spot to start or finish your party.

Manchester River Cruises can pick up at either of these points. Either picking up and dropping off at the same spot or departing from one and arriving at the other, it’s up to you!

For night time events we cruise the area from the Quays to the city centre but for those planning an afternoon event we can travel the whole course of the Manchester Ship Canal giving the opportunity to travel through the locks* and through the bridges that span the canal.

*sailing from the city centre is subject to the levels of the River Irwell, in the event of heavy rain the Princess Katherine may not be able to safely navigate to this point and the departure point will be changed to Salford Quays

Availability and booking

Hire of the Princess Katherine is charged at a rate of £230 an hour which includes time prior to your booking for any decoration or setting up you require. The maximum capacity is 80+ guests depending on what type of event you are planning and the Manchester weather.  

If you want to find out more about organising your Manchester Boat Party or want to check availability then get in touch with the Captain on 07856016801 or use our contact form:

    *Travel through the locks at Mode Wheel incurs extra charges levied by the Manchester Ship Canal and is only permitted during daylight hours.