Viking Mariners offer much more than plain sailing
PUBLISHED: 10:58 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:23 20 February 2013
For an event to remember, you need a venue you'll never forget and what could be more stylish and exciting than a luxury yacht or powerboat?
For an event to remember, you need a venue youll never forget and what could be more stylish and exciting than a luxury yacht or powerboat?
What could be more relaxing than cruising the River Orwell aboard a luxury yacht or powerboat with a handful of carefully selected friends or colleagues?
Or maybe you prefer a more hands-on experience or even the chance to water ski.
Whatever your preference, step aboard one of Viking Mariners stylish vessels and enjoy fine food and first class service during a trip tailored to your specific requirements.
Based at the Waterfront in Ipswich, Viking Mariners is a new venture born from its creators passion for the sea.
Managing director and lifelong sailor Lee Weavers, whose London-based security and risk management business often employs water-based team building and crisis management exercises, launched Viking Mariners in February to target the corporate hospitality and private function markets, as well as to complement his established business activities.
Now he runs both companies from Ipswich and is enjoying creating bespoke days out for discerning guests.
A lot of the people coming here for the risk management courses, which combine classroom work with the chance to become a crew on-board, are amazed when they come to Ipswich because they just didnt know how the Waterfront is developing and about the great sailing here, said Lee.
The marina is ideal for us with its facilities and the Waterfront has a lovely ambience with its bars and restaurants. Lots of people are doing day trips; we are trying to offer something with a little bit more style and can create bespoke sailing days and evening cruises which can all be organised by our event co-ordinators.
You could, for example, choose a day sailing which starts with fresh coffee and croissants before heading down the river for lunch on board, be that a simple but delicious packed lunch or a four-course affair prepared by the chef and served by waitresses. Alternatively, take an evening cruise with the option of canaps and Champagne and dinner on board.
Viking Mariners has teamed up with neighbouring Isaacs to offer freshly prepared fish and chip lunches or suppers after your cruise, and with The Pier in Harwich, should you prefer to take a trip across the water and dine in this renowned seafood restaurant owned and operated by the Milsom Group.
Each vessel needs a minimum of eight people on board and for larger groups Viking Mariners can arrange for a flotilla of vessels to take to the water.
Its about offering a really memorable experience with panache, said Lee, combining fresh air with first class service, great food and some wonderful scenery.
Viking Mariners can cater for all tastes and budgets. Morning and afternoon cruises start at 75 per person and include either breakfast and lunch or afternoon tea and supper; whole day and evening cruises start at 135 per person with upgrades available.
Viking Mariners, 1 Wherry Lane, Ipswich
Suffolk IP4 1LG
For more information visit www.vikingmariners.co.uk or call Beverley Lloyd on 08453 707053