Steam and Cream cruise

Gondola, a rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht, first launched in 1859, on Coniston Water (not NT), Lake District, Cumbria

We're happy to offer you the chance to experience the engine room first hand on this cruise. And on the return leg, it's feet up with a gorgeous cream tea!


Spend time on the outward leg of our full lake cruise down in the engine room with Gondola's engineer learning how to raise steam and tend the engine.

And/or climb up on to the helm and experience what it's like to steer this magificent boat down Coniston Water.


Once you've had your fill of 'steam', relax inside one of Gondola's Victorian saloons or out on her open air decks on your return journey and tuck into a picnic hamper of:

  • Homemade country vegetable soup
  • Thick cut granary sandwiches filled with hot-smoked salmon with lemon and dill mayo and local roast ham and damson chutney
  • Cheddar cheese and sun-dried tomato tartlet
  • Homemade fruit scones with butter, strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries
  • Large bottle of elderflower pressé


Our 'Steam & Cream' cruise is available for 1 or 2 people and must be booked in advance.

One person - £65

Two people - £110

Book online

When booking online you will be issued with a gift voucher for your steam & cream experience. You (or the recipient of the voucher) will need to phone the booking office (015394 32733) at least three days in advance to confirm the date of your cruise. Please note that places are limited so book well in advance to guarantee your place. You will need to quote your voucher number at time of booking.

For special dietary requirements or changes to the set steam & cream menu, please call the Bluebird Café directly on 01539 441649 (but please only after you have confirmed your sailing date with us to avoid confusion). Changes to the menu may incur extra cost.