Windermere Lake Cruises’ MV Swift, the biggest new vessel to be launched on the lake in 80 years, should be sailing with its first passengers on board later this autumn.

Windermere Lake Cruises' staff with MV Swift

The crew, currently undergoing training, hope to be welcoming their first passengers on board MV Swift later this autumn. 

It is hoped that groups will be able to book their spot on a sailing when the boat takes to the water later this year. Certain measures will be in place including pre-allocated seating and passengers remaining in their social bubbles up to a maximum of six.  

With 32 years’ experience of working for Windermere Lake Cruises between them, Rob Beale, Mihai Nichita and James Ellis are currently undergoing intensive training to enable them to sail as master of the MV Swift. 

John Woodburn, operations director of Windermere Lake Cruises, said: “The new vessel has been designed to operate in all seasons and will sail every day of the year except Christmas day.

“This new addition to our fleet will enhance the visitor experience thanks to 21st century quality, comfort, and accessibility, and we know this fantastic new vessel will be in safe hands.”

More about MV Swift

In common with Windermere Lake Cruises’ existing ‘steamers’ MV Swan and MV Teal, the new vessel boasts three decks, but is slightly shorter in length to enable access to smaller jetties on Windermere to help support other businesses in the area.

Passenger amenities onboard the new boat include heated windows, electric doors and windows, USB sockets and bar/catering facilities.

Windermere Lake Cruises' MV Swift on a lake trail

Groups will be able to sail throughout the year on the new vessel.

Windermere Lake Cruises usually offers more than 30 itineraries to suit any group size or interest including combining a cruise on England’s largest lake with a visit to one of the attractions nearby such as Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway or the recently opened Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories. 

It operates a fleet of 17 vessels that sail throughout the year including three steamers (soon to be four with MV Swift). 

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