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City Cruises
City Cruises Page 1: Millennium Riverliners & ex-Hydrospace Boats
 
 
This Simplon Postcards page is one of a series devoted to River Thames excursion boats - it is not connected with the boat operator. This page shows photographs of the Millennium Riverliners in the City Cruises fleet of Thames excursion vessels, plus the Hydrospace boats bought from Catamaran Cruisers in 2007. There is a list of individual boat pages. Other vessels are shown on City Cruises Page 2. For details of cruises or charters contact: www.citycruises.com
 
City Cruises plc is the leading operator of passenger services on the River Thames between Greenwich, the Tower of London and Westminster, carrying some 750,000 people annually on its extensive sightseeing, ferry, entertainment and charter services. The company was formed in the early 1990s when it acquired the interests of most of the operators between Westminster and the Tower, which were then brought together under the City Cruises umbrella. Until this time, every boat was owned independently. The amalgamation into a single large concern has allowed for the generation of investment funds for the development and building of the new Riverliners of the Millennium Class. The first of these, Millennium of London, was the first purpose-built sightseeing vessel on the River Thames for 25 years, and to mark the occasion she was named by The Queen at Tower Pier in 1996. She was followed by four further vessels of the slightly modified M2 design, which form the backbone of the primary services between Westminster, The Tower of London and Greenwich. however, an interesting fleet of 10 smaller vessels is available to provide additional services between the Tower of London and Westminster. The company also markets the moored restaurant ship Hispaniola, originally the Caledonian Steam Packet Company's Maid of Ashton.
 
 
Contact:- www.citycruises.com
 
Ships on This Page:-
Hydrospace Alpha - (2007- ) ex-Catamaran Cruisers
Hydrospace Delta - (2007- ) ex-Catamaran Cruisers
Hydrospace Gamma - (2007- ) ex-Catamaran Cruisers
Millennium City - (1999- ) Millennium Class M2 Riverliner
Millennium Dawn - (1999- ) Millennium Class M2 Riverliner
Millennium Diamond - 2012 New Ship - M3 Riverliner
Millennium of London - (1996- ) Millennium Class M1 Riverliner
Millennium of Peace - (1999- ) Millennium Class M2 Riverliner
Millennium Time - (1999- ) Millennium Class M2 Riverliner
 
Boats on Page 2:-
Bertram Rose - built 1966 - sold 2005
Delta Rose - built 1964 - sold 2005
Eleanor Rose - built 1971
Eltham - built 1978
Ferry Queen - built 1959 - withdrawn and for sale 2006
Hispaniola - moored restaurant ship
Mayflower Garden - built 1978
Princess Rose - built 1978
Vita - built 1959
Westminster - built 1971
Witheycombe - built 1970
 
City Cruises Pages:-
City Cruises Page 1 - Millennium Riverliners - this page!
City Cruises Page 2 - Other vessels
City Cruises Page 3 - Greenwich-Tower Pier Cruise
City Cruises Page 4 - Tower Pier-Westminster Cruise
www.citycruises.com - City Cruises official website
 
Other Thames Passenger Boat Pages:-
Thames Boats - Header Page
Catamaran Cruisers
Crown River Cruises
Thames Clippers
 
Thames Passenger Boat Cruise Pages:-
River Thames - Harwich-Southend-Tilbury-Tower Pier - on Waverley
River Thames - Gravesend-Chelsea - on Princess Pocahontas
River Thames - Greenwich-Tower Pier - with Catamaran Cruisers
River Thames - Greenwich-Tower Pier - with City Cruises
River Thames - Tower Pier-Westminster - with City Cruises
 
Associated Pages:-
UK Excursion Ships
Ferry Postcards
Cruise Ship Postcards
Ocean Liner Postcards
Simplon Postcards - Recent Updates
Simplon Postcards - Home Page
 
References:-
Royal River Highway: Written by Frank L. Dix - published David & Charles 1984
Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - various editions from 1977 to 2005 consulted
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
 
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Table of Boat Histories
Name
Other names
 Built
 City Alpha  Regine, Hydrospace Alpha
 1982
 City Delta  Hydrospace Delta
 2002
 City Gamma  Charles Tenet, Hydrospace Gamma
 1982
 Eleanor Rose  
 1971
 Eltham  
 1978
 Ferry Queen  
 1959
 Hydrospace Alpha  Regine, City Alpha
 1982
 Hydrospace Delta  City Delta
 2002
 Hydrospace Gamma  Charles Tenet, City Gamma
 1982
 Mayflower Garden  
 1978
 Millennium City  
 1999
 Millennium Dawn  
 1999
 Millennium of London  
 1996
 Millennium of Peace  
 1999
 Millennium Time  
 1999
 Princess Rose  
 1978
 Vita  
 1959
 Westminster  
 1971
 Witheycombe  
 1970







Millennium Class Riverliners
 
The Riverliners were designed by Eddie Woods of Anglia Design and built by Vosper Thornycroft UK at Woolston, Southampton. The initial vessel Millennium of London is a trimaran, and entered service in 1996. Its design, specification and fit-out were the result of more than five years of technical studies, market research and development undertaken by City Cruises. Millennium of London was the first purpose-built sightseeing vessel on the River Thames for 25 years and to mark the occasion she was named by The Queen at Tower Pier. The design was further refined in the light of operational experience and strategic decisions on the future of passenger services on the tidal Thames, resulting in a new M2 series with twin hulls designed to offer low drag, a stable ride and low wash. Windows in the new boats are larger, contributing to a greater sense of light and space. The open top decks allow unrivalled views.
 
The M2 class Riverliners are named Millennium City, Millennium Dawn, Millennium of Peace and Millennium Time, and all were delivered in 1999. These vessels, built at a total cost of £6m, provide the backbone of the City Cruises sightseeing service. Millennium of London is now used for "London Showboat" dinner and cabaret cruises.
 
 
Technical Details of M2 Class
Open top deck, enclosed lower salon with panoramic windows
Wheelchair accessible toilets
Two bars
500 seats (up to 240 around tables)
Twin hulls of welded steel construction
Length 29.2m
Depth 2.85m
Beam l O.9m
Tonnage 270grt
Twin Cummins 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines (350hp) with advanced design of injectors, piston and cylinder head to optimise fuel burn and offer greater fuel efficiency
Fuel capacity 14,000 litres
Water capacity 8,000 litres
Fuel Consumption 100 litres/hr approx.
Electric power 50kVA diesel generators



Postcard of a Millennium Class Riverliner catamaran.



Enlarged image from the postcard above of a Millennium Class Riverliner.






Millennium of London
M1 Riverliner - Built: 1996
 
Photograph of Millennium of London supplied by City Cruises.



Millennium of London approaching Gravesend.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London approaching Gravesend.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London passing Tilbury container cranes.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London passing Tilbury Cruise Terminal.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London passing Tilbury Cruise Terminal.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London moored against Lighter No.3 at Gravesend.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Millennium of London moored against Lighter No.3 at Gravesend.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007






Millennium City
M2 Riverliner - Built: 1999
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Millennium City and Millennium of Peace.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Millennium City aground after an incident with Westminster Bridge
Photo: © Ben Mann, 26th January 2008






Millennium Dawn
M2 Riverliner - Built: 1999
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006.






Millennium of Peace
M2 Riverliner - Built: 1999
 
Photograph of Millennium of Peace supplied by City Cruises, in original colour scheme.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006






Millennium Time
M2 Riverliner - Built: 1999
 
Photographs: © Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th October 2004.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.



Millennium Time seen from the upper deck on Millennium City
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007



Photo: © Ian Boyle, 20th January 2007






ex-Catamaran Cruisers Hydrospace Boats

Hydrospace Alpha (City Cruises: 2007-2008)
City Alpha (City Cruises: 2008- )
 
Hydrospace Alpha was built for service in Paris in 1982 as the Regine. She was transferred to Catamaran Cruisers in 1994. She remained in the fleet until the termination of services on 30th September 2007. She was bought by City Cruises, along with Hydrospace Delta and Hydrospace Gamma. Hydrospace Alpha entered service with City Cruises in early 2008, still in blue livery. She was later renamed City Alpha after receiving her new red livery
 
More images of Hydrospace Alpha/City Alpha


Hydrospace Alpha in service with City Cruises still in blue livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE ALPHA - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Alpha in service with City Cruises still in blue livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE ALPHA - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Alpha in service with City Cruises still in blue livery
Note the City Cruises board in the window
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE ALPHA - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Alpha in service with City Cruises still in blue livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE ALPHA - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Alpha in service with City Cruises still in blue livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE ALPHA - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Hydrospace Gamma (City Cruises: 2007-2008)
City Gamma (City Cruises: 2008- )
 
More images of Hydrospace Gamma
 
 
Hydrospace Gamma in City Cruises red livery prior to re-entering service
Note lack of life-rafts etc
Photo: © Ben Mann, 6th February 2008



Hydrospace Gamma at Gravesend awaiting annual survey
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd February 2008






Hydrospace Delta (City Cruises: 2007-2008)
City Delta (City Cruises: 2008- )
 
Hydrospace Delta was built for Catamaran Cruisers in 2002, a trimaran developed from the earlier Hydrospace designs. She remained in the fleet until the termination of services on 30th September 2007. She was bought by City Cruises, along with Hydrospace Alpha and Hydrospace Gamma. Hydrospace Delta entered service with City Cruises on 9th February 2008, and was later renamed City Delta
 
More images of Hydrospace Delta/City Delta
 
 
Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises, with six Thames bridges visible
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Hydrospace Delta in service with City Cruises in new red livery
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th February 2008
HYDROSPACE DELTA (2002) - Photo: ©2008 Ian Boyle - Simplon Postcards - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Millennium M3 Class Riverliners

Millennium Diamond
(City Cruises: 2012-  )



Millennium Diamond at Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 16th October 2012
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Millennium Diamond at Tower Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 16th October 2012
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Millennium Diamond passing London Bridge Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 16th October 2012
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