Clyde Cruises Charters and Short Cruises in Glasgow and Aberdeen

Meet The Fleet – MV Cruiser

In our second post in the Meet The Fleet series, we are delving into the well travelled past of our much loved, traditional passenger vessel, MV Cruiser.

Built in 1974 for the Gosport Ferry Company near Portsmouth, MV Cruiser was originally named Southsea Queen, and her arrival in Gosport signalled the end of the last three remaining traditional ferry boats working there; Vita, Ferry Queen and Vesta.

However, MV Cruiser, or Southsea Queen as she was then known, lasted just four years at Gosport before being sold to White Horse Ferries for use on its Hythe Ferry service.

In 1995, she was chartered to Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd for service in Poole Harbour, and although she initially kept the name Hythe Hotspur, she was later sold to Blue Funnel Cruises in 1997 and renamed Poole Scene.

In 1999, she was sold to Clyde Marine Services and made the long journey from the south of England to the west of Scotland; where she has remained ever since.

MV Cruiser – The Perfect Venue

As well as being spacious and flexible, MV Cruiser has excellent onboard facilities, making it the ideal venue for parties, weddings and special occasions.

With wide open viewing decks, heated interior and a fully stocked licensed bar, it really is perfect for any function.

The interior can be quickly subdivided with the forward section providing an expansive bar and reception area, while the after section can be set either theatre style for a conference or seminar or as a dining area in various configurations seating up to 80.


  • Wide open viewing decks
  • Spacious, heated interior
  • Fully stocked, licensed bar
  • Well equipped galley kitchen
  • Suitable for installing sound systems & AV equipment
  • Flexible layouts for tables & chairs
  • Licensed for weddings & civil partnership

Vessel Facts and Information

Maximum Capacity: 240 passengers

Maximum Capacity for Seated Dining: 80 passengers

Maximum Capacity for Buffet Style Dining: 120 passengers

Do you have any pictures of MV Cruiser? If so, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter. If you are interested in using the MV Cruiser as a party, wedding or corporate venue, please get in touch with Julie on 01475 721281 or email her at

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