RSPB Diving Gannet Cruises

Sunday 1 August to Saturday 28 August


Price: Adults: RSPB Members/ Non-members £48/£60; Children under 18: RSPB Members/ Non-members £24/£30; Children 2 and under sail free.

Booking essential

See underneath this description for important Covid information - please read before booking 

With an enormous 6-foot wingspan, the UK's largest seabird - the gannet - is a sight to behold, but to watch diving gannets is a spectacular experience. 

This three hour cruise first sails to the cliffs where gannets can be seen with their chicks on their nests. We then head out to sea to marvel at gannets diving around the boat for hand-thrown mackerel. These graceful giants dive spear-like into the water at up to 60 miles an hour. It's an amazing experience you should not miss! 

It may still be possible to see puffins at sea during these cruises, as well as skuas and other migrating seabirds. 

RSPB volunteers are on board and the running commentary gives a unique insight into the seabird spectacle. 

The beautiful Yorkshire Belle is the last of the great pleasure cruisers. She has indoor and outdoor seating, toilet facilities, and drinks and snacks are available from the bar.

Early booking is essential as these cruises sell out very quickly. 

To book click on the link: 

The RSPB is also running Puffin & Gannet cruises which sail from 23 May to 24 July, the last five of which also include diving gannets. Get nose-to-beak with up to half a million seabirds nesting on the cliffs at the height of the breeding season. For further information and to book click on the following links: for cruises pre-21 June for cruises post-21 June 

There will be one Pelagic cruise on Saturday 4 September, specifically to search for migrating seabirds as they start their journey south for the winter.

For further information and to book click on the link 

Important Covid information 

• Following the lifting of the Government Covid regulations on 21 June (before which we could only carry 30 passengers) we have decided to increase the number of passengers on these cruises, but only to 80. 

• Unfortunately this has led to an inevitable increase in the ticket prices. However, this reduced number will give passengers more space to relax and take in the amazing views. Each sailing promises to be a truly exclusive voyage of discovery. 

• If the government should postpone the date of 21 June for the lifting of restrictions to August, we will have to reduce to only 30 passengers. The fairest way will be to refund the later passengers to book so the cruise can still run for those who booked earliest. These refunds will be processed automatically and you will of course be notified at the earliest opportunity. 

• We are introducing the following additional measures for your safety: 

1. The boat will be fully sanitised after each trip. 

2. Social distancing will be requested when queuing on the quayside. 

3. All tickets should be printed out so these can be handed to the member of staff on the quayside. This is to avoid the handling of numerous mobile phones to scan tickets. 

4. Hand sanitiser will be given to each passenger on boarding. 

5. Masks should be worn by all passengers on the quayside, for embarking/ disembarking the boat and if you need to move during the cruise. They can be removed when seated. 

6. Once seated, passengers should not move around the boat except to use the toilet facilities. Please bring suitable clothing (eg. waterproofs) in case of bad weather as you may not be able to move under cover. 

7. Refreshments will be available for sale but, to avoid passengers moving, a member of the crew will take orders and deliver these to you. 

8. All tickets must be pre-booked. 9. Volunteers will still be on board all cruises, but in fewer numbers situated at strategic points around the boat. 

Lastly please note: Children aged 2 and under sail free, but please notify us on 01262 422211 so we can add them to our passenger list. 

This amazing wildlife spectacle occurs in the North Sea so please think carefully before booking if you suffer from seasickness. 

Accessibility: Please check the Yorkshire Belle website here for assistance and boarding information as there are unfortunately limitations. 

Sorry - no dogs (except accessible), tripods, telescopes or smoking on board. 

No refunds except if the cruise is cancelled by the skipper or RSPB, due to poor sea conditions or any changes in Covid regulations. Refunds will automatically be given in these cases. For any other enquiries contact the RSPB cruise office on 01262 422211 (Monday to Thursday).



Cruises are only cancelled in extreme circumstances. We will email you the afternoon before your cruise to tell you if it is going ahead. Or you can call 01262 422211 after 7.00pm the evening before to listen to a recorded message giving you the same information. 

All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the Yorkshire Belle or RSPB cancel due to sea conditions or a change in government Covid guidance, in which case an automatic refund will be made. For any other queries contact the RSPB cruise office (Mon-Thur) on 01262 422211 or email us at


Bridlington Harbour

Full list of dates

  • Sunday 1 August 2021
  • Sunday 15 August 2021
  • Saturday 28 August 2021

Where is it?

  • Postcode: YO15 3NA
  • County: East Riding of Yorkshire

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