Bookings boom for Waverley, sailing from Tenby and Milford Haven

The iconic vessel will be sailing into Tenby for the first time in over 30 years,, as well as visiting Milford Haven to take passengers on a cruise round the islands of Skokholm, Skomer and Ramsey.

Waverley will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to step aboard for a nostalgic trip on the famous steamship from June 2 to 18.

Western Telegraph: The Waverley last visited Tenby over 30 years ago.The Waverley last visited Tenby over 30 years ago. (Image: Waverley Excursions)

The steamer will offer a wide variety of cruises from Penarth, Porthcawl, Swansea, Tenby and Milford Haven.

Since Waverley last cruised the Channel in 2018, she has received a multi-million pound refurbishment with new steam boilers installed.

Thanks to a recent successful £180,000 public appeal to meet the annual dry docking fees the ship’s charitable owners have taken the decision to offer the most extensive sailing programme for over a decade.

Western Telegraph: Trips to Ilfracombe in north Devon are also on the Waverley's Bristol Channel schedule.Trips to Ilfracombe in north Devon are also on the Waverley’s Bristol Channel schedule. (Image: Waverley Excursions)

Waverley first visited the Bristol Channel back in 1979 in the wake of the famous White Funnel Fleet of pleasure steamers which operated until the 60s. Nowadays only Waverley offers pleasure steamer trips from South Wales to the popular North Devon resort of Ilfracombe.

Waverley’s general manager, Paul Semple, commented: “I am delighted to announce that Waverley will make her much-anticipated return to the waters of the Bristol Channel.

“The ship offers a truly unique experience and I know many will welcome the sight of her famous red, white and black funnels and the distinct sound of her paddles beating.

“To relaunch her sailings on the Bristol Channel there are several special offers to take advantage of with kids fares from £1, over 60s can ‘Bring a Friend Free’ on June 13 and 15, and NHS workers can claim a 15 per cent discount when booking in advance at

“I am delighted with the hugely positive response since we released the timetable and opened bookings just a few days ago. There is a clear demand for Waverley to reunite with the Bristol Channel.”

During the programme of cruises Waverley will offer trips from Penarth and Swansea to the remote Lundy Island.

There are options to combine a cruise on Waverley with a trip on the West Somerset Railway and visit Minehead.

Passengers from Porthcawl can enjoy the ultimate steam day out on Thursday June 8 by combining a cruise on Waverley with a visit to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, and spend time in Ilfracombe before re-joining Waverley for the homebound voyage.

A highlight of this year’s schedule sees Waverley returning to Tenby for the first time in over 30 years.

The final cruises will then take place from Milford Haven on Sunday June 18 with the unique opportunity for those aboard to cruise round Skokholm and Skomer, and Ramsey Islands.

To close her season of sailings in South Wales Waverley will offer a cruise from Milford Haven round Caldey Island and along the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Tickets for all sailings can be booked online at or by calling 0141 243 2224.


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