Last week saw the launch of City Cruises’ multi-million pound boat, the City Alpha.

Following a £2.4million refurbishment, the vessel returns to the 20-strong sightseeing fleet, offering tourists and Londoners 360° views of London’s skyline and marking the start of the next generation for City Cruises.

The renovation used more than 90 tonnes of steel, 5,500 electrical cables and 1,200 litres of paint to breathe a new lease of life into the vessel.

Weighing nearly 300 tonnes and with capacity for 399 passengers, the City Alpha is often referred to as a ‘glass boat’ due to her large panoramic windows, which have been replaced with 120m² of fresh glass.

In addition, there is a new upper deck, outfitted with modern seating designed to provide a more comfortable and enjoyable sightseeing experience for all. Next year will see an identical refurbishment of the City Alpha’s sister ship, the City Gamma, and the company is also looking to expand its fleet in Poole in readiness for next year’s summer season.

Pictured marking the unveiling of City Alpha are, from the left: Kyle Haughton, City Cruises; godmother Carol John-Gordon; and Rita Beckwith and Gary Beckwith, City Cruises.

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