Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole

Balloon Snowman

Yesterday we were invited to sail with Santa around Poole Harbour with City Cruises Poole.

I have to admit we were slightly concerned about our boat trip as the weather was, quite frankly, awful with driving rain and force 6 gales, but although we didn’t get to see the beauty of Poole Harbour it didn’t matter as the kids were more interested in what was going on inside the boat.

We were greeted by Dr Balloonman who put the kids at ease straight away, with the promise of fun and games but first we headed downstairs to enjoy a soft drink and cookie for the kids whilst us adults enjoyed a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

The boat was bobbing up and down whilst moored on the side of the quay but as soon as it left it felt a lot calmer. Dr Balloonman called the kids back upstairs and had them playing party games whilst working his balloon magic. They were not ordinary balloon animals – these were amazing creations!!

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Eliza managed to win the Snowman Balloon with some great dancing and he also crafted the most amazing reindeer. The next balloon was a magic wand which he gave to my niece Mollie who waved it around to summon Santa onto the boat.

The children lined up patiently to speak to Santa and each got a present suitable for their age, which they were all very excited about.

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After Santa left Dr Balloonman made sure that every child got a balloon animal of their choice and the kids also got a choice of amazing glitter tattoos.

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We all had a brilliant time onboard the Solent Scene and there is still a chance to get out on the water as these Santa Cruises are running three times a day until 24th Deecmber.

Book now and enjoy a Santa cruise – Christmas with a difference.

Prices are £13.50 for children and adults aged 3 and above which is very reasonable as you get an hour out on the water, food, drink and entertainment. On a nice clear day, the views would have been spectacular!

Disclaimer: We were offered a complimentary cruise for the purpose of a review. All thoughts are our own.

12 thoughts on “Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole

  1. Sonia says:

    Awww that looks awesome, I’m not a boat person, but what a fab experience x
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  2. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh what a brilliant idea – this looks so much fun. Shame the weather was awful, but looks like you all had a great time! Kaz x
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  3. Zena's Suitcase says:

    This sounds great fun, and really reasonably priced. I’d like to take my children on a trip like this. I think Santa boat rides are getting more popular
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  4. Jen says:

    I am not a fan of boats, but I am sure this is something my boys would have loved when they were younger. It is our first year without seeing Santa!
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  5. This is something different to do with your children. I have to admit I’m not good on a boat though. The children seemed to enjoyed it and it is a good price for what you get I think.
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  6. Sarah Ebner says:

    That is such a lovely – and different – way to spend a day in the Christmas holidays, though I’m glad to hear it wasn’t too choppy! I love that snowman balloon – so clever.

  7. oh my goodness this sounds like a wonderful experience!! Wish we had something like this near us!x
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  8. Rachel says:

    Oh this looks and sounds like an amazing experience and great value for money, I was expecting the price to be at least treble x
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  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh wow this sounds like an amazing experience – what a fun way to meet santa. x
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  10. Tori Gabriel says:

    This looks brilliant. I don’t fancy it in the weather you described though. The balloon animals are awesome!
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  11. Ohhhh Kara — hats off to you on this one!!! Boats and I are not friends — I would have had to give this one a giant swerve; Santa or no Santa, the twins would not have been treated to this little adventure!! It looks fantastic — I wish I didn’t suffer from travel sickness!!! 🙂
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