Cruises are returning to Southend Pier from April touring passengers around WW2 Maunsell Forts and taking them to a quaint fishing village in Kent.

At the end of Southend Pier, Jetstream Tours is offering river cruises which take its customers on a sightseeing adventure.

The day trips by river cruiser are back from April 1 as the 2023 season starts, after the end of the 2022 season last October.

These vary in price but all trips to and from Southend include pier entry with the boat ticket.

The following trips are available to choose from...

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Maunsell Forts Tour

This cruise takes you to see the eerie World War 2 Maunsell Forts, called the red sand towers.

It takes about an hour to reach the towers and the cruiser will pass by the Mulberry Harbour and Shoebury boom before crossing the shipping channel towards the Isle of Sheppey.

Keen photographers have the chance to take plenty of snaps as the vessel is small enough to pass between and under the structures.

Onboard facilities include a bar, selling alcoholic and soft drinks and light snacks. 

This cruise lasts for three hours and costs £27 for adults, £25 for OAPs and £22 for children. 

Families with two adults and two children can go for £85, and under 3s are given entry free of charge.

Lunch in a Kent fishing village

Take a trip across to Queenborough to explore the quaint fishing village in Kent with this cruise.

On the 5-hour trip, passengers will be given time ashore to have a spot of lunch and take a wander.

Prices are as follows: £24 for adults, £20 for OAPs, £17 for children, £65 for families and under 3s go free of charge.

All cruises can be booked online at