The River Mersey offers you the opportunity to scatter your loved ones ashes at sea as it empties into Liverpool Bay on the Irish Sea. The area for scattering ashes is not open to the general public, so you must book with your preferred date and time by filling in the form below. Be sure to include your names, contacts, number of people attending the scattering, and any other requirements you might have.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard and helping you give your loved one the perfect send-off.
Type of Boat: 45' Yacht Cruiser
Number of Passengers: 12
Cost from: £300
Are refreshments available? Yes
All Religions Catered for? Yes
Toilet on board: Yes
Disabled Access? Yes
Music Available: Yes
The ashes scattering cruises run for 40-60 minutes, during which the captain will stop the boat's engines, and you'll have a few minutes to scatter the ashes and to say a few words if you wish. In addition, we offer the opportunity to scatter ashes from a dedicated area aboard a vessel. Just keep in mind that tributes, memorabilia and urns must be biodegradable.
Permissions, Laws & Regulations for Scattering Ashes in Liverpool
There's no explicit law against scattering ashes in Liverpool, including the River Mersey. However, there are a few Environmental Agency regulations to consider. For starters, anything that is thrown overboard has to be 100% biodegradable. This means no wreaths and personal items containing plastic or metal parts as these could cause litter and harm wildlife. In addition, the scattering location must be no less than 1km upstream from a water plant or reservoir and not near a fishery or Marina. Don't worry, though; we will guide you through any regulations.
Tips for families when scattering ashes
- Stick to biodegradable materials
- Check the weather conditions (we will make sure to keep you informed)
- Stay upwind to ensure the ashes blow away from you and the guests.
- Spread the ashes as close to the water surface as possible
- Have wipes or water ready in case the ashes blow about to your skin or that of the other guests
- Summer months are gentler
- Don't be shy to ask for any help
Why Use a Our Boats?
- Total privacy
- You Choose to Scatter in River Merseyside or Irish Sea
- Famous Albert Docks to Spread Ashes
- Guidance to Help Spread Ashes
- We have a lot of experience with ash scattering ceremonies
- Additional Support, features and Options to Make Your Crusie perfect
Urns for Scattering at Sea
All of our water urns are made of biodegradable material such as paper or cardboard, natural salt or other plant-based materials. We would be happy to provide an urn if you wish, alternatively, you can provide your own but we must stress that it needs to be water safe and approved to be 100% biodegradable.
Below we have listed some of the most frquestly asked questions, please feel free to contact us if you have more.
- Do I need permission from the cruise to scatter ashes at sea?
- Yes, you do. Coordinating the scattering of ashes with the ship's crew prevents you from breaking not only the ship's rules but possibly international laws as well. Ask for specific guidelines before sailing.
- Do I need a special container for scattering ashes?
- Cremains scattered at sea from a cruise will generally be dropped into the sea in a container/urn, which should be biodegradable and sealed with non-toxic glue. There are a variety of urns explicitly made for this purpose. They are designed to sink and slowly dissolve to disperse the ashes.
- Can I throw other things along with the ashes?
- Tributes and memorabilia must be biodegradable for you to be allowed to throw them into the water. This means that even wreaths that contain plastic or metal will not be permitted.