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Port Venture Cruises

The Cruise Terminal, | River end Clarence street, Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444, Australia
+61 2 6583 3058
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Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Port Venture cruises has the largest boat in Port Macquarie- The River Princess, there is plenty of space to move around the boat. She has two... more » Owner description: Port Venture cruises has the largest boat in Port Macquarie- The River Princess, there is plenty of space to move around the boat. She has two different viewing levels.She has a number of enjoyable river experiences for you:-BBQ cruises- GO exploring up river and have your BBQ cooked for you as we travel. Enjoy morning tea along the way with an informative historic commentary. Lunch is a choice of fish or Steak, Salad, Sausage & bread roll for your lunch. This is a Great day out for any age or group. Boom net ride included.Eco History Cruises- Up into the Hastings river system. Enjoy our informative commentary about our history and environment whilst enjoying afternoon tea- (Enjoy cooling off in our Boom net. peak school holidays only)Optional upgrade to include a Devonshire tea whilst cruising :)Twilight/Sunset- Bring your own drinks and nibbles to enjoy on our picturesque waterway. Stunning time of day on an airy all weather boat. . Boom Net rides and hot dog complimentary- summer months & peak times only « less
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Mullumbimby, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Good value 2hr afternoon cruise but was more about cruising past million dollar houses than eco. Would have liked more greenery & commentary on that aspect. We did see pelicans, seagulls & an eagle. The staff were friendly, nice way to pass an afternoon, tea, coffee & cake included.

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

As our cruise is a two hour return to the dock- unfortunately there is not much more of our lovely river system that we can show you in that time frame. We do go into the canals, but usually they are just one aspect of the trip, along the way the river is quite enchanting and scenic. Quite often we... More

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

What a fabulous day we had aboard the River Princess. The weather was near perfect and our captain and crew looked after us well. The river and canal development views were accompanied by an informative commentary. Morning tea and lovely lunch were provided and the bottles of wine available for purchase provided excellent value for those seeking to consume some... More

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aliPortmacquarie, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. We always try our best to please our guests :). In regards to Familys and children, we carry alot on this particular trip in the warmer months as we put down the boom net down for thier enjoyment, the comment is that the trip has flown by. thanks again and... More

Canberra, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Not something we'd normally do, the cruise was included in our accommodation booking. The staff on board were especially pleasant, and went out of their way to cater for the interests of the patrons for that trip. Unfortunately, our journey co-incided with a small on board work Christmas party for a bank, who were well lubricated by the time others... More

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. I sorry to hear that your cruise was impacted by other guests aboard with you. Unfortunately like you, we are unable to vet our guests before boarding and a public cruise has a different dynamic every day. This particular dynamic is an unusual one. It is a little like going... More

Cohuna, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Although it was fairly rough the day we went out we saw several whales and really enjoyed it. Crew were great and obviously excited to see the whales even though they must see them several times a day. Would love to go back late in the season when the calfs are travelling down south again as they apparently play around... More

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review us. We are so glad we were able to share our passion with you. The whale watching boat has left town now. However we have Plenty of river cruises to offer. I you are looking to Whale watch before the end of season (end of Oct beginning Nov) we can certainly point... More

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Being a resident of Port Macquarie I thought it was about time I did some whale watching. WOW!! What a fantastic trip on the Port Venture, it was my first trip out and certainly won't be my last. It didn't take long to find a couple of whales who continuously circled the boat and put on a great show for... More

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Kevin, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad your trip was so special. Please prompt us next time you are in for a local loyalty card that gives you a discount off our cruises and is valid for two years. Look forward to welcoming you back next time. Kind Regards Alison More

Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I bought my sister, visiting from the UK, a whale-watching cruise with Port Venture Cruises as a birthday treat. Right from the get-go the staff were warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. We headed out, straight for a pod of whales directly off the coast of Port. According to the captain, it was a "heat run" - one female, with five... More

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aliPortmacquarie, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. I am so glad that the day tuned out well for your Sister's Birthday. Sometimes the weather and the whales join to make an amazing trip and you were the lucky recipient. We try and please where possible and if we are able to stay longer if the whales weather and our guests are happy... More

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

My family and I took a whale watching cruise on 16/7/13 with Nat and Ginny. We needed a vessel with wheelchair access and Port Venture fitted the bill. Our whole experience with Port Venture Cruises was fabulous - from Alison's response to my enquiry, cruising out on a beautiful and extremely clean vessel, all the way to disembarking at the... More

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aliPortmacquarie, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Richelle, we hope you and your family enjoy their travels. It was a pleasure to have you on board. Kind Regards Alison More

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

On Tuesday we 30 July 2013 we boarded the Port Venture to find whales. The all girl crew (2) were fantastic. Great skipper. Photographer, commentators and generous with their time. We followed a few pods of whales and were late back due to finding a pod of three that really put on a show for us. Tail slappings, waving, breaches... More

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Many thanks for your enthusiastic response, So glad that we able to stay that little bit longer to enjoy the show. Hope to see you again. Regards Alison More

Coffs Harbour
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81 reviews 81 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a great day....large comfortable boat with friendly knowledgeable staff.....and the biggest bonus...a pod of whales that put on an awesome display !!! The cruise is 1 1/2 hrs but because the whales were performing we stayed and watched for about 30 minutes longer. Can't recommend this cruise enough....just loved it !!!

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for making the time to post this review. We really appreciate it. Sometimes if there is no trip afterwards and the whales are really putting on a show, we are able to give that little bit extra to you. Glad you enjoyed. Regards Alison More

Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Had a great time with Port Venture Cruises in Port Macquarie. My husband's birthday is in July so very easy present. The crew are very friendly and available to answer any question you might have. We followed the same two whales today and they were putting on a real show. We got close enough but not too close to view... More

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ChineseJunk, Manager at Port Venture Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to Post a review, we really appreciate it. Always nice to have the weather on our side too! More

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