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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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Byron Bay, Australia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

According to the voucher we had received for this cruise it was called an "Eco History Cruise" and was part of the Cudo's package we purchased which included accom at the Observatory Hotel. We were eagerly looking forward to doing this Cruise as Port Macquarie has beautiful waterways and is a very old town with a fascinating convict history and... More

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

Many thanks for writing you review. Sorry to hear how disappointed you were. Unfortunately we just lost a longstanding skipper suddenly due to a serious illness. It looks like our new skipper was not up to speed. I guess our other option could have been to cancel the cruise altogether. I hope you enjoyed the screen with the historic pictures... More

Bowral, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went on this cruise as part of a package organised by Luxury Escapes and which included accommodation at the excellent Observatory Hotel. The trip was leisurely and the commentary very informative both from an historical perspective and with respect to the local wildlife. Well worth 2 hours of your time bbay2536

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

Many thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed you time with us. Hope to welcome you aboard another time . More

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We recently redid the eco cruise from the Cruise Terminal , which was actually part of a luxury escapes package. Although drizzling we enjoyed cruising in comfort along the river and canals. For those who are interested in the history of the area the captain gives a good commentary. There were 14 on our cruise with a simple but adequate... More

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

Many thanks for coming out again. We are glad you have done this cruises more than once and enjoy the ride. Perhaps next time you would like to try our BBQ lunch cruise?? More

Mullumbimby, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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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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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
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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

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