Your ultimate Port Stephens & Newcastle Harbour cruise experience... with the regions number one cruise company! With multiple cruise departures every day, specialising in Dolphin Watching, Whale Watching, Newcastle Harbour Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Lunch Cruises, Broughton Island Cruises, Christmas Parties, Birthday Parties, Weddings & Private Charters our friendly crew are dedicated to providing you with a comfortable and memorable cruise.
With a variety of cruises on offer by Moonshadow Cruises there is a cruise available to suit everybody. Moonshadow cruises was the GOLD WINNER and Hall of Fame winner of 2013 NSW TOURISM AWARDS for Best Major Tour Operator. With the longest history and largest boats in Port Stephens, Moonshadow Cruises has operated as a family owned business for over 33 years.MOONSHADOW CRUISE TIMES:
DOLPHIN WATCH CRUISE DAILY- 10.30am & 1.30pm plus additional cruise at 3.30pm from Christmas to Easter and all other weekends throughout the year excluding winter.
WHALE WATCH CRUISE DAILY- 10am & 1.30pm from May to mid November
BROUGHTON ISLAND CRUISE with bonus dolphin watch from October - April; 10am Sundays plus Tuesdays and Thursdays in School Holidays. If you are looking for a full day of cruising, snorkelling, swimming, exploring and eating, you can't go past the Broughton Island National Park Cruise.
NEWCASTLE HARBOUR SIGHTS AND SOUNDS SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY - 10.30am & SATURDAY 1.30PM - Join us as we explore the largest coal export harbour in the world! Guests are welcome to the best views of the working waterfront from any of the 3 decks on board Moonshadow IV.
TWILIGHT DINNER CRUISE- 7.15pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights (Saturday nights only in winter, extra cruises in the holidays). Enjoy the delicious buffet dinner with succulent seafood in this floating restaurant with the best views of the bay
NEWCASTLE HARBOUR DINNER CRUISE- 7.15pm Saturday nights. Enjoy the delicious buffet dinner with succulent seafood in this floating restaurant with the best views of Newcastle Harbour. Additional cruises available during November & December
NEWCASTLE LUNCH CRUISE - Every second Sunday of the Month -Enjoy a delicious meal as you cruise around Newcastle Harbour on the Newcastle Lunch Cruise, past the foreshore and headlands. Additional cruises available during November & December
COMBO TOURS- including a dolphin or whale watch cruise with a sandboarding adventure or quad bike tour
A GREAT WHALE WATCHING SEASON IN 2014!
Moonshadow Cruises had a great 2014 whale season with whale breaches, tail lobs and surface rolls regularly seen on board the Whale Watch Cruises. Huge pods of ocean dolphins, penguins, sea birds, seals and orcas were also often been seen during the whale watch cruises.With the largest boats in the bay, Moonshadow Cruises double deck catamaran gets you to the whales quickly and safely. With two levels of outside viewing ensure you will see all of the action above the waters surface. Moonshadow Cruises whale watching vessel also features comfortable all weather inside areas.
Moonshadow Cruises are the recipient of over 30 national, state and regional tourism awards. Moonshadow Cruises had great success at the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards bringing home the Gold in Major Tour &/or Transport Operator! Along with the great accolade of now Hall of Fame AwardOn a regional level we were unstoppable taking out Major Tour &/or Transport Operator at both the 2013 North Coast Tourism Awards and the 2013 Hunter Regional Tourism Awards. HALL OF FAME 2014- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - North Coast Tourism Awards HALL OF FAME 2014- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - Hunter/Central Coast Tourism Awards HALL OF FAME 2013- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - NSW Tourism Awards WINNER 2013- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - NSW Tourism Awards WINNER 2013- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - North Coast Tourism Awards WINNER 2013- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - Hunter/Central Coast Tourism Awards WINNER 2012- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - NSW Tourism Awards WINNER 2012- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - North Coast Tourism Awards WINNER 2012- Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - Hunter/Central Coast Tourism Awards BRONZE WINNER 2012 - Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - Australian Tourism Awards WINNER 2011 - Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - NSW Tourism Awards WINNER 2011 - Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - North Coast Tourism Awards WINNER 2011 - Major Tour &/or Transport Operator - Hunter/Central Coast Tourism Awards
Twilight Photography Cruise This cruise is specifically designed for the keen photographer; it offers a unique experience and great photo opportunities. Whether you are into landscape, wildlife, or simply nature photography this cruise will explore intimate, out of the way locations only accessible by boat. Your voyage begins with a cruise of the eastern harbour continuing through the renowned rocky headlands, travel along the coastline to secluded perfect sandy beaches and natural unspoiled islands. Giving the opportunity to watch & photograph our Dolphins and marine wildlife. The cruise course and timing is intended to give the best advantage to capture the eastern sunset over Port Stephens. Plus, chance to photograph an impressive array of sea and coastal wildlife. Get up close to oceanic dolphins, seals, turtles, sharks, penguins, albatross, eagles, gannets, shearwater, pelicans, petrels who live in this delicate ecosystem. Professional photographer Bonita Holmes will be on board to offer advice and handy tips Date: Saturday, 17th January 2015 Boarding: 6.00pm, Cruising: 6.15pm Duration: 2.5 hours Where: Cruise Passenger Terminal, Nelson Bay Vessel: Moonshadow III Cost: $60/adult, $55/concession $25/High School Student Menu: Antipasti Platters What to bring: Hat, Sunscreen and Camera Bookings Essential: 02 4984 9388
Our office is located at Shop 3, 35 Stockton St, Nelson Bay NSW
Cruise Departure Point 1: d'Albora Marina, directly behind the Port Stephens Visitors Centre.
Departure Point 2: Nelson Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal adjacent to d'Albora Marina.
Newcastle Departure Point: depart from Dock F Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club 95 Hannell Street Wickham.
50% cancellation fee will be charged for bookings cancelled (unless otherwise approved by Moonshadow Cruises).
Hours: 8.00am to 5.00pm (7 days - except Christmas Day)
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