Ranked #26 of 155 activities in Greater Newcastle
Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business that specialises in dolphin watching cruises whale watching...
Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business that specialises in dolphin watching cruises whale watching cruises. Based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Moonshadow Cruises have been operating since 1981 and offer a range of memorable cruising experiences around Port Stephens and Newcastle harbour (all year).We operate 5 vessels, the largest and most luxurious vessels in the port, and cater for a diverse range of clientele with many different cruising experiences on offer including dolphin watching and whale watching, dinner cruises, Newcastle Harbour Cruises, Port Stephens to Newcastle Cruises and Broughton Island cruises. CRUISES:Dolphin Watch Cruise – Moonshadow cruises operate a 1.5 hour dolphin watch cruise at 10:30am and 1:30pm every single day. During peak season and school holidays we put on an additional dolphin watch at 3:30pm to meet demand. This cruise offers a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings. Passengers are given the opportunity to get acquainted with our local residents, the Bottlenose dolphins, whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery of Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. We serve complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits on board or for those who would like something more substantial, we offer a delicious buffet lunch as an optional extra with this cruise every single day. Whale Watch Cruise - We operate 3-hour whale watch cruises at 10:00am and 1:30pm daily from mid-May to mid-November. Moonshadow V is the largest whale watch vessel in the Bay designed specifically for ocean cruises, with three viewing decks and underwater video cameras to ensure passengers get the best view of these friendly giants. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served on board and passengers are entertained by informative Captain’s commentary. Passengers will also get to meet the resident dolphins on this cruise (two cruises for the price of one!). Twilight Dinner Cruise - Taking waterfront views to the next level, Moonshadow’s Twilight Dinner Cruise offers the perfect evening for any occasion. This is a 2.5 hour cruise that operates every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months and Saturday evenings only during winter. Passengers on the dinner cruise can enjoy fabulous live entertainment whilst indulging in an extensive buffet dinner featuring Hunter beef, chicken, fresh local seafood and desserts all prepared fresh on board by our talented chefs. Broughton Island National Park Cruise – For anyone looking for a full day of cruising, snorkelling, swimming, exploring and eating, you can’t go past the Broughton Island Cruise. This cruise operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from September to April and is a 6.5 hour cruise. The cruise includes a buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea. Passengers can explore ashore on an island discovery walk, secluded coves and beaches. They can also snorkel, swim, feed the fish or just relax on the beach. Boom net rides and bonus dolphin watch are also enjoyed on the trip home. Private Charter - Port Stephens and Newcastle - weddings, parties, anything and everything! The scope is endless… Couples can take the stress out of planning their big day by choosing a Reception Package where we can make any dream water wedding a reality. Wedding receptions are tailored to suit client’s needs and can cater for up to 250 guests. Moonshadow Cruises also offers two Team Building programs which are fully facilitated and tailored to the client’s specific needs.Outer Island Dolphin Watch- for those who want to experience more of the Beautiful Port Stephens water ways. This is a 2.5 hour cruise around the pristine offshore islands of Port Stephens in search of dolphins and other amazing marine life. Operates 10am daily between December – May onboard our latest addition to the fleet, Moonshadow Explorer. Need to cool off? No problem! We have a huge boom net on the back for your enjoyment during the cruise.Port Stephens to Newcastle & Newcastle to Port Stephens- Whether your destination is Newcastle or Port Stephens, you will be amazed with what this cruise has to offer. This is a 3.5 hour cruise full of breathtaking landscapes, diverse marine life and a wealth of local history. The cruise operates on the first and third Sunday of each month between December and May. Nelson Bay departs at 8am and Newcastle departs at 12:30pm. Once at your destination you will have a chance to explore and grab something to eat before departing back to your start point by coach. This truly is a top of the line cruise where you can experience it all.Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds- cruise the impressive coal loading facilities and take in a different perspective as you view the exciting transformation of the Newcastle harbour foreshore. Take in the incredible sight of a 300m bulk carrier navigating the harbour with the help of tug boats. This is a 1.5 hour cruise of the largest coal export harbour in the world. Cruise departs 10:30am Wednesday and Sunday and 1:30pm on Saturday all year round. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds.Newcastle Harbour Lunch Cruise - Enjoy a delicious meal as you cruise around Newcastle Harbour on the Newcastle Lunch Cruise, past the foreshore and headlands. Departing the second Sunday of each month at 1pm till 4pm. Your meal will be served aboard Moonshadow IV with restaurant style seating on two decks and alfresco seating on the top deck! Cruise past the foreshore and headlands, see the huge cargo ships, Stockton, the marina and the developments along Honeysuckle. Enjoy a buffet lunch prepared fresh on board by our Chefs and sit back with a drink from one of our two bars.Newcastle Dinner Cruise - Enjoy a night of great food and great entertainment! Take in the harbour sights and city lights while you cruise Newcastle Harbour. Appetisers on arrival, followed by a gala buffet featuring fresh local seafood, Hunter meats, vegetables, salads ... and tempting desserts. Two bars on board and entertainment included. This fabulous evening will be spent aboard Moonshadow IV with two decks of indoor restaurant style seating, open air top deck and bow area, dance floor and two bars on board. 2.5 hour cruise departing weekly at 7:15pm on Saturday nightsWhether a guest chooses to be awed by a breeching gentle giant or entertained by a pod of frolicking dolphins, they are sure to leave us having experienced the best that Port Stephens and Newcastle have to offer.