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Moonshadow Cruises

With 33 years experience and the largest vessels in Port Stephens and Newcastle, Moonshadow Cruises gets you close to the action quickly and safely!

Meet the resident dolphins and ride the boom net on the daily dolphin watching cruise (lunch available), with a 99 per cent success rate in dolphin sightings! Get up close and personal with friendly giants on the whale watching cruise (May to November).

Enjoy live entertainment and sumptuous buffet dinner on the twilight dinner cruise - Port Stephens and Newcastle floating restaurant. Or join the Broughton Island cruise for snorkelling and relaxing on the beach (late September to April).

Explore Newcastle Harbour aboard the Lunch Cruise or Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds Cruise. Make your next special event a private charter aboard Moonshadow Cruises. Combined adventures with a cruise and 4WD sand dune tour at Stockton Bight.

Tours

1.5 Hour Dolphin Watch Cruise
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Moonshadow Cruises 1.5 hour Dolphin Watching Cruise has a 99 per cent success rate in dolphin sightings. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea, boom net rides, entertaining and informative commentary and scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands.

Departing daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm (except Christmas Day), an additional 3.30pm cruise during Christmas School Holidays.

Plus the twist, twirl and splash water slide! (Moonshadow V only).

Ask about the buffet lunch served daily on board in between the morning and afternoon cruises (so you can have lunch after the morning cruise or prior to the afternoon cruise). A hot and cold buffet cooked fresh on board by the Chefs. A feast of chicken, beef, fish, salads, tropical fruit platter and more!
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Depart from d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay Cruising the scenic waters and pristine beaches of Port Stephens, Nelson Bay A 99 per cent chance of seeing Dolphins, Port Stephens Returning to Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay
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Catamaran Half Day or less.
Price
$14.50-$28.00 Price Range Adults AUD28.00, Child (four to14 years) AUD14.50, Senior/Student/Concession AUD23.00, Infant (under four years) free, Family (two adults and two children)AUD70.50
2.5 - 3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise
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An ocean going cruise on the largest and safest whale watching vessel in the bay, with an excellent humpback whale sighting rate (91 per cent), bonus dolphin watch, morning or afternoon tea, commentary, ocean going cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands and the outer Islands. With two viewing decks you can rest assured you're getting the best view of these friendly giants.

You will never forget seeing the awesome bulk of a humpback whale, 15 metres long and weighing 40 tonnes! You will likely see spectacular displays - spyhops, pectoral slaps, body rolls, and the breathtaking breach.

Departs at 10am and 1.30pm from late May to early November.
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Depart from d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay Cruise past the iconic Tomaree headlands and maybe see some dolphins!, Port Stephens Be amazed at the majestic beauty of the whales as the breach, Port Stephens Return to marina, Nelson Bay
Travel by: Duration:
Catamaran Half Day or less.
Price
$27.00-$63.00 Price Range Adult AUD63.00, Senior AUD53.00, Student AUD53.00, High School Student AUD42.00, Child (four to 14 years) AUD27.00, Family (two adults and two children) AUD153.00, Children under four years free of charge.
2.5 Hour Nelson Bay Twilight Dinner Cruise
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Moonshadow Cruises Twilight Dinner Cruise is the perfect dining experience for all occasions. Enjoy appetisers on arrival, followed by a modern Australian buffet featuring a large variety of seafood, Hunter meats and vegetarian options. Tempting desserts, tea and coffee are also included. All meals are prepared fresh onboard by their talented chefs.

Dance the night away with fabulous live entertainment and purchase a drink from one of two fully licensed bars. Two decks of indoor restaurant style seating plus an alfresco top deck to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and moonrises. Keep an eye out for the dolphins who love to ride the bow waves.

Departure dates vary, please see the website for further information.
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Depart d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay Cruise the beautiful Port Stephens and see the beautiful sunset, Nelson Bay enjoy dinner while viewing the pristine beaches, Port Stephens Return the Marina, Nelson Bay
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Catamaran Night.
Price
$69.00-$79.00 Price Range Per person
6.5 - 7 Hour Broughton Island National Park Outer Island Cruise
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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.

Take in the spectacular island and coastal scenery as the boat makes its way to Broughton Island. Enjoy a fabulous ploughmans style buffet lunch on board plus morning and afternoon tea. Explore ashore on an island discovery walk to wildlife breeding areas, secluded coves and beaches.

Enjoy snorkelling, swimming, fish feeding or just relaxing on the beach. Boom net rides and bonus dolphin watch on the return journey. A full day, all inclusive cruise.

Departs at 10am Sundays - late October to late April. With additional cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the school holidays.
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Depart from the Cruise Passenger Terminal, Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay Cruise past the Tomaree Headlands, Nelson Bay See dolphins and maybe even whales on the way, Port Stephens Broughton Island National Park, Port Stephens Return, Nelson Bay
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Motor Vessel Full Day.
Price
$48.00-$89.00 Price Range Adult AUD89.00, Senior/Student AUD79.00, High School Student AUD58.00, Child (four to 14 years) AUD48.00, Family (two adults and two children) AUD231.00, Children under four years free of charge.
1.5 Hour Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds Cruise
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The Newcastle Harbour City Sights and Sounds is set to become an iconic tour and must do activity in Newcastle.

Join this 1.5 hour cruise and explore the largest coal export harbour in the world. Experience the best views of the working waterfront from any of the three decks on board Moonshadow IV. Take in the amazing sight as a 300 metre bulk carrier navigates the harbour with the assistance from tugboats. Their professional and entertaining commentary will leave you with an excellent understanding of the ports operation and a new appreciation of the remarkable Newcastle Harbour.

Enjoy a complimentary and delicious morning or afternoon tea, or purchase a drink or snack from the fully licensed bar.
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Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham Views of the foreshore from Newcastle Harbour, Newcastle Views of the Coal Loading Facilities, Newcastle Views of Nobby's Headland, Newcastle Return to Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham
Travel by: Duration:
Catamaran Half Day or less.
Price
$13.50-$26.00 Price Range Adults AUD26.00, Child (four to 14 years) AUD13.50, Senior/Student/Concession AUD21.00, Infant (under four years) free, Family (two adults and two children)AUD65.50. Includes a delicious morning or afternoon tea.
2.5 Hour Newcastle Twilight Dinner Cruise
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Enjoy a night of great food and great live 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.

Cruising Newcastle Harbour Saturday nights plus Thursday and Friday nights during November and December.
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Dock F Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham Views from Foreshore from Newcastle Dinner Cruise, Honeysuckle
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Catamaran Night.
Price
$69.00-$79.00 Price Range Per Person
3 Hour Newcastle Lunch Cruise
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Enjoy a delicious meal as you cruise around Newcastle Harbour, past the foreshore and headlands, on the Newcastle Lunch Cruise. Departing the second Sunday of the month. Additional Cruises are available during November or December and on demand with large group bookings.

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 their chefs, and sit back with a drink from one of the two bars.
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Dock F, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham Enjoy the sights of Newcastle City, Newcastle Cruise past Newcastle Foreshore, Honeysuckle
Travel by: Duration:
Catamaran Half Day or less.
Price
$27.00-$62.00 Price Range Adult AUD62.00, Senior/Student AUD57.00, High School Student AUD37.00, Child (four to 14 years) AUD27.00, Family (two adults and two children) AUD151.00, Children under four years free of charge.
New Years Eve Cruise in Nelson Bay and Newcastle
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Get in early, avoid the stress of last minute bookings and secure your seat on Moonshadow's 2014 New Years Eve Cruise. See in the New Year on spectacular Newcastle or Port Stephens harbour. Unfortunately this cruise is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.

Start the celebrations with a glass of complimentary champagne and some hot and cold appetisers on arrival. Indulge in a buffet feast including a variety of local seafood, Hunter meats and tempting desserts (vegetarian options available). Dance your way into the New Year with buzzing live entertainment and get the best view of the 9pm and midnight fireworks display.

The party is on the water so book now! Bookings essential.
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Newcastle Departure Point, Wickham Nelson Bay Departure, Nelson Bay Newcastle Highlights, Cruise past Newcastle Foreshore, Honeysuckle Port Stephens Highlight, Cruise past Nelson Bay Foreshore, Nelson Bay
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Catamaran Night.
Price
$139.00 Price Range Per Person
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