Moonshadow Cruises Review
Destination: Port Stephens
The cruise takes about 2.5 hours, leaving from Nelson Bay, around to Shoal Bay and then travels down the bay to Soldiers Point and returns. Venturing outside from the cabin during the cruise at this time of year was a little cool at times, but not too bad. The lights reflecting from the shore was still pleasant and we were were lucky enough to have a beautiful calm night, lots of stars in the sky, and the water was like glass. An added bonus was to have a number of dolphins join us and ride the wake of the boat as we slowly cruised around the bay. We could easily see them as we watched from the standing platform on the bow of the boat as they moved from one side to the other below us.
A highlight was when we were heading east back up the bay nearing the end of the cruise, a bright yellow full moon was rising and its light, plus the lights of Nelson Bay, were reflecting on the glass like water under a clear star filled sky, creating one of those goose bump moments!
Inside the main cabin area is also pleasant, but starting to look a little old and tied in some places. There was a girl providing live entertainment singing cover songs and a few of the other guest on board ventured onto the dance floor. A buffet style dinner is provided with the cruise, this was good but not great, enjoyable but not wonderful. A good selection of drinks is available from the bar on board. The cabin staff were also pleasant, but feel they could engage a little more with those on board. The captain allowed the kids to have a go at steering the boat, which was real treat for them.
We hope to do this cruise again in the warmer months so that we can give an updated review and compare the two experiences.