Waterfront cruises to boost Bay’s tourism

2016-11-16 06:00
Locals and tourists will now be able to experience waterfront cruises, the latest addition to the Bay’s tourism offerings. Photo: MORNé DU RANDT

Locals and tourists will now be able to experience waterfront cruises, the latest addition to the Bay’s tourism offerings. Photo: MORNé DU RANDT

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NELSON Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) enthusiastically supported the recent launch of a new venture for locals and tourists to experience in the city that creates enhanced accessibility to the marine tourism offerings.

Stampede Cruises and the Blue Pearl will offer unique excursions that include waterfront cruises, island cruises and more.

“We warmly welcome the addition of new products to the tourism offerings of the city. Through increased unique experiences in the destination the tourism sector can positively contribute to the economic, socio-cultural and environmental growth of our destination,” said the Member of Mayoral Committee over Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture, Andrew Whitfield.

Rod Lochhead, Director of Stampede Cruises, expressed his excitement to share NMB’s unique natural heritage. “Stampede Cruises offers a unique boating experience combining a deep love of nature and conservation with a strong desire to share all that Algoa Bay has to offer with both local and international visitors alike.

“Our chartered tours around Algoa Bay are relaxed and fun with a touch of adventure, exploration and discovery. From the Islands to the sea life, our Bay has something for all,” Lochhead said.

Stampede offers relaxed comfort on board a spacious catamaran, either seated on the sheltered bridgedeck saloon or upfront on the trampoline. Tours will entail an adventurous day out of either a leisure style or responsible conservation style tour where guests have the opportunity to visit St Croix, Jaheel and Brenton Island.

The Blue Pearl offers adventure trips for up to eight passengers around Algoa Bay and this creates awareness for Marine Conservation while affording passengers the opportunity to enjoy the Bay from a unique perspective. The cruise assists to cultivate public support for the Algoa Bay Hope Spot and to promote the ethics and principles thereof.

Morven Maclean, Director of the Blue Pearl advises, “An ideal cruise hugs the coast past Summerstrand to the Cape Recife light house. The way back we pass the Bell Buoy for a quick dip in the sea for the adventurous souls on board. We then head towards King’s Beach in through the harbour. We can then drop you off on the jetty at Algoa Bay Yacht Club or Shisas’ – the South African restaurant in the Harbour – where you can get an instant cold beverage and a snack.”

NMBT CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile, said, “We are excited to collaborate with both products in order to showcase the destination’s unique experiences and natural heritage. The additional experience will attract new visitors and extend the stay and spend leading to greater spend and thriving industry.”

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