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Published September 29th 2013
Free to join and a free cruise for kids upon joining
Have any of your kids had the experience of steering a cruise boat? Would they be interested, too? If yes, you'd be interested to know that they can have this opportunity at Captain Cook Cruises, free of charge.
Aye, aye, Captain
Captain Cook Cruises is a familiar name and sight for any Perth dweller as their ticket counter holds a prominent place at Barrack Jetty and their cruise boats are often seen moored just beyond.
What I did not know until quite recently is that they have a special offering for any Western Australian children aged 4-14 years old who care to join, namely their Kids Club. It's free to join, so when I heard about this I thought why not and went to the Captain Cook Cruises website to investigate further.
a member's card (attached to a lanyard, very thoughtful considering how difficult it is to ask a child to hold on to a card)
a voucher for a free cruise for the child (with accompanying adult at child price) at their 2.15pm cruise
a letter describing the benefits of Kids' Club member, among others the opportunity to have a free cruise at least once a year during the child's birthday week
The process to book the free cruise was quite straightforward. We handed over the vouchers, picked a Saturday for the cruise, and paid for the accompanying adult tickets. At child price it was $20 per person at the time of writing. We were told to remember to bring the Kids' Club member cards on the cruise day, as with the member cards, the kids would be allowed to join the captain for some time during the cruise.
The designated Saturday dawned cloudy and windy, but luckily no rain. We went on board a few minutes before the cruise was scheduled to leave Barrack Jetty. After waiting for some time to be offered to join the captain with no luck, we decided to take the initiative to ask; and good on us, as they immediately welcomed us into the wheelhouse. The captain and his first mate made the kids feel welcomed, gave them some explanations about cruising, and even allowed them to try their hand at steering the cruise boat. This experience was really a treat for my nine year old, however my five year old was soon bored of all the talking about knots and whatnot (the only knots she understood being the ones she accidentally made when trying to tie a ribbon).
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When the cruise neared Fremantle, the captain politely told us to "go away" as the crew would be busy docking the boat. The cruise stopped at Fremantle to allow passengers to disembark and embark. On the way back from Fremantle, we were allowed to join the captain again but decided to become normal tourists, relaxing, enjoying the view, the breeze, and the complimentary tea and coffee on board. There was even wine tasting on board with biscuits to accompany the variety of wine offered.
Overall, the cruise lasted 2.5 hours and we arrived back at Barrack Jetty just before 5 pm. The kids took a quick spin at the new playground there to close a very well-spent afternoon indeed.