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A Night on of River with Captain Cook Cruises

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Published December 3rd 2012
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be treated to a night on the Swan River with a Captain Cook Cruise.

Our cruise was one of the longest I'd heard of, boarding at 7.30pm and arriving back at 11.30pm. Truthfully before this event, I was a little sceptical about a four hour cruise. What were we going to do, spend the first couple of hours chit-chatting and then spend the rest of the night staring at our phones? However, I was happily contradicted.

I'd heard that boarding at 7.30pm meant on the dot, so all of us had arrived well and truly early to avoid 'missing the boat'. We attempted to board at 7.20pm, and were directly turned away and told to return at 7.30pm. So much for the early bird….

On our outbound journey, the service of alcohol (in our case beer, wine, and cider; see Captain Cook Cruises for specific availabilities) and hors d'ouerves . I was impressed by the alcohol selection, which extended to Coronas, Little Creatures Pale Ales, and 5 Seeds Cider. Beverages were readily available at the bar for the majority of the cruise.

Beverage selection
Source: Captain Cook Cruises (WA)

The hor d'ouerves felt a bit hit and miss. The sushi platters and spring rolls were a definite success. The platter of olives was theoretically popular, except when it came to the reality of what to do with the pips. The pâté was largely a miss.

My person favourite part of the evening, was vessel's dance floor and the disk jockey that came with it. The DJ was pretty good once the hours wore on a tad. But then again, who knows if we'd have been so inclined to dance so early in the night, and with so little alcohol. However, once we'd warmed up and the DJ truly started pumping the tunes, it was excellent; and inspired most of our party to hit the dance floor.

As for the negative part of the evening, that would hands down be the bathrooms. There are one male and one female bathroom at the rear of the boat. With the combination of liquor and the size of our party, this meant that for many portions of the evening there was a continuous line for the bathroom. Also, the bathrooms can get very messy, very quickly. Be advised, for some passengers the combination of copious amounts of liquor and a moving boat may not be ideal, in more ways than one.

Overlooking that, it was a sensational evening. The view of the Perth skyline from the river is pretty amazing. Most parties generally continue on The Lucky Shag, on the Barrack Street Jetty afterwards.

Perth Skyline at night
Source: Mark Ryan/Wikimedia Commons

Parking is available at the Barrack Street Jetty, but at a significant price. Alternatively try walking from the Esplanade Train Station.

For the coming season Captain Cook Cruises have speciality cruises available for New Years Eve, Australia Day, and Valentines' Day.

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