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Published February 7th 2022
Discover what it's like to be a guest on Below Deck
if you've ever dreamed of being one of those fabulous people on Below Deck, living the dream on a fancy yacht, but don't quite have the budget to get there, then have I got a treat for you.
Rottnest Cruises operate a Luxe Island Seafood Cruise around Rottnest between October and March, where you can truly feel like you're on your own episode of Below Deck!
I recently got to experience this special day out for myself and I was definitely not disappointed. With the cruise departing from Rottnest at 11:30am, my friend and I got the early ferry from Hillarys (45 minutes) and had enough time before the cruise for a short stroll around the island after an obligatory coffee stop.
The first part of the 4-hour Luxe Island Seafood Cruise involves heading to the cray pots around Rottnest and seeing if there are any fresh Western Rock lobsters inside.
You can even have a go at pulling up the pots if you like – and the job is made a lot easier thanks to the mechanical pulley system they have, so don't miss out on this if you think you're not strong enough.
The food on board the Luxe Island Seafood Cruise is mind-blowing. As we boarded, we were welcomed with a deliciously refreshing lychee blossom gin cocktail and an accompanying fresh tropical fruit platter was served alongside.
The following courses included Mandurah Blue Swimmer crab cakes, with kaffir lime and zesty chutney, Seared West Australian sea scallops in lush lemon butter, with side salad greens and fresh, crusty artisan bread and butter, and Freshly-caught Rottnest Island Western Rock Lobster cooked in garlic butter, served with fragrant rice and green papaya salad.
A full selection of local wines, beers, soft drinks and water is included in your luxe seafood cruise experience as well.
Some of the courses are served while you're cruising around Rottnest, but the mains are served long table style while parked up in one of the many gorgeous bays dotted around the island.
The Luxe Island Seafood Cruise with Rottnest Cruises offers a once in a lifetime experience for food lovers and ocean lovers, and if you're looking for a magical day out in Perth or a gift experience for someone special in your life, I think you'd be hard-pressed to beat this.
You can book a half-day cruise which just includes the Luxe Island Seafood Cruise, or a full day package which includes your Rottnest Ferry transfers as well. Cruises operate from October to March, Thursdays to Sundays. Rates start from $279 per adult – and are worth every cent, believe me!