A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published May 13th 2014
Spoil yourself with luxury upon the sparkling blue of Sydney
Champagne, sunshine, and luxury upon sparkling blue waters - cheers to the most perfect way to have spent last Sunday!
Seaduced private yacht was host to my friend's birthday party and for the entirety of our time on-board, we all felt as though we had been swept away from our busy Sydney lives to a luxurious tropical holiday. I guess the fact that my friend made it floral-themed played a big part in enhancing the Hawaiian-feel of our experience.
We had the boat for four heavenly hours, being picked up at 1pm sharp from King Street Wharf in Darling Harbour and being dropped back to the same spot at 5pm. The skipper and the crew were very friendly and were patient with me being a scaredy-cat to take a small jump from the wharf onto the deck at the back of boat. For anyone who may be afraid of of falling into the water, let reassurance come straight from me - the crew is very trustworthy in getting everyone safely onboard. From the word go, they made us feel welcome and completely carefree.
Sailing off into the blue, with flowers in our hair, this private yacht took us out of Darling Harbour under the magnificent Harbour Bridge, and past Sydney's iconic Opera House. Where to next, was completely up to us. We decided to follow the skipper's suggestions as to where some of the prettiest spots by water are.
While the company does offer catering for around $100 more, we went the BYO food and drinks option. We had pizzas and sushi platters set out on buffet for people to nibble on as they desired. The on board wine-cooler was perfect for the drinks we brought along - there was no need to worry about sipping on warm wine or champagne.
The yacht has all the facilities that one would need for a leisurely day-trip and more. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchenette inclusive of a microwave and mini-fridge, an indoor lounging space, and a more outdoorsy lounging space, in which you can open the wind-covers up if you feel like some more sea-breeze and sun on your skin. There is a large set of cutlery, plates, cups, wineglasses and champagne glasses available for you to use. Power-points were available too, and even an iPhone adapter that allowed me to recharge my phone up after we went crazy taking photos. The crew also allowed us to plug our iPhones into the stereo that they had onboard so that we could enjoy cruising to whatever tunes we felt like.
As suggested by the crew, we sailed past the heads towards Manly, getting treated to sights of Point Piper, Watsons Bay, and a good glimpse of the wild Pacific Ocean along the way. Before reaching the ferry terminal we veered into a smaller, more serene bay. There was national parkland, a couple of houses atop the cliffs, and a quiet beach before us. We couldn't get to the beach itself without the boat getting stuck, but this was perfectly fine by us.
Turquoise waters and serene surroundings. The Seaduced experiencecan give you to many picture-perfect backdrops.
On this note, I imagine that if you were to charter this boat in the summertime you would have some perfect opportunities for a dip in the sea whilst in calmer waters such as this. This place where we anchored for a while was so tranquil, and looking at our surroundings really made us feel as though we were holidaying at a secluded island. Amazing feeling, especially since we hadn't really come all that far from the city.
After the Manly alcove, the skipper slowly sailed us through Middle Harbour, toward the Spit Junction. We stopped at some more scenic places along the way (such as the place you can see in the top photo). With the afternoon sun beaming down on us, drinks in hand, and the beautiful views we had before us as we lazed about at the front of the boat, it all felt too perfect to be real.
Every moment surrounded by the sparkling seawater, in the luxurious comfort of the yacht that was ours for a while, made the afternoon even more relaxing and memorable. As we slowly cruised back through Sydney Harbour we were treated to the beautiful golden glow of the late afternoon sun. The cruise was coming to an end shortly, and it honestly felt like we were returning from a holiday away from the city - which starkly contrasted to the natural surrounds we had been amidst.
Sydney Harbour by setting sun. Photo by Monica Zhang.
We hopped off the boat back at King Street Wharf, and with this, the quality of the private charter service was reinforced. They offered to take care of cleaning up our glasses, the crockery that we used, etc. Anything that we didn't need to take with us they'd take care of and they would then go on to make the yacht spotless and ship-shape for the next group of people to enjoy another day. Perhaps this will be you.
And I do highly recommend having a Seaduced experience; it would make for a carefree and great way to celebrate a birthday or any sort of special event. The private charter starts from $550 per hour, however a minimum of three hours - $1650 - must be taken (anything shorter than that will definitely leave you longing for more anyway). Remember that this includes your skipper and crew, the cutlery, crockery, and use of any other of the yacht's facilities.
It was sad to see our Seaduced sail off into the sunset without us, but we were left feeling refreshed and very content with the dreamy day it gave us. Of course, in addition to Seaduced, there are a number of other charter boats that are on offer by Sydney Harbour Escapes. Be sure to check out their website for enquiries and info about pricing and features of the boats.