See Table Mountain from the incredible perspective that mariners have had for four hundred years! An exciting adventure aboard Waterfront Charters unique Esperance, a twin-masted schooner that brings alive the essence of true sailing. Spend an exciting hour in Table Bay: ride the yacht’s bowsprit and enjoy spectacular views with the wind in your hair. With sunken seating areas below the deck line – both forward and behind the cabin – to offer some protection from the elements as well as a covered refreshment area it’s an hour of maritime magic!
The Waterfront Charters 60 minute ‘Cruise under Sail’ across Table Bay is the perfect way to see Table Mountain and Cape Town’s Atlantic shoreline. Leaving from the V&A Waterfront, the routing is weather dependent; either to Milnerton and back if the south-easter is blowing, or towards Robben Island in north-westerly wind conditions. With either option, you’ll experience the excitement and thrills of sailing in Table Bay aboard one of Waterfront Charters beautiful yachts – with chilled refreshments aboard it’s the perfect way to spend an hour.
VARIATION TO CRUISE (DUE TO WEATHER) For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbour for a Harbour Day Cruise or a Harbour Lights Cruise. This safety feature is a perfect alternative, offering magical views of the harbour, Cape Town and Table Mountain and in the evening the lights of Cape Town and the harbour. In extreme conditions, the skipper will take every aspect into account, and even stay dockside to ensure the safety of the passengers.
Good to know
- Do take medication beforehand if you have previously experienced motion sickness
- A fully licensed cash bar is available
- In the unlikely event that the primary boat for this cruise is unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to utilize an alternative vessel for this experience. Be assured that Waterfront Charters will always make every possible effort to ensure that the advertised vessel is available. Some Cruises do not have a dedicated boat for the cruise and rely on a pool of available vessels at Waterfront Charters to cover fluctuations in weather, seasonal passenger numbers and planned maintenance.
- 1 hour cruise
- Any additional drinks and food are excluded from the price
- Jacket for winter months
- Comfortable clothing
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Jeff was AWESOME! Very friendly and accommodating. He takes amazing pictures! Did I mention the free sparkling wine or juice? I felt like I was in a titanic before it sank, obviously 🙄 lol.
Great experience. Amazing crew. Good music!!!
Our cruise was first class from start to an extended end. Booking online was convenient and easy and we were informed by WhatsApp where to go and what to do. The crew were friendly and created a good vibe. Kudos to the captain who changed course to allow us to get close up, and without frightening, to a whale family that were spotted out in the bay. Everyone around us enjoyed this unexpected sight. The return to harbour, under a full moon, felt like it was with close friends A pleasant surprise was to get a refund as promised for a young passenger that we had paid full fare for, a few days after the cruise.
The lack of organization is a poor start to the entire experience.
You are told to queue at 4:15 for boarding, but there is no staff present to regulate the queue, so regardless of how punctual you are, you are crushed in a mass when boarding begins.
The crew are unapologetic, to the point of being rude.
Although the boat is large in appearance there is limited seating outside of the enclosed cabin. There are more people who want to sit in the open air than the boat can accommodate.
Despite being first in the queue, in the ensuing crush, we were told there is no longer space on the upper deck.
Too bad - is the attitude.
If we wanted to sit outside of the cabin, we were told to sit at the back of the boat in front of the engines.
Only when we were overwhelmed by engine fumes, then suddenly, "space" became available on the upper deck and we were allowed up.
If you don't mind standing for the hour trip, with no social distancing, blaring music and smoke (engine and cigarette) then this is your booze cruise.
If you are hoping for serene appreciation of nature and the ocean, it is not.
I would not recommend it to my friends and did not enjoy the interaction with the crew or the overall experience.
This was great experience. We did ocean safari. Always ask for deal got good savings. Crew was great!
They lied about being able to accommodate us and made us wait in the sun and told us they can't refund us. Staff was extremely rude.
I will not recommend this service.
Online booking was easy. And I think the hour and a bit cruise was good value for money.
It's a lovely trip out of the V&A Waterfront and around Granger Bay. The times for departure is adjusted according to the season's sunset hour. The staff are incredibly friendly. We received two glasses of sparkling wine each (not champagne). But that's no fault of the Charter company as most South Africans term our sparkling wines "champagne".
One must remember to take along a jacket or blanket, as it gets very cold, very quickly.
The trip is very smooth, so there's little chance of feeling sea sick.
Had a wonderful time on Serenity One with my friends. The crew was amazing - and so funny, very entertaining. Felt like we had our own personal Tour Guide onboard. Thank you for a WONDERFUL cruise.
We really had a great time! The boat itself is comfortable and well maintained. The Crew however made all the difference!! One can see that they love what they do, and go out of their way to make this experience a fun one for the adults and the youngsters onboard. We enjoyed some drinks while cruising the coastline, and spotted not only Seals but Dolphins too, much to the delight of our toddler who had his very first boat ride out onto the ocean. Will be back soon!😅
What a fun experience. We took the 1hr boat trip around the harbour. It was very pleasant and out tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Great family outing
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The guest can cancel free of charge until 24 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 24 hours before arrival.
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The beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline from the comfort of our kayaks is unrivalled. Dolphins, seals, penguins, Sunfish and occasionally whales frequent our Cape Town.