Sunday, April 10, 2016

Port Princess Dolphin Cruise

When Scoopon offered a deal for a "magical 2 hour dolphin cruise with lunch and a drink on Port River" at a very affordable price, who was I to resist? At only $49 for 4 people, it was a perfect idea for a double date.
Arrived at Port Adelaide on a sunny day
When and Where

We went in the middle of March on a very hot day and we were booked in for a 1:30 PM cruise (other options include 11 AM and 3:30 PM). The cruise departs from the front of Fishermen's Wharf, Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, SA 5015.

I think I read somewhere that the best time to go on a dolphin cruise is between February-April but the truth is, a dolphin cruise will NOT be able to guarantee you of dolphin sighting.


What to Expect

I came prepared with low expectations as I had already read some negative feedback regarding the cruise online but I went determined to have fun anyway. Unfortunately, those negative comments were on point, but I had fun anyway!
Boarding the Port Princess Dolphin Cruise
It seemed that the people who opted not to have lunch on the cruise were seated on the upper deck with the open air and the ones with a lunch coupon were seated in the lower deck. The lower deck was air conditioned and had a tiny bar where you could order drinks, food and dessert.


For lunch, we had a choice between chicken/beef schnitzel, calamari, battered fish, chicken nuggets, and vegetable spring rolls with a side of chips and salad, plus a softdrink. While the food was ordinary, I can't complain as it was considerably cheap. However, with the size of their preparation area, they could only serve a few tables at a time. We ended up getting our meals around 30 minutes before the cruise ended. We finished just in time for the staff to rush in cleaning up (to prepare for the 3:30 PM cruise, I presume).


The lower deck was small enough for us to clearly see outside the windows even though we weren't seated right next to it. Before the boat left the dock, we saw 2 dolphins swimming. They weren't playing or jumping and they didn't appear again for the rest of the cruise. Although that was disappointing, I was happy enough to have at least spotted SOMETHING. Lol. As the cruise continued on, there was an "informative on-board commentary", which was not audible at all over the poor sound system. Needless to say, I did not learn any information from the commentary.

The Cost

Normally at around $8 per person without food, we availed of this cruise through Scoopon at a good bargain.

The Verdict

Like I said, I came with low expectations so I didn't mind the simple food, poor sound system and only 2 minor dolphin sightings. I personally enjoyed having lunch on a short cruise with good friends. For tourists who are only visiting Adelaide with limited time, I would suggest to skip this altogether and include other places in your Travel Adelaide itinerary instead. But for locals who are looking for a different activity, I personally felt that this is a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends and family. Spend the rest of your day roaming around Fishermen's Wharf afterwards and maybe find a gem of a buy or two.

Dress - Cotton On, Sandals - Shoe Shed

Have you been on a dolphin cruise before?

Always,
Jeanne
 
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97 comments:

  1. This dress is so lovely !
    I love it.
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  2. Such a pretty dress
    It screams spring look

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  3. Nice pictures

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  4. Overall, it sounds like a relatively good experience especially since it wasn't very pricey to begin with. :]

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  5. What a cute dress,beautiful! :)
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  6. Your pink dress is so cute! Looks like you guys are having a great time
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  7. Goodness this is so incredibly cool! Want to do this one day as well! Also you look incredibly, such a lovely dress!
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  8. Aww, your dress is so pretty! I've never been on a dolphin cruise before, but I'd love to go one day! Sounds like you had a pretty good time despite not actually seeing many dolphins - like you said, at least you got a chance to hang out and have a good time with your friends, and that's what matters! <3

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  9. This looks so fun, and I love your dress!

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  10. What a fun day! You look lovely
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  11. Love your dress! And I've never been on a dolphin cruise, hopefully in the future! :)

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  12. your dress simpky looks amazing *_*
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  13. You look darling! That off the shoulder dress is so chic!
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  14. At least you had a great time with your friends. Would have been curious to see the food!

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  15. you are such a cutie

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  16. Looks like it was such a fun time, and I love your dress!

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  17. estas bellisima, me gusta mucho tu estilo, un beso

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  18. Sounds like a fun day out and at least you got a small sighting of a dolphin! xx

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  19. This looks like so much fun! Love the pink off the shoulder top.

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  20. You look so pretty !
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  21. I need your dress!! Too bad we don't have a Cotton On here :(

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  22. Sounds like you had fun. xx
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  23. Sorry that those negative reviews were right, but glad you still enjoyed your time spent with good friends :) You look beautiful in that dress, girl! Such a great shade of pink.

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  24. Glad you made the most out of the cruise! Overall, it sounds like a wonderful experience!

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  25. Looks like you had a lot of fun and cut dress too! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  26. Want to do this one day as well :) it sounds like a wonderful experience!you look so pretty dear :) Have a great weekend ! x
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  27. I think I went on a similar short cruise before too. But the one I went on was not as nice as yours! There wasn't any food, and it was so windy that day the boat was rocking a lot. I agree, this kind of short cruise is a great way to spend a couple hours with friends. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. That's an awesome deal! Glad you were able to take advantage of it. And you look beautiful in that dress. =)

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  29. You're so gorgeous! And that looks like fun :D
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  30. Too bad the experience wasn't so good. You look lovely!
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  31. Cute post! it seems like you had a wonderful time! :)
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  32. What a lovely trip!!! Your pink dress is gorgeous!



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  33. Traveling with the right companions do make the trip enjoyable! Amazing photos you have in this post, Jeanne :)

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  34. You look adorable and seem to have had a nice time with your friends!

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  35. I LOVE your dress. Work it girl! Glad to hear you had fun!

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  36. You look gorgeous in that dress. xx

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  37. That dress is so pretty! It's so perfect for a cruise!

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  38. First, you look adorable! And it sounds like nothing too fancy and seems like all a pretty low quality of a cruise. However, I think it doesn't matter as long as you had fun with your friends! Always important to make the best of it :)

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  39. Love the dress!

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  40. Love the bright pink dress you wore! You look wonderful. I'm so sorry to hear the cruise was disappointing but I'm happy to know you had a wonderful time with friends <3

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  42. I'm a fan of scoopon too as I've scored quite a number of yummy meals and great deals for a good price. Your dress is so cute, looking great in it.

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  43. I haven't been to this place before, but sure wouldn't mind. You look amazing in that dress. Love it!!

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  44. Ah, too bad you only saw two dolphins. I was on a whale watching cruise once and didn't see much, but being out on a boat is pretty nice by itself.

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  45. Such interesting pictures! You make me want to take a vacation soon and that dress looks lovely on you!
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  46. Nice dress!
    xx

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  47. I've never gone on a dolphin cruise before but I have gone whale watching! Sounds like it was a great double date :) Plus the price is unbeatable!

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  48. Nice post Jeanne...the dress is so cute, especially the shade you chose! Kisses
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  49. Aw, this sounds so fun! I absolutely love your off-shoulder dress as well. Great photos!

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  50. Love the refreshing outfit! Wish I've more time to drop by........ xoxo

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  51. Amazing pics!

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  52. That pink dress looks lovely <3
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  53. I've never been on a dolphin cruise before. Seems like they have some kinks to work out in their cruise, haha. Glad you had fun though, you look so pretty!

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  54. It really does sound like the perfect double date and your dress is beautiful!


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  55. You look lovely, that dress is stunning on you. Also, what a cute way to have a double date! On the water, in the sun.. perfection!

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  56. It's a shame you didn't get to see the dolphins properly, that would have been incredible, but at least you still had a nice time!

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  57. How fun! You look super cute...love the dress!

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  58. Such a shame this wasn't up to much but at least you didn't go with high expectations and great you got to spend time with your friends :) X

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  59. I have never been to one!
    Loving the dress!!
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  60. Hi Jeanne! Sorry to hear that some aspects of the cruise were disappointing, and there weren't many dolphin sightings. But at least you had a fun time with your friends. Your outfit is lovely too, pink suits you a lot!

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  61. I've never been on a dolphin cruise, shame you only have two minor sightings though :(

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  62. Thanks for sharing your trip! I adore your off the shoulder dress!

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  63. I havant been on a dolphin cruise myself, but I always wondered how they would guarantee dolphins, they are wild animals after all. I guess if you are with good friends, anything can be fun.

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  64. Oh, it seems like a lot of fun :) You look lovely with that pink dress :)

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  65. Stopping by again, this time to wish you a very happy Wednesday!

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  66. That’s so cheap for four people! Too bad it wasn’t that great but lucky you didn’t get your hopes up about it. It looks like it still made for a nice thing to do.

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  67. You look beautiful in the pink dress.

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  68. Nice post))

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  69. Thanks a lot, my dear :D

    You look sooo amazing :D
    Love this color :D

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  70. so awesome cruise , you look so cute in this dress.
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  72. Such a pretty dress
    Looks like a great family trip

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  73. I think I'd be quite disappointed if I didn't see dophins on a dolphin cruise :D But it does sound like quite a nice getaway :) I hope you had a great time anyways :) x

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  74. I once went on a whale watching trip in Cape Cod with my husband, and we saw quite a few whales!:) It was so much fun; they were playing and weren't afraid of the boat at all.
    Sorry to hear that you didn't see many dolphins though; it's true that you never know if they are going to show up. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing and have a great Sunday:)

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  75. Shame the cruise wasn't the best but at least you had a good time with your friends and got to see a couple of dolphins :)

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  76. too bad you were a bit disappointed, it's a good thing you were with friends. You look so pretty in rose pink <3

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  77. Your dress is amazing! You look so pretty and look like you had an amazing time <3

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  78. Sounds like a great day and your dress is so lovely! :)

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  79. This sounds like an experience to be enjoyed with good company, as then the food/sightings don't matter quite as much! You look so gorgeous in this dress, by the way! :)

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  80. you look so cute

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  81. I haven't been there but if it's worth, I'll try once I come to Aussie. By the way, nice off shoulder dress <3

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  82. I really like your dress, dear and sounds like you spent amazing time with your friend during that cruise :)

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  83. I really like your dress, dear and sounds like you spent amazing time with your friend during that cruise :)

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  85. Glad to hear you enjoyed the time with your friends, despite everything else! Cute dress, too.

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  86. Beautiful photos.
    Love your dress.

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