Your Skippers On Board Imagine Cruises
Imagine is an exciting vessel to work on and has attracted some very experienced captains and crew. All Imagine Cruises skippers are fully qualified and very experienced ships masters, personable, approachable, well-informed and passionate about the local Port Stephens environment. Together with the crew of Imagine they will look after your safety and comfort and give you a friendly and fascinating interpretation of the Australian NSW Mid North Coast environment and the complex behaviour of the dolphins and whales that are the stars of the show.
Imagine Cruises’ principals, Captains Yves Papin and Frank Future are both naturalists, deeply committed to the protection of dolphins and whales and their marine environment. Frank is currently secretary of Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia and an official observer at the annual International Whaling Commission meetings.
About the Vessel – Imagine Cruises Nelson Bay
Imagine Cruises impressive 15.8 metre Ocean sailing catamaran of Crowther design began operating in 1996. Purpose designed as a model for eco-tourism with input from Newcastle University Tourism and Leisure Studies experts. Imagine was designed to give tour and functions guests a true sense of sailing on a large state of the art large luxury yacht and professionally built under survey in Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW Australia by Frank and Yves together with Jervis Bay Catamarans.
Imagine was built using modern lightweight construction methods to enable her to sail well with a full guest compliment. Carrying over 100 meters of working sail she can achieve speeds in excess of 15 knots and motor up to 11 knots under power of two 105 horsepower Nissan diesels. Imagine’s inherent safety and stability is achieved by bulb bows and an extreme beam of 9 metres and her draft of just 1 metre enables operation in Port Stephens shallowest waters.
Designed For Comfort – Optimal Eco-tourism Adventure Experience
Imagine Cruises’ main focus is to provide the best possible venue for a factual and personal interpretation of the rich and diverse natural environment of Port Stephens on the NSW Mid North Coast of Australia via our various cruises on offer. Imagine Cruises achieved the first official accreditation as a Marine Eco-Tour operator in Port Stephens and one of the first in New South Wales.
The construction of Imagine reflects this outward nature focus providing safe and easy access and panoramic 360 degree viewing from a single level wrap around main deck. For those guests that want to get wet or closer to the action – a close and exciting encounter with the dolphins can be achieved from the side-mounted boom net or the bowsprit net.
Imagine Cruises has a guest capacity for up to 60 passengers inshore and 48 offshore. Cruise boat features include a covered deck area providing ample shade from the sun for 40 outside seats and a vast saloon below decks with table seating for 20 and a licensed bar, library and BBQ area. Imagine Cruises is an ideal venue for weddings, functions and private charters as well as daily cruising, dolphin and whale watching in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens and offshore.
Accessible & Family Friendly Tours in Port Stephens – Mid North Coast NSW
Capable of long ocean crossings, Imagine Cruises’ luxury yacht is very safe and stable – suited to people of all ages. There is room to fit prams in the main cabin or on deck and special life jackets for the very young are available. With its single level main deck and handrails higher than recommended and incorporating an extra intermediate rail Imagine is both comfortable and safe for families.
Having friends with disabilities, Imagine Cruises wanted to create a wheel chair friendly access, but being a sailing boat this has been more difficult than previously thought. Still people with disabilities are very welcome, our crew are experienced and the boarding is easy – it is just a few steps that separate the dock from the “queen seat” at the stern and toilet facilities close by.
Imagine Cruises – A Popular Port Stephens Tour Operator
Whether you come from overseas or Australia you can be assured of a friendly welcome from Imagine’s crew. Over the years Imagine has attracted a number of regulars who enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our diverse cruises. They have brought family, friends and visitors on the boat on many occasions to share special time with them.
Many people come on-board after a recommendation from friends. Imagine Cruises specialise in independent travellers and rarely take large groups on scheduled cruises, so you can be assured that the atmosphere will be open, friendly and personal.
The feedback from guests has helped to make Imagine what it is today – a truly genuine, memorable and friendly eco-tourism experience.