Yesterday was one of those extraordinary summer days we randomly get mid-winter here in the Cape. The 30 degree temps had Capetonians zeroing in on all the glorious open spaces that the Mother City has to offer. From mountain trails to beaches, wine farms, parks and all that lie between and beyond, everyone was celebrating the great outdoors. I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to go on a two hour cruise aboard Mirage760, the largest (and most handsome) catamaran moored at the V&A behind the Two Oceans Aquarium.
The 76 foot yacht is a beauty. It’s spaciously designed and the stylish minimalist white and glass interior gives an air of understated luxury. The owners and crew are warm and welcoming and you know the minute you step off terra firma that you’re in excellent hands. Glass of bubbly in hand, I kicked off my shoes, plopped against a soft cushion and watched as the vessel eased out of the harbour, past the ambling crowds on the wharf, and onto the open sea. The bay was as smooth as glass, not a ripple. Utter perfection.
Everyone knows I’m addicted to this city but every time I get to see it from afar, I’m amazed and inspired all over again….that skyline of Devils Peak, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lions Head…it’s just magnificent.
The catamaran glided effortlessly through the water, engines thrumming softly and then, the best thing ever – two Southern Right whales surfaced lazily in front of us, blowing a misty spray into the air and then slipping back under the swell, showing off their flukes as they disappeared. There were tiny dolphins too, darting about at high speed next to us before I lost sight of them and a penguin, bobbing about all on his own in the middle of the ocean. Could the day have been more perfect? I think not.
People tend to think these types of cruises are only for the posh set and that an excursion costs the earth but think again good people. A 2 hour cruise with a welcome drink on arrival will cost you only R300pp – it’s a fabulous winter-only offer. Summertime prices are very good as well so email firstname.lastname@example.org for the lowdown on prices for day sailing, sunset cruises and events. I mean what a superb venue for a special occasion!
Get a dose of nautical luxury in Table Bay aboard the sleek Mirage760. Thank me later.
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