My sister-in-law decided she would like to try a wine tasting, river cruise for her birthday. She spent about 2 seconds twisting my rubber arm, my hubby and I joined her and my brother for the day.
The cruise started at Barrack Street Jetty and cruised up the Swan River toward Swan Valley. The Captain Cook Cruise started with tea and muffins and commentary on various places of interest allong the river. It was immediately relaxing, (a day without the kids always is!). We watched the riverside slowly pass by and admired the georgeous homes. I really started to relax as the first of many wine tastings arrived. Accompanied by a do it yourself cheese platter. We tried wines from Sitella, Watersedge and Pinelli. The boys were a little annoyed though, they were not allowed to order a beer till later on in the cruise.We then cruised up to Sandalford Winery for self-serve wine tastings. Slightly dangerous but fun to try the different wines and port. A merry saunter back to the boat then on to Watersedge Winery for lunch. Caversham house Gardens looked beautiful from the boat. My brother and sister-in-law were married there, nice memories.
The dinning room had the atmosphere of a wine cellar with candles and limestone walls providing a warm comfortable feel. I had the linguine with roast pumpkin and rocket, chilli and feta. they forgot the pumpkin and it was a bit dry. Bro had the barramundi, which he assured me was quite good. I tried hubby’s chicken and mash, it was tasty, I was a little jealous.
A little merrier again we hopped aboard the boat and cruised back to the city. We enjoyed unlimited wines from the wine tasting selection. Entertainment was provided by the boat staff singing karaoke, it was pretty ordinary. By that stage we had enough wine in us that we did not care and were happy singing along.
At 4:45pm, we arrived back at the jetty and back to reality. An enjoyable cruise however, if you are interested in visiting more wineries, a bus tour might be more suitable. For the $157 a head I expected a little more.