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City of Darwin Cruises (CDC) business model has always focused on enjoying the Marine ecology and environment of Northern Australia mostly around Darwin harbour combined with sailing.
City of Darwin Cruises commenced doing sunset sailing cruises in Darwin in 2002 with a Seawind 1000.
City of Darwin Cruises commenced operating daytime, sunset cruises and overnighters on Darwin Harbour in February 2002 with the sailing catamaran, EcoVenture, a SeaWind 1000.
In March 2004, Les and Leslee purchased a 38 foot Crowther Seafire sailing catamaran (Cherry Pie) which has max 20 on Harbour day trips.
In 2004 CDC commenced an accreditation scheme with Ecotourism Australia, this was completed in 2007. CDC products are Ecotourism accredited.
In June 2007 City of Darwin Cruises purchased a brand new sailing catamaran, a SeaWind 1050 Resort (EcoCity), specifically designed for the tourism market which has a capacity of 30 pax. This vessel has a fully covered area and cushioned seating for passenger comfort and is one of the very few specifically designed for tourists and locals.
A luxury Seawind 1160 catamaran (Ecosafari) replaced the Seawind 1000, Ecoventure in November 2007. This luxury vessel provided daytime, sunset and overnight luxury day sailing on Darwin Harbour and Bynoe Harbour and was used for luxury small number dinner cruises and charters. (max 12 people).
From 2007 the business moved to Cullen Bay where licences are required for each vessel to operate, along with charges on lock exits for commercial vessels.
Cruises depart Cullen Bay for the harbour and sail (may need to motor if the winds are not strong) to a mangrove estuary (half day tour) within the harbour, (during the summer season Sept to April, due to winds and tides there may be a variation to the route).
The business offers a uniquely different sunset or daytime experience on sailing catamarans with a great platform for wildlife viewing and low carbon footprint under sail. A completely different harbour journey to other operators; as every cruise provides ecologically focussed experience.
Following a 2015 full business review CDC decided to sell 2 cats and engage and purchase from Seawind, a Seawind 1160 Resort which would be built in Vietnam. The Seawind 1160 Resort is similar but larger than the 30 pax Ecocity.
CDC decided to enhance current products with experiences that emphasise the North Australian History of European and Asian contact and trade with the indigenous people. The trade routes across the Timor Sea are as important today as they were in the 1600’s with European ships, Macassan, and Chinese traders.
City of Darwin Cruises provide an unique Darwin Harbour sailing and wildlife history eco certified experience.