Listening to music in the car is all well and good, but rocking out at a concert is always so much better. Pizza is awesome, but one could only assume it would taste better in Italy. Like they say in real-estate, it’s all about location. While sunsets are always magical, turn the experience up to eleven and pay R110 for a Sunset Champagne Cruise with the Waterfront Boat Company.
Saddling up a dolphin and going for a ride on the waves would probably be an awesome way to watch the sun take its nightly swim, but a Sunset Champagne Cruise has a few advantages; comfortable surroundings, other people to share the experience with, and no worry of whiplash or soggy clothing. Also, Cape Town is arguably one of the best locations for watching a sunset from the sea, with stunning views of Table Mountain and vistas of the twinkling city lights.
Boat operators with years of experience and a proven safety record also provide a far safer option for exploring your sea-faring roots for an evening. With two different sailing options, you can drift the seas under sail or motor your way along the Atlantic seaboard. The Spirit of Victoria and Esperance both leave the harbour, cutting across Table Bay toward the Milnerton lighthouse, before returning to the protection of Granger Bay. The Condor, Sea Princess and Southern Cross follow a different route, cruising slowly across the seaboard toward Clifton beach.
The Sunset cruise offers the best of both worlds, with sunset-colours that would dazzle even an Impressionistic artist and views of the coastal mountain ranges that will leave even the most jaded speechless. After watching the sun spill its ever fluctuating hue over the early-evening waves like an over-eager paint-slinger, hit up the cash-bar for a romantic sunset beverage before heading back to port.
Cruising fact: A boat company in Boston offers an adventurous take on the usual sunset-cruise by combining boating and roller-coasters. Their small ferry leaves from the top floor of the Monarch hotel – room 1409 – and slides down a large ramp before hitting the waves.