shearwater cruise boatIt was with due pomp and ceremony that Shearwater last week launched its newly refurbished signature boats to take us into an anticipated busy season of soothing sunset cruises. The often unsung land crew who work in the Shearwater shipyard on Teak Road, have been labouring away to ensure all guests who forthwith slip anchor, do so with increasing comfort, indulgence and safety.

Lower and upper decks have been freshly carpeted. The ceiling of the upper deck has been finished with eco friendly iso board as opposed to roughly hewn fibre glass. Tables have now been enriched with white linen table cloths, adding a little touch of grandeur as guests await the clink clink fizz of a refreshing gin and tonic or ice cold Zambezi beer. On leaving the jetty, the brand new 4 stroke engines and latest hydraulic steering ensure a quieter and smoother cruise as the craft and crew head downstream.

Once midstream the advantages of having a highly rated restaurant in town (Rainforest Cafe) becomes self evident, as the delicious snacks that are served, are prepared by the same chefs and are of a quality way beyond the expectations of most customers.

It’s not just hardware and hors d’oeuvres though. The entire crew have undergone extensive training to really enhance levels of service, facilitate interaction with guests, and animate the whole nature of the cruise with commentary and insights where appropriate. Separate ladies and gents loos –2 for each, and no unseemly hand pumps for flushing – all fully automatic.

The serenity and tranquillity of those sublime Zambezi sunset cruises just got a whole lot better.

From : Shearwater Victoria Falls

13 August 2014