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Port AdVenture Cruises making a difference supporting our community

We now have our very own radio program - “Talking Entertainment with Dave and Elsa” every Wednesday evening from 8.00pm on 2WAY FM Hastings Community Radio 103.9!

2WAY FM has been around for 100 years. But I'll tell you what, they do such a good service for the community, they get people like us that are not experienced or professional radio announcers involved with their own programs,” David, owner Port AdVenture Cruises

“ You've got commitments like any radio station with your content, you've got to play commercials for the sponsors, the news, the weather, we read all that. And then in between all the commitments to the station, we talk about what's happening in our region, events. Last week, we had the General Manager of Majestic Cinemas in the studio. We talked about everything, movies and about how he started the business,” Elsa, owner Port AdVenture Cruises.

Want to chat with Elsa and Dave on the radio?

If you have an event, a great venue or tourist facility you want to chat about, contact Elsa here. She will take your details and go from there. We envision interviewing 3 to 4 people every week on our program, and best of all, it’s free to be included!

The program will not only feature lively banter and interesting interviews, but will also highlight things to do and see across the beautiful Port Macquarie-Hastings and Camden Haven regions.

Supporting our community

Port AdVenture Cruises believes in supporting the entire community and helping other businesses. We have faced challenges like COVID, bushfires, floods, and the current global conflicts. Despite this, we believe in enjoying life and taking it as it comes.

Our radio program will not only talk about our own product but also aim to help everyone in the community. Elsa's involvement with the Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association allows us to continue our mission of helping others. The Tourism Board helps businesses promote themselves and their endeavours, focusing on those that benefit the entire community. Our radio program will bring a mix of history, education, and entertaining conversations.

Challenges as a small business

As a small business in the tourism industry, Port AdVenture Cruises has faced and overcome various challenges in recent years. Despite the difficulties of COVID, floods, and fires, we have seen an increase in business. People are now more inclined to go out, have fun, and spend quality time with their loved ones. As we enter the busy season, advanced bookings are looking promising.

However, the costs for Port AdVenture Cruises have also risen. Instead of raising prices significantly, we have chosen to keep them down. We believe that it's better to make a smaller profit than to have no customers at all. We understand that many businesses are facing similar challenges, such as higher fuel costs and increased loan payments. There is a need to balance the positives and negatives and navigate through these tough times. Our goal is to ride out the challenges and continue providing enjoyable experiences for our customers.

Cruisin' forward

We prioritise repeat customers and ensuring that everyone who comes on board The Rhythmboat has a fun and enjoyable experience.

We are proud of our friendly staff, excellent hospitality, and a commitment to keeping everyone happy. Running a boat business is not always smooth cruising. We have to comply with various authorities and regulations, such as AMSA and maritime food and liquor licensing. Managing these requirements takes a significant amount of time and effort. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved.

As small business owners, we love what we do and are determined to continue for many years.

Brilliant Online Magazine | Port AdVenture Cruises

Read our full article on Brilliant-Online here.

About Port AdVenture Cruises, Port Macquarie

Come meet the Rhythmboat, a stunning white luxury catamaran that is the largest and most impressive one to ever grace the waters of the Hastings River.

Our cruises along the Hastings River make for a unique and captivating experience with each passing season and the beautiful changes in the scenery along the river. We also offer Private Parties with personalized service, catering to up to 150 guests. You have the freedom to choose your own catering and entertainment, ensuring a truly memorable event.

At Port AdVenture Cruises, safety is our top priority. We strictly adhere to regulations, conducting yearly inspections and maintaining compliance with safety management systems. Regular safety drills are also conducted to ensure the well-being of our passengers.

Embarking on a cruise aboard the Rhythmboat offers a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the warm and inviting Australian culture that we hold dear. So, are you ready to come aboard and experience the magic for yourself? We can't wait to welcome you!


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