Welcome to Cruiseability

We offer a unique and boutique cruising operation creating outdoor fun for everyone including the elderly and physically challenged to enjoy. We welcome you on board. Through this web site we aim to open the doors to Port Stephens and its history, with its unique outer islands, marine parks and conservation areas. There are no limits to finding out what nature has to offer.
Wedding Transfers
Arrive at (or depart from) your wedding in style, on our Cruiseability vessel Crown Mary Ellen! You can also use...
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Two hour, more personal dolphin and whale watching experience. Photo and viewing opportunities are all yours without the crowds of...
Commercial Boat Charter Services
Our boat is available for commercial charter including environmental studies, crew transport and wharf maintenance.
We’ll Take You Anywhere Charter
Where do you want to go? Myall River? Fishing? Dolphin watching? Diving trip?
Hawk Nest Golf Club Charter
Fancy a day on the green at Hawks Nest? This is a group charter for golfers or participants with equipment.
Scattering of Ashes
Aa scattering of ashes ceremony at sea is a tranquil way to return to nature in peace.
Broughton Island Transfers
Crown Mary Ellen lll is also available for Broughton Island transfers and pickups to the Myall Lakes National Park at...
Port Stephens Estuary Fishability Cruise
For those of all ages and abilities who love to throw a line in, or tell the story of the...
Bird Watching Charters
Why not enjoy a morning or afternoon tea on the harbour experiencing and observing the amazing bird life diversity that...
High Tea on the Sea
Cruise Duration 1.5 Hours. Morning tea on the harbour. Take in the sea air and explore the world’s leading coal export...

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FAQs

  • Is Cruiseabilty Wheelchair Friendly?

    Yes we are! We also have specialised onboarding facilities and gates on both the side and back of the boat to make getting on and off our vessel easier for those with specialised equipment and mobility aids.

  • Do You Accept Companion Cards?

    Yes we do! We are Companion Card ready. When you enquire please let us know about your Companion Card status and we can accommodate and special requirements you might have.

  • Where can we park?

    There is a public car park adjacent to the Marina but it can get busy in the summer and at weekends. These parking spots are also metered. So if you are going to Broughton Island for a few days you are better off finding street parking in a residential area.

  • Valuables and security?

    Please note that all items brought onto the vessel are their owners’ responsibility.

  • What are the cruise age limits?

    Eight years and upwards, given that their health condition is appropriate to the cruise of choice.  We will try and accommodate those who we think can cope.

  • What if I have a medical condition?

    Please make sure you enter any medical conditions on the form and notify the crew member in charge. We have a lot of experience within the organisation in dealing with different conditions and disabilities.
    On assessment will always attempt to accommodate individuals and get them on the water.

  • How much money should the participants bring?

    If applicable: only the cost of the cruise. There is nowhere for young people to spend money on the vessel, however the D’Albora Marina has a restaurants and bars. There are also take away food outlets. Also the Nelson Bay Fisherman’s Co-op have the freshest seafood in town. There are also shops etc at Tea Gardens.

  • How do I pay for my cruise?

    Prepayment is encouraged when the booking is made via the internet by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and a voucher receipt will be issued that is to be shown on boarding.We do not have the facility to accept card payments. Cheques should be made payable to Cruiseability.

    If you prefer cash payments, the skipper allocated will take the money on the day prior to boarding.
    Schools and Groups will be invoiced directly.

    Please note that sessions may be cancelled at short notice at the discretion of the Skipper only as on the water activities are weather dependent. In this instance we will endeavour to rebook you on a different day. Cancellation later than 48 hours before the session by the participants will still result in full payment being required.

  • Cruise costs?

    Every tour is unique in both numbers and requirement, please contact Cathie on 0420 386 792 for a cruise price.

  • Do I need a life jacket?

    We have true life jackets available for disabled sailors where they are appropriate.

  • What should I wear on the cruise?

    Casual clothing, non-slip footwear, that doesn’t mind getting wet.
It is always colder on the water than it seems on the land so a second layer is recommended even if it seems quite warm.
We also encourage passengers to bring sunscreen, their own hat and sunglasses.

  • Who are the crew?

    Our crews are all qualified to the standards demanded by AMSA. They have first aid training. Their qualifications are kept on record and regularly updated. All cruises are supervised by a senior crew member and in accordance with their requirements.

  • Testimonials

    • Cruisability recently supported our business providing state of the art vessel services for our shore based working crews. Their ability to transport our working parties safely to remote areas of the eastern coastline while providing all amenities and services at short notice was exceptional and professional. John and Cath from Cruiseability not only provided all employee meals and beverages during this period but went beyond our expectations ensuring all employees felt comfortable and safe aboard during varying sea conditions. We would recommend Cruiseability for any form of transportation or support services required at sea or to remote locations involving large numbers of people or specialised requirements. Mario Reballato Divisional Manager - Varley
      Commercial Testimony: Varley
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    • It was a sunny day with a nice light north-easterly breeze blowing as we boarded the Mary Ellen 3 to be greeted by our hosts Kathy and Jonah for a cruise around the Port of Newcastle. The boat was comfortable and the crew very knowledgeable about the Port as Jonah (Capt. Jonah to his friends) had spent a great deal of his life around the harbour in different capacities both on the water and ashore. Kathy had grown up on the water working on her father's oyster leases and sailing. Many interesting sights were pointed out with stories of past and present happenings being told as we cruised around the Port. We were able to get up close to very…
      Ray & John
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    • Individual's Testimony Dear Cath and Jack, Just want to let you know what an amazing time we had on the Mary Ellen 111. Mum in her earlier years was a very keen fisher and she and Dad were quite well known in Stockton as the best fishing folk around for many, many years. They loved fishing and Mum loved getting out on the water. The cruise on Saturday more than lived up to expectations, it gave Mum so much pleasure, my sister and I have not seen her so happy for a long time. Mum loved cruising around the harbour and she enjoyed seeing all the activities on the water, which brought so many wonderful memories back to her. But…
      Christine
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    • I have used Crown Mary Ellen lll and her crew undertaking environmental impact assessments and the design, management and reporting of complex environmental issues for projects for a variety of mining, infrastructure, government, defense and industrial clients throughout Australia and internationally. JSA staff found the deck space highly effective and a spacious work area made the research, water testing, sample collection and analysis highly convenient.
      Commercial Testimony: JSA Environmental
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