Sailing year round, the Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant is designed to provide a different and exciting fine-dining experience. The vessel cruises the calm waters of the Durban Harbour during which freshly-prepared fine foods are served.
Serving freshly prepared fine foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and sunset drinks, the menu extends varied choices and dining styles – some with a South African influence.
The a la carte lunch and candlelit dinner cruises from 12noon to 3.00pm. The Dinner cruise is from 7pm to 10pm. The fork lunch and dinner is a-three hour cruise, during which a two course meal is served, with choices from the a la carte menu suitable for eating with just a fork.
Although the harbour is the busiest port in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 20 ocean-going ship movements per day, it is also a place of hidden treasures such as mangrove swamps and abundant wildlife (including pelicans) in a protected conservation habitat.
The Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant is designed to provide a different and exciting fine-dining experience. The vessel cruises the calm waters of Durban Harbour during which freshly-prepared fine foods are served.
The Allen Gardiner is licensed for 50 passengers, but depending on the cruise, usually takes a maximum of 45 passengers, accommodated on deck and in the elegant dining saloon. For formal dining around the Saloon table a maximum of 20 persons is recommended.
There is an informative commentary throughout the cruise and a fully stocked bar is always available. The Allen Gardiner is available for private charter or individuals may book independently sharing with other passengers.
The Allen Gardiner is a 20 metre wooden built World War II historic vessel, weighing over 46 tons gross register. She was built for the SAAF (South African Air Force) as an air-sea rescue boat with maximum speed of 42 knots. With passengers on the lunch and dinner cruises, there is plenty of space, both on deck and in the dining saloon. She is named after Captain Allen Gardiner RN who, in 1835, called the first public meeting in Natal, at which the planned new township was named D’Urban, after the then Governor of the Cape.