24 Eden (Australia) Cruise Reviews

The local community had put on a festival with stalls and entertainment, with picnic rugs and plenty of places to eat and buses to shuttle us back and forth to save the walk up the hill but we never made it that far, just as you get out of ... Read More
The local community had put on a festival with stalls and entertainment, with picnic rugs and plenty of places to eat and buses to shuttle us back and forth to save the walk up the hill but we never made it that far, just as you get out of the wharf there is a small marina where you will find a whale watching charter boat, we got there about 9am and noticed a sign saying the tours run daily at 930 and we figured it would be a nice way to spend the day so I rang the mobile number and spoke to Lana. As it turns out there were still plenty of spaces available so we put out names on the list at $95 per person for a 3.5 hour tour, a short time later we were on, paid by card and set off on a whale watching adventure. Some words of warning, it does get cold out there so take a good jacket and it does get rocky so if you are even the slightest bit likely to get sea sick I suggest you take some medication before you leave the cruise ship and an extra tablet with you just in case. The cat was very spacious with room for about 70 people although it would seem awful crowded at full capacity, we had about half capacity and finding a good place was never an issue. Our nature findings started with some dolphins who seemed to be enjoying the attention swimming alongside us and under the bow for a while but the whale sighting were few and only from a distance, we would see a bit of a blow and splash from way out but by the time we got near they were gone, just as I started to think the best we would see was whale tales from a distance we found ourselves as the spectacle for a couple of larger whales showing off, breaching and flapping their pecs from about 50 metres away at first before they wanted a closer look at us and started swimming around and under our boat for about half an hour. We ended up seeing a few other pods of whales including mother and calf and a group of at lest 3 larger whales with a few others by themselves. Not the highlight at all after seeing the whales up close but the tour included some information about the local landmarks and history with some light refreshments also served as part of the price. Not that I indulged but they did have some beers and soft drinks available for purchase if you were so inclined. I am sure you can pre book through "Cat Balou Cruises" (spelling may be wrong) but my only fear is that the cruise lines will eventually have this is a shore tour, double the price and restrict the opportunity for passengers to do it independently which is more reason to book the day before your cruise. Its worth keeping in mind that if you will be there on a Sunday a lot of the local shops will be closed Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were tendered into the port of Eden. There was a small local market set up for the cruise ship passengers near by. Eden also had a shuttle bus to take the passengers into town. Eden is small & walkable. We visited the Killer ... Read More
We were tendered into the port of Eden. There was a small local market set up for the cruise ship passengers near by. Eden also had a shuttle bus to take the passengers into town. Eden is small & walkable. We visited the Killer Whale Museum which was ok. Free wifi at the city library. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Short tender into port. Once again a big volunteer group and friendly town. $10 shuttle ride into town but many walked up the steep little hill to the Whaling Museum. Great coffee at the port.
Short tender into port. Once again a big volunteer group and friendly town. $10 shuttle ride into town but many walked up the steep little hill to the Whaling Museum. Great coffee at the port. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Not much to see here. The weather was rainy and windy so that the ship's tender would have been a rough trip. We stayed aboard ship and admired the green port area and unusual looking evergreen trees.
Not much to see here. The weather was rainy and windy so that the ship's tender would have been a rough trip. We stayed aboard ship and admired the green port area and unusual looking evergreen trees. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Another lovely little town where the locals could not have been more helpful. Great oysters from the seafood shop in the Main Street.
Another lovely little town where the locals could not have been more helpful. Great oysters from the seafood shop in the Main Street. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The ship managed to have the tenders in use, we walked over to the golf course to see lots of Kangaroos. Then down along the coast road to view the some great views across the bay.
The ship managed to have the tenders in use, we walked over to the golf course to see lots of Kangaroos. Then down along the coast road to view the some great views across the bay. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Another beautiful little village. Great hiking along the main beach. Takes time to hike from the ship to town, and then to the long beach on the other side. Bus is provided to those that don't feel like a long walk. ... Read More
Another beautiful little village. Great hiking along the main beach. Takes time to hike from the ship to town, and then to the long beach on the other side. Bus is provided to those that don't feel like a long walk. Interesting history about a catholic nun turned saint. They have a free museum about it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Took the shuttle & did our own thing
Took the shuttle & did our own thing Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Darling little town. Excellent Arts and Crafts shop run by locals. A great place to walk around and enjoy a 1950's style town, beautiful beach, and lovely scenery.
Darling little town. Excellent Arts and Crafts shop run by locals. A great place to walk around and enjoy a 1950's style town, beautiful beach, and lovely scenery. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
at the port small local bus very cheap. not much to see, Coles supermarket for supplies.
at the port small local bus very cheap. not much to see, Coles supermarket for supplies. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Small but interesting town.Great shop selling only locally made craft goods on the Main Street and a walk down to the bay off Museum Street worth doing and great view and the sound of the waves.
Small but interesting town.Great shop selling only locally made craft goods on the Main Street and a walk down to the bay off Museum Street worth doing and great view and the sound of the waves. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
A massive pod of dolphins made this experience a highlight - the staff reaction to the rare event was brilliant and the cruise followed them as they frolicked around us.
A massive pod of dolphins made this experience a highlight - the staff reaction to the rare event was brilliant and the cruise followed them as they frolicked around us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
the towns people had hop on off shuttles available to town and various points for a modest fee and we walked the town and visited the Killer whale museum which was enjoyable unfortunately had to tender to and from ship
the towns people had hop on off shuttles available to town and various points for a modest fee and we walked the town and visited the Killer whale museum which was enjoyable unfortunately had to tender to and from ship Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
not much scenic.. spent 40minutes in a two horse town and only 30 mins in Merimbula... hostess kept pointing out the local schools etc and not the landmarks... driver took over for 5 minutes and gave us the best commentary of the trip
not much scenic.. spent 40minutes in a two horse town and only 30 mins in Merimbula... hostess kept pointing out the local schools etc and not the landmarks... driver took over for 5 minutes and gave us the best commentary of the trip Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Lots of locals on hand to provide friendly advice. Not a lot to see but nice place for a wander around.
Lots of locals on hand to provide friendly advice. Not a lot to see but nice place for a wander around. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015

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