MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014
SEAROAD FERRIES WINS VICTORIAN TOURISM AWARD
Searoad Ferries, has taken out the Major Tour/Transport Operator category at the Victorian Tourism Award for the second year in a row.
The family owned business will now go on to defend the title at the 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in early 2015.
CEO of Searoad Ferries, Matt McDonald, said the award is recognition for the hard work and dedication of the entire Searoad Ferries team.
“We are ecstatic to be the recipient of such a prestigious award two years in a row, and to have our business recognised among a winners list that includes some of the state’s largest and most popular tourist attractions is really humbling,” Matt said.
“Our business continues to grow each year and I’m so proud of what we have achieved at Searoad. What started out as a single vessel operation transporting around 300 passengers and 30 vehicles in 1987, is now the country’s busiest car and passenger ferry with three vessels carrying more than 737,000 passengers each year.”
“The Searoad team works extremely hard to provide passengers with a unique, exciting and memorable tourism experience. Whether a passenger is taking part in a traditional crossing or a special crossing such as High Tea of the High Seas or a Twilight Cruises, we strive to ensure their experience is enjoyable and something they will remember forever.”
“We are looking forward to representing Victoria at the National Awards early next year,” he said.
This summer, we will run a third ferry creating more capacity, less waiting and a better travel experience. Our CEO, Matt McDonald, said “The extra ferry will operate from Boxing Day through to the 6th of January and will ease congestion and get passengers to their destination quicker. We are also encouraging all passengers who know they are travelling to go online and book their ferry ticket. Not only will this speed up ticketing and boarding, customers will also get cheaper online prices.”
Our ferry service has been operating for over 25 years and has recently made many upgrades to our facilities, including: onboard children’s playground, revitalized café, wi-fi, installment of a lift on both ferries and air conditioning, as well as larger viewing windows. New family fares, seniors discounts and return priced tickets have recently been introduced as well as a discount card for locals. If you live in the 3222-3227 or 3938-3944 postcodes you can become a Loyal Local Cardholder with the ferries and earn points, receive discounts and exclusive offers.
Over the 15th & 16th of September, Searoad Ferries celebrated 25 years of crossing the Bay. Both vessels had onboard activities including wine tasting with vineyards from both peninsulas, gourmet food samplers from both pensinsulas, Peninsula Hot Springs bathing tubs and more! The festivities went off with a bang on Saturday night with fireworks on both Sorrento and Queenscliff sides.
Thank you to everyone that took part in the event. We have had a fantastic 25 years and look forward to the next 25!
The 5:00p.m. Sorrento bound ferry was delayed in the Queenscliff harbor for 15 minutes due to an endangered Southern Right Whale swimming close to the vessel. Passengers said the junior whale surfaced several times beside the ferry and was easily visible under the water. After the ferry departed, the whale seemed to have left, but surfaced again when the next ferry arrived. It frolicked in the waters in and around the harbor until late into the evening. This is the third whale sighting for the Searoad Ferries since Saturday, two of which were Southern Right Whales and one Humpback Whale. Crew members on board Searoad Ferries said, “each year we have been seeing more and more whales on our route from Queenscliff to Sorrento.” This year the crew predicts to see at least one whale a week during the migration period, which finishes in November.
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After an extensive Re-Fit in late 2011, the MV Queenscliff has been a great hit with Passengers traveling between Sorrento and Queenscliff. Some of the new features onboard include;
Check out the images below – or even better – come down and see her for yourself !
MV Queenscliff departs Queenscliff on the EVEN hours and Sorrento on the ODD hours