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We poke our nose into the big blue Pacific Ocean, there always being Sea Lions at the Bell Buoy one mile offshore. We cruise along at all of ten miles per hour once outside, no speed limits here. Protected by the jetty, the big rock barrier quarried in Catalina for most of the one mile to the Bell Buoy and Sea Lions. We view the California Coastline, Catalina Island and The Wedge created by the backside of all that barged in rock.
We arrive at the buoy and spend a few moments viewing the resident Sea Lion Colony. While there, the captain swings the boat around to scan the horizon for passing whales. February being the best month to spot the migrating giants. Picking up speed as we cruise back to the jetty and back to the lake like water of upper Newport Bay.
The captain picking up the narration at about the bait barge Salmon Quentin" as Captain "Parasail Mike" coined it. "Next on our right, the Newport Harbor Patrol boats and docks. Baywatch docks, Coast Guard Station, at the end of the row, Mothers Beach - safest beach in Orange County. Coming up on left, our Sea Lion Tour celebrity highlights Shirley Temple, George Burns, Our little buddy's boat beached over there in Pirate's Cove. A great snorkel spot on most days, with the right sunglasses, we can see the bright Garibaldi fish from the boat. Remember the "Hillbillies" series? Buddy Ebson loved to sail the bay. JC Penny, James Cash Penney, his is the "upside down" house. Wrigley, Dick Dale, Dean Koontz all left their mark here. More celebrities and details on the tour maybe even a little ramble about the Rendezvous. 11AM 1, 3, winter hours 5 & 7 PM departures added summers. $14.00 adults $11.00 senior $7.00 children.
Pulling away from the dock, The Captain begins with a introduction, welcome and the safety announcement. A requirement, for every vessel and every voyage. Even though we are a ten foot tall boat in eight foot of water once we get to Lido and for most of the tour. With three toots of the horn - "We are backing up".
We start to slip away from the dock. The "Showboat" while crossing the ferry lanes, glides right up to the harbors 5 knot speed limit. As we head for Nicholas Cage's recently listed home, the narration begins. "It is a fun fact to know, many of the homes you will see are investments. Some show pieces rarely lived in other than vacation visits. We love Mr Cages' shades and colorful big birds. We try to be very cool in turn, letting him buy his breakfast at the secret local coffee place in peace.
Another one of our of favorites Mr. Terrible, wait 'till you see the boat, John the "Duke" Wayne slept here, the new owner made a few changes, leaving a memorial gazebo. We liked it better when The Duke would wave at the "Belle" from his dock. Wayne's' "Sands of Iwo Jima" beach assault was filmed across the way from the movie actors no longer existent house. It's rumored Cagney won the island and beach in a poker game, I like to imagine the game took place on the "Norwester". Newport's wealthiest bachelor on the left. Now passing the home made famous by Columbo- my favorite tv episode filmed in this home. Roy Rogers up on the left. The folks who built the first motor homes, local Balboa angels, have a house on the channel up ahead.
Down the way and round the bend, a bowling alley in the basement used mostly by the housekeeper, we hear, the lights on late at night is all we can verify. Lido will always be associated with Joey Bishop, his pals "The Rat Pack" Joe "E." Brown Bogart and Bacall , Bergen Edgar and Candice. Coming up on the right, The Balboa Bay Club where Nixon stayed while searching for property in San Clemente. Up ahead, the backdrop for our favorite Balboa themed T.V. series "The Baileys of Balboa" with Sterling Holloway, later to become the voice of that honey loving Pooh Bear, based on a 1965 "fictional" Balboa Harbor Tour Company. More celebrities and details on the tour, this being the side of the harbor where clever boat names and stories abound. 12M, 2PM, winter hours 4 & 6 PM added summers Tour #2 never leaves Newport Bay. $14.00 adults $11.00 senior $7.00 kids departs 12,2,4,6 pm
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Seasonal Tours: Newport Beach Harbor Christmas Parade of Lights
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade stated in the early 1920s when local gondolier J. Scarpa installed lighting on his gondola. Im sure Mr.Scarpa might be delighted with the results. Today entrants in today's Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade have been reported spending over $50,000 on the Newport Beach Harbor Christmastime event. As a popular Newport Beach and orange county tradition, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been ranked one of the country's top holiday happenings by the the media. Every Christmas Newport boasts the largest harbor boat parade in the World, with 100's of boats, cruising our harbor with Christmas lighting to turn night into day.
View the Newport Beach Harbor Decorated Yachts and mansions from the water. Our before and after the parade dates casual cruise. Bring a blanket for outside seating and your favorite food or beverages and take advantage of the ample parking and avoid the Newport Beach Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights crowds.
Cruise Returns 3/27/2015
Captains choice of routes own food and beverages OK. Fun Zone Boat company has offered this Sunset Cruise since 1948. This cruise is our crew and passenger favorite. We go out onto Newport Harbor and view the sea lions, celebrity homes and Sunset on Newport Harbor. Our Sunset tours have featured Newport Harbor Bay and Coast, Crystal Cove, Arch Rock, Sea Lions, the $75 million Portabello Mansion, the California coastline and so much more since 1948.Newport Harbor Charter Boats for Rent