The distinctive red tourist ship, Dame Shirley, proudly flying the Red Dragon flag of Wales and carrying up to 200 passengers, will take you through this magical bay which combines a rich and romantic history with the triumphant story of the most successful regeneration project in the UK.
Your tour guide will tell you about the turbulent history of this capital city port of Wales, developed to carry coal from the Welsh mines all over the world but laid derelict by the Great depression and the Second World War..
Sailors and migrants came from half a hundred countries to make Tiger Bay, now Cardiff Bay, a notoriously brutal and violent dock area, featured in many films and childhood home of Jazz singer Shirley Bassey.
During your hour and a half Cardiff Cruises boat trip you will see how the scheme to enclose Cardiff Bay with a barrage to retain a permanent freshwater lake instead of a tidal mud flat made it possible to develop the city as a tourist attraction, with the fascinating Millenium Centre, Dr Who Exhibition, St David’s Hotel, Harry Ramsden’s world famous fish and chip restaurant and much more.
Operating every weekend from March to October, Cardiff Cruises boat trips Cardiff Bay are enjoyed by all the family, especially children. You can sit out on the open deck or inside the glassed-in saloon where you can get tea, coffee and snacks.