For those wanting to experience a quick getaway vacation, a two hour boat cruise out of the Port of Stockton may be right up their alley. Opportunity Cruises, a private company working with the Port, offers a relaxing journey along the delta.
Owned and operated by John and Shelly Jordan, the “California Sunset” is an 80 passenger certified vessel used to educational and narrative cruises. Along with affordable snacks and drinks, the audio-guided cruise gives passengers a boatload of history on the port’s rich history as an importer and exporter of multiple goods.
ass=”p1″>“The evening cruises are really cool and the water is still and looks like glass,” said Port of Stockton Public Affairs Coordinator Victoria Lucero. She believes the tours give guest a view of the Delta in an entirely different light.
The Jordan’s also believe their partnership with the Port enables them to give locals and tourists a new experience. Occasional recreational boaters and kayakers wave as they sail by while jet skiers zip by and perform tricks on the water. And to the delight of children, Sea lions often come above the water for photo opportunities.
All passengers have their photo taken by Shelly Jordan, who then puts the photos on Facebook for the guest to retrieve.
“We enjoy capturing the memories,” she said.
But for John Jordan, the most exciting part is seeing families and children enjoy the two hour journey. Recently, 11-year-old Gabriel Thomas was selected to wear the captain’s hat and help steer the boat back to the port in the last hour. A priceless grin from ear to ear proved to be the experience of a lifetime for the child.
For large groups, Opportunity Cruises also offer buffet dining or formal dining for up to 40 people. With a minimum of 30 passengers, a group can charter the entire boat. For more information visit: www.OpportunityCruises.com or www.PortofStockton.com