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David Lazarus, aka Tom "Cruise Director" of the Rhythmboat, invites you to party

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

✦ A born entertainer, David has the gift of a creative and imaginative mind. He wants to make your next occasion one to remember cruising the Hastings River.

With a quarter of a century in the entertainment industry, he is Port Macquarie’s resident party and function expert. Some 23 years ago, he operated ‘Wizzbang Entertainment’ in Port Macquarie and was heavily involved in the community, performing at various venues each week including the Port Venture Cruise which was a dolphin spotting charter at the time, David and partner Elsa have since named their business after.

The team's creativity generated from these events on the water began the journey into the world of hosting events and parties on floating venues.

The Rhythmboat, hosted around 300 cruises a year on Sydney Harbour over the years, featuring a variety of acts including one of the best ABBA Tribute Shows, the ‘Fab Four’ Beatles show, and comedian Bob Downe.

As cruise director of Rhythmboat, David ensures all passengers enjoy their time onboard

He told us, “ We have a very simple mission statement, customer service! It is important that every passenger on board has a good experience with us, with comfort, good catering, and a relaxed atmosphere.”

The "star" of the cruise is having their "resident" dolphins who seem to be attracted to the boat and love to swim on the front of the bow wash. “ That experience and with us making sure everyone is happy is very satisfying.​“

David told us he loves his job. "To go to work and see families enjoying our 2-hour river cruises on a lunch cruise and then sometimes on the same day, decorate the boat for a night-time birthday party, then the next day have a big group of seniors onboard, really gives me the satisfaction of how wonderful our boat is to present so many different types of cruises and events."

Entertainment and cruises to look forward to

The Rhythmboat is a floating venue, which features an outstanding atmosphere and versatility. Currently, David and Elsa are booking selected live music (duos) as well as a couple of tribute shows, a comedy cruise and a Island themed night.

When they aren’t hosting the live entertainment, they conduct daily Dolphin spotting river cruises. Now, with the weather getting warmer, there is a steady stream of enquiries and bookings. So book your seat today to cruise the pristine waterway aboard The Rhythmboat and get up close and personal with their resident dolphins.

Confirmed boat show dates for August & September

Sunday 28th August - 2 Man band - featuring a Blues Brothers tribute - afternoon

Sunday 11th September - Eric Grothe & the Gurus - Icehouse tribute show - afternoon

Saturday 24th September - Seafood Island night with live band MC Seoul - evening

Sunday 25th September - MC Seoul - afternoon

Full details on the above cruises on the website and Facebook

Why are David and Elsa “ The Entertainment Experts” in Port Macquarie?

Lots of reasons. The vessel, the Rhythmboat, has been operating since 1982 specialising in entertainment, starting as a showboat in Lismore on the Richmond River, then sailed into Sydney Harbour until last year and now it is here in Port Macquarie.

David’s background has always been in entertainment, working in pubs, clubs, and venues throughout NSW. Now, his job is to utilise his experience. He said, “Because i am so very well connected with so many entertainment shows, we now book them on our vessel knowing that our customers will come on board and be entertained in a unique venue where the scenery changes every 5 minutes.”

You can expect

Good old fashioned fun and value for money when you cruise on The Rhythmboat. They specialise in some great catering options, have the only liquor license on the Hastings river, the boat has a big enclosed, inside cabin and plenty of outdoor areas as well, which makes it an all-weather boat/venue.

David told us, “ I have said before that you don't have to own a boat, you can come on ours and enjoy so many different entertainment options, sightseeing and many other cruise choices.”

The Rhythm Boat is designed for versatility and is unique to the waters of Port Macquarie.

If you are looking for somewhere to host your next function, then Port AdVenture Cruises is your next stop, just give David and Elsa a call (+61434393199). They have got you covered for an amazing day or night on the Hastings River aboard The Rhythm Boat - they will get your party started!.


Port AdVenture Cruises

Phone: + 61 434 393 199


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