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SeaLink Travel Group, one of Australia’s biggest tourism companies, has purchased the successful cruise ship operator Captain Cook Cruises for an undisclosed sum.

The sale includes 15 vessels operating in Sydney Harbour, an accommodated paddle wheeler on the Murray River and all related infrastructure, marina berths and licenses. The company’s Fijian operations are not included in the sale.

Captain Cook Cruises, which commenced operations in 1970 has grown into one of Sydney Harbour’s iconic tourism operators, employed 300 staff and carried more than 750,00 passengers each year in Sydney Harbour and along the Murray River.

All the current staff will remain and Captain Haworth (of the family who now-formerly owned the business) will take on an ambassadorial role for the company. Captain Haworth’s son, Anthony, will be the new entity’s General Manager and his daughter Jackie will be Sales Manager.

Do you think this sale will in any way affect the quality of the cruises provided?