Lady Victoria Boat Cruise: a lifetime experience
By Rosalia David
WITH the tourism industry having a legacy of being dominated by the advantaged white population, young entrepreneur Boas Naanda has introduced an affordable boat cruise company.
After the hardship his mother had to endure to raise him and his siblings during the apartheid era, Naanda said he named the company after her to show appreciation and that is how the name ‘Lady Victoria Boat Cruise Tours’ was birthed.
“My mother had to sell kapana on the street corner to take care of her 10 children and other extended family members and like a boat she managed to go through the challenges and get us to where we are today. She went through a storm,” he said.
The Lady Victoria Boat Cruise now offers lifetime experiences from a minimum fee of N$200.
The highest fee is N$650 for a braai cruise which includes oysters and champagne while enjoying meals prepared by a chef.
On what makes the Lady Victoria Boat Cruise unique, the company’s marketing manager Alcino Maxim said, “We have a big surface area for people to move around, sit, dance and enjoy.”
He added that the top deck is also open and allows people to take pictures.
“At the bottom there are facilities to braai and no other boat can do that. We have two toilets, the boat can go deep in the sea which makes it different,” Maxim said.
Lady Victoria Boat Cruise hosts weddings, team building exercises, end of year functions, engagement parties and anything that has to do with a group of people.
The boat is licenced to accommodate 55 but only allowed to take in 40 at this point due to Covid-19 regulations.
So far, Lady Victoria Boat Cruise has hosted prominent names such as Namport CEO Andrew Kanime, DBN CEO and the Zimbabwean minister of transport among others.
Naanda further urged upcoming entrepreneurs to go into business with a passion adding that money follows thereafter.