A fine-dining boat restaurant, The Alba is launching in Cape Town and will open on 1 September at the V&A Waterfront for a unique boating experience.

The Alba is 22-metres long with a 6-metre beam and seats 72 guests but can cater to a 100 guests for a cocktail event. The restaurant and cruise is open from Monday to Sunday and offers a boat tour through the fishing industry and yacht harbour of the V&A Waterfront.

The length of the cruise ranges between one and half to two hours, and there are four cruises a day. The elegant boat is located in the T-Jetty in the Pierhead of the V&A Waterfront.

A high tea experience is offered only on Saturdays.

The floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide an ideal view along the Atlantic Ocean waters as you sip on a glass of bubbly.


The Alba Spokesperson, Michelle Smit shares that the cruise restaurant prides itself on the affordable services that they provide.

“It is a value for money experience because it is a cruise and 3 meal course that is R495, where as you would usually pay R300 for just a cruise,” she says.

The menu is themed to modern contemporary flavors and will be changed periodically to ensure that a fresh option is available. The ingredients are locally sourced such as the Springbok Shank meal that is available.


Try the baked Camembert (Source: The Alba Restaurant)

The restaurant caters for both vegetarians and vegans – in order to ensure that a meal is prepared to your special dietary requirements, the Alba urges guests to state their dietary requirements as they make their online reservation.

Walk-in customers are welcomed but it is advised that you make an online booking to avoid disappointment.

Cruise times and costs 

Bubbly Brunch

A three-tier cold breakfast served along with a hot breakfast selection. A glass of bubbly is served on arrival and the morning is left enjoy the bottomless bubbly.

Time: 10am – 11.30am

Cost: R495


Lunch Cruise 

The cruise takes place in the surrounding waters of the V&A Waterfront harbour, and a three course menu with wine pairing is available for lunch.

Time: 1pm- 2.30pm

Cost: R595


High Tea Cruise

The high tea experience is only available on Saturday’s and is sure to satisfy your sweet and savory needs with a three-tier delight served with champagne, coffee and tea.

Time: 4pm-5.30pm

Cost: R495


Sunset Cruise 

The sunset cruise is available from Monday to Friday and Sundays and offers a four-course canapé with a chosen wine pairing. A choice of cocktails are available during the cruise.

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Cost: R495


Dinner Cruise

The dinner cruise is a two-hour cruise ship experience along the waters with a three-course menu and wine pairing available.

Time: 7pm-9pm

Cost: R695

Try the citrus-cured salmon (Source: The Alba Restaurant)

Picture: The Alba Restaurant

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