On Verra 6
The unusual name of this huge catamaran sounds less like a boat and more like an otherwordly science fiction film, but it seems that the unconventional nature of this vessel is in keeping with the livelier and more relaxed alternative it offers to many of Dubai’s other dinner cruises. LY Catamaran, the company that runs On Verra 6, offers several private and open cruise options, including the newly launched Friday parties, each offering a different style of R&R. According to marketing manager Cindy Bekker, the atmosphere on this boat ‘can go from laid-back to one big party.’
On Verra 6 is one of a series of sailing boats that have been doing the rounds around France and the Caribbean for more than 30 years. Built and owned by Claude Kermoal, a respected French shipbuilder, this 25-metre beauty hosts up to 82 guests, and is apparently the biggest catamaran in Dubai. Currently docked amid the wooden dhows at Bur Dubai, there are plans afoot to move it to a more accessible location.
For now, however, tours head out onto the creek, giving guests the chance to take in views of the Palm Deira and The World Islands before heading to the waters around Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Here the party vibe begins and guests are given the chance to take a dip and mingle with the watersports enthusiasts who never fail to take interest in the huge catamaran.
There are various packages on offer – the afternoon cruises on Wednesdays and Saturdays involve a Lebanese buffet-style lunch offering salads, cold mezze and chicken skewers, followed by fresh fruit. The Thursday evening cruises do away with food altogether as the boat transforms into a floating nightclub, complete with DJ booth, dancefloor and private rooms below deck. Finally, the most recent addition to On Verra 6’s event roster is the themed Friday afternoon parties, which promise to continue long into summer.Cruises take place Wed and Sat 12.30pm-6pm (Dhs150 per person, with food); Fri 12.30pm-6pm (Dhs250 per person, with food); Thu 9.30pm-2am (Dhs200 for ladies, Dhs250 for men, Dhs400 for couples). Prices include soft drinks; beverages can be bought separately. Bur Dubai, near British Embassy, www.lycatamaran.com (050 586 9746).