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What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

By | Blog, Sightseeing & Dining

What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

Sightseeing & Dining

Sea World Cruises offers four unique sightseeing and dining options for you to sit down, relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Gold Coast. Below you will find outlines of what to expect from each of our cruises so you can make the most suitable choice for you and your loved ones. Better yet, why not make your way through the list and experience all four!

Morning Explorer Cruise

While not currently available due to COVID-19, this cruise normally runs for 1.5 hours. Start your morning right in the fresh Gold Coast air and sunshine. Our morning cruise provides a great blend of sightseeing, complimentary cakes and quality coffee. On this cruise, expect to see the stunning homes of the rich and famous, take in the city skyline and visit other famed regional spots. Our vessel is air-conditioned for those who want to stay inside and escape the ocean breeze, otherwise we have an open top-level sun deck for those wishing to soak in some vitamin D.

Morning Cruise Cakes

Sightseeing Lunch Cruise

This cruise departs from Surfers Paradise and goes for 2 hours. Experience the finest local produce with a lunch of fresh prawns, roasted chicken, freshly-baked ham off-the-bone, garden salad, caesar salad, coleslaw, condiments and seasonal fruit platters. Compliment your lunch with some locally crafted beers from Pickled Pig and Burleigh Brewery. Better yet, indulge in one of our delicious cocktails made by our talented bartenders. There is simply no better or more exquisite way to see the Gold Coast!

Afternoon Explorer Cruise

This 1.5 hour cruise departs daily at 3:30PM. Kick back and relax while you snack on some complimentary savoury treats. Grab a drink from our onboard licensed bar and soak in the late afternoon sun while you gaze at the highlights of the Gold Coast. Our vessel is as spacious as it is comfortable, and provides the perfect space for you to watch regional landmarks as they pass you by. Don’t forget your camera for the perfect sunset shot – it is golden hour after all!

Sightseeing Dinner Cruise

This cruise operates on the weekend, departing from Surfers Paradise at 7:00PM and lasting 2.5 hours. Offering a classy and elegant evening of dining and sightseeing, our dinner cruise is perfect for celebrating special occasions or treating yourself and loved ones to a delicious meal on the city’s waterways. With dishes prepared by our top local chef using quality, locally sourced ingredients, this cruise is bound to delight even the most high-class of guests. Indulge in slow cooked lamb, grilled barramundi, twice-cooked roasted chat potatoes plus more while you listen to live entertainment.

Valentine'sDayCruise

Join us for a spectacular morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways. Enjoy the magnificent views while you indulge in delicious food, sip on expertly-prepared cocktails and have a laugh with your loved ones. Capture a breathtaking photo from the sundeck and be sure to keep a look out for our resident dolphin pods! No matter what cruise you choose, this will certainly be an experience to remember.

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A whale watcher’s dream: Record numbers of whales expected in 2020

By | Blog, Whale Watching

A whale watcher’s dream: Record numbers of whales expected in 2020

Whale Watching

It is undeniable – 2020 has been quite the year of absurdity, confusion and chaos. We can, however, look forward with great anticipation to the annual migration of humpback whales passing through our local waters. With the world somewhat on pause, air and surface level water pollution has dropped significantly. We are now expecting the humpback whale population to be around 40,000 this year. This is where scientists estimate the population was prior to World War II. In the 1960s there were only about 150 whales left, so we are very privileged to have this group in 2020.

In the midst of social distancing, working remotely and studying online, a chance to be out in the fresh air and sunshine is well deserved. This year, whales were spotted in Port Macquarie heading north as early as April. Now, the Humpback Highway is experiencing rush hour, and the Gold Coast Bay is every humpback’s favourite pitstop. The main migration usually starts in June. These whales are heading north to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef for mating and calving, and continue to pass by the Gold Coast in July and August.

 

After a brief pause, we are then treated to the same whales returning south – but this time, with their little calves! The young ones will be eager to show off their newly learned skills while they try to keep up with their mums. The whales will continue their journey south for a couple of months, all the way to the deep Southern Ocean and back to their feeding grounds in Antarctic waters. Here they will feed on a rich supply of Antarctic krill – the preference of East Australian humpback whales. The southern migration through Gold Coast waters lasts from September until November. This migration pattern to the north and then to the south is a constant in the whales’ lives. Many whales do this big swim every single year.

 

This year we are expecting even larger numbers of whales than recorded last year. We are very lucky to have one of the strongest recovering populations of whales off our coasts. Whaling was once common in Australia, but was thankfully banned in 1963. Another factor assisting in this recovery is that the entire coastline of Australia is designated as a whale sanctuary. Much of the Southern Ocean is also considered a sanctuary, and therefore hunting is not permitted. It is the combination of these protective measures that has allowed our whale populations to flourish.

 

If you (like most of us) have been cooped up at home for the past few months, why not hop aboard one of our state-of-the-art vessels and observe some humpback whales on their migration journeys. 2020 has been a strange year for many, but a day on the beautiful waters of the Gold Coast is enough to redeem any bizarreness.

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Celebrate in style: Why your next party should be with Sea World Cruises

By | Blog, Charters & Functions

Celebrate in style: Why your next party should be with Sea World Cruises

Charters & Functions

Looking to host a party soon but not sure how to make it special? One way to do so is to celebrate with Sea World Cruises. Imagine partying on the top deck, a drink in your hand as you and your loved ones cruise past the glimmering lights of Surfers Paradise. Not sold yet? Let us convince you why your next party should be on a Gold Coast cruise.

Flexible cruise offerings

When chartering a cruise with Sea World Cruises, rest assured that your charter package can be customised to suit all your requirements and desires. Ensure your dream party is made a reality by choosing between our most popular charters, including:

  • Continental/buffet breakfast cruise
  • Morning coffee and cake cruise
  • Buffet lunch cruise
  • Afternoon cocktail cruise
  • Evening tapas cruise
  • Evening buffet or à la carte cruise

Options to suit every budget

While we all love to party, everyone has a different budget when hosting special events. A birthday or hens party cruise with Sea World Cruises starts at just $39 per person and includes a savoury cheese board prepared by our chefs. However, with an assortment of dining options, you may choose to, on a party cruise, upgrade to a tapas cruise or a three-course sit down dinner. If hosting your hen’s night with Sea World Cruises, you can upgrade and enjoy platters of hot food for just $20 more.

Your very own VIP section

When celebrating aboard a Sea World cruise, you and your loved ones will receive VIP treatment to ensure a fantastic night out. Enjoy a private section of the vessel, complete with your own pop-up bar, allowing you to dance the night away on the spacious and modern rooftop deck.

Celebrate with live music and onboard entertainment

A party isn’t a party without music. However, forget the stress of curating the perfect party playlist and instead enjoy the sound of live music aboard a Sea World Cruise. Our evening cruises come complete with live music and onboard entertainment, ensuring your party guests have a night to remember.

Do something different and special

Why have a typical party or event when you can make your celebration something unique and special. While almost everyone has attended a party at the park or local sports club, how many people can say they’ve partied onboard a luxurious and modern boat cruising along the Gold Coast waterways? The novelty and excitement of a cruise is more than enough reason to host your next event with Sea World Cruises.

Make any event just that bit more special by holding it on the water! From birthdays to hen’s nights, Christmas parties, to corporate events, our various cruise options provide an unforgettable setting for celebration, no matter the occasion.  Sea World Cruises’ special occasion and charter cruises combine relaxation, sightseeing and fun, and with a fully licensed onboard bar and variety of dining options, hosting your next party or function will be a breeze.

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World Ocean’s Day 2020

By | Blog, Whale Watching

World Ocean's Day 2020

Whale Watching

Today, the 8th of June, marks World Oceans Day. Every year on this day, people from all over the world raise awareness about our oceans and their role in sustaining a healthy planet. Through a series of events, we are able to come together to highlight ways in which we can all help protect and conserve the oceans for future generations. This year in 2020, the focus for World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030, referred to as ‘30×30’. By protecting 30% of our oceans through a network of highly protected areas, we can help restore and ensure a healthy ocean for all.

What we’re doing for our oceans at Sea World Cruises

Here at Sea World Cruises we are passionate about the ocean, and are a huge advocate for #WorldOceansDay. For almost 6 months of the year, we are lucky enough to spend our days out in the ocean with the Humpback whales throughout their annual migration. We understand the vital role each and every animal has in maintaining a healthy marine environment, and it is up to all of us to help protect it for future generations. 

One of the ways in which we are helping to safeguard our oceans is through a partnership with Griffith University’s Centre for Coastal Management. In particular, helping to collaborate on research projects through the Marine Megafauna research program. This research theme focuses on extending knowledge about feeding, migration, habitat use and human impacts on whales and dolphins in coastal waters aiming to derive new management strategies for a better conservation and protection of marine mammals in urbanised coastal waters.

Most of the scientific data used in these studies is collected on board our vessels, so if you’ve been out on a whale watching tour with us in the past, or are planning on coming out with us in the future, you will most likely see the researchers conducting important scientific surveys. Through this partnership, numerous whale watching trips, and thousands of hours from dedicated researchers, a number of scientific publications have been published and revealed vital information about the Humpback whales that pass through the Gold Coast every year.

These publications help to not only increase our knowledge base about these gentle giants, but to also help inform better policy decisions that are critically important in building a foundation for a sustainable future. 

To find out more, you can visit the Griffith University Centre for Coastal Management, Marine Megafauna research page here.

Take action

So you’re probably wondering how you can help on #WorldOceansDay?

We’ve made it easy for you with a list of actions below. 

Sign the petition

More than ever, we need your help to protect our oceans. By signing this petition, you will be helping to convince world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. It’s simply not enough to ask our scientists to call for action. We need to show our support and join them, calling for our world leaders to step up and ensure our planet is sustainably managed. Together we can make a difference.

To find out more about the petition, click here

Join an event

There are hundreds of events you can find on WorldOceansDay.org that you can participate in, including one from the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Save Our Marine Life and WWF Australia, about our Antarctic legacy and how we can help protect it. 

In East Antarctica, scientists have discovered a worrying feedback loop in which melting glacial ice sheets are accelerating the rate of ice melt and sea level rise. In this Facebook livestream event, Tim Jarvis will be discussing Australia’s next step in our Antarctic legacy and how we are leading the charge for an East Antarctic Marine Park. This Marine Park would help ecosystems build the necessary resilience against the impacts of climate change. 

Post on your social media

Help #WorldOceansDay to grow the movement to protect our blue planet by using the hashtag #ProtectOurHome. Post your favourite picture of the ocean, something you love about the ocean, or share some simple tips on how to protect the ocean.. anything about the ocean! Remember the more we tag, the more presence and impact we will have. 

Join us on a whale watching tour!

With the whale season now up and running, we are offering daily whale watching tours from Main Beach, Gold Coast. Come out and experience these gentle giants for yourself, it’s an experience one never forgets. Plus you will learn all about Humpback Whales through our informative commentary, whilst seeing the whales in their natural environment. Give us a call on 5539 9299, or jump on our website to secure a spot. 

Remember, there are limited spots available due to Covid restrictions, however we are ensuring that all regulations are strictly adhered to, including social distancing, and extra cleaning on all vessels and terminals.

We hope that you will join us where ever you are in the world on June 8 to celebrate World Ocean’s Day!

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2020 whale watching season starts with a splash!

By | Whale Watching

2020 whale watching season starts with a splash!

Whale Watching

It was a later start than usual, and with a few extra hurdles to overcome, but the first passengers have hit the water to kick off the 2020 whale watching season and what a great start it was! 

Weekend wrap up

With Coronavirus restrictions meaning only a special twenty guests could travel per tour, our lucky few were treated to near-private tours and an array of marine life, including the one we were holding our breath for, the magnificent humpback whale. 

Guests on board all tours were delighted to be chaperoned by pods of bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins riding the bow of the boat. Dolphins are a regular sight off the Gold Coast, but this weekend saw more action than usual in the water, with many bait balls in the region which are a feast for the dolphins. The Sunday afternoon tour even sighted a resting loggerhead turtle, sunning itself on the surface.

However, the star of the show – the one that we were all there for – did not disappoint. Humpback whales were seen on all five tours over the weekend. That’s what we call a 100% success rate, and we plan on keeping it that way. Our skippers and crew are the best in town, and if there’s a whale around, they’ll be sure to find it. 

A birthday surprise

It was also the birthday of Ebony, one of our crew members this weekend. When asked about how she felt working on her special day, she replied, “Picture this… it was late on Sunday afternoon. The sun was beginning to set over the Gold Coast skyline when suddenly we spotted a pod of whales. As we neared the group, we slowed down, and suddenly two humpbacks breached at exactly the same time into the sunset. It was the best birthday present ever!”

You see, nothing brings our staff more joy than sharing these incredible experiences with our customers. They are full of knowledge about humpback whales and show this through their fun, yet educational commentary. They are happy to answer any questions you may have about the whales, and will even show the art of capturing the perfect ‘whelfie’ (a selfie with a whale).

Here on the Gold Coast, we are lucky enough to have the most extended whale watching season in Australia, with whales migrating past our coastline from late May to early November each year. It was actually in April this year, that the first Humpback whales were spotted off the Gold Coast, eagerly making their way north. And now, with each day, more and more humpback whales are passing the shores of the Gold Coast with 35,000 whales expected to pass by this year. 

Whale watching in the age of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With strict regulations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are currently taking reduced numbers of passengers in-line with government recommendations. We are committed to keeping our staff and customers safe. We are:

  • Taking extra precautions taken including cleaning touch surfaces hourly
  • Ensuring customers can maintain social distancing especially when standing at the rail 
  • Providing ample seating on the vessel across multiple decks including 4sqm per person
  • Adhering to our COVID Safe Plan which complies with the current approved Queensland Government and Tourism Industry guidelines

While this season is unlike any other season the industry has ever experienced, we remain excited. We’re to get out there with the whales over the next five months for some incredible wildlife encounters. If whale watching on the Gold Coast has been on your bucket list, now is a great time to take advantage of Early Bird Sales and to get the family safely out of the house and back in nature. Won’t you join us?

Call 5539 9299 or book online to reserve your spot. 

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