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Level up your romance: A Sea World Cruise could be your next epic date!

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Level up your romance: A Sea World Cruise could be your next epic date!

Sightseeing & Dining

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Few experiences can rival the sheer romance of a sightseeing dinner cruise on the magical Gold Coast waterways. Enjoy the shimmering lights of the city skyline as you cosy up to your special someone. Our dinner cruises are a great way to impress someone new or say “I love you” to someone you already treasure. Continue reading to find out why Sea World Cruises should be your next epic date.

What are the details?

Our luxurious Sightseeing Dinner Cruise lasts 2.5 hours – the perfect amount of time for a first date! It leaves from Surfers Paradise, every Friday and Saturday night at 7:00PM. Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early – we recommend parking in the nearby Bruce Bishop Car Park. There will be live entertainment aboard our new vessel, ‘Spirit of Elston.’ There is a relaxing rooftop lounge, from which you and your date can gaze at famous local landmarks (or into each other’s eyes). The cruise route passes by Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and spectacular waterfront homes. It truly is one of the most enjoyable dinner experiences on the Gold Coast.

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What’s on the menu?

You may be wondering, what exactly is on the menu? And does it really speak romance? Well the answer is quality, local produce expertly prepared by our talented Head Chef. And yes it most certainly does! Expect fresh prawns from our local Gold Coast trawlers, New Zealand mussels and seasonal, gourmet salads. On the menu in terms of hot food is slow-cooked lamb with rosemary and homemade jus; grilled barramundi in a coconut bisque with steamed rice; chicken in garlic, lemon and olive oil; twice-cooked roasted chat potatoes with sea salt; and a medley of roast vegetables of Italian herbs. For desserts, indulge in seasonal fruit platters and our daily specials. Don’t worry, you and your date will love the sweet surprise!

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How do I book?

We have ensured the booking process is very easy. Either book online or call us at (07) 5539 9299. You will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher, which you can print and present on the day of the tour. If you are trying to save on waste or don’t have a printer, mobile vouchers are accepted too! And we know how tricky organising a date can be, so you can change or cancel your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before departure. 

 

Experience the best of the Gold Coast as you and your special someone cruise in style aboard our luxurious boat. Glide smoothly through the protected canals of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, past waterfront mansions and the lavish Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace. Engage in meaningful conversation over delicious food, all the while enjoying the ambiance and magical setting of a Sightseeing Dinner Cruise with Sea World Cruises. 

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Why partying on a boat is the best birthday present ever

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Why partying on a boat is the best birthday present ever

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Do you have a loved one’s birthday coming up? Are you stressing about what to buy them for a present? Just about everyone has experienced gift-buying anxiety. But never fear – we have you covered! And anyway, presents are out… Experiences are in! Whether you are seeking a low-key birthday event with just you and your special someone, or if you are celebrating a milestone year with family and friends, why not celebrate in style at sea? The birthday boy or girl will have memories to last them a lifetime, and so will you! With flexible packages and options to suit every budget, you’ll find that planning a birthday cruise is much easier than most land-based options (and a lot more interesting!). Let’s look at some reasons why a Sea World Cruise boat party is the best birthday present ever.

1. The whole crew can come!

A Sea World Birthday Party Cruise is the perfect excuse to get all your family and friends together. You can all reunite and chat upstairs on our spacious and modern rooftop deck. And you can celebrate like the rich and famous with your own VIP section, complete with a pop-up bar and live entertainment. It certainly is a party option to impress!

Our SOM II Vessel

2. Minimal planning… Leave it to us!

When you book a Birthday Party Cruise with Sea World Cruises, we are not only your venue but your caterers and event planners too! The only thing you need to do is determine your number of guests. Sit back, relax and leave the rest to us!

Wine time!

3. Affordable and flexible options

Package options for our Birthday Party Cruise start at just $39 per person! This includes a 2.5 hour cruise with savoury cheese boards prepared by our talented chef. If you want to go that little bit further, the tapas option is just $59 per person and includes a delicious assortment of daily tapas. Last but certainly not least, there is a 3 course sit down dinner option for a humble $89 per person. Whatever your budget, we can customise your experience to make every guest feel extra special.

A delicious cheeseboard

4. Not too short, not too long

Our Birthday Party Cruise lasts 2.5 hours. This is the perfect amount of time to enjoy some food, indulge in a few drinks and soak in the beautiful atmosphere of the Gold Coast waters. The cruise tends to fly by because all of our guests are having so much fun. But the finishing time of 9:30pm is ideal for most! You and your loved ones can make it home in time for a good night’s rest, or alternatively, you can hit the town! We do disembark at Surfers Paradise after all…

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Getting the perfect shot: Four tips to improve your whale photography

Whale Watching

Everybody wants to capture that ‘wow’ factor whale photo; the beautiful tail fluke, the perfect breach…only to end up with a blurry and grainy mess that only if you squint hard enough, you can see a whale. Here are four tips to up your whale watching photography game and bring humpback envy to all of your friends.

1. Patience

Whale watching is all about patience, and to capture the ultimate breach, it requires even more. Whales are wild creatures who swim by their own rules, making it hard to locate where they will appear. This elusive behaviour can be frustrating when you are pursuing the perfect shot. Firstly, find your ideal spot, preferably with the sun behind you. Secondly, listen to your captain. Your captain is knowledgeable in whale activity and will be your eyes and ears on your trip. Pay attention to what they have to say about whale behaviour as this will help you know what to expect and where to look.

2. Know your whales

Different species of whale have different types of behaviour, and to get those ‘wow’ photographs, it is important to learn what each behaviour means. If you are eager for a breach, keep an eye out for a fluke up dive. Humpbacks dive deep into the ocean to gain enough power to launch out of the water. On average a humpback whale will spend 7 minutes underwater, so keep an eye on your watch while you get your camera ready.

Heat pods, when a female is being chased by multiple males, are notorious for sudden changes in direction. As tempting as it is to keep moving back and forth from one side of the boat to the other, staying in the same spot may be a smarter strategy for spotting and photographing whales. Much like picking a checkout line in a supermarket, swapping at the last minute rarely works out for anyone.

3. Camera settings

Have you ever tried taking a photograph of a fast moving object only to get a grainy blur? It is important to adjust your digital or DSLR camera settings correctly to capture fast whale action. To do this, put your camera on shutter priority mode and adjust your camera’s shutter speed to at least 1/1000. 

If you don’t own a digital camera, you can also take amazing photographs using your iPhone. The iPhone has a ‘burst feature mode’ which takes photos of action as it happens by holding down the shutter button and releasing it when you’re done.

iPhone’s also offer ‘live mode’ which takes a photo and a video simultaneously. When live mode is turned on, it records a video for a few seconds before and after you take a photo. This feature is a life saver when you just missed out on a spectacular breach, as your phone will have automatically recorded the moments before. From here you can scroll through the video and select the photos you want or save it as a video. 

Note: Burst mode will not work when live mode is on.

4. Zoom

To zoom or not to zoom, that is the question. Depending on what type of zoom you have, you can more often than not be better off by ignoring zoom. There are two types of zoom functions: optical and digital. Optical zoom uses the physical lens of a camera to magnify an image without losing quality. This ensures crisp photo quality compared to that of the digital zoom seen on mobile phones. Digital zoom magnifies using the sensor and loses image quality the more you zoom.

If you don’t have optical zoom, wait to take photographs when the boat is stopped or close to the whales. By doing this, it preserves the image quality and can prevent image grain if you choose to crop it.

Most importantly, remember to have fun in your pursuit of the perfect photograph. It can sometimes be discouraging, but with practice, patience and following the tips above, you are on your way to becoming a pro whale photographer on your next Sea World Whale Watching Cruise.

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The party of a lifetime: Have your Hen’s night with us

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The party of a lifetime: Have your Hen's night with us

Charters & Functions

Are you looking to give your special Hen the ultimate party experience? Then you have come to the right place. Let your Hen’s night be a standout one by chartering our modern cruise vessel – the ideal venue for a classy yet fun party. And the best part – when you book with us, all that is left for you to do is party with the girls! What are you waiting for? Send out those invites and get ready to cruise around the magical Gold Coast waterways with your perfect Bride to Be, with a glass of bubbly in hand of course!

The details

The cruise departs at 7:00PM and returns at 10:00PM on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, giving you and the girls 3 hours of onboard fun! Leaving from the convenient and central location of Surfers Paradise, our cruise is the perfect way to kick off your night on the town. You can enjoy all the benefits of great night scenery and glittering city lights, live entertainment and music, and delicious food and drinks all from the comfort of your own separate VIP section of the vessel. Snack on savoury cheese boards and skip the lines with your own private pop-up bar. 

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Customisable

We understand how unique every Hen is, both in personality and party preference. This is why we pride ourselves on offering customisable options, suitable for any taste. For example, you can upgrade your package to include hot food, if your Hen prefers risotto balls and rice paper rolls over cheese and breadsticks. Because our parties are highly customisable, we can make each bride feel extra special. After all, it is all about her!

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Feel free to pick a theme

Wanting to do something a little bit extra? Why not pick a theme? We at Sea World Cruises love a themed Hens party. Think nautical themed, under-the-sea themed, tropical themed or the classic (and totally chic!) white themed party. While you’re at it, you may want to include some Hens games as well. Our personal favourites include bride and groom trivia games, bridal bingo and pin the pants on the groom (a cardboard cut-out of course!).

Whoever the Bride to Be is to you – your childhood bestie, your sister, your cousin or your work friend – we know you want to give her the perfect send-off into married life in whatever way suits her best. Get in touch with us today and make a booking if you want your Hen to experience a truly magical night out, one that she (and you) will never forget.

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What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

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What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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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