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Our guide on how to beat seasickness

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Our guide on how to beat seasickness

Whale watching

The chance of getting seasick may be holding you back from booking a whale watching tour, but fear not! We have created this guide on how to prevent seasickness on your whale watching cruise.

Why do we get seasick?

Seasickness or motion sickness occurs when the brain is confused by conflicting sensory information. Your brain receives signals from motion-sensing parts of your body: your eyes, inner ears, muscles and joints. When your brain is confused, this is when seasickness begins.

An example of this when on a boat:

 

  • Your eyes see waves moving
  • Your inner ears sense movement 
  • Your muscles and joints sense that your body is sitting still.
  • Your brain feels a disconnect among these messages.

Symptoms of seasickness

Now you know how seasickness occurs, but how do you know when it is about to happen?

Symptoms of seasickness include:

 

  • Dizziness
  • Cold sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Pale skin
  • Rapid breathing

 

Once you feel the onset symptoms, it is time to act. Your first thought may be to run to the bathroom and wait it out in privacy. In reality, this will make things go from bad to worse. Read on for more tried and tested ways to reduce the risk of seasickness on your cruise.

Reducing the risk

Here are a few tips that can help you reduce the chance of seasickness, which aren’t trapping yourself in a small and stuffy space.

When you begin to feel a little queasy:

– When in motion, look towards the horizon or land rather than the inside of the cabin.

  • Stay on the lower decks where the boat’s centre of gravity is most stable. The higher you go, the more you will rock with the vessel.
  • Some people find that closing their eyes is the best way to eliminate sensory confusion.
  • Step out and take a breath of fresh ocean air.  Our vessels have plenty of open deck space, making it for a comfortable ride.

The back and bow of our vessel, Spirit of Migaloo II, offer great space for fresh air.

Preventing seasickness

There are preventative measures that can be taken that reduce your chances of getting seasick.

The most tried and true method of avoiding seasickness is motion sickness medication. When taken as directed, this remedy is successful for the vast majority of people. Our preferred product is Travacalm H.O. which comes in a chewable pill form. This product is sold onboard, but we suggest buying your own before your tour as they should be taken an hour before departure for best effect.

Natural remedies in the form of ginger candies or smelling peppermint are also said to alleviate symptoms of seasickness.

Ginger is known for its anti-nausea properties. Ginger comes in many forms, such as ginger tea, candy and raw, which all help combat the symptoms of seasickness. If you aren’t a fan of the taste of ginger, you can pick it up in capsule form from pharmacies and supermarkets.

 

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need further help or advice on how to prevent seasickness.

Candied ginger and raw ginger are known for their anti-nausea properties. (Image courtesy Alamy Stock Photos)

Now you know how to combat seasickness once and for all, don your sea legs and get ready for a whale of a time on the Humpback Highway.

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Christmas on the Gold Coast

By | Blog, Charters & Functions

Christmas on the Gold Coast

Functions/Charters

There is nothing more iconic than an Aussie summer Christmas. Fresh prawns, Nan’s pavlova, clinking glasses together with family to celebrate the year that has been.

Sea World Cruises have a variety of options for holiday cheer this 2021 silly season. From luxurious lunches to work parties, here are some of our favourite things to do on Christmas Day on the Gold Coast.

Lunch in luxury

Step aboard the Spirit of Elston for a leisurely 2-hour Christmas Lunch Cruise down sparkling Gold Coast waterways. 

We’ve eased the pressure of Xmas lunch, and Santa’s helpers in the kitchen have carefully curated a mouthwatering menu.  Help yourself to a tasty buffet lunch featuring all of the Aussie favourites, including baked maple-glazed ham, roast chicken and freshly caught King Prawns.

See the sights of the Gold Coast as you relax atop our spacious sundeck, sipping ice-cold beverages and sharing laughter with family and friends.

Children will be delighted to receive free kids Christmas activity pack full of plenty of goodies and things to keep them busy whilst the adults enjoy not lifting a finger on Christmas Day.

Have a cracking time this Christmas with our Christmas Lunch Cruise.

Dazzling Christmas Dinner

If your Christmas day is dedicated to a backyard BBQ and uncle Robert’s poor backyard cricket batting, we have dinner prepared for you. No more running around the kitchen preparing the post-match meal, instead step aboard our Christmas Dinner Cruise.  Departing twice from the convenient location at the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal, this two-hour cruise will see you cruising the Gold Coast underneath the dazzling city lights.

Dance the evening on our upstairs dancefloor to live music and cherish your special Christmas night.


Beverage packages are available on both the lunch and dinner cruise, including locally-brewed boutique beers, wines, champagne, soft drinks & juices.

Our delicious Christmas buffet spread.

It’s Christmas Party Time

Did your manager ask you to sort out the Christmas party a few months back, which missed your to-do list? Or are you the manager who completely forgot and have to organise something fast? Sea World Cruises loves the silly season and hosting work functions and parties.

We have another blog post that puts our charters and functions in a little more detail, but in short, they are some of the most fun and memorable venues you will ever party in.

Sunset Deck

Our Sunset Deck is a function space with a stunning waterfront view. Party as the sun sets across the Gold Coast Hinterland and twinkling lights set the scene for a beautiful night.

Private Boat Charter

From private Raft-Up Island Parties to private boat hire down the glittering Gold Coast canals, there are charter options to suit all moods and budgets.

Kids Santa Cruise

This year will mark our 5th annual Santa Christmas Cruise. Every Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves visit the Gold Coast before his big night. Children will be thrilled to meet the big man himself as you cruise down stunning Gold Coast Waterways during golden hour. Little ones will join Santa as he throws candy to the eager families waiting on the piers and jetties on the Gold Coast canals.
Our favourite carolers will return to be the sound of a magical night before Christmas.

Last year we were lucky enough to interview St Nick and find out more about why he loves the Gold Coast so much.

Need more?

Need any more reason to book a seat on our Christmas Lunch or Dinner Cruise or choose us to host your work Christmas party/function? Besides being a completely unique and exciting experience on the Gold Coast, we have tasty festive-themed cocktails (keep an eye out for this year’s yummy cocktail menu) and gorgeous themed decorations, including classic Christmas crackers and tinsel galore.

Our venue spaces cater to all ages, making it the ultimate destination for celebration on the Gold Coast this Christmas 2021.

2020’s Christmas cocktails, we’ll take all three!

Christmas Party season is quickly approaching, and spaces are filling up fast. Secure your spot today to avoid disappointment.

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The ultimate Hens Party Cruise on the Gold Coast

By | Blog, Charters & Functions

The ultimate Hens Party Cruise on the Gold Coast

Functions

You can’t have a wedding without a Hens or Bucks night, AKA, the final farewell to unmarried life celebrated with those closest to you.

The Gold Coast has become one of the hottest destinations in Australia, and we can’t argue with that: amazing nightlife, beautiful warm sunny days, some of the best beaches in Australia and sparkling waterways offering the best views in town, which double as the perfect location for Hens night..

We have some amazing Hen’s Night and Bachelorette options right here on the Gold Coast.

Bottomless Bubbles

Begin your day with something a little different aboard a Champagne Breakfast Cruise. This all-inclusive cruise includes bottomless bubbles and yes, that means unlimited glasses of sparkling and mimosas. Feast in a variety of fresh from the oven savoury and sweet treats and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast consisting of egg and bacon or vegetarian halloumi and spinach rolls.


A Champagne Breakfast Cruise is a great option for a Bridal Shower. A beautiful way to celebrate the soon-to-be bride on dazzling waterways.

Say ‘Cheers’ to the last outing before married life.

Dinner and Floating Dancefloor

Skip the party bus, a party boat cruise is the latest 2021 trend.
Put on your bride to be sash on and gather the girls to board the Spirit of Elston for a night that none of you will forget.

The Sightseeing Dinner Cruise boasts a flavourful chef-prepared buffet spread including herb-crusted lamb, grilled calamari, tender roast chicken and much more, with vegetarian and vegan options available. We haven’t forgotten the most important meal of the day, either with three indulgent dessert options to treat yourself to.

Wander upstairs to the spacious upstairs lounge. Here you will be delighted by live entertainment by local performers, creating an upstairs floating dancefloor.

Bar Necessities

Spirit of Elston is a fully licensed onboard bar, serving crisp ice-cold craft beers, regional and international wines and whipping up killer cocktails. A brand new cocktail menu will be making waves this summer, including the signature ‘Spirit of Elston’, a fruity tropical drink served in a fresh cocktail.

We offer drink packages upgrades, which included unlimited select wine, beer and even cocktails!

V.I.P Bridal Party

Your Bridal Party is the most important part of a Hen’s night, let us give them the V.I.P treatment that they deserve.

Enjoy an exclusive section of the boat, roped off for you and your ladies. Feel even more special with your very own private pop up bar and bar tender.

We strive to make you and your Bridal Party the happiest they can be.

Private Functions and Charters

For the larger bachelorette parties, choosing a function space or private boat charter is a unique way to say au revoir to single life.  

 

You can hire out one of our many vessels and have it all to yourself. Costs include captain and crew to keep you stress-free during one of the best nights of your life. Have as much fun as you want on sparkling Gold Coast waterways and have a hen’s night to be envied.

If you prefer land-based celebrations, our Sunset Deck offers gorgeous views of hte Broadwater and the Gold Coast Hinterland. 


Choose your own Hen’s night party packages, such as drink and food packages. Select your own set menu, capanpes or tapas to enjoy throughout the night; We love the mini quiche and caprese skewers. We are also can supply live entertainment and other entertainment to make it a Hen’s night to remember.

We love the delicious mini-quiches served by our amazing functions team.

Wanting to have the best Hen’s night on the Gold Coast?

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Champagne Breakfast Cruise

By | Blog, Sightseeing & Dining

Champagne Breakfast Cruise

Sightseeing & Dining

Say cheers to the working week and set sail down the sparkling Gold Coast waterways with Sea World Cruises Champagne Breakfast Cruise. Every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise sipping on bottomless bubbles under the beautiful Queensland sunshine. 

 

Departing from the Sea World Cruise Terminal in Main Beach, this stylish brunch is a must-do this sunshine season.

Bottomless Bubbles

Once you step on board the Spirit of Elston and you will be welcomed by glasses filled with sparkling champagne and tasty mimosas. The fully licensed onboard bar boasts extra boozy beverages, including fruity cocktails (the ‘Spirit of Elston’, served in a fresh pineapple, is a must-try), craft beers and wine.

Be greeted by rows of unlimited sparkling champagne.

Instagram Envy

Give your friends serious Instagram ‘FOMO’ and pose in your best dress in front of the stunning scenery you can only see from the canals. Capture boomerangs of clinking champagne glasses or show off your delicious brunch for guaranteed food envy.

Bonus tip for visitors; Try and get the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline in the background. It isn’t a trip to the Gold Coast without showing off the city’s most famous spot!

Views of the Gold Coast you can only see from the water are the ultimate photo backdrop.

A perfect excuse to catch up

The Champagne Breakfast Cruise is the perfect choice for your next get together. As a unique location on the Gold Coast, it is ideal for a catch-up or an excellent excuse to drink before noon.  If you have out of town visitors, it is a great way to see the best of the Gold Coast in 1.5 hours.

A trendy new venue for a baby shower or gender reveal, or start your Hens party with a bottomless bubbles bang.

Best brunch on the Gold Coast

A boozy brunch is nothing without a delicious breakfast Barbecued bacon and farm egg burgers or barbecued mushroom, spinach and sundried tomato burgers.

Indulge in a delightful buffet of cold selections, including straight from the oven-baked treats, fresh fruit platter and greek yoghurt pots with granola and our ‘chefs secret recipe’ berry coulis.

A delicious assortment of tasty oven-baked treats.

World-class vessel

Spirit of Elston is a dreamy multi-million dollar vessel, making for a luxurious experience on sparkling Gold Coast waterways. The vessel features an air-conditioned lower deck fitted with wooden floors and nautical decor and a spacious sun-deck, great for getting your daily dose of vitamin D.

The gorgeous Spirit of Elston sundeck, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine.

Setting sail and serving sparkling champagne every Saturday and Sunday.

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Why do some people find whale songs to be relaxing?

By | Blog, Whale Watching

Why do some people find whale songs to be relaxing?

Whale Watching

The 2004 film Finding Nemo tells us how to ‘speak’ whale, but do we know much about why whale songs are so unique? Humpback whales are known for their beautiful ‘whale song’, consisting of long sound patterns that travel long distances across the ocean.
Many people praise whale songs for being relaxing and calming during stressful moments.

Read along as we dive deep into the mystery of the whale song, and discover why it is so relaxing.

Why do whales sing?

Sound travels almost five times faster in water than it does through air, making it an excellent tool for long-distance communication. Humpback whales are known for their ‘song’ that floats through the ocean.  But did you know that their song is an essential part of whales lives? Humpback whales use various clicks, whistles and pulsed calls, all of which are used for different purposes. Every humpback pod has their own unique dialect; This helps differentiate whales in their pod from strangers.

 

Whale clicks are believed to be for navigation and identifying physical surroundings in a behaviour known as ‘echolocation’.The whale’s click will bounce off objects which return an echo that gives information on the object’s distance and size.

Whistles and pulsed calls are used for long-distance communication between whales. Reasons for this include:

 

 

  • Males informing other males or females that they are in the area.
  • Warning other whales of predators such as orca or sharks.
  • Coordinating pod hunts
  • For fun!

Mother and calf swimming close together.

How do humpback whales sing?

Unlike humans, who talk and sing using vocal cords in their throat, humpback whales have more complex vocal structures that form on special sacs that line their throat. To ‘sing’, whales move air between the sacs and lungs, allowing them to sing without losing any air.

Each whale population has their own song. Over time parts of the song change, creating a completely different tune; Changing pitch, melody or entire melodies.  If different pods of whales are in earshot of each other, they can trade phrases to add to their songs.

Why do some people find whale songs to be relaxing?

There have been claims that whale music soothes crying babies, calms women during childbirth and can help people drift to sleep. Ian Samuels, director of a lifestyle CD company, suggests that people listening to whale music find their breathing subconsciously slows to match the whale notes.

Samuels says: ‘The whale’s moan is long, slow, contains a range of pitches, and is repeated in patterns. These characteristics make it perfect for relaxation. And people associate it with the tranquillity of the ocean.’

Next time you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, skip counting sheep and instead put on calming whale song music.

Excited passengers delighted by a ‘spyhopping’ whale.

Do only male whales sing?

Both female and male humpbacks can sing, but only male whales produce loud and long melodies, suggesting they use it to attract females.  All of the males in a local group sing the song in roughly the same way.

Females have been known to sing to their calves, but only at a whisper-like volume to not draw attention from other whales. They don’t take part in the famous ‘whale song’ style of singing.

How can humans hear whales sing?

Did you know that you can listen to humpback whale songs live without getting wet? Sea World Cruises use an underwater microphone called a hydrophone. Just like your average microphone that collects sound in the air, a hydrophone detects sound signals when submerged in water. 

Whale Watching Cruises with Sea World Cruises have hydrophones they use during whale watching tours, which are broadcast over a loudspeaker for guests to experience the spectacular whale vocals.

Want to hear the whale song for yourself? Jump aboard our Whale Watching Cruise, the number one whale watching experience on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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5 Reasons why a Buffet Dinner Cruise is the best gift idea

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5 Reasons why a Buffet Dinner Cruise is the best gift idea

Sightseeing & Dining

Are you looking to mix up your next birthday gift? We have the perfect solution to finding a jaw-dropping birthday present on the Gold Coast. A 2.5-hour Sightseeing Dinner Cruise is the ultimate ‘I love you, Happy Birthday!’ to someone special. Departing from Sea World Cruise Terminal at Main Beach, celebrate the special occasion as you cruise down the stunning Gold Coast waterways.

Perfect for all of your family and friends.

Nothing brings friends and family together more than a celebration. Drink and eat into the night as you cruise down sparkling Gold Coast waterways on a Sightseeing Dinner Cruise. Our multi-million dollar vessel Spirit of Elston can host up to 65 guests.

Unique Location

Really go all out for your birthday person and surprise them with a present they will never forget. Imagine the look on their face when they see a stunning waiting for them under starry skies. The newly refurbished vessel boasts a beautiful sleek design and nautical-themed decor. Wander upstairs to the spacious viewing deck, which offer the ultimate Instagram backdrop: the stunning Gold Coast skyline.

Instagram worthy backdrops can be found from both the inside and outside of the vessel.

Drink up!

Spirit of Elston has an elegant, fully licensed onboard bar. Spoil yourself with a wide variety of tasty cocktails, including the iconic ‘Spirit of Elston’; A delicious tropical rum mix served in a whole fresh pineapple. Make the most of your night out on the waterways and upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package. Enjoy a selection of beer, wine and soft drinks for the duration of the cruise. 

The delicious ‘Spirit of Elston’ cocktail.

Delicious food

The night can only get better, accompanied by a delicious buffet dinner.  Indulge in a chef-prepared menu made from regional produce, including slow-cooked lamb and rosemary with homemade jus, grilled barramundi in a coconut bisque with steamed rice, fresh chicken in garlic, lemon and olive oil, fresh prawns from local Gold Coast trawlers and New Zealand mussels with house dressing. And of course, what is a birthday dinner cruise without dessert? Choose from a delicious array of rich chocolate cake with three berry coulis, passionfruit cheesecake or the daily chef’s special.

A small peek at the irresistible buffet dinner menu includes roast chicken, fresh mussels and king prawns.

The party continues upstairs

Step out to our spacious top deck, offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Gold Coast. Tap your toes to live entertainment from musically gifted performers, singing covers of your favourite songs. Keep an eye out for famous local landmarks such as the sparkling Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, Sea World and many more.

Give the best gift that the birthday person will ever receive.

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Wildlife Spotlight: Seabirds

By | Blog, Sightseeing & Dining

Wildlife Spotlight: Seabirds

Sightseeing & Dining

Many know about the wealth of marine life that inhabit the Gold Coast bay area, but did you know that an abundant species of seabirds and shorebirds also call this region home?

Birds in the Broadwater

A combination of islands, wetlands, bush, mangroves, and vast shorelines creates many habitats for sea birds. The Gold Coast Broadwater is an important location for migratory birds who make long annual journeys between Australia and the Northern Hemisphere. Their migration is an estimated 16,000 to 20,000km in length, with some birds taking very few rest breaks on the ground.

Australian Pelican

Resident Bird

Splendid fliers, Australian pelicans can soar to heights of 3000 metres on giant 2.5-metre wings. Australian pelicans have the longest bills out of all bird species, measuring 40-50cm long and can hold up to 13 litres of water. Look for them cruising on the surface or resting on the sandbanks in the Gold Coast Broadwater.

The Australian pelican’s bill is very sensitive and can detect fish in the water.

Eastern Curlew

Visitor from Russia and Northern China.

The eastern curlew is the largest of all shorebirds and is recognisable by its long downturned bill. It uses its bill to bury deep into the mud and dig up mud crabs, their favourite food.

Eastern curlew dips its long beak into mud shallow water to feed. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Silver Gull

Resident Bird

Everyone’s favourite (or least favourite) resident bird is the silver gull. They are recognisable by their bright red bill, legs and eye-ring; these gulls are often seen resting in large flocks on the banks of the Broadwater. As scavengers, they often find their next meal in the shape of food scraps or annoy humans for a bite of hot chips. They also stick close to fishing boats to forage for any meat to eat.

Common Tern

Visitor from the Northern Hemisphere.

Despite its name, the common tern isn’t that common in Australia. An interesting fact about the common tern is that its head changes colour during the breeding season. When it is ready to mate in the Northern Hemisphere, the crown to the nape of the neck of the tern turns from white to black.

White-Bellied Sea Eagle

Resident bird

The white-bellied sea eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia, with a wingspan of 2 metres long. Their diet consists of sea creatures such as turtles, fish and sea snakes. It’s distinguished by its white head and underbody and grey back and wings. Keep an eye for their in-flight fishing.

The white-bellied sea eagle is about to strike a fish in the water. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Cormorants

Resident ‘penguin’ bird

“Is that a penguin?” is a common phrase directed towards these funny looking birds. With their webbed feet, adorable waddle and black and white colouring, there is reason to believe as to why you might think these tropical birds are their distant Antarctic cousins. Watch them diving for fish in the water or stretching their wings out to dry on the rocks.

Their black and white markings of cormorants make for a penguin double-take. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Grey Plovers

Visitor

The grey plover is an interesting little bird that has been known to migrate over 7000km without taking a break on land. Scientists are still yet to fully understand grey plovers as they are difficult to track. They have discovered that only the females of the species migrate to Australia, and researchers are still trying to determine where the male plover when the females are away. Grey plovers are recognisable by their medium size, pale greyish-brown feathers, dark eyes and heavy black bill.

There are almost 40 unique shorebirds and seabirds that call the Gold Coast Broadwater home. Don’t forget to look upon the skies during your sightseeing or whale watching cruise.

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Who is Migaloo the white whale, and where can I find him?

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Who is Migaloo the white whale, and where can I find him?

Whale watching

Australia biggest (literally, he’s over 25 tonnes!) celebrity, Migaloo, is a white whale that has everyone saying, “have you seen Migaloo yet?”. The superstar humpback is adored all over the world as one of the only living albino whales. He is part of the Eastern Australian whale migration that sees over 35,000 humpbacks make their way to the warm breeding grounds of Northern Queensland.

When was Migaloo first spotted?

Migaloo was first spotted off of Cape Byron in 1991by a group of volunteers conducting a whale count. Since his first sighting, he has been reported to have been seen over 50 times.

How old is Migaloo?

When Migaloo was first spotted, they estimated his age to be roughly three years old. In 2019 he celebrated his 30th birthday. Humpback whales can live up to 50 years old, so there is still plenty of time for our favourite white whale. However, scientists have noticed that Migaloo was swimming further away from the coastline over the last few years. They believe this could be due to his maturity or survival from other whales or predators.

How did Migaloo get his name?

Once Migaloo was discovered, Australia was eager to name him. It was decided that the elders of the Indigenous community would have the honour of naming him. They chose the name Migaloo which translates to ‘white fella’.

Is Migaloo protected?

Migaloo is protected under Queensland and Commonwealth Government legislation, which states that no vessel can get within 500 metres of him. These laws are necessary to prevent excited whale watchers from getting too close and harming Migaloo. An example of this was in 2003 when a boat got too close and scarred his back.

Are there any other white whales in the world?

Migaloo, as rare as he is, isn’t the only white whale in Australia. He is one of the unique handfuls of white whales in the world. His special counterparts are named Willow, Bahloo and Migaloo Jr; a calf spotted in 2011 with a normally pigmented mother. The calves father is unknown, but some speculate he could quite possibly be Migaloo’s offspring. They haven’t been able to test this theory just yet due to the lack of DNA from Migaloo Jr.

Where can I see Migaloo?

There currently haven’t been any confirmed sightings of Migaloo in 2021. In early April, there were reports of a white whale seen off of the Victorian coast. Following Migaloos previous migration patterns, it is doubtful that this was indeed Migaloo.  In 2020, the humpback was seen at Port Macquarie towards the latter end of June. There is a good chance he may follow similar times as last year.


We are eager to find him during this year’s 2021 whale watching season. Keep an eye out on our Instagram page for Migaloo updates, or follow the #migaloowatch hashtag.

Will you be lucky enough to see the wonderful white whale, Migaloo, this 2021 whale watching season? Book your ticket now to witness the worlds greatest migration.


Don’t forget to share your photos and tag @seaworldcruises or #seaworldcruises.

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Plastic Free July

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Plastic Free July

All

At Sea World Cruises, we have a love and passion for the ocean, the Gold Coast waterways and the whales, dolphins and other marine life that inhabit it. Unfortunately, the overwhelming amount of single-use plastic discarded each day is threatening our seas.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. This helps reduce carbon emissions and climate change while keeping our oceans clean and protecting their extensive ecosystem.

Bamboo is the new plastic

Pollution of waterways from single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and polystyrene cups and containers pose a risk to its marine life. The Sea World Cruise Terminal Dec Café is already on its way to being plastic-free to meet with Queensland’s single-use plastic ban beginning September 2021. Plastic takes up to 20 years to fully decompose, whereas bamboo takes only three years. Cardboard is quick to decompose, taking as little as three months.  We serve food in paper bags, cardboard containers with paper straws and bamboo cutlery. Our coffee is served in sustainable coffee cups (they even have cute whale designs!)
What difference does this make?

Substituting plastic for more renewable sources makes a big difference in the longevity of the environment. Queensland banned plastic bags in 2019, and in the first year, 900 million bags were saved from going straight into landfills.

Sea World Cruises statistics:

– Changing from plastic to carton water bottles in our café and vessels will save over 5,000 bottles being sent to landfills.

– Switching from plastic to bamboo cutlery packs saved over 3,600 items of plastic cutlery each year.

– We haven’t used single-use plastic bags or plastic straws since 2019, doing our part in stopping the millions of plastic waste from finding their way into landfills or the ocean.

We have changed to eco-friendly coffee cups and swapped plastic stirrers to sustainable bamboo.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bins

We have put three different coloured bins available to encourage best practice waste disposal. The aim of having easily accessible bins mean less waste is being put into landfills. Encourage recycling and reducing waste going into landfills.

Waste sent to recycling centres is turned into something new. Products made in this way use less energy than created from raw material. For example, glass can be recycled an infinite number of times, and by recycling just one glass jar, you can save enough energy to power a fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.

Food waste makes up the majority of waste in landfills. When disposed of in the correct bin, it gets sent to a composting facility and, within weeks, is broken down into rich compost soil.

Different coloured bins are seen at our cruise terminal and onboard our vessels.

Reusable Water

Sea World Cruises has replaced plastic water bottles with a more environmentally friendly alternative, Carton & Co. Their unique, paperboard carton packaging is made from FSC certified, renewable sources. They can be recycled or reused as your daily water bottle.

Image Courtesy of Carton & Co

Stopping to pick up rubbish on the boat

Our skippers and crew spend a good portion of the time looking out to the water, searching for whales. Sadly, it isn’t unusual to spot something other than humpbacks or dolphins. We often find pieces of rubbish bobbing in the water, and our crew make sure to stop and retrieve them. We have found plastic bags, party balloons, fishing lines, and so much more, all of which risk the lives of our precious marine life.

Check out our Ecotourism Australia certified tours today!

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Ways to spoil dad on Father’s Day on the Gold Coast

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Ways to spoil dad on Father’s Day on the Gold Coast

Special Cruises

Are you stuck on Father’s Day gift ideas? Sea World Cruises has a variety of fun and relaxing activities for your favourite old man! From whale watching to delicious buffet dinners, we have the list of the ultimate things to do and gift ideas for Father’s Day on the Gold Coast.

Lunch Cruise

Spend the day soaking up the sunshine aboard a Sightseeing Lunch Cruise. Relax as you depart Surfers Paradise on our multi-million dollar, air-conditioned vessel. Indulge in a delicious tropical buffet with all you can eat fresh prawns, maple glazed ham, succulent roast chicken and more. Enjoy our range of local craft beers and wines at our fully licensed onboard bar. Wander up to the spacious sun deck with a drink in hand, watching the beautiful views of the Gold Coast waterways.

Soak in the Gold Coast sunshine on the open-air sun deck.

Dinner Cruise

Celebrate dad under the twinkling lights of the Gold Coast skyline aboard a Sightseeing Dinner Cruise. Departing from our Sea World Cruises Terminal on Main Beach on our Spirit of Elston vessel, enjoy a two-hour cruise down sparkling waterways. Enjoy a dinner feast fit for a king, featuring delicious herb-crusted lamb, grilled calamari, pan-seared barramundi, salads and more. Take in the scenery as you tap your toes to live entertainment. Treat him to a drinks package and make him felt even more spoilt.

Whale Watching

Surprise your pa with tickets to the greatest migration on Earth. Whale Watching is one of the best activities to do on the Gold Coast and one your dad is sure to love. Just 20 minutes from our Sea World Cruises terminal, you’ll reach the famous Humpback Highway, an underwater corridor that sees over 35,000 whales pass through every year.  Be amazed as humpback whales launch themselves into the air, slap their mighty tails and ‘mug’ the vessel.

For a VIP experience, upgrade to the exclusive Captain’s Lounge, featuring comfortable leather seats, priority boarding and complimentary light refreshments.

Explore the Gold Coast waterways

Watch the sunset as you sit back and relax aboard a 1.5-hour Afternoon Explorer Cruise. Take in the views with a cold, crisp beer on hand as we drift past the Gold Coast’s most iconic locations. Take in local wildlife, admire multi-million dollar yachts at Marina Mirage, and the magnificent waterfront homes of the rich and famous, accompanied by an entertaining commentary.

See the homes of the rich and the famous on the Gold Coast Broadwater.

Give the gift of gift vouchers

Stuck on a gift idea that dad will really love? Give him the choice of what cruise he wants with a Sea World Cruises Gift Voucher.

Places are limited for our Father’s Day cruises. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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