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Celebrating Australia Day With Sea World Cruises

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Celebrating Australia Day With Sea World Cruises

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Nothing says Australia Day more than sunshine, live music, sausage sizzle, and locally brewed beer. Celebrate the end of the holiday season with a bang aboard a Sea World Cruises Australia Day Cruise

After spending a day celebrating in the Queensland summer sun, continue the Australia Day festivities into the night. Gather the crew for a night to remember. Departing at 6:00PM from Surfers Paradise, relax and enjoy three hours on the Gold Coast waterways. Pass famous landmarks and dazzling skylines as you relish in the best views of the city. Be entertained by live music performing covers of the most iconic acts in Australian music. Enjoy mouthwatering sausage sizzles all washed down with a crisp drink of your choice from our fully licensed on board bar.

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Why should you spend your Australia Day with Sea World Cruises?

Traditional Australian Cuisine

AKA the one, the only, the sausage sizzle. There’s something about a freshly cooked sausage straight from the barbeque wrapped in soft white bread that just tastes like home. Top with grilled onion and drizzle with tomato sauce and you’ve got the flavour of Australia in your hand.

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Well Stocked Bar

Relax and cool down sipping on an ice-cold beverage from our fully licensed on board bar. With a wide selection of crisp beer and ciders, delectable wines and spirits, there is something for everyone. We boast a range of mouth-watering cocktails including our famous Spirit of Elston, a fruity favourite served in a pineapple. How can you pass that up?

The Best View In Town

Cruising on the Gold Coast waters is a sure-fire way to secure the best seat in town. Begin with a stunning sunset view as we depart Surfers. As the sky darkens, be in awe of the sparkling city skyline. Pass by iconic landmarks from the Palace Versace, Sea World, and more. Our open-air deck offers 360-degree views of the Gold Coast, the perfect spot to witness the wonders of the sparkling city. Our skipper will find the best place to stop and soak in the breathtaking, glittering spectacular over the Broadwater.

Live Aussie Music

Celebrate our ‘Great Southern Land’ as you tap your toes and belt out the high notes along with our live entertainment. Spoiling you with the best of Australian music, listen as they perform covers of classics from INXS to AC/DC.  Dance and sing your way through the night to tunes, both new and old.

Cruise In Luxury

Feel like the superstar you are onboard our multi-million dollar purpose-built vessel. Our comfortable lower deck is spacious and fully air-conditioned with plenty of room to mingle and have a boogie. Wander up to our open-air deck and soak in all the best of what the Gold Coast has to offer.

Special cruises sell out fast, book early to avoid disappointment. Call to book and secure your spot today!

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By | Blog, Whale Watching

The Story Behind Australia’s Top 10 Viral Video

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The incredible moment was awarded a place in the official Tourism Australia Instagram page’s top 10 performing posts of 2020.

In 2020, we witnessed some of the best whale displays in Australia, including a once in a lifetime breach that took the internet by storm. The video of a whale breaching metres from delighted passengers went viral across social media and news outlets. The incredible moment was awarded a place in the official Tourism Australia Instagram page’s top 10 performing posts of 2020. If you are yet to see it, check out the epic moment for yourself here. The breathtaking breach proves yet again that the Gold Coast and Sea World Cruises is the best whale watching in Australia.

Humpback Whales are one of Australia’s most curious, cheeky, and playful mammals. During their annual migration, they travel over 10,000 kilometres from the cold oceans of Antarctica to breed in warm Queensland waters. They love to show off and surprise eager whale watchers along the way. They’re known for tail slaps, head lunges, and the spectacular breach; an incredible display of their strength as they throw their 25-tonne body into the air.

The Story Behind The Surprise Capture

Even the best whale watchers can’t always accurately predict when and where a whale will breach. Humpbacks love to dive in down one side of the boat and leap from the opposite. Their unpredictability makes this video even more impressive. A perfect case of ‘right place, right time’.

After departing Main Beach, the crew of Spirit of Migaloo II spotted the featured whale splashing in the horizon. Once located, the humpback enjoyed playing hide and seek with the passengers. Popping up to say hello to the crowds and taking a few exhales,  it showed off its tail fluke before diving deep into the ocean. Everyone waited eagerly for its return. Humpbacks typically spend between 4-15 minutes underwater before they return to the surface. As the minutes ticked by, the chances of seeing it again dwindled. Our skipper and crew were beginning to call it quits, all agreeing that it had headed under for a longer dive (which can be over 45 minutes long). As passengers began to settle in for their cruise home, our whale did what they do best; a stunning breach metres from the boat, drenching delighted guests at the bow. The passenger behind the video was located on top of the boat, the perfect viewing point for a truly once in a lifetime experience.

How Can I Get a Piece of the Action?

If like many, this video is making you eager to capture your own whale moment, you have a few more months to wait! Believe us, we’re counting down the days too! Our Gold Coast Whale Watching season begins at the end of May when the humpbacks begin to pass through to the breeding grounds in Northern Queensland. We can’t wait for you to join us for a VIP whale watching experience.

We love seeing videos and images of special captures, don’t forget to tag us @seaworldcruises on Instagram.

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New Year’s Eve Cruise

By | Blog, Charters & Functions

New Year's Eve Cruise

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The chaos of 2020 mixed in with the mayhem of the holiday season, it’s not unusual to forget to plan the biggest night of the year. 2021 is almost upon us, and this year it is time to celebrate it in style aboard a Sea World Cruises New Years Eve Cruise. 

Say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year with a bang! Put on your dancing shoes and adorn your party hats for the biggest night of the year. Cruise through the stunning Gold Coast canals and soak in the spectacular Surfers Paradise skyline. As you party further into the night and midnight grows close, we drift out towards Sea World Resort to bag the best seat in the house for their private fireworks spectacular. After a dazzling display, we return to Surfers at 12:30 am, where you can continue to celebrate the new year.

Let us tell you why celebrating New Year’s Eve with Sea World Cruises is the best way to mark the end of the year.

1. We do it all for you

There is no need to worry about who is bringing what food or if you have enough drink for the evening, we covered everything. Gather your crew, sit back, relax and our expert team will handle the rest. Meeting at Surfers Paradise at 8:15 pm for an 8:30 pm boarding, get excited for four hours of elite entertainment. You will feel like the very-important-person you are with premium customer service, gourmet canapes and a generous four-hour beverage package, including Chandon champagne, locally brewed craft beers and wine (included in ticket). Our friendly bar team are keen to show off their skills with an assortment of delicious cocktails to satisfy all your tastebuds (not included in drinks package).

2. Cruise in utter luxury

Indulge in the good life as you spend a perfect evening cruising in luxury aboard our brand new, air-conditioned vessel Spirit of Elston. Boasting a spacious open-air deck, take in the views of the sparkling Gold Coast skyline as you drift down shimmering waterways. Tap your toes or dance the night away to the soundtrack of the evening, performed by entertaining live music.

3. Secure the Best Seat In The House

No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without a sparkling fireworks spectacular. This year, we cruise to Sea World Resort to take the best seat in the house to catch their private firework show setting alight at midnight. The best display in all of the Gold Coast, be the envy of all your landlocked friends as impressive pyrotechnics mesmerise you on the water.

 4. No crowds to be seen

There is no more need to stress about securing the perfect spot for the night’s sparkling finale. Exclusive and limited seating allows you to enjoy the night without ever feeling overcrowded. Our vessel is spacious both upstairs and downstairs, with room to spare. Our modern rooftop deck offers 360-degree views of the city, meaning you can unwind and enjoy your time on the water uninterrupted. And the best part of no crowds? You can get that Insta-shot of the year. Sparkling skies, shimmering city lights and pristine water, how much better does it get?

2020 was one crazy, to say the least, and you deserve to treat yourself by spending the year’s last few hours by relaxing and celebrating on a New Year’s Eve Cruise. Dress to impress and enjoy the most fantastic evening of the year.

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Santa Cruise

Sea World Cruises’ Exclusive Interview with Santa

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Sea World Cruises’ Exclusive Interview with Santa

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This year, make your child’s wish to meet Santa Claus possible aboard a Sea World Cruises Santa Kid’s Cruise. 

It has been a busier year than usual for our favourite jolly man. He has spent the majority of the year isolated with Mrs Claus and his troupe of elves in The North Pole. Eager for a warm change of scenery and with the Australian state borders finally open, he has chosen the Gold Coast for a last-minute holiday.

We got an exclusive interview with the big man himself to ask him about why the Gold Coast is his destination of choice, among other things. A lover of summer sunsets, Santa can’t contain his excitement to announce he will be spending the few hours before his big night with the kids and families of the Gold Coast on December 24

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“Santa, what are you doing on the Gold Coast?”

“2020 has been quite an unusual year, and I wanted to treat myself to a relaxing getaway. Stuck in the chill of the North Pole, I’m craving sometime in the summer sun; slip, slop, slap of course! I’ve organised something spectacular for the people of the Gold Coast. I’m joining up with the team at Sea World Cruises for a whimsical 1.5 cruise on the sparkling Gold Coast waterways”. 

“Do you prefer travel by boat or sleigh?”

“I have always loved the water, but sadly my magical reindeer can’t pull a boat. I love coming to the Gold Coast to have the chance to deliver by water. I’ll be throwing lollies to the families eagerly waiting on the jetties on the cruise route. I love to get the kids involved too, so they get their own bag of treats to help me spread the joy of Christmas along the canals.”

“Did anyone from tag along from the North Pole to help you?”

“Sadly, none of my elves could get past the borders. However! I have a few friends from the Gold Coast who are very excited to be of assistance. I’ve enlisted help from my favourite face painter, Emma. She creates the coolest designs that are sure to bring a smile to any child’s face”.

“What do you love most about the Gold Coast?”

“The views! Who could ever pass up crystal clear water and blue skies? The warm sunshine is also much-needed relief from the cold North Pole winter. It’s the perfect backdrop for a unique photo with me, too!” 

Santa is ready to hit the Gold Coast beaches.

“Knowing that I was interviewing you, a lot of kids have asked me to ask you the very important question of: are you taking any last-minute letters?”

“Of course!  It is never too late!  I will be forwarding last-minute wish-lists to my elves back at my workshop. Thank goodness for technology, without ‘ElfBook’ I don’t think I could keep in touch with them so quickly.” 

“Do you have any final words of wisdom for the kids this year?”

“If you’re teetering on the edge of the naughty list, or have fallen right into it, I have some advice that’s a quick way out! Be nice to your parents!” 

“That’s very true! Do you have anything planned for the parents? ” 

 “Of course I haven’t forgotten the parents. I’ll be offering complimentary tea, coffee and savoury platter. Mrs Claus has forwarded on her favourite festive drink recipe to the talented bar team to create tasty Christmas cocktails. Oh, and parents; save the milk and leave a cold beer out for me!”

“The subject of the year, COVID-19, how have you managed to travel to the Gold Coast, and what do you suggest we can do when we meet you?”

“My Santa magic has made me be immune to COVID-19 and allowed free travel to the Gold Coast.  I’m aware of the precautions that need to be taken and encourage everyone to follow the COVID-19 big three.”

Santa’s zoom link cut out before we could finish the interview, but he has forward on the details of his spectacular cruise. He can’t wait to see your smiling and merry faces there.

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