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From farmland to high rises: A brief history of Surfers Paradise

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From farmland to high rises: A brief history of Surfers Paradise

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1952 Surfers Paradise

Our luxury sightseeing vessel, Spirit of Elston, is named in recognition of Surfers Paradise’s history. But what even is Elston?

Elston was the first official name of the town of what we now know and love as Surfers Paradise. Long before the hustle and bustle and the striking city skylines we are used to, the city was a quiet agricultural region. Over the years as its potential and popularity grew, the dull farmlands turned into the glitzy, must-see tourist destination in South-East Queensland.

As you cruise through the Gold Coast waterways, you’re drifting past one hundred years of history.

Cavill Avenue

The early days

The Yugambeh People first occupied the Gold Coast and South-East Queensland region before the arrival of European settlement. They hunted for fish in the waters hosted ceremonial invitations where Coomera is located.

The region was settled by James Beattie in 1869 and used for farmland. Timber cutters relished the rich cedar and tallowwood forests in the hinterlands and the area along the rivers were used to grow crops and sugarcane. In 1889, the Gold Coast region was officially called Elston, named after the Southport Postmaster’s wife’s home village in England.

When Jim Cavill acquired five acres of Elston’s land in 1917, it was the beginning of the rise of the town of Elston. The city began to grow in popularity in 1925 after opening the Jubilee Bridge, connecting Southport to Main Beach. Before installing the South Coast Road, the area was only reached by Meyer’s Ferry at the Nerang River. Now easily accessible, investors began purchasing land in the area.

Elston becomes Surfers Paradise

In 1925, Cavil built the town’s first landmark, Surfers Paradise Hotel (now the site of the Surfers Paradise Centre). As more visitors flocked to the town, more establishments and shops were built. After years of lobbying from Cavill, Elston’s less than glamorous name was rebranded to Surfers Paradise in 1933.

A city of high rises

Over the decades, Surfers Paradise grew rapidly into the must-see holiday destination. Attracted to the sunshine and unspoilt beaches, tourists flocked to the city, encouraging the development of holiday apartments and shopping arcades. High-rise buildings began to grow after the construction of the Kinkabool, a 10-storey apartment now protected by the Queensland State Heritage Register. The Surfers Paradise skyline has grown a lot since Kinkabool, with various towering high-rises that have become an iconic landmark of themselves. Keep an eye out on your cruise for the Q1 skyscraper, the sixth tallest residential building in the world.

What will I see on my cruise?

There are still landmarks from Elston and early Surfers Paradise that you can see on your Sea World Cruises sightseeing cruise.

Seaquarium AKA Sea World

Sea World was once known as Seaquarium in 1965. The theme parks oldest ride, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride was built in 1978 and was closed to the public in 2016. You will pass by the Sea World Marine park on your cruise.

Traffic at Jubilee Bridge

Jubilee Bridge AKA Sundale Bridge

Sea World was once known as Seaquarium in 1965. The theme parks oldest ride, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride was built in 1978 and was closed to the public in 2016. You will pass by the Sea World Marine park on your cruise.

Goat Island AKA Chevron Island

The canal estate of Chevron Island was one of the first major land developments in Surfers Paradise in the 1950s. Before it was home to luxury homes, it was farmland home to a large population of goats, earning the title of Goat Island.

Tug of war at Southport Broadwater Parklands

Southport Broadwater Parklands

The much-loved Broadwater Parklands in Southport was declared a public space in 1928. Over 90 years later, it’s grown into a popular hub of activity.

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Why a Gold Coast Cruise is the ultimate Valentine’s Day date

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Why a Gold Coast Cruise is the ultimate Valentine’s Day date

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Imagine this: You’re in awe of your sweetheart, unsure what is sparkling more, their eyes or the city lights around you. You’re in a world of your own as you cruise down the Gold Coast waterways. The city skyline glimmers off the river as you and your love share a night of unforgettable romance.

Valentine’s Day can be intimidating for even the most romantic of Romeo’s. Have no fear, we have the best date idea for you and your Juliet. Ditch supermarket flowers and whisk your sweetheart away on an amorous evening of decadent dining. Sea World Cruises Valentine’s Day Cruise is the perfect way to say “I love you” to your special someone.

Follow our steps to the most perfect Valentine’s Day date night ever.

1. Your secret is safe with us

Secure your spot on the Valentine’s Day cruise, but don’t tell your boo. All they need to know is what time they have to be ready to leave. Departure from a convenient location in Surfers Paradise. Check-in 6:30 PM for a 7:00 PM departure. Dress code: smart casual. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment as this cruise always sells out.

2. It’s showtime

You and your special someone are all dolled up and you have never seen each other look so beautiful. Now it’s time to head to Surfers Paradise to begin your romantic evening. If possible (and safe), blindfold your lover on the way to the destination to keep the allure of mystery.

3. The big reveal

Arriving at the Surfers Paradise jetty, your sweetheart is in for the surprise of their life. Take the blindfold off and voila! A beautiful cruise vessel is waiting for you under glistening city lights. After you have been rightfully adored for all your efforts, remind them that it only gets better from here.

4. Your carriage (cruise boat) awaits!

Our friendly crew will guide you and your lover to your seats onboard our spacious and comfortable vessel. Treat yourselves at our onboard fully licensed bar to crisp beverages or be tempted by our tantalising cocktails. The sound of love will float through the air from our onboard live-entertainment, think swoony voices and melodies, setting the scene for a loved-up night only seen in the movies.

5. Tempt your tastebuds

Indulge in a delectable two-course buffet meal fit for your king or queen. Impress your special someone with an irresistible menu which includes fresh ocean king prawns, roasted leg of lamb with a rosemary crust, tasty grilled calamari, grilled barramundi plus so much more. When you’re full from dinner and full of love, there’s always room to squeeze in dessert. Be seduced by our selection of decadent desserts including rich chocolate cake with three berry coulis or our Valentine’s Day-themed Chef’s Daily Special.

6. Love is in the air

Feel the butterflies as you cosy up under sparkling skies sipping sparkling wine. Our 360-degree open-air rooftop lounge is set up with bar amenities so you don’t have to miss a moment of adoration. Pass by local iconic landmarks and the stunning Gold Coast City skyline.

7. You and me, forevermore

Time flies when you’re in love. You haven’t noticed the night drawing to a close until you hear the Captain announce that you have returned to Surfers Paradise. Lead your lover hand by their hand off the boat. It’s up to you to choose a kiss goodnight or see where the rest of your Valentine’s Day date night takes you.

Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to wow your Valentine and book now. Special cruises sell out fast, call now to secure your spot.

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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.

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The story behind an Australia’s Top 10 viral video

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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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Start the New Year with a bang with Sea World Cruises

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Start the New Year with a bang with Sea World Cruises

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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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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

Santa Cruise

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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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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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Seven seasickness remedies that work and two that are myths

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Seven seasickness remedies that work and two that are myths...

Whale Watching

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If the thought of getting seasick is holding you back from booking a whale watching tour with us, fear not! Most of us have experienced seasickness at some point in our lives and we know how unpleasant it can be. Fortunately, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have an incredible day out on the ocean with the humpbacks with a little help and know-how. 

Seasickness is a form of motion sickness and is the body’s reaction of the inner ear balance system to the unfamiliar rocking motion of the vessel. When you are on a boat, you see walls and furniture and your brain instinctively knows from experience that they are supposed to be still. However because they are actually moving with the vessel and sea, the inner ear is placed under stress and that’s when nausea sets in. 

We spoke to a few of our skippers and crew to see what they had to say about avoiding seasickness. With hundreds of sea hours logged and years of experience under their belts, these salty sea dogs know a thing or two. They’ve put together this handy list of seven remedies that work and two to avoid.

Seasickness remedies that work

1. Avoid alcohol and stay hydrated

One easy way to reduce seasickness is to avoid alcohol before and during your tour. Alcohol affects the inner-ear mechanism that senses motion, so when you’re out on the open ocean, your inner ear is highly stimulated. If you’re trying to avoid getting seasick, stay away from alcohol altogether and keep yourself hydrated with a glass of water instead

2. Avoid greasy or acidic foods

Avoid heavy, greasy, and acidic foods in the hours before you travel. These types of foods – such as coffee, orange juice/grapefruit juice, bacon, sausage, pancakes – are slow to digest, and in the case of coffee, can speed up dehydration. Better choices include bread, cereals, grains, milk, water, apple juice, apples, or bananas. Do not skip eating but do not overeat.

3. Ginger

For centuries ginger has been known for its anti-nausea properties. Whether it’s in a ginger tea, a packet of crystalised ginger, or raw for that matter, ginger has been proven to reduce the effects of seasickness and even prevent it altogether. If the taste of ginger doesn’t appeal, you can buy ginger capsules at your local pharmacy.

4. It’s all about where you sit

Find a seat low to the water near the vessel’s centre of gravity. Try and get a seat on the lower deck as the higher up you go, the more you’re going to rock about. Make sure to also face the same way the boat is going as facing the wrong way can affect your vestibules in your inner ear. You want your eyes to relay the same movement cues as the direction of the boat. 

5. Inhale that fresh ocean air

If you can get some fresh air, that’s great. Try and get as much fresh air throughout the tour as you can. We are lucky enough that all of our vessels have plenty of open decks, so while you’re out there make sure to keep your eyes on the horizon. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot the first whale of the tour! 

6. Keep it cool

You may feel the urge to rug up like you’re going to Antarctica while getting ready to go whale watching, but be careful not to overheat while out on the boat as it may bring on effects of seasickness. Wear layers of clothing so you can take a layer off if you need to. 

7. Medication

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. If you are considering medication we recommend consulting your pharmacist first as these medications aren’t suitable for everyone. Our preferred product is Travacalm H.O. which comes in a chewable pill form. This product is sold on onboard, but we suggest buying your own before your tour as they should be taken an hour before departure for best effect. 

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Seasickness myths to avoid

1. Sea bands

You may have seen people wearing them before, an elastic wristband with a plastic stud on each wrist. They’re meant to work by applying pressure on an acupressure point to each wrist. They’re safe to use and relatively cheap. However, we have tried and tested them and we’ve busted the myth. Sorry to say, but they just don’t work. More than anything they’re just a placebo effect.

2. Old wive’s tales

Several myths about curing seasickness have evolved. These include gently slapping the face of the Captain with a flounder three times, drinking a glass of iced water whilst standing on one leg and then singing Waltzing Matilda and lastly, a long-time favourite, having a wee tot of Navy Rum before bed the night before setting sail. Look in all honesty, we haven’t put these to the test, but they seem more concerned with providing entertainment for fellow passengers, rather than alleviating the person’s suffering. Stick to the above and you’ll have a great day.

So there it is ladies and gentlemen… SEVEN remedies that can prevent seasickness, and TWO that don’t. If you are concerned about the sea conditions, feel free to give our friendly reservation team a call on (07) 5539 9299. Last but not least, whatever the sea conditions are on the day, our skippers and crew are marine experts and there to help you, you are in good hands. 

Hope to see you onboard a whale watching tour with Sea World Cruises soon!

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World Ocean’s Day 2020

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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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