Seated at the iconic bar ‘Howl at the Moon’, I snapped a photo of what was to be our cruise boat for the afternoon. Today was the opportunity to use a birthday voucher, which included a two hour buffet lunch cruise for two. Leaving from Cavill Avenue, along one of the many man made canals, the wharf is easy enough to find. Ticket office for voucher confirmation or to purchase tickets, is located around the corner of the bars, on the street front.
A few cruises were tied up along this wharf, departing at different times for different purposes. Boarding is easy enough, with the captain checking rickets before directing cruisers along the ramp to the boat. Staff onboard then direct you to your table.
Big windows line the sides of the boat, allowing everyone a view of surrounding areas. Upstairs, an open top deck with seating provided, gives the opportunity to lounge in the sun and enjoy the scenery with the wind in your hair, or a chance to enjoy many photo opportunities for the duration of the cruise. Your lunch table setting includes a rubbish bowl for the prawn bodies and a water bowl for refreshing the hands after dissecting said prawns. Bar prices are very reasonable, with beer, wine and basic spirits as well as a couple of jam jar cocktails, slushies and soft drink. Not an extensive menu, but definitely sufficient for the cruises. The Captain is seated inside the boat and gives a commentary throughout the cruise, pointing out locations of interest. Captain Tony had a fabulous sense of humour, popping in added extras along the way, which, unfortunately, were only picked up by a handful of those onboard as most were not really listening. We on the hand, did enjoy his dry sense of humour.
Lunch was superbly fresh, with plenty of salad, prawns, sliced ham, chicken and fabulously fresh buns available. Tables were directed to the buffet by the staff, to ensure everything flowed, with an opportunity to return for more if you wished. Tea, coffee and fruit were also available. After cruising through various canals and past many mansions on islands, you are passing the Palazzo Versace, touted as the most luxurious hotel on the Gold Coast. Surrounded by millions of dollars berthed at the marina, the hotel peeks through the masts and various decks, with the canal frontage, not revealing the extent of the luxury inside.
SeaWorld theme park & resort lie along the strip next to the Palazzo Versace. Beaches were filled with families enjoying the many water sport opportunities available to this area, or just a simple family picnic on this fabulous day.
As well as views of those multi million dollar homes, (one including its own canon!), an incredible array of boats, all shapes and sizes, you most likely will pass paraglider, jet skiers and canoeists. So keep the camera handy!
To top off this cruise, you are afforded some simply spectacular views of the Gold Coast skyline, showcasing the many high rises piercing the fabulously blue skies we enjoyed on our cruise day.
Locals, tourists, everyone should take the opportunity to view the glitter strip from a cruise. There are a number available, however check out Wyndham Cruises. Aside from the lunch buffet, they do run other cruises including morning & afternoon tea.
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Remember to take your camera, and listen to the Captains commentary, it could very well put a smile on your dial !