BOAT PARTY PLANNING TIPS

Having a party on a boat on Sydney Harbour is the ultimate way to have fun and take in the amazing sites. Let your planning process also be fun and stress-free, by following these simple planning tips!

TOP PLANNING TIPS

The Sea Sydney Harbour team spend their days planning and organising events on boats. Discover their top planning tips to follow…

1. Have an initial idea on guest numbers – All vessels have a maximum capacity that they must work within. Having a clear idea of your guest numbers is important for a boat party in your early planning stages, to ensure that you book the most suitable vessel for your group size. Where possible, leaving a little bit of leeway in case guest numbers change is a good idea, but remember when you confirm a booking you are locking in that specific vessel.

2. Keep it simple – Being on a boat is an activity in itself. Your group will be entertained for hours mingling and enjoying food and drinks, and will love the time on board. Don’t feel the need to fill up the schedule with lots of extra activities – one or two is fine but allow time for your group to just enjoy each other’s company and being on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

3. Try not to worry about the weather – Bring your positive vibes on the day and you will have a good time.  While we definitely hope the sun is shining, rain or shine, you WILL have fun with your family and friends!

4. Decide on a boarding location that is convenient for you – Consider how you and your guests will be getting to the wharf on the day e.g. public transport or driving, and select a location accordingly. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your cruise is set to commence to avoid any delays. While generally boarding and disembarking does take place at the same location, if you have alternate plans after your cruise, a different location can be an option.

5. Plan adequate food for all – If you choose to BYO food and drinks, ensure there is a substantial amount for all. The simplest idea for food is pre-prepared platters or BBQ items, as this keeps preparation to a minimum when on board. If choosing to bring food for the BBQ, our friendly crew will cook this for you. All BBQ utensils and cleaning products are available onboard, so you just need to bring your food and drinks for the day.

6. Don’t forget your drinking water – A must for all boat charters, but something that is often forgotten. Don’t forget this!

7. Limit decorations and extra items – All vessels are well-maintained and where décor is used the look is modern and sophisticated. We understand that some events are planned with a specific theme in mind, however, limiting decorations and items being brought on board will make the boarding and disembarking process quicker and easier. Remember that planning an event on a boat is different to land venues, and bump-in time or pre-access cannot always be offered, so it is a good idea to keep it simple. At the end of your cruise, items brought on board will also need to be taken off or disposed of, so keep this in mind.

8. Communicate accurate details to your guests – To avoid stress and lots of phone calls on the day, ensure all your guests have accurate details, including cruise date and time, exact boarding location (with a link if possible), and advise them if you want them to bring anything with them on the day.


Use these simple tips to help you have a smooth, stress-free planning process in the lead up to your cruise celebration. The Sea Sydney Harbour team is always happy to help and assist with your planning too.

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BIRTHDAYS ON THE WATER

Turning a year older and looking for a unique party venue?!? Why not celebrate on Sydney Harbour with Captain Frank and the team!

Birthdays come and go every year… some love to lap up the attention and others prefer to let the day slide under the radar… but big or small, we all deserve some kind of celebration. It’s the one day of the year that you can truly say is about you, you, you, and no one can tell you otherwise!

Whether you are looking to host a low-key, mid-week event, or make a day or night of it on the weekend, you can hire your own private floating venue for an intimate group of family and friends. Why share a space with others, in a restaurant or bar, when you can hire a venue privately on one of the most beautiful harbour’s in the world?

FLOATING VENUE OPTIONS

Sea Sydney Harbour specialises in intimate gatherings on the harbour and the team host a range of functions, including birthdays of all ages. With vessels currently ranging in capacity and different vessel styles available, there will undoubtedly be a vessel that you will love. Opt for an open one-level sailing catamaran, or a luxury motor catamaran with two levels and a range of internal and external deck spaces, perfect for all weather conditions.

CUSTOMISATION

One of the best features of Sea Sydney Harbour’s private charters is that the team customise the experience to suit your needs – it’s your birthday so the day should be about you, you, you! While we recommend cruise durations of 3-4 hours to allow time to enjoy your time on the water, shorter cruise durations are available if preferred. There is also the option to select from catering and beverage packages (selected vessels only), or the option to BYO food and beverages onboard. Pending your budget, the team can tailor a package to suit your requests, making each celebration unique and your birthday extra special!

ONBOARD ACTIVITIES

Want to go that extra step and add some fun activities to your cruise? The team have a range of optional extras that can be organised including:

  • the hire of water equipment
  • an onboard DJ
  • a drag queen hostess
  • a cocktail masterclass
  • laser clay pigeon shooting

PLAN EARLY

In the present time of writing this post, there is no denying that the world is moving through an evolving and unfamiliar situation. However, it is important that special occasions still be recognised and celebrated (with some precautions). Despite any external impacts on events, every individual has a birth date and this remains certain each year, so there is no reason why the planning for birthday celebrations can’t start early.

Captain Frank and the team would love to have you onboard and what better way to celebrate another year of life, than by enjoying your time on the water, with some food, drinks and an intimate group of family and friends. You will create memories that will carry you through the year, until your next birthday and beyond!

Don’t just take our word for it… Check out these testimonials from birthday events Captain Frank and the team have hosted…

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“I booked the Enigma X for a dozen friends and myself for a friend’s first birthday in Australia.
We were picked up at 3:30 and celebrated on the boat until 6:30 including watching the sunset over the harbour. Both of the crew were a lot of fun to chat with and handled every need/request with (the) utmost professionalism.
Thank you so much for making our friend’s birthday a memorable one! We’ll most definitely be back again!” – Natasha

“Unforgettable day ! From the moment we stepped on the boat Captain Frank and Tye could not do enough for us. They were AWESOME ! Everyone had a day that they won’t forget. We set sail at 3, returning at 7 so got to see the best of everything on our amazing harbour. I can not fault the Catamaran – there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out, yet we were still altogether. It’s a great layout for socialising. Everything about the day exceeded our expectations and was PERFECT !
Thank you again, Captain Frank and Tye – We will definitely be back !” – Narelle

Further reviews and testimonials can be found on the Sea Sydney Harbour website, Trip Advisor profile and Facebook page.

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To find out more information contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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