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Melbourne Cup Day Cruise

Tuesday, 1st November 2016

Ladies and gents, it’s time to celebrate in style aboard Showboat’s iconic Kookaburra Queens. Don your best racing attire and enjoy the Melbourne Cup Day cruise festivities. Sip Champagne on the deck and watch the race that stops the nation live on board.

The Melbourne Cup Day cruise includes a fabulous selection of canapés served to your table, live entertainment, sweepstakes and prizes.

• Canapes on arrival
• Three Course lunch
• live music throughout the day
• Sweepstakes & lucky door prizes
• Fashions on the deck competition
• Scenic Cruise on the Brisbane River

Adults $99
Concession $89 ^
Children (4-12 years) $49
Infants (0-3) Free*

*One free infant per adult. ^Concession applies to students and seniors only. ID required.

Seafood Platters

Add a magnificent seafood fantasy platter featuring Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, calamari, lobster and more.

Seafood platter $80 (Serves two)
Includes Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, calamari

Deluxe platter $120 (Serves two)
Includes Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, calamari PLUS spanner crab

Extravaganza platter $200 (Serves two)
Includes Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, calamari PLUS spanner crab and lobster

Order a Cake

9 inch cake $59
Cakeage $2.50pp (Bring your own cake)

Cake orders must be placed minimum 7 days prior to cruise


6 Beverage Tokens $40
6 standard drinks of your choice

10 Beverage Tokens $60
10 standard drinks of your choice

1 Token = 1 Drink, 2 Tokens = 1 Cocktail

View the wine & beverage list >

Other Extras

Guaranteed window seat $20 per person
For bookings of 2 or 4 only
Guarantee a table next to the window. A limited number of window seats are available on each deck. Please note, request for window seats will be taken into consideration; however guests who have purchased the guaranteed window option will have first priority.

Guaranteed table for 2 $40
Tables of two are limited on board each vessel. A guaranteed table of two is available for an additional price.

Cancellation insurance $5 per person
Should you have any concerns that you may need to amend your booking, Cancellation Insurance can be purchased at $5 per person.

Boarding 12:00pm
Departing 12:30pm
Returning 3:30pm (subject to tides)

Chef's selection of canapes, served on arrival


Chicken & apricot roulade with saffron cream

Seafood cocktail, Tiger prawn, slaw & cocktail sauce

Thai style calamari salad with chili, ginger and lime dressing

Cucumber & vegetable terrine with balsamic glaze and summer salad


Breast of chicken with carbonara risotto, drizzled with garlic and herb butter sauce

Slow cooked pulled beef fillet with herbed potato mash & cabernet jus (G, N, H)

Pan seared rockling fillet served on creamy potato mash with tomato, green olive salsa & seeded mustard vinaigrette (G) (D*)

Tarte tatin of wild mushrooms, topped with free range quail egg, pan-fried capers, celery and baby spinach salad (V)


Summer Pavlova with whipped cream & berry compote (G) (D*)

Classic Crème Caramel served with maple glazed mandarin (G)

Toblerone Cheesecake served with chantilly cream


Add a magnificent seafood fantasy platter featuring Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, calamari, lobster and more. Something to suit every budget, from standard to deluxe, the opulent platters will transform your cruise to one of utter indulgence.

See EXTRAS for further details

Important Note: When cruising with us, we can cater for 4 basic dietary requirements: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free and Lactose free. However please note that these MUST be pre-booked at time of reservation. We will not be able to cater to dietary requirements advised on the day. Unfortunately we cannot cater for guests with allergies/adverse reactions caused by food. Whilst we have made every attempt to meet a variety of dietary requirements we have met with our suppliers and have been advised that they “cannot guarantee” that our stock has not been in contact with nuts, eggs, soy, or bee products etc during and throughout the manufacturing process. For this reason above, we cannot cater to allergies and are sincerely sorry. We can however welcome all guests with food allergies on a cruise, at a discounted price, so that those guests (if they choose) can bring in their own meal that has been prepared to their exact requirements. Please also understand that whilst sailing we cannot change ingredients for food preferences / individual tastes. (i.e I do not like tomatoes). As we are a vessel, we are unable to stock a large amount of excess food on board to suit all requirements/preferences. Our team of chef’s spend an incredible amount of time sourcing and preparing the menu items and are also confined to an extremely short period of time to serve food in order to keep the cruise operating within the allocated time. Due to these reasons (and in order to keep the cruise at a value-for-money price) we simply cannot provide individual chefs to meet specific tastes nor change or swap ingredients to suit individual preferences. Please remember to advise us when you are making your booking of your dietary requirements (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free or Lactose Free). We have a wonderful variety of food on board so please feel free to peruse our menu online prior to cruising. Please feel free to call our reservations office for further details.

Departing from Eagle Street Pier, we head out for the first of many perfect photo opportunities along the Brisbane River.

Enjoy the sights as we leisurely cruise past the beautiful botanic gardens, kangaroo point cliffs, maritime museum, Southbank precinct, the Brisbane wheel and many more of the city's sensational attractions.

A sure scenery highlight would have to be the iconic Story Bridge - a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge that connects the north and south of Brisbane.