Boat Cruise 2011 Grad Boat Cruise
Boat Cruise 2011 Convenors Diana and Fi
November 29 to December 5
Your Steps to 2011 Boat Cruise Success
STEP 1 – JOIN THE ELIST
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and to get on the elist, so you can keep up-to-date with all the important Boat Cruise info.
STEP 2 – CHOOSE A GROUP OF FRIENDS
Groups with 4-10 members tend to work best. Check out the boats, and think about who will sleep where. Don't forget that you'll be staying in very close quarters, so make sure you'll be happy for the four nights aboard!
STEP 3 – BOOK A BOAT
First choose between a yacht, catamaran or motorboat. Each have their own advantages. Motorboats are the easiest to operate. Yachts are the best sailing experience, quiet with a gentle motion. Catamarans offer the most space for sun-baking, etc. in general. If you rent a sailing yacht, previous groups have still managed to get around quite cheaply and quickly using engine only.
Check out the Whitsundays Rent-A-Yacht website at rentayacht.com.au to choose your boat. Then call Stacey on (07) 4946 9232 to book your charter – don't forget to mention the "Grad Doctors" deal to secure the magnificent savings. Whitsundays Rent-A-Yacht is offering a fabulous deal, comprising:
Note that the minimum 5 night booking advertised on the Whitsundays Rent-A-Yacht website does NOT apply to our group. Our proposed itinerary is for 4 nights on the boat, with the final night staying back on dry land, but if your crew would prefer you are free to have 5 nights aboard your boat.
STEP 4 - GETTING THERE AND AWAY
Virgin Blue and Jetstar both fly into Proserpine daily. The flight details for these are:
If you choose to drive it is approximately 1100kms or 14hrs drive.
STEP 5 - FIND SOMEWHERE TO STAY
You will need somewhere to stay at Airlie Beach for the night of November 29. Our suggested itinerary also includes the last night (December 4) on-shore; but this is up to you, the number of nights you would like to spend aboard your boat and when you are returning to Brisbane. The suggested itinerary has you back in Brisbane for Monday December 5, ensuring you will still have lots of time to prepare for graduation.
Airlie Beach has a wide range of accommodation from 5 star to backpacker style. You may even be able to stay on-board your vessel for the first night for free or a greatly discounted rate. Ask your boat hire company if you are interested in this, and maybe try to get this night for free before mentioning the Doc Grads discount.
We strongly recommend you book accommodation at either:
It would make for a much more fun atmosphere if most of the group stays together. Also, these are the ONLY locations to which we can guarantee transfers; you may stay elsewhere if you like, but you may have to walk to/from one of our hostels.
STEP 6 – REGISTER
Once you have booked your boat, accommodation and transport, head to http://uqms.org/content/view/927/ to register. This helps your friendly Boat Cruise Convenors do all the planning we need to ensure this is the best Boat Cruise yet!
STEP 7 - FOOD AND DRINK
There is a large Coles in Airlie Beach and bottle shops are only slightly more expensive than Brisbane. You can either go shopping when you arrive on the 29th or order online and pick-up. Alternatively, if you really feel like being waited on hand and foot, Whitsunday Rent-A-Yacht will be able to organise for provisions to be stocked onboard to your liking.
Note that it will be very hot in the Whitsundays at that time of year and choose your menu accordingly. You may be tempted to drink alcohol all day but beware that it is a crime to operate a water vehicle while intoxicated or with an open alcoholic beverage and people have been charged with DUI previously. Also, being dehydrated never helps with seasickness!
STEP 8 – PLAN YOUR BUDGET
Graduation is an expensive time, with costs such as medical board registration, graduation ball tickets and graduation gown hire. Make sure you plan ahead so your graduation week is a week to remember for the RIGHT reasons! A rough guide to the cost of boat cruise is $1000-$1500, including boat hire and associated fees, airfares, accommodation, food and drink.
Extra fees to be aware of in renting your boat include:
Your crew will also have to pay ONE of the following: