December 12, 2013

Holiday News & Christmas Greetings from Rivers

 Christmas Day Cruises:

We’re excited to be celebrating Christmas Day on board Voyager this year. We are expecting a full house on our Christmas Day Lunch cruise.

If you would still like to join us for a calm water cruise this Christmas, don’t despair! We have tables available on our Christmas Dinner Cruise featuring a terrific Xmas themed buffet & live entertainment. Cruising from 6pm

Book your Christmas Dinner Cruise online or call us on (07) 5527 6361

Last Minute Christmas Break Ups:

We are happy to announce last minute tables have been released on our Thursday, Friday & Saturday night cruises next week!

The twilight cruises are perfect for small groups of work colleagues who just want to get together for a stress free Christmas celebration! Availability on 20th & 21st December is limited so get in quick!

Call us now to secure your numbers - Ph (07) 5527 6361

New Cruise for the holidays:

Our brand new Sunday lunch cruise kicked off earlier this month. The new scenic cruise is an ideal way to show off the spectacular Gold Coast to visiting family & friends this holiday season (& treat yourself too!)

View the full menu & inclusions online or call us on (07) 5527 6361

Gift Vouchers:

A reminder to get your Rivers Cruise Gift Voucher orders in over the next few days! Santa & Australia Post are very busy this time of year, and we want to ensure your vouchers arrive in time for Christmas!

Gift Cards are available for our Dinner Cruises, Lunch Cruises, Sightseeing & Whale Watching Tours.

Order online or call us on (07) 5527 6361

November 18, 2013

5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Christmas Party

The silly season can be a hectic time of year, especially if you a charged with arranging the company Christmas party!

Our event coordinators have put together a list of helpful tips to keep in mind when planning your end of year event.

• Be sure to confirm the dietary requirements of all guests (ie gluten free, vegetarian)
• Your event co-ordinator is a good resource when it comes to selecting your menu, as they have the experience in what dishes work best with large groups and what is best avoided.
For example; steak can only be served medium in a function setting, which may only please a limited number of guests, so a better option may be a braised red meat plus a chicken or fish dish.
You may also love freshly shucked natural oysters, and be drawn to the idea of serving them to your guests, however in reality few people actually eat them when served at functions.

Beverage Package

• Will you select a set beverage package or arrange a bar tab?

Music / Entertainment

• Will background music suffice or do you require a lively band or DJ?


• Don't forget the photographer!

Decorations / Theming

• Understated elegance or loud fun theming?
• What about table settings? - flowers, balloons, candles, fruit or something entirely different
• Chair covers add to the look and feel of the venue -  there are a large variety of colours and styles available

Hassle free corporate events
If you need a hand organising your Christmas party on the water, our friendly event team is here to assist with everything from menu selection & music to photography & theming, our event experts can recommend a range of quality suppliers.

Ph (07) 5527 6361 or visit for more information

October 30, 2013

Rivers Cruises Melbourne Cup Luncheon

If you are still looking for somewhere to celebrate the main event of the Spring Racing carnival, why not join us for Rivers’ annual Melbourne Cup cruise, Tuesday 5th November.

Indulge in Sparkling & canapés on arrival, before enjoying the festivities on our 4 hour scenic cruise with stunning three course lunch, entertainment, sweepstakes and giveaways!

Rivers Melbourne Cup Menu:
Seafood basket for 2 including local prawns, oysters and crab served with lime aioli, lemon wedge and cocktail sauce

Rivers' stuffed capsicum with chick pea rice and goat's cheese drizzled with rocket pesto (v)

Beef fillet mignon served on crispy skin kipfler potatoes with baby vegetables and port wine jus

Chicken breast filled with goat's cheese & thyme on parsnip mash and spinach with creamy champagne sauce

Seared salmon on lime and dill pilaf, stuffed tomato with palm sugar and mango salsa splashed with orange beurre blanc

Traditional char grilled vegetable stack with homemade Napolitana sauce (v)

Dessert plate for 2 including vanilla cheesecake and chocolate mousse with mixed berries, Mediterranean antipasto dipping plate and herb & walnut cheese log

(Vegetarian option must be pre-ordered when booking)

Limited number of tickets still available.

Book online or call us on (07) 5527 6361

October 8, 2013


Celebrate your work Christmas party in style with a scenic Gold Coast cruise. Our fleet of vessels can cater for any size group from 40 to 500 guests with cocktail, buffet and three course menu options available.

At Rivers we bring together a wide range of event options that will ensure your end of year event is a resounding success with colleagues and the boss alike!

We've put together some great mid week packages that will ensure planning your Christmas Party is a breeze.

Package 1.

Vessel: Spirit of Paradise
• 3 Hour Scenic Cruise
• Silver Cocktail Menu
• 3 hour beverage package featuring unlimited beer, wine & soft drink

Mini Grilled Vegetable Focaccia with Basil Pesto
Walnut and Brie Tartlets
Roma Tomato, Basil and Spanish Onion Tart
Dill Bilini Topped with Sugar Cured Salmon Rosetto
Baby Nicoise Salad Tartlets with Capers
Hand Rolled Drunk Raison and Chocolate Truffles
Mini Lemon Curd Tartlet

Fish Goujons with a Lime and Caper Mayonnaise
Beef and Proscuitto Mignons with Tomato Relish
House Made Vegetable Samosa with a Yoghurt Dip
Baby Pizza with a Range of Toppings
Mini Lamb and Rosemary Pies
Filo Parcels filled with English Spinach and Ricotta
Custard filled Profiterols with Caramel Sauce

Select 6 Varieties, 15 pieces per person

$90 per person
Available Sunday - Thursday
*Price based on minimum of 80pax
Upgrades available. .

Package 2.

Vessel: Voyager

• 3 Hour Scenic Cruise
• Your choice of Silver Buffet or 3 Course menus
• 3 hour beverage package featuring unlimited beer, wine & soft drink

Sample Buffet Menu
Caesar salad
Fresh coleslaw with tangy dressing
Platters of seasonal grilled vegetables, bocconcini, marinated
chicken wings and Mortadella
Marinated grilled calamari
Lamb, bean and pimento ragout
Crispy skin salmon fillets with lemon and dill batter
Beef and mushroom stroganoff
Traditional beef lasagne with shaved grana

Baked chocolate cheesecake with crème anglaise
Vanilla panna cotta with roasted mango and coconut

Sample 3 Course

Pumpkin and potato gnocchi tossed with spinach and Napoli sauce

Roasted porterhouse on rosti potato with garlic jus
Thyme marinated chicken breast with scented oil on Mediterranean polenta

Flourless orange & poppy seed cakewith orange syrup and pure cream
Baked chocolate cheesecake with crème anglaise

$100 per person
Available Sunday - Thursday
*Price based on minimum of 80pax
Upgrades available.

Option Extras:
• Additional cruise time
• Additional food platters
• Menu & Beverage package upgrades available
• DJ or Live Entertainment for your cruise
• Venue Themeing & Table Decorations
• Transfers for your group can also be arranged

For more information or to secure your preferred date, please contact our event coordinator on Phone (07) 5527 6361 or


July 16, 2013

EVENT: Xmas in July Cruise!

Eat, drink & be merry on board Rivers Xmas in July cruise, Saturday 27th July.

Get into the festive spirit with a 3 hour cruise on the broadwater, live entertainment and let’s not forget a seafood & Xmas feast!

Enjoy traditional Xmas fare along with Rivers’ famous seafood dishes prepared fresh on board the grand Voyager. Succulent prawns, oysters and spanner crab, roasted ham, turkey and more.

With his crooners voice and infectious sense of humour, Gold Coast’s favourite performer Peter Tuitama will keep you entertained all night long. The man with the velvet voice will have you singing along to all the Christmas favourites, plus classic hits from today!

When: Saturday, 27th July 2013
Price: $79 per person
Includes: 3 hour cruise, Xmas buffet, dessert and live entertainment.

Tables are filling fast so book now!

For bookings call (07) 5527 6361 or

June 27, 2013

Recipe: Fisherman's Winter Soup

Rivers Head Chef Akos Bilant is serving up this fabulous recipe for you to try at home. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

Serves 8

Fisherman's Winter Soup by Rivers Head Chef Akos Bilant


300g  Barramundi, diced 5cm cubes
300g  Perch, diced 5cm cubes
700g  Australian Bass, diced 5cm cubes
2 Brown onions, diced
¼  Clove garlic, diced          
1tbs Vegetable oil   
2tbs Sweet paprika  
3 Sweet banana capsicum                    
2 Tomatoes, diced
1 Red chili, diced
¼ bunch Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste


Add onion and garlic to a pot with oil and cook until soft and brown.
Remove from the heat and add paprika. Stir vigorously for approximately 30 seconds.

Add half of each fish variety and place back on the heat. Fill the pot with water until fish pieces are covered.
Simmer for 1 hour
Strain and keep the liquid – that is our fish stock.  

Place stock back on the heat and add the remaining fish, sliced capsicum and diced tomato.
Cook on a slow heat for 40 mins, occasionally stirring gently.

To Serve
Gently place fish in to a soup bowl and pour liquid over the top.
Sprinkle with fresh capsicum, chili and parsley.

Recipe by Akos Balint, Head Chef
Rivers Cruises
Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217
Ph (07) 5527 6361

June 4, 2013

Celebrating Winter with a new menu!

Winter Warmers Ahoy!
With the arrival of winter, Chef has created a sensational new menu guaranteed to chase the cold away.

Savour a hearty winter soup with crusty bread before digging into the sensational buffet featuring Beef Rendang pie, Moroccan style bean rice with corn, Satay chicken skewers with peanut sauce, Honey glazed double smoked roast ham drizzled with apple cider gravy and Rivers home cured beef just to name a few.  And let’s not forget the amazing Seafood Fantasy consisting of the freshest local prawns, Spanner crab and oysters.

Chef hasn’t left out those suffering from food intolerance's or special requirements either. Our entire menu has been carefully crafted with this in mind.

Each dish is carefully prepared and labelled with the appropriate Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free and Halal symbols. Keep an eye out for the dining cards on the buffet table or take a look at the new menu online.

Book now and experience the new buffet menu for yourself! 

Ph (07) 5527 6361 or visit

May 31, 2013

Rivers Earlybird Event Special

With half the year almost behind us, it’s time to start planning the office Christmas party!

Celebrate in style this year on a luxurious cruise around the Gold Coast. Our fleet can cater for up to 500 guests with cocktail, buffet and three course options available. Each vessel can also be decorated and themed to suit your requirements.

Secure your preferred date & vessel by the 30th June and as a special earlybird offer, we’ll take 5% off the total function price!*

Get in quick - popular dates in December always fill up fast!

Call your personal event coordinator on
(07) 5527 6361 or visit to take advantage of these great savings.

P.S. For the Xmas addicts out there, get into the  festive spirit a little early this year with our Xmas in July cruise on Saturday, 27th July. See website for full details.

May 3, 2013

Mothers Day Events

Rivers are offering two Mothers Day Cruises in 2013
 Show your Mum just how much you appreciate her with a special brunch or lunch cruise this Mother's Day - Sunday 12th May 2013.

Departing from Marina Mirage, the entire family can enjoy a memorable cruise aboard the luxurious M.V. Voyager. The flagship of the Rivers fleet with the capacity to hold 500 guests, she is the largest of her kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Taking inspiration from our popular Yum Cha cruise, the new Mothers Day brunch cruise will feature favourites including prawn spring rolls, sweet and sour pork, salt & pepper calamari, pepper beef and more.

If Mum loves her seafood, she is certain to delight in the Mothers Day Lunch Cruise! Featuring our famous seafood & international buffet, Mum can feast on a  selection of cooked prawns, spanner crab and fresh oysters... just to name a few.

With live entertainment on board and views of the spectacular Gold Coast waterways, Mothers Day is sure to be a day to remember.

BOOK NOW at or call (07) 5527 6361