One of the main reasons for encouraging your best mate to get hitched to his favourite girlfriend is that you get the chance to organise the greatest bucks party ever. And to show how original you can be when looking for a venue there’s nothing finer than planning a bucks party cruise in Sydney.
You and the rest of the gang have got the groom-to-be at your mercy unless he tries to jump overboard. Gatecrashers can’t wander in uninvited as they can in your regular local bar.
The groom’s prospective mother-in-law won’t be able to spy on the tasteless pranks he’s getting up to. A bucks party boat can provide everything you need to make your event cruise along at top speed.
There are quite a few bucks party harbour cruises in Sydney but a typical boat will provide access to the outer deck plus a couple of decks below. Sizes vary with the majority allowing parties from twenty to forty guests although some can accommodate up to eighty. You’ll probably not have much inclination for noticing the luxurious surroundings as gorgeous waitresses are usually on hand to attend to you throughout the cruise. Copious amounts of alcohol will be supplied in the form of assorted beers, wines and soft drinks to suit every taste and budget. Delicious party food such as barbecued spare ribs, sausages, fish fillets in batter or chicken nuggets will be included on more expensive boats otherwise you have to bring your own party feast with you. Prices are charged per head and can vary considerably so it is worth spending some time making some comparisons before booking. Not all bucks party cruises are the same length. Some last for three hours while others will last for four and a half. You can also book your bucks party cruise for different times of the day.
Karaoke machines are readily available and there will be iPod compatible speakers throughout the decks so you can play whatever music you want. Alternatively, you can choose to have a live DJ to keep your party atmosphere flowing. Whichever company you opt for you’ll be allocated a representative who will be more than happy to discuss the finer points of your party plan and make sure your cruise is exactly the way you want it. You can either bring your own ideas or take advantage of the many themed packages on offer.
One of the most popular is still the traditional pub crawl with the added fun of sailing between each location. There are so many great pubs around Sydney Harbour such as the Bucket List Bar, Watson’s Bay and the Coogee that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The route is often pre-planned and you are supplied with your own party supervisor who will ensure that you all get back on board at the right time. Another theme that’s been rapidly gaining ground is an on board laser shooting contest complete with weapons. You can have even more fun by adding an extra theme of your own.
Inviting everyone to come in costume is a great way to start your bucks party cruise. You could choose a theme that’s relevant to your particular set of friends or cast your mind back to the groom’s childhood. Perhaps he always wanted to be Han Solo or Chewbacca or maybe he preferred one of the superheroes. There is no end of possibilities including pirates, jackaroos or convicts. Costumes don’t have to be elaborate, just accessories or hats should be enough. However, no bucks party cruise is complete without a few entertaining games.
Assassin: A love-sick rival’s out to get the groom so every time you put your hand up everyone yells “Assassin!” and surrounds the groom in a manly group hug.
Bug Quiz: Everyone answers a general knowledge question. A correct answer is rewarded with a drink but if anyone gets it wrong he eats an edible bug. This is really effective if just one person answers for a team but they all suffer the punishment!
Piggy Back Race: Clear a space the length of the deck then divide everyone into pairs. Each pair can decide which of them carries the other along the deck. You can organise different heats to find an overall champion.
Balance that Beer: Fill a paper cup with beer then randomly select someone to climb on a chair with the cup balanced on his head. Whoever manages to not spill a drop wins a prize.
Me and my Shadow: When you ring the ship’s bell or sound a hooter everyone has to sit down. The last man to do so has to spend the next fifteen minutes following the groom around and copying his every movement.
Arm Wrestling: There’s sure to be one of your friends who works out regularly and won’t mind being challenged by whoever you choose, starting with the groom.
Animal Crackers: Arrange a few pictures of animals on the deck then if anyone treads on one he has to imitate it with sounds and actions.