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Organising a memorable funeral ceremony and have both the funeral service and funeral reception wake on board a boat. Relatives and friends can experience a perfect customised farewell.

 

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Organising a memorial service in Sydney can be a daunting task. Added to the shock of loss is the headache of finding a funeral service venue that is available in Sydney, organising a funeral celebrant and wading through loads of funeral ceremony paperwork. When the day of the funeral service comes, usually guests have to trudge in the traffic to get to some far away funeral chapel and then go again in heavy traffic to the wake funeral reception venue. 

We are here to take your stress away. Due to much public demand for an alternative to stuffy chapels, Elite Funeral Directors and Sydney Harbour Escapes have combined their expertise to bring an alternative option for funeral services that is quickly gaining popularity. 

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BENEFITS OF A BOAT FUNERAL
Your alternative funeral venue onboard a boat will be appreciated by all your guests.

• Sydney Harbour function boats are readily available to book in the week

One of the hardest things about arranging a funeral is finding a venue available at short notice. Boats are most often booked out on the weekends so your chance to get a boat available is extremely good. 

• Customisable service
No matter what religion or belief, all people from all walks of life are treated with the utmost respect.  Services are all customised to suit the parties wishes. Even the casket can have a customised image to suit the memories of the departed. 

• Public Transport Friendly Location
With a boat as a funeral venue, there is a large choice of pick up and drop off options. We recommend choosing a wharf to enable guests to get there easily by public transport. 

• One location, no traffic between ceremonies
The funeral service and the funeral reception is at one location so guests can relax and just focus on the memorial and not traffic. 

• Fantastic moving waterfront views
The backdrop of stunning Sydney Harbour waterfront views can be seen during the funeral service and funeral reception. 

• Choose from funeral catering options from simple to formal 
With wide range of funeral catering options from standing cocktail finger food, casual buffet or formal seated dining, guests will be well looked after. 

• Bond guests quickly with a shared experience
Friends and family will bond quickly as they are sharing not only a memorial service but an experience as well. 

• Scattering of Ashes Option Available
Aboard a boat funeral, there is the option to have a scattering of ashes into the sea ceremony to accompany the memorial. It is popular to have conduct scattering of ashes into water. The ashes are put into a water soluble urn or container to quickly dissolve in an environmentally responsibe way. 

• Honor an individual by honoring their interests
A funeral afloat is a perfect way to honor a loved one who especially loved boats, ocean, water or nature. Chances are their friends share many of the same interests too, so its a winner all round. 

We are sure your guests will look forward to sharing their loss together with a customised boat memorial more than a staid funeral chapel service. 

What is included in the price of a boat farewell?

•  Boat Hire Fees
•  All Funeral Directors Fees
•  Coffin (upgrade available)
•  Floral Arrangement for Coffin (upgrade available)
•  Cremation Urn (upgrade available)
•  Crematorium Fees
•  Orders of Services ( as per your guest numbers)
•  Memorial Book
•  A3 Size Photo

ECLIPSE BOAT FUNERAL PRICING

The following prices are for events aboard Eclipse, 90' Multi Level Power Catamaran.  This boat was formally known as Olympic Storm. This is the recommended vessel as the skipper and crew have experience in boat funerals. If your guest list is large, it is possible to create a custom package for you onboard the Starship vessels below. Please call us for more information.


Alcohol Served After Ceremony

Covers Total Cost Lily Canapes Total Cost Rose Lunch Total Cost Orchid Lunch
40 $12,390 $12,590 $13,390
50 $12,890 $13,140 $14,140
60 $13,390 $13,690 $14,890
80 $14,390 $14,790 $16,390

All menus include tea, coffee and soft drink for the 4 hours duration plus beer and wine available for the last 2 hours

Alcohol Served From Embarkation

Covers Total Cost Lily Canapes Total Cost Rose Lunch Total Cost Orchid Lunch
40 $12,990 $13,190 $13,990
50 $13,640 $13,890 $14,890
60 $14,290 $14,590 $15,790
80 $15,590 $15,990 $17,590

All menus include tea, coffee, soft drink, beer and wine for the 4 hours duration

No Alcohol 

Covers Total Cost Lily Canapes Total Cost Rose Lunch Total Cost Orchid Lunch
40 $11,990 $12,190 $12,990
50 $12,390 $12,640 $13,640
60 $12,790 $13,090 $14,290
80 $13,590 $13,990 $15,590

 

All menus include tea, coffee and softdrink for the 4 hours duration.

Price Notes: All prices are in $AUS and include GST.
Prices are subject to change without notice
50% deposit required to confirm your booking
Boat Inspections are welcome by appointment

Find out more about your funeral hosts, Elite Funeral Directors Pty Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What assistance will I get to guide me through the beautiful farewell service? 

You will not be expect to pre know anything about funeral  procedures. You willl be guided to what needs to be done to make everything legal and will given choices to make the ceremony special for the loved ones left behind.

Your funeral directors, Scott and Diane Luccitti have many years of experience in creating funeral services that are not only respectful to the departed but are healing for the loved ones. 

What is included in a successful funeral service?
The most positive and healing way is to create an event that honours the life and unites family and friends. The memorial will tell the story of a lifetime, reflect on the families values and traditions, provide a time for gathering and sharing of food. Where guests are active participants most purposeful healing is obtained. 


What is a typical itinerary for a Boat Memorial Service?


10.30 am Guests embark at wharf 

10.45 am  Depart Wharf , coffee/ tea buscuits/ cheese platters served

11.15am  Vessel at anchor in Farm Cove for ceremony with backdrop of Sydney Opera House

12.30 pm  Ceremony concludes, guests mingle, bar opens

12.45 pm  Lunch is served buffet style

2.30 pm  Guests disembark at the wharf. At the wharf they release balloons to say farewell 
 

In what ways can I customise the memorial service?
The elements of words, symbols, activites , activities and food can be customised. The coffin can be customised with an image if you wish. There will be many choices to be made, but your Elite funeral director will be your guide. 

Examples of funeral ceremony ideas include:
-An artistic group painting the coffin white and making the coffin into a work of art
- People sit in a circle telling stories of their friend who had passed. 
- Live music
- Creating a memory board where everyone is asked to bring something to pin on the board
- Give away books from the loved one
- Hand out seed cards for everyone to plant in honor of the bereaved (trees, forget me knots?)
- Hand out flowers from the coffin at the end of the service

Is this a private cruise?
Yes. Other than the captain and the crew, the funeral is completely private. 

How many people can I have on board? 
Boats have strict capacity as they are registed charter vessels. Your Sydney Harbour Escapes event organiser will guide you to your allowed guest numbers as guest numbers will be smaller than for a regualr charter to allow set up of seating. 

I am on a strict budget, can I be sure that the funeral price will cover everything that I need to order?
Our Beautiful Farewells funerals on boats are designed to take the hassle out of organising a funeral service., so you can grieve in your time. All fees will be disclosed before you book. 

When can I call the funeral director to ask questions?
As part of the service, your funeral directors eill be available 24/7 to provide the support you need. 

 

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ECLIPSE

ECLIPSE

Max Passengers: 240

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90' Multi Level Catamaran Private Charter

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200 casual buffet
100 table dining
 
  •   Catering Available
  •   This boat has a licenced bar
  •   Sound system on this boat allows you to bring your own music
  •   A microphone and PA system is available for use
  •   Boat has Presentation facilities
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STARSHIP AQUA

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180 casual buffet
140 table dining
 
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440 table dining
 
  •   Catering Available
  •   This boat has a licenced bar
  •   Sound system on this boat allows you to bring your own music
  •   A microphone and PA system is available for use
  •   Boat has Presentation facilities
  •   Air conditioning available

 

Min 4 hour charter
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