Hire Passenger Boat in Docklands, Australia

Passenger Boat
80 Guests

About This Boat

Enjoy Docklands by boat! Hire a Passenger Boat for up to 80 people. Rates as low as $55 AUD per 3 hours.

Come aboard the Lady Cutler - Melbourne Showboat and enjoy one of our many special events.

Our professional and dedicated staff will make your special occasion a great success! They will ensure that your Wedding, Corporate function, Christmas party or Birthday Party on board will be truly memorable for you and all your guests.

The total cost of your cruise will be dependant on the Day of Your Event, your preferred Dining Option, the selected Drinks Package and Type of Entertainment. Security may be required for special events at an additional cost.

Boat Hire

  • Exclusive private use of the vessel: Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat
  • 3.5 hour cruise (includes boarding and disembarking time) around Melbourne Harbour, Port Melbourne, Williamstown bays, ports areas and Port Philip
  • Bar service commences upon boarding
  • You may extend or shorten your cruise length upon request

Dining Option

  • Canapés - We have a wide range of canapé and hors d'oeuvre menus to suit various style s and budgets.
  • Buffet - Two course or three course menus
  • Table Service Fine Dining - We have a great range of fine dining waited table menus available
  • We accommodate all guests' dietary requirements and expectations Please speak to our sales staff to discuss menu.

Beverage Packages

  • Beverage Packages consist of Soft Drink Package, Standard Beer and Wine Package and Premium Spirits Package
  • Welcome Drinks on arrival
  • Drink Cards for guests
  • Cash/Card Bar

Entertainment Options

  • DJ and/or Sound System Hire
  • Live Entertainment
  • Lighting Equipment Hire
  • Screen and/or Microphone Hire
  • Burlesque Show

What We Offer

  • Cruises
  • Corporate
  • Uni Parties
  • Weddings
  • Christmas


- Burlesque Showboat Cruise: All aboard for a fun-filled evening of Burlesque entertainment and fine food with live artists in a delightfully decadent, intimate and slightly naughty atmosphere.

  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Rate: $55 AUD

- AB-FAB Friday Fireworks Cruise - Only July & August: Please come and join our Absolutely Fabulous Friday Fireworks Cruise! On limited Friday Nights on 24th July, 7th and 14th August 2015. Happy Hour Drink Specials available from 5pm to 6.30pm.

  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Rate: $35 AUD

- Overseas Boat Party - Friday 21st of August - Fireworks Cruise: Imagine yourself on a Boat Cruise with Fireworks, Stunning Harbour Views, Cheap Drinks, 2 Dance Floors of International DJ's and people from all around the globe!

  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Rates: $25 AUD

A Swinging Soirée - Sunday 20th of September: A Swinging Sunday cruise featuring some of Melbourne's finest electro swing acts. Come and join us for a classy night on the high seas.

  • Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
  • Rate: $30 AUD

- Champagne and Seafood Brunch: 3 hour cruise from Docklands to Williamstown & return, with views of the City, Victoria Harbour and the Ports. On arrival you are greeted with a glass of champagne, hot & cold canapés, a hot buffet lunch, desserts. Seafood and Carvery.

  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Rate: $80 AUD

- BONZA Christmas Party:  Celebrate in style with the Melbourne Showboat's Signature Event: Our Famous BONZA Christmas Cruises. We personally guarantee you the most enjoyable evening cruising and celebrating Christmas 2015 with your colleagues and friends.

  • Duration: 4 Horas (approx.)
  • Rate: $115 AUD

- NYE Cruise: Over 5 fun filled hours on the Rivers and Bays finishing with the Best view of Spectacular Fireworks Display in Docklands!

  • Duration: 5 Horas (approx.)
  • Rate: $189 AUD


A Seminar, Meeting and Training Venue as well as an Intimate Conference Centre. Whether you are planning a product launch, entertaining your valued clients, planning a meeting or simply looking at a fun night out with your colleagues and entertaining staff, our team is ready to help plan the perfect menu, decor, entertainment, theme and any other unique requirements you may have.

Impress clients or employees with our first class catering, airconditioned lounge and finest floating Bar in Melbourne, with a broad range entertainment options available and choice of bar service. The Lady Cutler is able to cater for 30 - 350 people.

We pride ourselves in being the on-water entertainment specialists, with a host of shows, artists and acts to choose from.

Uni Parties
Simply the Best Uni Cruise in Melbourne.

Plan your next uni party with the Melbourne Showboat cruises for a exciting and unique party for 50 up to 350 people. Enjoy the views of Melbourne's famous waterways and bays with your closest friends and let loose for a great night of dancing and dining.

We look forward to tailoring a cruise within your budget which can be as simple as a 4 hour cruise with drinks (non-aloholic options also available) from our fully stocked bar to an all inclusive food, drink & entertainment package to celebrate your next uni party.

We will tailor the layout to suit your event. Our vessel is a purpose built Harbour Cruise Ship which comfortably takes up to 350 across the lower and upper deck, and can be re-arranged to suit the size of your event, with dance floor and bars on both levels. Hire our professional DJ or you can organise your own DJ at no extra charge.

The romance of the water will leave you with everlasting memories of your special Wedding Day.

We will cruise to special locations that will provide many beautiful backdrops for your photos.

The stylish Lady Cutler is extremely versatile, which gives you the choice to decide the type of wedding you want. With two decks there is ample room to allow you to invite up to 300 guests for a luxury, cocktail style reception or up to 120 for formal dining.

We offer flexible floor plans for large and medium sized events and endeavour to do all that we can to tailor our service to suit your needs. This is a truly unique experience; from our viewing decks patrons can watch the sun setting amidst the Melbourne and Bayside seascapes. The Lady Cutler boasts a lovely airconditioned lounge and the finest floating bar in Melbourne along with a large dance floor for those patrons wishing to dance the time away, a club lounge and the finest on-water bar in Melbourne!

Catering is of the highest quality. Nouveau cuisine is our general fare, complimented by delectable canapes and hors d'oeuvres. Full buffet and fine dining menus are readily available. We offer waited table service should you require it.
Delightful local wines are ready to be discovered by your guests. We are also happy to source refreshments to your specific requirements.

Our own celebrant, dressed as a Sea Captain can perform a non-denominational service.

Flower arrangements and a floral bouquet are all part of the services we can provide along with the choice of some great music and entertainment. Althought we include these features in our price, we welcome anyone to decorate the event with their own choice of flowers, provide their own music or bring a celebrant of their choice to officiate the ceremony. You have the freedom to personalise your wedding day to suit you.

Christmas Cruises 2016
Celebrate another great year with your colleagues and friends aboard the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat on one of our Famous BONZA Christmas Cruises!

  • 3.5 hour Cruise
  • Excellent Contemporary Catering
  • All inclusive Corporate Drinks Package whilst enjoying a Live Band on one dance floor, and the latest music with a DJ on another. Santa will arrive to greet all the good girls and boys!

The BONZA Cruises have been so successful with returning clients and the dates are filling up quickly so book your 2016 BONZA Christmas Party in advance to avoid disappointment!


  • All inclusive Price starts from $115.00 AUD p.p. for Fridays and $125 AUD p.p. for Saturdays. 


  • Type: Passenger Boat
  • Capacity: 80 People
  • Rental Minimum: 2 hours
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements


All of the prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and subject to change without notice and liability.

A minimum non-refundable deposit of $1000 for private cruises and 30% of full amount for ticketing events shall be paid to confirm the booking date. Full payment must be made 10 days prior to the event date.
Upon payment of deposit the customer will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions contained herein unless otherwise amend by agreement in writing.

Public Holiday Surcharge
Bookings for public holidays will occure extracharges. 

Minimum Ages Requirements
Guests must be 18 years for party events. Children (Under 12 years old) are permitted on Family, School and Community events. Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times. Our crew members are not responsible for their care or safety. Life jackets are available for children and adults alike.

Cancellation of Event
Cruises will go out in wet weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone a cruise due to unforeseen circumstances. In any cancellations made by our management due to unforeseen circumstances, customers will receive a full refund of the price.

We will not cover customers' own transport costs to and from the pick up / drop off wharf in any circumstances.

Accessibility on Board
Certain types of light and manual wheelchairs can access the showboat upper deck through our stable vamp. Please note, toilets are no disabled toilet facilities. The toilets need to be accessed by stairs to the main deck.

Smoking Permission
Only on the lower level outside decks. We have installed ashtrays for your convenience.

Dietary requirements to be advised 10 days prior to the event through our management team. We endevor to do our very best, but unfortunately cannot be held responsible for consumption/cross contamination with regards to allergies or dietary requirements.

There is strictly no BYO drink on all of our cruises to control consumption of Alcohol onboard. Each adult guest in your group must purchase one drink package for themselves, and there is absolutely no sharing of the package benefits. There may be charge if we find any sharing on the day. There will be plenty of water stations around the boat. Security may check your bags upon boarding. Bar closes 30 minutes prior to the event conclusion. We reserve the right to terminate the service of alcohol if patrons appear intoxicated and/or disembark patrons at the nearest wharf.

Safety Requirements for Travel and Disclaimer
All passengers participate in our cruises at their own risk. We do not accept any participating and contact us to discuss the specific requirement. We recommend that disabled person seek medical advice before. Disabled passengers cruising aboard do so at their own risk and the operator accepts no liability for any damage or injury caused. Will be allowed to embark our vassel. We reserve the right to refuse entry and/or to eject any guest for bad conduct, bad language and/or damage to property at the discretion of the duty manager. If any passenger becomes intoxicated or unruly during the cruise, they will be dropped at the nearest wharf. No customer is to commit any act, or permit its employees, agents or invitees to commit any act that is illegal offensive or in breach of any statute, by law, order, regulation or other law.

We do not accept responsibility for damage to, or loss of customer property. Customer property must be removed no later than 2 hours after the conclusion of the function or by prior arrangement.

We reserve the right to photograph events onboard for marketing and promotional purposes without notification, compensation or payment.

Our ability to meet our obligations obligations under this agreement is subject to the intervention of matters outside its control including but not limited to industrial disputes, accidents, government restrictions, restrictions upon staff, food and beverages supplies, equipment failure, flooding, power failure, fire or any other unforeseen circumstances. LCMSB is not liable for any loss of profit and/or consequential damages, whether based on breach of contract, warranty or otherwise.

Marine Insurance
We have all the correct certificates as per Transport Safety Victoria's requirements for operating as a Commercial Passenger carrying Vessel in Victoria Class 1E and 1D. We have a Certificate of Survey, (on display next to the bar on board) which is renewed every year and part of that is our Management Safety Plan, fire safety certificate and the air receiver in the engine room.
Food: Every year we have Food Safety Handling, Management inspection, and on certificate for Food Safety is current and of high standard. We have also completed (above requirements) RSA's for every person's job working on the vessel. We  also carry Work Cover for staff. Part of the Ship's Certificate of Survey is that we carry the required insurance, suitable for a vessel size of ours. Ship's insurance is divided into Hull and Public Liability. We carry a $500,000,000 USD Public Liability Policy. We also have an on premise Liquor License and a City of Melbourne Health Certificate for our Kitchen/Galley.

Q. Where are we located and where do I board?
Berth 14, Central Pier Docklands 3008. She is located on the right hand side of the Central Pier off Harbour Esplanade, opposite Channel 7 

Q. How do we get there?
Train - Southern Cross Station
Tram - Stop D2 Central Pier and Harbour Esplanade (Route 35, 70, 75)
Car - Etihad Stadium, Central Pier, Wilson Parking

Q. Is there parking area?
Yes, however parking options are very limited in Docklands. There is Valet Parking on Central Pier for between $20 - $40, there is very limited meter parking on surrounding streets. There is also paid parking at Etihad Stadium.

Q. Where does the Showboat cruise?
Cruising downriver under the Bolte and Westgate Bridges into Williamstown, Port Melbourne and then into the Bay to see the views of Melbourne and its sea side suburbs. We will take you to places you have never been before, to see from the water the Spirit of Tasmania and Station Pier, the yachts at St Kilda jetty and the boat houses of Brighton Beach, as well as Webb and Swanson Docks, to view the activities of the large container ships.

Q. How long does the cruise go for?
For private hire, our basic cruise package is 3.5 hours including boarding and disembarking time. Cruising time can be extended or shortened by consultation. Bar closes 30 minutes prior to the event conclusion.

Q. What is the maximum number of people you can take on the Showboat?
Our Showboat is licensed to carry up to 367 passengers including crew.

Q. Is the Showboat wheelchair accessible?
The Showboat is not properly built for disable access, however certain types of light and manual wheelchairs can access the upper deck through our stable ramp. Please note, toilets are located on the main deck and unfortunately there are no disabled toilet facilities. The toilets need to be accessed by stairs to the main deck.

Q. Will I get seasick?
The showboat is a large stable vessel and our cruise will tour the smooth waters of the rivers and the calm bays. It is extremely unlikely that you will suffer from any form of motion sickness, in fact in 9 - 10 years of cruise not one guest has been motion sick. Occasionally you would feel it moving but is very unlikely to get rocky!

Q. Is the event weather dependent?
The Showboat is an ex-Sydney Ferry so is completely safe and enclosed for cruising in all weather conditions, literally rain, hail or shine! We have been operating for nearly 10 years and have never had any safety issues and never cancelled a cruise due to weather conditions.

Q. Is smoking permitted?
Yes, only on the lower level, outside decks. We have installed butt collectors for your convenience.

Q. Is there a cloak room?
We have a storage facility on board in the lounge area. You are more than welcome to leave your items, jackets and coats etc at your own risk. However, we do not take any responsibility on any of your items. Make sure to take all the valuables with you during the cruise.

Q. Is there any dress code?
Your dress code is up to you but we do insist that passengers wear footwear. Some cruises have themes and best dressed prizes. It can be more fun to dress up on these themed events to spice up the nights experience, but not compulsory.

Q. How do I confirm my booking for ticketing events?
Immediately after booking and initial payment, you will receive an email confirmation and payment receipt. Please screenshot or print out the page with the following image and provide it when you check in. Please ensure you have a copy of your booking number as reference.

Q. What do I need on the day?
Please screenshot or print out the order confirmation page with the image above and provide it when you check-in. Also bring your ID with you just in case!

Q. How do I get a quote for a private boat hire?
Please fill out our online enquiry form. We will tailor a package to suit your specific needs, budget, occasion and requirements. We have hosted over 1200 successful cruises and will ensure your event is exactly what you dreamed of!

Q. Can I leave a deposit for a charter or group booking?
We require $1000 non-refundable deposit for private charter to secure your date, a 30% deposit for group booking on ticketing events to secure your booking at time of consultation. The full amount to be paid and final number of guests to be confirmed 10 days prior to the event date. (1 month prior for the christmas cruises)

Q. How Can I change / reschedule the date of my ticketing event?
Please note that there will be a $20 p.p. charge to transfer to another date within 28 days prior to the event date. No date changes can be made within 10 days prior to the event date (No changes less than one month before Christmas and NYE cruises). These charges are restricted because we spend considerable time and great effort in our forward planning of our cruises and tickets are limited. Tickets may be used by other persons with Management knowledge. We appreciate your understanding.

Q. How can I get a refund?
All tickets for events at LCMSB are fully refundable for 72 hours after purchase and not refundable after 72 hours. All refund claims must be made in writing. Please note that we will process refund to the credit card you have used for booking, or send us your bank details. May take up to 7 days to process refund. If purchased through an agent, please refer to the agent's terms and conditions. In any cancellations made by LCMSB management due to unforeseen circumstances, customers will receive a full refund of the price.

Q. I missed departure!!!
Unfortunately refunds or transfers are not permitted due to a missed departure. For the enjoymentof all guests, we cannot delay our departure for any late arrivals. We strongly recommend that you check travel / traffic conditions on the day of your event, in particular when there are special events (e.g. marathon, parade, festivals etc) as these can often cause traffic delays. On heavy traffic days we highly recommend travel via train or tram to reduce your stress and long delays.

Q. Can I request a window side?
Requests for tables of two and window seats will be taken into consideration on fine dining cruises, but cannot be guaranteed. We endevour to meet all guests' wish list.

Q. How do I redeem promo codes and vouchers?
As you go through the booking process, you will see a space to redeem promo codes and vouchers on the payment page. Please type in your promo codes to receive the discounts or deals!

Q. My promo codes do not work!!!!?
All of our promo codes are subject to availability, so there may not be enough availability for your selected date. Please contact info@melbourneshowboat.com.au with your booking reference number, full name, event name and date, number of guests and all the promo codes.


Q. Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
A. We always do our best to cater for your dietary requirements, please advise our office (info@melbourneshowboat.com.au) at least 10 days prior to your cruise to accommodate your needs where possible. On the day of your event, please introduce yourself to one of our catering staff so that we can find and serve you directly. We endevour to do our very best but unfortunately cannot be held responsible for consumption / cross contamination with regards to allergies or dietary requirements. On the cruise, please alert key staff if you are not receiving allocated food, as they may be not able to find you in the guests.

Q. Can we BYO Alcohol or Soft Drinks onboard?
There is strictly no BYO drinks on all of our cruises to control consumption of Alcohol onboard. There will be plenty of water station around the boat.
Security mey check your bags upon boarding.

Q. Is BYO Food allowed?
Yes and No.
For your Private Cruise: You are more than welcome to nominate your own caterer or BYO. There will be an Extra Charge for use of Galley / Kitchen facilities and for safety reasons we include a trained staff member to assist you with the equipment and cleanup. All you need to do is sign the disclaimer form and leave the galley nice and clean as you found it!
For Ticketing Events: Guests are welcome to bring their own cakes for your group. We can keep the cake in the cool room until you sing a birthday song :) Please bring your own disposable cutlery, crockery, candles etc.

Q. Do you run a Bar Tab?
We can organise Bar Tabs for your group or event! Amount and items to be nominated by clients. The bar tab can be pre-paid or the amount can be simply fixed at the end of the cruise. Please hand in your credit card before boarding. No split bills allowed.


Q. Is BYO DJ, Band and Entertainment allowed onboard?
Yes you are more than welcome to supply your own DJ or other entertainment. Please make sure they bring their own sound and light equipment. Please note we do charge a small fee when clients BYO DJ to cover staff facilitation and admin costs. We have regularly provided a wide range of entertainment . Please ask our sales staff for our current Entertainment list.

Q. Is there adequate power onboard for Bands and Djs etc.
Yes, we have Three Phase power to both Dance floors and 240V to all areas onboard.

Q. IS BYO Decoration allowed?
Yes, however decorations must not create any excessive mess and must not damage the vessel. Balloons, Ribbons etc are allowed, but No CREPE STREAMERS, NO SPIDER WEB as it stays on carpet.

Q. How can I set up / pick up and unload / reload equipment?
You have two hour bump in prior to the boarding time to set up entertainment and decoration. Please advise one of our staff about your preferred set up and pick up times in advance. You can park your vehicle in front of the vessel when unloading the equipment, but all vehicles need to be removed as soon as unloaded. Please note that no vehicle access to the vessel after 6pm.


Q. Do you carry Public Liability Insurance cover and other Certificates as required by Government Authorities.
We have all the correct certificates as per Transport Safety Victoria's requirements for operating as a Commercial Passenger carrying Vessel in Victoria Class 1E and 1D. We have a Certificate of Survey, (on display next to the Bar onboard) which is renewed every year and part of that is our Management Safety Plan, fire safety certificates and the air receiver in the engine room.
Part of the Ship's Certificate of Survey is that we carry the required insurance, suitable for a vessel the size of ours. Ship's Insurance is divided into Hull and Public Liability. We carry a $500,000,000 USD Public liability Policy.
We have also completed (above requirements) RSA's for every person working on the vessel. We also carry Work Cover for staff.
We also have an on premise Liquor License and a City of Melbourne Health Certificate for our Kitchen/Galley. Every year we have Food safety handling and management inspections and on certificate for Food safety is current and of high standard.


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering
  • Inboard Engine
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