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The Scattering of Ashes at Sea ceremony of a loved one is becoming increasingly more popular.

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Especially for families of loved ones that have had an affiliation with the sea during their lives.

And it really does not matter whether it be vocational or just recreational. It is the ideal way to carry out their loved ones wishes of having their ashes scattered upon the ocean.

Hands forming a love heart

For your loved ones scattering of ashes at sea, we provide an ideally laid out vessel, designed to help you form your circle of remembrance with your immediate family and friends for the ceremony. This aquatic send off and release of their ashes, to continue on their journey to the end of time on the “tides of the sea”, is a truly heartfelt way to bid your loved one’s farewell.

Scattering the ashes

For this service you will be aboard Crusader 1, a large – 55 foot -, open deck vessel which allows full walk around access. Crusader 1 has been extensively refurbished in 2021 & 2022 to ensure she provides you with comfort and quality in every area, as well as space for the privacy this occasion so clearly deserves!

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With a maximum of 22 passengers, all on such a large vessel, you are assured of lots of space and room to move about. The rear of the vessel will be setup to make the actual scattering as easy and comfortable as possible, and the onboard bar will make sure that you can maybe toast your loved one farewell should you wish to do so.

Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themselves on being extremely dedicated and responsible to our guests.  These trips are very personal.

Not only will we always provide you with an extremely safe, clean and well appointed vessel, we will, on all trips, try to ensure the vessel is setup to the best possible layout for the activity you are wanting to do. And of course we will make sure that as well as comfort you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

Our highly qualified and trained crew are on board to assist in making sure every aspect of your cruise is executed with your comfort and safety the absolute focus at all times. From the moment you step aboard they will ensure you are looked after like never before.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Trip Advisor awards each year!

We can also arrange a Private or Coast Guard celebrant to provide a touching service and be of assistance to offer words of comfort and a final prayer or speech, as the ashes of your loved one are released.

Winter on the Sunshine Coast is increasingly becoming seen as the perfect time for these services as the whales that are travelling along the East Coast of Australia from Mid June to late October add a very special element to these already emotion filled services.

Some key points you can expect with Sunshine Coast Afloat on this service;

  • You will be provided with a “Remembrance Scroll” detailing the date, time and location- latitude longitude – of where your loved ones ashes were scattered, signed by the captain.
  • We will have a wide range of drinks aboard for you to choose from at prices at or below those of the average tavern! (NO BYO).  You may also check to see if  there is perhaps that special drink you would like to have aboard on this occasion.
  • 2 on deck modern marine toilets for your use.
  • Our modern marine (2000W) sound system can be controlled by you to ensure your choice of music will be gently playing in the background to make sure the mood is right.
  • You may bring aboard pictures of your loved one (a large frame with a collage is a great piece), flower petals and other items that are important in your remembrance ceremony.
  • Plenty of comfortable seating

For more detail on what can and cannot be done for this service aboard Crusader 1 as well as for access to a collection of poems please click on the DETAILED INFORMATION tab.

This particular service is not a standard schedule. All Ashes scatterings are booked in accordance with the most suitable dates and times available to suit our customers. As such it requires a phone call or email to make this booking.

Flower reef on water fir ashes scattering at seaWe hope we can assist you in this time!

An additional offering option:

A Plaque on a Memorial Wall is now an offering made available, courtesy of the Coast Guard Mooloolaba together with the Sunshine Coast Council. This is available as a lasting memorial  for a loved one whose ashes have been scattered off Mooloolaba, or has a final resting place in the waters off Mooloolaba. A cost for the plaque can be obtained on request.


COVID Safe operations – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe as well as for our fully updated terms click here.

Wondering what the weather might be like? A great place to get an idea up to 7 days out is Seabreeze! or BOM or Willy Weather. Of course please remember that these sites are generalised and focused on the Beach conditions, and as such may not accurately reflect what is happening in the protected waters in the river and canals.

If you have questions relating to this or any of our other tour offerings, our FAQ’S PAGE might be able to assist as well. Of course you can always contact us by phone, email or text. 

Sunshine Coast Afloat (Now Cavalier Cruises) is located within Tank Bathhouse, and operates from the Pontoon located at the rear of the premises at 209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld.

For a GPS use “Sunshine Coast Afloat” or “209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld”.    In iPhone Maps “Sunshine Coast Afloat” is far more accurate.

Please DO NOT park your car here on the service Road, but rather in the FREE public car-park next to the BP service station across the road. 

The location is the corner of Incana Court and Brisbane Road. This parking is free and unlimited in time, and only a 2 minute stroll (100m) from the departure point.

Once parked please wait near the top of the ramp until instructed by the skipper that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.

Key Details:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION The Pontoon at Bridge Seafoods, 209 Brisbane Road (Service Road), Mooloolaba( Sunshine Coast), Queensland. Australia
DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES The departure times are arranged with you the customer in advance.
DEPARTURE NOTE Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.Please ensure you have checked in via the Covid Safe link sent with your confirmation or with the QR code at the departure location. We cannot depart until EVERYONE has properly checked in.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes (NO BLACK SOLES & NO STILETTO HEELS PLEASE!), hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case.

Alcohol can be purchased aboard. NO BYO DRINKS! We reserve the right to check bags and other items to ensure alcohol or other drinks are not brought aboard.

You are welcome to bring your own food with you or have it catered as we do not supply food!

Please note that Crusader 1 is a NON-SMOKING vessel.


Professional and experienced crew. Self serve Iced water on arrival.
Self Serve Iced Water aboard.

Bar available for purchases.


Access to the bluetooth sound system to play your own music. (or you can organise a DJ or small band if you so desire. Must be arranged in advance and advised)

Remembrance Scroll

NOT INCLUDED FOOD                            BYO DRINKS

Ashes Scatterings at Sea - flower on waterPoems for use during the scattering of ashes ceremonies.

There are so many poems that could be used for a scattering ashes ceremony.

It can in a stressful time like this be both tiring and emotional.

We have found a few that may assist and listed them by a few categories.

Just click on the one that is of interest to have a read. Yours to use should you so desire:

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Crusader 1 returning from a Whale Watching Trip
Crusader 1 Bow with Bean Bags
Scattering the ashes
Ashes Scattering
Valentines Gift Voucher - Sunshine Coast Afloat
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Crusader 1 main deck from bar to rear

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
October 17, 2016

“Special Occasion Charter of Crusader 1”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 29th September 2016

Our family chartered the vessel Crusader 1 for a ‘spreading of ashes at sea ceremony’ for our late parents, off Caloundra. Paddy and Jerry were so helpful and thoughtful in helping arrange the day and making sure everything was as we wanted, which it was and more. The boat’s crew on the day were nothing short of fantastic and made the event a special one for us. After a great lunch on board, we cruised back to Mooloolaba, with some unexpected whale watching on the way, a real bonus, capping off a very memorable day.. thanks everyone. Highly recommended.

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