Planning A private cruise and want to bring your own food?

 Hopefully this post will give you some food for thought!

Following on from last weeks, top tips for BYO drinks, we are covering FOOD this time.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good feed! 

Demographic of the group…

Again the sex of the group will impact the amount of food you need. A group of guys will generally eat more than a group of girls. 



You must ensure alcohol is consumed with a substantial quantity of food. Rocking up with a few bags of chips and dips, you’ll be limited to the amount of booze you can drink. Besides if you’re guests are anything like me, they’ll get hangry!!

Spirit Fleet; Private boat parties onboard Silver Spirit

Vegetarian options…

99.9% of the time there will be someone in the group with allergies to some form of food or not eat meat. If you’re planning say a BBQ which focuses on meats, what are they going to eat? Is someone allergic to nuts and you’ve got satay chicken, how are you going to keep the food separate? You will need to clean the utensils in-between. Don’t get me started on the weird and wonderful diets out there

Top Tip;

When you send out your invites, ask when they RSVP to mention dietary requirements so you have an idea what to expect. 


Silver Spirit has a BBQ onboard which you can hire. This is a great way to prepare and cook food, plus it smells amazing. We provide cooking utensils and get it ready for you to use, but you will need to allocate someone from your group to cook the food.

Preparing the food.

Are you going to do last minute preparations onboard? Do you have sharp knives, chopping boards etc?


Silver Spirit BBQ BYO cruise

Serving your food…

How are you presenting the food? Do have platters for the food? Do you have tongs/spoons for people to serve, or is it a hands on approach? Does the food need heating or can it be served cold? We have microwaves onboard for re heating for you too use, but the dishes must be in microwave safe containers.


Bringing raw meat for the BBQ? How are you going to ensure it stays cool up until you cook it? And make sure its cooked all the way through… 

Eating your food…

Plates, knives, forks, spoons, napkins… You’ll need to bring all these for your guests to eat with. Everyone loves sauce, don’t forget the ketchup!

Someones Birthday?

Celebrating someones special day, are you bringing a cake? Candles? Extra plates for desert?

Checklist of what to bring

  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Napkins
  • Serving equip; tongs/spoons
  • Serving plates/platters
  • Cool box for meats
  • Condiments
  • Cutting knives/boards

The list continues. We are here to help, our vessels are fully equipped with everything you’ll need. For $5 per person we take care of the above list. Leaving you to focus on bringing the food.


Alternatively our menus start from $15pp, we do everything for you and you don’t have to worry about a thing! 

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