Riviera celebrates Christmas afloat across Australia

Riviera owners will be popping champagne corks around Australia as they join with fellow Riviera family members for a series of special Christmas festivities afloat.

With less than six weeks until Christmas, Riviera is decorating the bows with tinsel and baubles to celebrate the arrival of the Australian boating season with Christmas Parties held from Perth to Pittwater to the Pin, all being hosted by Riviera's R Marine network.

Riviera's _Bling on Summer_ Christmas Party will be held at The Basin, Pittwater and the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Broken Bay for Sydney owners, while across the country in Western Australia, R Marine Perth will host a Christmas Raft Up in front of Perth City on the eastern side of the Narrows Bridge to celebrate the festive season, and R Marine Mandurah will host their _Cocktails on the Coast _Christmas Party at their Mandurah dealership in December and a special Australia Day celebration in the New Year.

In Queensland, R Marine Jones will host their annual Christmas Party with buffet lunch at Jumpin Pin on the Broadwater and R Marine Crawley will host their _Sunset on the Dock _Christmas Party at their Runaway Bay dealership. R Marine South Australia will host two fun-filled family events leading into Christmas, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia Boating Showcase on November 29 where they will launch the new Riviera 565 SUV and their annual 'Cockling Day' on December 8.

Riviera's director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said these festive celebrations embodied the unique qualities of owning a Riviera luxury cruiser.

"The Riviera philosophy is all about bringing family and friends together and creating the ultimate boating experience and what a fantastic way to commemorate the year that was, than with a host of parties across the nation celebrating Riviera style," Mr Milne said.

"This year Riviera Australia is preparing a very special event in Sydney to celebrate Christmas. After all, there are more Rivieras in Sydney than any other city in the world, so it seems fitting to host our annual Christmas party in the country's boating playground."

Riviera owners in Sydney are invited to enjoy every facet of the Riviera family's lifestyle as they celebrate Riviera's _Bling on Summer_ Christmas Party at one of Sydney's boating jewels, The Basin, located on the western foreshore of Pittwater on the northern beaches.

Held from November 29 to 30, Riviera will host a Christmas celebration with real sparkle for all Sydney owners in the pristine and protected waters of The Basin.

Guests travelling from Sydney Harbour or further south are invited to join an escorted Riviera convoy departing Watsons Bay at 3pm on Friday, November 29 and arriving at The Basin at 5pm where they can pick up a mooring or drop anchor and raft-up with friends for a few sundowners while appreciating the sheer brilliance of Mother Nature.

Riviera's director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said the Christmas celebration would begin with a visit from Santa and a few special Riv gifts from Santa's sack.

"The whole family is invited to this very special celebration and there will be prizes for the young and the young at heart," Mr Milne said.

"Saturday is all about enjoying our 'French Riviera' theme with a Boules competition, Baguette picnic lunch and a few chilled glasses of Beaujolais on the lawn at Beechwood Cottage.

"We will have our resident Boules expert available to provide instruction, coaching and judging for the competition with the winners trophies for children and adults presented during the Saturday evening function.

"At 3.30pm, the fleet will up anchor or slip their mooring and follow a designated lead boat travelling line astern to the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay at Newport for the Christmas Party.

"At 6pm it is time to bling on the party and we are encouraging our Riviera family to don their most dazzling outfits as prizes will be awarded to the couple adorned in the best bling. Then join us on the red carpet for 'Champagne on the Dock' before being whisked away in true Riviera style for the ultimate Christmas party with fine wine and food, dancing and entertainment as we celebrate Riviera's _Bling on Summer _Christmas Party."

Children are very welcome to all events and Riviera owners are encouraged to book early for this fun-filled family weekend, as a strictly limited number of berths and tickets are available for this event, so online registration is essential. Tickets are selling quickly so we urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. To register and book tickets visit www.rivieraaustralia.com [1]

In the event of inclement weather or conflicting events, owners are welcome to drive to the Royal Mother Yacht Club Broken Bay for the Saturday evening events.

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across three model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht and the new SUV collection.

In 2012 Riviera celebrated the launch of its 5000th boat, the 445 SUV, a significant achievement in the company's rich 33-year history.

Riviera also offers the bespoke Belize Motoryachts. Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 54 foot Sedan and Daybridge models.

For more information, please go to www.rivieraaustralia.com