Celebrating 50 Years

Thank you for helping us reach this milestone

As we commemorate our 50th year of operation we want to give thanks. To our amazing staff and crew and most importantly to you. Other cruise companies may call you passengers - we call you our guests, our friends, our family.

A selection of social posts in honour of our half-century of Sydney Harbour cruising

Cruising on Sydney Harbour has evolved significantly over 50 years. More ...

Welcome aboard Captain Cook Cruises! Our first office at Circular Quay, circa 1980. More ...

Captain Cook Cruises has employed thousands of people from all over the world. More ...

Pope Benedict XVI aboard Sydney 2000 during the 2008 World Youth Day celebrations. More ...

Actor, film producer and all-round fabulous woman Naomi Watts cruising with us in 2019. More ...

Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ian Thorpe onboard in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. More ...

Pop music icon Celine Dion onboard our sailing catamaran Sydney Crystal. More ...

Celebrating 50 years on Sydney Harbour 

Captain Cook Cruises began operation on Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay Wharf 6 on Australia Day 1970. Over the ensuing 50 years the company has grown to be the pre-eminent harbour cruising operator in Australia. 

During those years, the Company has employed tens of thousands of passionate hospitality and marine professionals on purpose designed and built vessels, delivering world class day and dinner cruises to over 60 million passengers.

It all began with a two-hour Coffee Cruise departing twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays aboard an ex-WW2 converted patrol boat. The first few years were very tough. Many times, the founder, Captain Trevor Haworth and his wife Geraldine, considered quitting the pioneering tourist service. But their perseverance paid off, eventually building their first vessel "Captain Cook II”, in January 1975. 

Soon they had introduced Luncheon Cruises and Coffee Cruises daily. Trevor poured his energy into the developing tourism industry in Australia and over the next 30 years took the business to an annual turnover of $45 million dollars, a fleet of 25 vessels and operations in Sydney, on the Murray, Barrier Reef and in Fiji.

During the mid-1980s, on the cusp of the Japanese tourism boom, the company focused its energies on the dinner cruise market. Riding the massive boom in international arrivals the company continually re-invested and finally built in 1998, arguably the world’s finest dining cruise vessel, the 700-passenger “Sydney 2000”.

In 2011, SeaLink Travel Group purchased the Sydney operation from the Haworth family. Over the following nine years the company has built and launched four Elizabeth-class rocket vessels, four tubby-class vessels, purchased numerous vessels, retired older vessels and developed a string of new innovative products.
The company has hosted numerous international celebrities and dignitaries including the President of the United States, the Chancellor of Germany and Pope Benedict XVI.