Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Where does my cruise depart from?
Cruise departure points and times are either shown on your Reservation Record or on the website under the Timetable section of the specific cruise you have booked. As departure details are subject to change, we recommend checking the website 24 hours prior to travel. For reference, our main departure wharves are:
- Circular Quay Wharf 6
- Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf 1 (approx 8-minute walk north of SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and only a short walk from Wynyard via the new Wynyard Walk)
- Darling Harbour, Pier 26 (next to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium)
2. Check-in & Boarding
We provide contactless check-in wherever possible. If you have purchased your cruise directly through Captain Cook Cruises you will receive a Reservation Record with boarding passes included. If you have not paid for your cruise or if you purchased your cruise through a travel agent or another third party you will need to collect your boarding passes from our ticket offices located at the departure wharf. We ask all passengers to please arrive 15-30 minutes before departure as we cannot hold the vessel if you or your guests run late
3. Do I need to advise where I will be boarding?
Our Premium Dining, Harbour Bar & Restaurant and Harbour Experience cruises offer a choice of departures times and locations. These need to be nominated at the time of booking. If you would like to change your boarding time or pick up location please contact reservations to amend your booking. If you are booking a group, please ask all of your guests to board from the one location. For all other cruises please board at the location advised for your nominated ferry or cruise ticket.
4. Are seats assigned?
All Premium Dining, Harbour Bar & Restaurant cruise have reserved seating. All other cruises are open seating and guests are welcome to move freely between designated seating and open-air areas of your vessel.
5. Does everyone get a window seat?
Expansive windows throughout our vessels offer superb viewing no matter where you are seated on the vessel. Many guests prefer our raised centre tables or relaxed lounge bar seating, as they offer more expansive views. Only a finite number of window tables are available. Guaranteed window seating is available for an additional charge on Premium Dining Cruises. The surcharge applies to all guests at your table/s and pre-booking is essential.
6. Is wheelchair access available?
Please click here to view our Accessibility Policy.
7. What is the dress code?
We recommend smart casual, or smart & stylish for our Gold & Platinum Dinner Cruises. The Harbour Bar & Harbour Restaurant are more casual, but please no thongs or singlets.
8. When do I need to pay for my booking?
Full payment is required at the time of booking. Special payment options are available for groups with a minimum of 15 passengers. Please refer to the group terms & conditions applicable for your booking.
9. Date changes and cancellation fees
Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions for details, including conditions for special offers, discounted fares and special events.
10. What if I have a group?
Group discounts can be applied to full adult and child fares on selected dining cruises. Please refer to Group Special Terms & Conditions on applicable cruise pages. Discounts are not valid on sightseeing cruises, or on dining cruises with special offers or special events unless otherwise advised.
11. What if it is raining or the weather is bad?
We operate in sheltered waters, regardless of the weather. All dining & bar seating is situated inside the vessel in comfortable, all-weather surrounding with expansive windows. All sightseeing and ferry vessels boast spacious inside decks. Whale Watching cruises operate subject to weather conditions due to open-water sailing conditions - please refer to this week's comfort levels and Reconfirmation information on the Whale Watching cruise pages.
12. What can I buy onboard or can we bring our own drinks?
All dining and sightseeing cruise vessels, except for some of our smaller rocket ferries, are licensed premises with bar facilities. BYO alcohol is not permitted on licenced vessels. Some dining cruises include a selection of drinks. Otherwise, drinks purchased from your table. All bar accounts must be settled prior to disembarking. Wherever possible we operate a cashless bar. We regret we cannot provide separate bills for individuals within a group. Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy.
13. What if I have a dietary requirement or specific allergy?
All menus, excluding Gold & Platinum Dinner, private charters and Asian specialty cruises, have at least one vegetarian and gluten free menu option for seated & served menus. Gold & Platinum Dinners and Asian specialty cruises include a set menu. Gold & Platinum guests, if they prefer, can select the vegetarian entree, main course and dessert options from our Brilliant Dinner or Top Deck Lunch Menu, however further alterations are not available. Private charter cruise menus are selected and confirmed prior to cruising. All meals are prepared onboard our vessels and our kitchen team have limited time to serve the menus. We cannot guarantee that certain products or ingredients (halal, nuts, dairy gluten, etc) will be in our food, and we accept no liability in this regard.
15. We are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion.
Many of our passengers choose to celebrate special occasions aboard our vessels and your waiter can arrange a sparkler to accompany your special guest's dessert (a la carte dining only). Premium Dining guests can choose to bring your own small cake on the day, no cakage fee applicable. Please either let reservations know when booking over the phone or make a note of this in the comments field when booking online. Please note due to safety restrictions on vessels, candles are not permitted.
16. Are there bathrooms on board?
All dining, sightseeing and rocket vessels (excluding Tubby class and Inswaibon) are fitted with toilets.
17. Are there facilities for children?
All children under 18 years must be escorted by an adult that is 18 or over. Children are welcome to cruise, however, please keep in mind that you are on a vessel for several hours and sometimes children do get restless. Infants under 4 years travel free of charge if you bring along a meal from home, otherwise the full menu selection is available at reduced prices for children (refer child age applicable to your cruise). A children's menu is available on the Top Deck Lunch, Sunset Dinner and Brilliant Dinner, offering a small selection of items. A separate Kids Menu is available on the Harbour Bar & Restaurant. There are a limited number of booster seats available for children 3 years and over. We recommend prams/strollers for infants. We do not carry highchairs due to safety stability concerns on a vessel.
18. Is smoking permitted on board?
Smoking is only permitted on the open top deck of Dining, Sightseeing & Charter vessels. Smoking is not permitted on Whale Watching, Hop on Hop off or ferry services.
19. Do you accept companion cards?
Yes, any carer holding a companion card travels free of charge on sightseeing and ferry cruises. We provide discounted travel for carers travelling on dining cruises where a meal is included in the package. On Special Event Cruises, both the disabled person and the companion receives a 15% discount off the full adult rack rate, or the child price (whichever is cheapest).
20. Can I travel with my assistance animal or pet?
Approved assistance animals and pets are allowed onboard Ferry Services only. For details and conditions see our Travelling with Animals & Pets Policy.
21. Is commentary included?
Commentary is available on most sightseeing and daytime dining cruises. Check the inclusions on your chosen cruise for details.
22. How do I get to my cruise?
Getting to your Captain Cook Cruise on Sydney Harbour couldn't be easier! All our departure locations are conveniently located near most city hotels and major bus, rail, ferry, taxi and parking stations. Please refer below as a guide:
- Circular Quay - Any bus terminating at Circular Quay
- Darling Harbour - Any bus to York Street
- For timetables and information, please visit Transport NSW
- Circular Quay - Ferries stopping at Circular Quay
- Darling Harbour - Ferries stopping at King Street Wharf Barangaroo or Pier 26
- For timetables and information, please visit our ferry page
- Circular Quay - Gerorge Street Taxi Rank in The Rocks
- Darling Harbour - 161 Sussex Street Taxi Rank for Pier 26, and Lime Street Taxi Rank for King Street Wharf
- Car Parking
- Captain Cook Cruises customers receive special rates at selected Wilson Parking Stations when you pre-book your car park online. Please click here for more details.
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