High Tea

All aboard for High Tea at Sea. Ladies and gentlemen tea is served, starting with a glass of pink bubbly, followed by a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats and a choice of fine teas, all accompanied by million dollars views of Sydney Harbour. More Info ...

High Tea at Sea revives a great British tradition with a uniquely Australian flavour. Everyone loves to celebrate on this popular dining cruise. Girl day outs, kitchen teas, hen’s parties, baby showers, birthdays and charity events are all regulars customers, along with many visitors to Sydney. 

The party is started with a glass of pink bubbly which nearly always results in immediate and non-stop conversation. Your choice of fine tea is prepared as the tiered-platters arrive to tantalise the taste buds. Blinis topped with prawns, whole chocolate coated strawberries, mini savoury pastries and much, much more. Meanwhile the spectacular Sydney skyline glides by, viewed from the enormous picture windows throughout your spacious cruising restaurant.

Dress: We recommend Smart Casual

*About Your Vessel
Cruise aboard Sydney’s premier fleet including the spectacular Sydney 2000 and John Cadman 2, both with million dollar views and expansive cocktail decks. Our world class vessels are chosen for many international VIP dignitaries including the official arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day. Air-conditioned restaurant decks, private dining rooms, expansive decks and 360 degree open Star Deck are just a few of the features. Special attention has been made to ensure fantastic views from every seat with below table height windows. Sydney 2000 operates on dining cruises most days however we do always reserve the right to amend vessels at any time.

*From time to time, due to maintenance and scheduling, vessels may change. Vessels may include John Cadman 2 or Captain Cook 3. 

Children Under 18 Years
Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all dining cruises.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy

Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Special Diet? Most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - Contact Us

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

Inclusions

  • Daily from 2.30pm, up to 1hr 45min
  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000*
  • Sweet & savoury High Tea selection
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Ambient music
  • Reserved individual table seating
  • Million dollar views
  • Menu

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Timetable

Below are the normal departure details. Special timetables operate on selected dates.

Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 2.30pm. Disembark 3.45pm             

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Rating
2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Very good. Highly recommended
Product: Food was surprisingly filling. There was a good variety Lots of options for Tea

Review for High Tea

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The host was excellent, entertaining and attentive; both gentlemen on board were fantastic!
Product: Overall the food was delicious...especially the prawn pancake and the goat's cheese and beetroot tart. However the 'hot' savoury food was not that hot or fresh I suspect and the mini cupcakes were dry and had a pretty terrible taste, the scone were also a little dry.

After finishing our complimentary glass of sparkling wine we enquired, and subsequently purchased an additional bottle of the same, ie Brown Brothers Zibibbo Rosa. This retails for approximately $13.00 a bottle however we charged $58.00!!! Based on this alone we would potentially not book again

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3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: very obliging with my booking, make a suggestion that i could use my credit on board as one of my friends could not make cruise.
Product: the food & service was very good

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4 weeks ago
5/5

Service: We were seated upstairs beside the window
It was my sisters birthday suprise I asked if we could sit in the private room and they said yes
The staff seated us in the private room
Reset the table and catered to our every need
The service was outstanding and my sister really enjoyed the experience. I would thoroughly recommend for any age. My second time going for high tea and I will be back again. Views on the harbour were spectacular boat was smooth and very enjoyable.
Product: Have been to high tea twice now it would be nice if the menu was updated , always nice to experience something slightly different each time
Food was outstanding
Drinks were perfect , love the brown brothers moscato
A cocktail would have been perfect to add to this experience
Coffee hot choc was lovely
Some nice biscuits with the high tea would be nice too

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4 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The services was great and the food was delicious too. We will do that again.
Product: The photos were cheap to buy.

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1 month ago
5/5

Service: Lovely relaxing day on te harbor. Food was lovely , service very efficient, boarding was easy.
Product: Was easy to purchase I purchased for the second time on the internet.This was a Fathers day present for the 2nd year for my husband, think it will be a yearly celebration for Fathers day,We both enjoyed the cruise

Review for High Tea

1 month ago
4/5

Food was nice. The cruise was smooth considering the wind. The service could have been a bit better as we had to ask multiple times for water and we were not offered other drinks. Some background music for ambience would have been nice.

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1 month ago
5/5

everything perfect

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1 month ago
5/5

Very relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Lovely food and service, great views.
A simple commentary would have been appreciated to point out some of the areas we were passing.
Definitely recommend.
Product: Lovey food, service and views. A simple commentary would have been appreciated to point out some of the unfamiliar areas of Sydney that we cruised by. Definitely recommend.

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2 months ago
5/5

Amazing cruise

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2 months ago
4/5

Toller High-Tea und schneller Service.
Schade, dass es keine Erklärungen zu Sehenswürdigkeiten gab!

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Service is excellent. High tea.selection excellent. An excellent outing.
Product: great value for sightseeing

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3 months ago
5/5

Everything was great experience.

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3 months ago
5/5

Service: The Sydney 2000 was in remarkably great order for a boat of her age. Clean and fresh. The Deck we were on was spacious with huge windows to enjoy the view. The High tea offerings were delicious and generous and the service was great. Can't beat Sydney Harbour as a backdrop!
Product: Very reasonably priced-Great value for money

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3 months ago
1/5

Service: I have to say I was very disappointed to say the least.
The sparkling rose on arrival was rather nice but the children were given two orange juices with no option to change to apple juice or similar.
A surprise to get deep fried spring rolls and sausage rolls on the middle tier of the plates. Also, on the top tier there were 4 minuscule sandwiches between the 4 of us ( one each)...
We asked for wine once our sparking was finished and had to pay straight away-we could could not start a bar tab-unheard of.
The commentary of the harbour was a recording-it was therefore much less personalized and it was also extremely quiet-almost inaudible.
The idea of a harbour high tea cruise was much better than the execution. I would not recommend and will not return :-(
Product: I have to say I was very disappointed to say the least.
The sparkling rose on arrival was rather nice but the children were given two orange juices with no option to change to apple juice or similar.
A surprise to get deep fried spring rolls and sausage rolls on the middle tier of the plates. Also, on the top tier there were 4 minuscule sandwiches between the 4 of us ( one each)...
We asked for wine once our sparking was finished and had to pay straight away-we could could not start a bar tab-unheard of.
The commentary of the harbour was a recording-it was therefore much less personalized and it was also extremely quiet-almost inaudible.
The idea of a harbour high tea cruise was much better than the execution. I would not recommend and will not return :-(

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy your time on our High Tea Cruise. We believe our High Tea experience to be equal to any contemporary dining establishment in Sydney. Guests are always welcome to request any inclusion they feel hasn’t been provided, and our cruise director and staff are more than happy to assist in any manner possible. The High Tea Cruise has a focus on creating a friendly, relaxed ambience. Therefore, live commentary is not used for this cruise. We always encourage guests to thoroughly read our website regarding the inclusions involved with their cruise. Our reservation staff are always happy to assist with any enquiries you may have regarding your cruise.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,

Head of Customer Service

Captain Cook Cruises

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3 months ago
5/5

Service: We celebrated my Mum's 90th with the High Tea and CCCS were very professional and kind and looked after us beautifully.
Product: High Tea was great - they even catered for one of our party with a vegan option - great service, relaxing and enjoyable.

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3 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service from the checkin to the end of trip
Product: Great service yum food, beautiful day

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3 months ago
4/5

It was a fun experience sailing on Sydney Harbour and enjoying afternoon tea. It was nice hearing the commentary on the history of the Harbour as we cruised. It was a bit pricey for what we got, but was a lovely way to spend my birthday.

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4 months ago
2/5

Not enough food compare to the price you charged per head

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are disappointed to read the food and the price it was charged for wasn’t up to your standards. We believe our pricing, food quantity and quality to be equal to any contemporary dining establishment in Sydney.

Thank you once again for your feedback.
Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for High Tea

4 months ago
5/5

Service: Outstanding. Not only was the cruise wonderful and the normal high tea catering delicious, the chefs provided my mother with a personalized selection of high tea food catered specifically for her (many) food intolerances. Although we were advised that they may not be able to cater for her requirements, we were very pleasantly surprised to find they had exceeded our expectations. Thank you SO MUCH for an amazing afternoon.
Product: Fantastic value for money!

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4 months ago
5/5

The cruise was for my sisters birthday and I requested the best seat in the house. And you delivered this along with excellent attention to detail, beautiful array of food and friendly professional staff. I have already recommended it to a lot of my family and friends.

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Product: Easy to buy online and download tickets

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: The service was excellent. I thought that the food could potentially be slightly improved, but overall it was good. Unfortunately I had a very noisy, large group next to me whose children screamed and ran around the whole time, which didn't make for as relaxing an environment as I would have liked. However, that is not your fault. I was offered additional champagne, possibly as an apology, and appreciated it.

My one regret is that we weren't given any information about the harbor or points we were passing, which would have been interesting and appreciate.
Product: I thought the sweets could have possibly been a bit better, but otherwise it was a nice tea service. I did appreciate that we could have more than one pot.

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service and excellent food .
Product: Great service and lovely food .

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent all good
Product: Excellent, great selection

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5 months ago
5/5

Since this is my first time experiencing it! For mother's day,I paid a high-tea cruise for my mum, sister and l to spend some quality with her as she is always working and barely home! We loved the whole experience! (Mostly my sister as she was excited for the food 😂!)

As my mum quote 'It was a nice change of view!' as we usually just let her sleep in, do house chores for her and make breakfast in bed!

But overall we enjoyed it! I will love to do it again sometime! I just wish that there was more variety types of food!

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our aim is always to provide an extensive variety of options maintaining the highest standards of quality, so we apologise if you felt this was not the case on this occasion. As you know we do strive to deliver world best practice customer service from booking all the way through to the end product – so your review for this is very satisfying to receive. Your comments are very much appreciated by all our hospitality and catering staff and a copy of your email has been forwarded onto their department managers. We are sure they will value the positive feedback too.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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5 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent. My only complaint was the bubbly drink was almost flat.
Product: Well presented, excellent service. Chocolate quality poor, but strawberry delicious

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5 months ago
5/5

Service: I booked high tea from Christchurch, New Zealand. Smooth sailing all the way, great service from the moment we entered onto the boat.
Took my mother on Mothers day, we both enjoyed the afternoon...thank you
Product: The service, the food tasted fresh and tasteful

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5 months ago
4/5

Service: Friendly staff, food was really nice and presented well. Perfect to spend an afternoon sitting back and relaxing admiring Sydney harbour
Product: God value for money, food is delicious

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5 months ago
5/5

Service and experience sensational.
Can't recommend it highly enough and would definitely do again!

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6 months ago
5/5

Service was great. Food was also really good! :)

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: The high tea experience was amazing. The food was really good and fresh. The servers were very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend to all.
Product: The high tea experience was amazing. The food was really good and fresh. The servers were very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend to all.

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6 months ago
4/5

Service: We would definitely be back! We chose to do this cruise the same day we arrived in Australia for the first time-I was a little nervous about how my near 8 year old would do but according to her this cruise "Was AMAZING!!!!" and "I will remember it for the rest of my LIFE!!!". Her first high tea and the crew was tops. We were welcomed with (me)-yummy pink bubbly (kiddo)- fizzy drink of her choice. I took a time lapse of the entire trip which turned out quite well. I did feel the savoury nibbles might have been more towards adult tastes--was it onion/beetroot chutney mini pies??? (menu is online--readers can double check on their own)-- just keep that in mind if you are pondering going with a youngster--I traded my daughter some of the adulty food tastes for more kiddie one (so I missed out on a sausage roll)---was definitely not a direct mirrored plating (ie: 1 each of something for each guest it felt like- at least on our table). Not a complaint just an observation in case someone is expecting a 1:1 plating. Anyway.... High tea is up several flights of boat stairs--level up before top deck, a nice well windowed room. If you are facing the front of the boat I would definitely choose to sit on the RIGHT side as majority of what is being commentated will be out that side of the boat for most of the time. We sat front left and still was able to see quite a bit. We are allowed time out on the deck--take photos, lots of opera house and bridge opportunities. There was a professional photographer taking photos of us at our table for an extra fee per photo-- thankful for that opportunity to purchase those as it's hard to do so traveling alone with a youngster. I would suggest to the boat, that possibly not all speakers were functioning at 100% in the high tea area? I felt like sound was coming / aimed more towards the (facing front) right side of the boat--it might be beneficial to have small helper speakers scattered more towards the sides where the boat curves--I felt maybe we missed quite a bit of commentary- especially when the larger groups on the (facing front) right side of the boat were chit chatting all at once. I can imagine with a full tour commentary might be extremely hard to hear with the entire area chit chatting away. that said for other passengers...maybe keep that in mind... if you are wanting a cruise with tea for a tour commentary-and the tea is packed full...be aware you might not hear everything...the actual harbour tour might be a better fit.
Product: ease of purchase was 5 stars! booked online a few weeks before our trip overseas... printed confirmation out... got tix in hand after checking in at bookings on dock 6. easy peasy!

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7 months ago
2/5

Service: The food was average, sausage rolls were overcooked and dry, the mini cupcakes were dry, the mini fruit flans were sour. The commentary was not good for the hearing impaired
Product: I bought online but then had to go through the process again at the wharf, showing my credit card and signing forms. What is the point of buying on line to save time?

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer, Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. We continually monitor all aspects of the production chain including receipt, storage, distribution, cooking and presentation to ensure a top quality and consistent product is presented to our guests, so we are disappointed that this aspect of your cruise wasn’t to your standards. As you’re aware, finding the right balance for volume can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. Our reservations must occasionally perform this practice for the safety of our passengers to ensure all information is correct. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises

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7 months ago
5/5

Service: We appreciated that the tea service was flexible to be able to use soy milk and give us a vegetarian spread! The lightening bolts over the harbour made for an exciting cruise!
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7 months ago
5/5

Great afternoon for the hi tea cruise will be back when we are in sydney again . Regards from new Zealand.

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7 months ago
5/5

Service: Yes, I would recommend the service. Cannot think of any complaints.
Product: The coffee options which printed on a card at one end of the table and not obvious, were not pointed out to us.

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7 months ago
5/5

LOVLEY DAY , GREAT SERVICE

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7 months ago
5/5

Service: We were greeted by friendly staff before we even boarded the ship! Onboard the staff were all smiles and the service was great.
Product: This was a surprise gift for 2 special girlfriends and they told me several times that this experience was the best hi-tea they have had

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7 months ago
5/5

Service and food was amazing just wished the actual cruise was a bit longer.

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7 months ago
1/5

Service: I’ve been to captin Cook high tea cruise before and I really enjoy it howevery this time I booked it to my family who were visiting from oversease, the experiene was really really bad, they were very laye in serving us food, all the table got their high tea except us almost 30 min after the cruise started. We also requested for all the food that has Pork to be removed and they brought it only fruite and vegtable which is a vegeterian menue we did not ask for. They took another 30 min to provide the food and we had less that 30 min to finish our food it was ruched, we also needed water but could not find anyone to ask there were no service till the end of the cruise they arrived and we asked them for water and coffe and they replyed that the cruise ended. It was soo bad we did not enjoye it
Product: The cruise was not worth the money at all

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. We sincerely apologise for this miscommunication. We can assure you that our staff are trained to provide our customers devoted and efficient service. We always encourage guests to talk to the Cruise Director on board if they have any concerns, especially regarding food, drinks and service as they will be able to solve the problem immediately. Please be assured your concerns have been forwarded to our catering and hospitality manager.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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8 months ago
4/5

Everything was really done well - boarding was smooth, food and beverages done well and nicely presented, staff all very accommodating. My only reservation, speaking as a tourist, is that it would have been nice to have a nice-but-limited commentary as to what we were seeing on the shores. We passed some interesting looking things and it would have been nice to know what they were. Again, we had a very nice time and I'd say we received good value-for-money.

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8 months ago
5/5

Had a lovely afternoon and the food was amazing we had to go for a walk after it as we ate far too much....3rd time and will be back for a 4th...

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8 months ago
4/5

Service: Yes, we would certainly buy another cruise with you. The service was friendly and more than adequate.
Product: The service was excellent though initially we were waiting at the wharf to board the ferry not having been told that we needed to get a boarding pass at the entrance counter. This was fortunately rectified in time to board when necessary.

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8 months ago
5/5

Service: friendly and professional
Product: good variety of food served
presentation lovely

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8 months ago
5/5

Service: Good service, good food. Great views.
Product: Good service, good food. Great views.

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8 months ago
5/5

Staff were friendly and professional. The cruise ran to schedule and the High Tea was delicious. I booked this cruise to give a relative from overseas a Sydney experience but I enjoyed it just as much being a local.

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8 months ago
4/5

Service: Their greeting and the afternoon tea provided were very good. My only complaint would be the lack of a commentary which would make the cruise much more meaningful for tourists.
Product: The high tea was great, but I would have like more sandwiches instead of cakes.

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8 months ago
4/5

Great service, great views, great food.

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9 months ago
5/5

It was great! Very good experience for couples, friends or family. Delicious and exquisite desserts.

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9 months ago
5/5

Service: The service was friendly and the food was fabulous
Product: The crew, the boat, the food, the view, the company all fabulous

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9 months ago
5/5

Great service and variety of food!

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: Lovely food, good price,
Product: Good price, great scenery

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: This tour was amazing for the views, the service and the food. It was amazing to see Sydney Harbour. I would highly recommend it to others for all it included
Product: It was yummy with good food and choice and great value for money

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10 months ago
5/5

I would definitely recommend this cruise. The tea and food were amazing and the service was great.

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10 months ago
5/5

It was lovely - yummy food and a cruise of the harbour. We really felt spoiled.

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: just a great idea.. High Tea on the harbour
Product: Awesome food , service and views

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11 months ago
4/5

Service: Had a very nice trip with Captain Cook Tours on the Harbour. The food was excellent and the cruise was so quiet and relaxing.
Product: Great food, although the tea could have been a bit hotter

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11 months ago
5/5

Service: Was great, delicious food and great presentation, an extra glass of wine would have been nice . Overall was fantastic, loved it , great views, venue, food, delicious.
Product: All perfect and delicious, an extra glass of wine only thing i could have asked for. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully.

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11 months ago
4/5

Service: The entrance, the food, the drinks, view and ambience was amazing. However, I would recommend to wait with cleaning the tables after guests have left.

They started asking ''can I take the tray away'' 30 minutes before the end, and made us feel very rushed. Moreover they took our tea away shortly after, when we would have loved to drink some more. It felt a little rushed and I think it would add to the experience to wait.
Product: The high tea cruise was definitely worth the amount of money, really good value!

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11 months ago
5/5

Lovely food.. nice and fresh. Tbempink sparkling wine was sweet and very enjoyable. Pleasant staff.. a lovely treat for myself and my overseas guest!

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11 months ago
5/5

Service was good, view was great! This is the best way to do high tea and tour the Harbour.

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11 months ago
5/5

Service: Everything about our experience with Captain Cook Cruises was just spot on.
The service, the high tea and the vessel itself provided a very enjoyable time.
Of course our beautiful Sydney Harbour was the perfect backdrop.
Product: Very easy to view options and book on line.

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12 months ago
4/5

Service: Awesome
Product: Easy process, purchased online.

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