High Tea


  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2*
  • Sweet & savoury High Tea selection
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Main Harbour sights & ambient music
  • Million dollar views

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

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Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday (Year Round) 2.30pm. Disembark 3.45pm             

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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.

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.

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

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91 % approval from 22 responses

1 week ago

Service: The service is exceptional. This is the 3rd cruise I have been on. This time I did a high tea but if you have a few extra dollars I highly recommend the Top Deck 2 courses which has better views. It's a delight going around the harbour and you will be well looked after. Nothing is too much trouble for them.

Product: It was good however I found the view better from the side than the front.

1 month ago

Better customer relations and service - am still awaiting a reply to my email sent 6 days ago.

"As per our email reply directly sent" as stated in your reply to my review, was not received. Please resend.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Thank you for your email and feedback.Our reservations  staff immediately responded to your bookings relating to a lost voucher.which as per terms and conditions must be submitted at time of travel. Without the voucher being presented we are unable to verify.
As per our email reply directly sent , if you locate the physical voucher in question and forward to us,  we will refund your fare difference immediately.

Once again, we are very sorry to not have met your expectations.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

2 months ago

Service: Friendly

Product: No commentary.

Says this is optional but insists on a specific character count!

2 months ago

High Tea Cruise. Friendly welcome and enjoyable High Tea. Plenty to eat for my son and I.

It was a bright, breezy day at the end of May so took advantage of invitation to visit top viewing deck. We were the only passengers that did so had fabulous, uninterrupted views of the bay and sights. Memorable afternoon. Thank you.

3 months ago

Service: Second time and it was great

Product: great afternoon and food was great

3 months ago

Efficient and professional. Well organised and lovely food with great service.

3 months ago

Service: Friendly, helpful and attentive staff

Product: Great value for money, why just cruise when you can High Tea and Cruise?

3 months ago

Service: The website was easy to use

Product: This is a good value package overall. I expected to have to compromise on the quality of the food to be on the cruise, but it was all delicious. We also paid the extra amount for guaranteed window seats. Unfortunately it was rainy so we didn't get to enjoy the view as much, but on a sunny day this would be worth it.

4 months ago

Everything was perfect, from the staff to the food.

4 months ago

Service: What a wonderful way to experience Sydney harbour celebrating birthdays, great high tea, very obliging staff, great pics of the harbour, very memorable day. Thank you Captain Cook Cruises.

Product: Booked online, very easy.

4 months ago

Service: Great way to show Sydney waters to tourists. I've taken two groups of families visiting and both times were very enjoyable. You get excellent photo shots of the opera house and harbor bridge. Service on board was good as well!

Product: There's no real need to pay the extra $10 for guaranteed window seating.

4 months ago

Service: The crew was very welcoming and friendly. Couldn't fault their service.

Product: The high tea was well organised. Beautiful and tidy boat. Food was delicious.

4 months ago

Service: Great service , lovely good . Was a bit disappointed that the photographer took photos prior to the food being delivered. As a result the "High Tea" was not captured in the photo. Just looks like we were sitting on a boat having a drink

Product: Great food , good service . Disappointed the photographer took photos prior to the food being delivered . As a result the photo did not capture the "High Tea". It just looked like we were on a boat having a drink

4 months ago

Service: Service, Food was wonderful I do feel though cruise could be a littler longer considering you just sit down eat and time to get off.

Product: Good but could have been longer

5 months ago

Service: Very Good Service & the food was great.

Product: A very chilled way to see Sydney Harbour, great food & service

5 months ago

Service: The High Tea in general was good. However a few things - I requested no seafood and prawns turned up on the plate. This was corrected by just removing the prawns but was not replaced.

There was no commentary so we had no idea where we were at times or what landmarks were there. I would like to know where and what I am looking at.

Lastly I was incredibly disappointed with the scenario that happened when we went to disembark. We were behind a couple of other ladies and the staff advised that the boat was about to leave the dock. We asked why as we were still on board. They looked at is in horror and said that we should have been off board before now and why did we ignore the announcements. We advised that there were no announcements and they didn't believe us. We advised them that there about 6 tables of people still upstairs too.

Very disorganized and not great treatment by staff.

Product: Average food. The mini cupcakes were made out of the scone mix. Very dense and dry. Couldn't eat them

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Thank you for your feedback on you High Tea cruise. We were certainly disappointed to read of your comments, as the High Tea cruise does not include commentary but our Seafood Buffet lunch cruise includes this as part of this cruise. We apologise for the miscommunication for your fish & cheese allergy as this has been noted to our Cruise Director on board. Our hospitality team on board would have many announcements as there are always a number of cruise variations on board and we always encourage our clients to listen carefully for all announcements. We are sorry if your felt our staff were not as hospitable but we do endeavour to operate to our timetable at all times for all our guests.

5 months ago

Our window location was excellent, the food well presented and we appreciated the absence of commentary so we could just talk with our overseas guests. A good duration and time to enjoy the harbour highlights. Well done!!!

5 months ago

Service: We had a lovely afternoon on the harbour, the food was delicious and the service was great, they were able to cater for some allergies, which was very good. We would definitely go again.

Product: Excellent day out on Sydney Harbour, fabulous views and great High Tea, we even bought a commemorative photo of the afternoon.

5 months ago

Service: Awesome views

Staff was wonderfull

Product: Awesome views and staff ❤❤

6 months ago

Service: We were greeted with a lovely smiles upon arrival & champagne at ready. The staff services were fantastic & the food was superb!

Product: The food is what we expected with high tea. Choices of tea is great!

6 months ago

Service: Very nice, beautiful Thank you

Product: Very nice and Gluten Free thank you

6 months ago

Service: Daughters birthday high tea. Great atmosphere. Great service friendly staff and lovely high tea. Would highly recommend

Product: Great atmosphere friendly staff good value. Highly recommended Went for daughters birthdays

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