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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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 your tea is served with a delicious selection of hot and cold treats that will tempt both your sweet and savoury tastes. More Info ...

Girls, girls, girls, this has to be the dining cruise with the most fun! A girls day out, kitchen teas, hens parties, baby showers, birthdays, charity events are all hosted on this cruise - a revival of a great British tradition with a uniquely Australian flavour.

The Cruise Director gets the party started with a glass of Brown Brothers pink bubbly which results in immediate and non-stop conversation. I have never experienced a phenomenon like it - how do girls have so much to talk about that results in so much laughter? How do the overflowing High Tea stands empty when I cannot perceive a moment when they are not talking? Does it vanish by osmosis? These are not small food items - there are blinis topped with prawns, whole chocolate coated strawberries, mini savoury pastries and much, much more.  The female gender will always be one of lifes great mysteries and I have always been partial to a good mystery.

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  • Guaranteed window seating

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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YOUR SAY GOLD DINNER - Thank you for a wonderful dinner on Sydney 2000. We had a most memorable night celebrating our anniversary. David & Myriam

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93 % approval from 27 responses

7 days 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.

1 week 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

2 weeks 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

3 weeks ago

Service: Very Good Service & the food was great.

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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!!!

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Service: Awesome views

Staff was wonderfull

Product: Awesome views and staff ❤❤

2 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!

2 months ago

Service: Very nice, beautiful Thank you

Product: Very nice and Gluten Free thank you

2 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

2 months ago

Service: excellemt boarding process, service, location and good food.

Product: Should be able to board with computer print ouy and not be bothered with ticket exchange at window.

2 months ago

Service: Was such a beautiful day, High tea food was really nice, and of course such a great view.

Product: Was very nice, food was great

2 months ago

Service: Moderner Catamaran, interessante Rundfahrt incl. Stop in Darling Harbour und das mit Tee, Kaffee und einer 3-stöckigen Etagere mit Sandwich, Shrimps, Kuchen, Teigtaschen usw., ein echter Genuss

Product: Sehr lecker, ein echter Genuss

2 months ago

It was very splendid experience. Very delicious food, delicious tea and sparkling wine. Good view

3 months ago

Service and food well presented and tasty. Unfortunate that older people had to negotiate the stairs to enjoy the High Tea. These would be the age group who would be most likely to choose this option.

3 months ago

Service: Service was good but didn't think the food was as great as last time I took the high tea cruise.

Product: Great views and service but good not at the same level

3 months ago

Service: Very relaxing and recreating

Product: Great selection of foods. Friendly staff.

3 months ago

Service: fab experience, great food choice and enjoyed the factual commentary about the Harbour

Product: loved the food choice and presentation. chocolate strawberries are to die for.

3 months ago

Service was as per my expectations...

3 months ago

Service: Excellent service, lovely afternoon tea, value for money

Product: Excellent service, lovey afternoon tea

3 months ago

The cruise was good and the staff friendly. However, the girl at the reception was abrupt and not very cheerful.

3 months ago

It was a great experience for some overseas visitors. It would have been better if we could have heard the commentary that was supplied to the participants of the Highlights of the Harbour cruise.

3 months ago

My friend and I had a wonderful High Tea Not long enough but it was great. Excellent way to catch up with friends.

3 months ago

Service: this is the third year we have done this cruise, love it, great finish to the year, food is great & plenty of it. only disappointment this year was we were not at the front of the boat, but had the window seat on the side.

Product: good food & service, can't forget the view. excellent choice for a xmas present

6 months ago

Service: Staff were professional and welcoming

Product: Food was excellent - better than expected for the price/'touristy' premise - especially the scones.

6 months ago

Service: Service was good, staff was very welcoming

Product: Cruise was very nice, service was great, however food was a little disappointing and a bit too simple

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