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
  • Menu

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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

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

YOUR SAY HIGH TEA - Our experience was 10/10. Food served was second to none and cruise well above our expectations. We have a large family of 7 and staff were great - our kids all left with smiles on their faces. Next time we are in Sydney, we will definitely be revisiting.  Johnathan & Laura

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92 % approval from 25 responses

1 day ago

Service: We had a wonderful time on the high tea cruise, and nothing was a problem for staff, as we celebrated my mother's 90th birthday.

Product: Booking and organising the day was easy, and I had no problems adding more people when needed.

2 days ago

The food was first class and the service was great . Only hitch was a hostess sat a glass of water on a spoon which spilt on the trousers of one of our guests also

the audio was spacmodic at times.

I would recommend the experience to my freinds and the cost was reasonable.

4 days ago

Service: I booked the high tea cruise for a small group, to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was an enjoyabke experience. The online booking was straightforward and easy. On board, staff were attentive and helpful. The food was well presented, tasty and plentiful and the bubbly was a nice addition. My friend loved the surprise gift and ultimately that'swhat mattered most.

Product: Good value for money. Coincidentally, there was also a special offer with a small discount on the chosen day.

1 week ago

We were a party of four, with one member unable to climb the stairs, so the crew had very kindly set up a beautifully appointed table on the bottom deck. This meant we had the added advantage of hearing the commentary ( which can't be heard on the upper deck}. My only negative concern was that we were not offered coffee, and had to ask at the end of the meal. (we got some, but it was very rushed and we were berthing).

I would give you 4.5 stars, but no provision for this.

I will definitely be recommending your mid-week cruises to others.

1 week ago

We found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming. We loved that we had our own section to ourselves. The food was lovely. We loved the whole experience, thank you.

2 weeks ago

Service: Great service on board, attentive and friendly

Product: Great value for money, lovely overall experience

3 weeks ago

Service: Very professional service...nothing too informal....helpful with requests. ...unobtrusive and polite

Product: Lovely food...could have had a little more but it was v nice, and nicely presented.

Appreciated lack of music and commentary...made the time more relaxing

3 weeks ago

Enjoying High Tea on Sydney Harbour was a special birthday event. The service, friendly staff and the tea and scones were perfect.

3 weeks ago

Service: Good food and reliable transportation.

Product: Good food and a pleasant cruise. We did have to wait long after everyone else was served to get our food or I would have given 5 stars.

1 month ago

Service: Staff were professional, friendly and happy and willing to satisfy customers.

Product: Food was as expected for High Tea but only one glass of sparkling wine (no refills). Didn't understand, or like why we sat on the boat at the Pier in Darling Harbour for minimum 10 minutes instead of cruising out in the Harbour. It was like we were filling in time. A Harbour Cruise should be cruising!

1 month ago

amazing food and quiet air conditioned area. perfect for a classy high tea.

1 month ago

Service: The high tea was for my grandson's first birthday from Perth WA and the staff were very good with the chef making my grandson a little chocolate cake with a sparkler. much excitement great afternoon thank you so much.

Product: Great value great food and drink.

1 month ago

The food was very disappointing.

I had indicated that one of us was allergic to onion and garlic.

Instead of salmon sandwiches like everyone else, we got limp tomato and cheese sandwiches.

Aside from the fact that salmon sandwiches don't have onion or garlic - why should the other guest miss out on the usual menu because the other guest is allergic?

We also got clumps of beef on toothpicks which were served directly alongside the scones, while parsley was used to garnish the mini cupcakes.

I also paid extra for the window seat, but as the cruise wasn't very full, everyone got to sit at the window.

Wouldn't recommend.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. 
We’re so sorry to hear you were not happy with your High Tea Cruise. We usually get really good feedback so we definitely want to make sure everyone keeps having a great time on our cruises. We’ve had a look at the cruise notes and we apologise for the way things were handled that day. We should have served two different tiered stands (one catering for the allergy and one normal). We take feedback very seriously and we will be amending our procedures going on forward. 

Thank you for leaving a helpful comment and allowing us to improve.

If there’s anything else we can help with, we’re always here. 

2 months ago

Everything worked well. The staff were courteous and the food good. One problem: you had overlooked the fact that I had asked for vegetarian fare (I requested this). However, you recovered and without fuss found me a very suitable platter.

2 months 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.

3 months 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

4 months ago

Service: Friendly

Product: No commentary.

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

4 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.

5 months ago

Service: Second time and it was great

Product: great afternoon and food was great

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Service: Friendly, helpful and attentive staff

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

5 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.

5 months ago

Everything was perfect, from the staff to the food.

6 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.

6 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.

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