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Sydney Harbour by night....it doesn't get any better than this. Secure your dinner cruise seat today aboard Sydney's most prestigious cruise ships MV Sydney 2000 and John Cadman 2. Offering million dollar views, expansive viewing decks, dining rooms and a range of menu and entertainment options for every event and budget. An experience not to be missed. More Info ...

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See our full range of dinner cruises including:-

Gold Penfolds Dinner
First impressions count. When only the best will do this cruise will impress from the first moment until the last. Every Gold Penfolds Dinner guest is the most important person in world to us, and before you depart you'll know its true.

Captains Dinner
The Captains Dinner has my personal seal of approval. This cruise has it all - the best vessel, quality a la carte dining (including vegetarian options), a comprehensive wine list, live music and dancing.

Starlight Dinner
Sydney's best value dinner cruise. Enjoy contemporary three course a la carte dining and the mesmerising views of Sydney by night.

Sunset Dinner
Pre-theatre dining or a great way to finish a spectacular day sightseeing. The 5.00pm departure takes in all the colours of autumn/spring sunsets, winter twilight and the endless days of summer.

Sunset Steak & Lobster Dinner
Available for a limited time only, our popular Sunset Dinner Cruise with an optional premium 3 course set menu including Steak & Lobster main course. This early dinner cruise is a great way to finish a fun day sightseeing or to begin your evening at the theatre. The 5.00pm departure takes in all the colours of autumn/spring sunsets, winter twilight and the endless days of summer. 

 

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85 % approval from 67 responses

Date
Rating
29 minutes ago
3/5

Service: Lovely food though had to ask for bread and more water.
The wine we selected was "unavailable" offered a bottle $10 more.
$69 for a ONE year old wine!!
Product: Good food, VERY expensive (one year old) wine.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruise experience. We pride ourselves in the excellent food and service we provide to our customers and we are happy to read that these aspects were up to your standards. Due to high demand we ran out of the particular wine you ordered. We always endeavour to offer a substitute and this can sometimes cause a difference in the price.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Captains Dinner

7 hours ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service and food and a very comprehensive view of the Vivid lights
Product: Excellent - good choice of dishes

Review for Captains Dinner

9 hours ago
5/5

Service: Was first rate service. The food was better than expected and we thoroughly enjoyed the Vivid light show from the harbour.
Product: The tapas was good and enjoyed the salmon. Dessert selection was good too.

Review for Sunset Dinner

20 hours ago
5/5

Service: Amazing
Product: Efficient,tasty,professional

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

22 hours ago
4/5

Service: Excellent service throughout the evening. Really enjoyed my first two courses however the dessert was a little disappointing - order the orange & chocolate flourless cake & it was well and truly more orange than chocolate which was disappointing.
Product: Good value. Disappointed the Vivid cruise didn't go in near the botanic gardens to see the Vivid lights in there, but the boat may have been too big.

Review for Captains Dinner

22 hours ago
5/5

Service: The crew made us feel welcome and special guests.
Product: Wines were awesome and each course was yummy

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

22 hours ago
5/5

Booking was very easy with variety of packages option, we will definetly come back. Staff was very professional and very attentive. Mika was incharged on our section and done exellent service

Review for Captains Dinner

23 hours ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service, friendly & meal was outstanding - better than expected. Highly recommended. Would do it again!
Product: Fantastic! Meal was amazing - better than expected. Well worth it. Vivid light show was amazing!

Review for Captains Dinner

23 hours ago
5/5

Service: Absolutely fantastic food, wine, service and environment, from the music to the port it was a fabulous experience. Obviously the vivid experience was AMAZING!! Cant think of a better way to experience the show!

Thanks you for a great evening!
Product: Fantastic. see previous comment.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

24 hours ago
5/5

Service: We could not fault our experience with Captain Cook cruise.
Product: Magnificent dinner cruise

Review for Sunset Dinner

24 hours ago
5/5

Service: So organised and friendly staff
Product: Friendly staff and excellent food

Review for Captains Dinner

24 hours ago
5/5

Good and friendly service.
Excellent food.
Lovely music.
Views to die for.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: The total experience was excellent. We would do this again.
Food, wine and service were all excellent.
Our server (Edwin) I think was his name was absolutely wonderful and all praise goes to him.
We had South Australuan visitors and they were totally impressed by the entire experience.
Well done to all the crew and team.
Looking forward to next year.
Product: Refer to above comment.
Ian not best photographer but my husband and son' girlfriend have some brilliant photos. Sorry.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: Very friendly, efficient and accommodating
Product: Our meal was very nicely presented and tasty

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: Fabulous views, great service, great music and nice variety of tasty meals and drinks. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Product: Good variety of meals and drinks. All the meals and drinks we had tasted great; a better standard than we were expecting. Meals were nicely presented. Service was excellent. It was also a nice touch to be given a free glass of champagne at the beginning of the meal; it added a festive mood to the experience.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
4/5

Service: The service and food were very good
Product: The sunset cruise was lovely, but we were disappointed that when I booked it was advertised as a Vivid Sunset dinner cruise and the Vivid Festival ended the day before.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Totally recommend this cruise the staff were friendly and so organised to be able to serve everyone at the same time, a relaxed atmosphere where we could enjoy each other’s company and the entertainment The food was delicious my steak had amazing flavours and to top this cruise off The Vivid show was on ... perfect for us as we were celebrating 3 milestones my 60th & my 2 daughters 40ths

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: Friendly professional staff , lovely cruise
Product: Excellent service , priority entry with reserved seating

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
3/5

The cruise itself was fine and the staff were very pleasant. However, my food experience was disappointing. I had gone to the trouble of telephoning beforehand to explain that I am gluten and lactose intolerant, so was rather surprised when my bread was not gluten free. I pointed this out and was told they were baking gluten bread for me; this arrived at the same time as my main course which was rather too late, since they were clearing the entree by then! Incidentally the entree was the most inadequate mezze plate I have ever seen in my life (I used to live in Greece) and really doesn’t deserve that name.
My second frustration was the salmon which was very bland, and came with insufficient salsa. I could only eat half of it, and requested a takeaway container so I could give the rest to my cat. I was told this was against company policy. These days food wastage is widely frowned upon, so I really think it is time you reviewed this policy, to avoid bad press! I am sure that customers would be happy to sign a waiver if necessary. Finally, my dessert (orange chocolate pudding) was dry & tasteless; since there was no lactose free cream to moisten it, I could not eat it. Thank god the wine was drinkable!

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

One of the best things I've ever done! Couldnt have asked for a better night!

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
2/5

Food average and fast service, band absolutely awful and far too loud, strip lights on the Windows made viewing of the Vivid lights difficult (the only reason we booked the cruise) AND you should pre explain that the boat is available to board from 7pm and the Kings Wharf is different from Bangaroo as we found several people waiting at the wrong pier. All in all a complete waste of an evening.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
4/5

Service: quitely charming
Product: while the mnagement response was fantastic, the actual wine selection was extremely poor. The meal in itself was adequate but not impressive

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: Fantastic, Had a great time. Food sensational, entertainment great and service was exceptional.Thanks
Product: Good value for a truly unique experience

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
3/5

The bar option is a waste of money. The wines are terrible only the sav blanc is drinkable. Was expecting something better. Should've bought the Gold Penfold Dinner again instead.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 day ago
4/5

Excellent meal and very efficient staff

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
3/5

Service: The cruise was overpriced for what we got.
The service was poor - staff botched the order and gave my husband the wrong dish. They were intrusive and 'hovering' at the beginning when we were not ready to order and absent when we tried to order drinks later on. We did the Captains dinner, which was supposed to be the premium experience, but the dinner was served cold and I've had better meat from a tin can. Strangely the premium experience does not include wine like the standard package does (so I have no idea how they can justify charging more and providing less). There was no views to speak of (we did the Vivid tour). The only good thing was the entertainment - the singer was lovely.
Product: The cruise was overpriced for what we got. We did the Captains dinner, which was supposed to be the premium experience, but the dinner was served cold and I've had better meat from a tin can. Strangely the premium experience does not include wine like the standard package does (so I have no idea how they can justify charging more and providing less). There was no views to speak of (we did the Vivid tour). The only good thing was the entertainment - the singer was lovely.

Review for Captains Dinner

3 days ago
3/5

Service: The food and table service were average (some aspects even below average) overall. I had a steak (which was quite good) but the vegetables were well below expectations. My wife also said that her meal was 'pretty unappealing'. The attendant on our table seemed 'distracted', although the young lady who brought out some of our meal was much more enthusiastic.
Based on our experience I would be unlikely to recommend the experience to friends. We were also looking forward to the Vivid experience but have to say our taxi driver was correct in that it was a 'bit over-rated'. Best of luck for future cruises.
Product: Refer to my previous comments!

Review for Captains Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Excellent food and wine selection and excellent service,, we had a top notch experience 👍👍

Review for Captains Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, the staff were warm, friendly and efficient. The meal first class and the accompanying wines were suitably matched to all of the courses.
We appreciated the music and it added to the whole experience.

We look forward to our next cruise with your company.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Service: Food was very delicious and music was good. The sight fo Sydney was fantasitic.
Product: Food was very delicious and music was good. The sight fo Sydney was fantasitic.

Review for Captains Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

場所も分かりやすく、乗船やテーブルへの案内も無駄なくスムーズ、食事も美味しかったし満足できました。

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Service: On a very rainy night, we thought our Vivid experience was going to be a wash out. However, the excellent service, great wine and amazing food absolutely made up for it all. In fact, we enjoyed viewing the slightly watery lights of our lovely city through the windows of a luxury vessel. Thank you Captain Cook Cruises for making our Vivid experience so special.
Product: The service was sensational, and the food was at least a 5 star experience, not to mention the nice wine.

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
4/5

The food and service was really good. The whole event was well prepared. Would have been good if the cruise was 2 hours and not 1.5 hours which felt a little short.

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Service: Vert friendly & efficient staff, first class service, great food & wine.
Product: See information described on previous comments.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

気遣いもサービスも最高でした。何よりシドニーの夜景を一望できていい一日になりました。
また利用したいと思います。

Review for Captains Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Service: Amazing cruise, food and wine. Great way to see Vivid.
Product: Food on board is exceptional

Review for Captains Dinner

4 days ago
5/5

Service: It was a wonderful experience - from the ease of booking on-line, the luxury of the cruise ship itself & then the staff who looked after us throughout the whole cruise.
I would definitely recommend Captain Cook Cruises.
Product: Excellent value & outstanding quality of service, food & drink.

Review for Sunset Dinner

4 days ago
5/5

Service: The whole Cruise was fantastic. Thanks you to everyone. Vivid Sydney coming alive at 6pm was amazing.
Product: Everything was great but the sun had already set when we left the dock

Review for Sunset Dinner

7 days ago
2/5

Service: I was very dissapointed with the Captains Dinner Cruise we went on during the vivid festival. I took my elderly mother who is slow and gets tired but the staff loading the passengers were inconsiderate and just rude. I asked for assistance with my mother and was told that no help was available. The same when we entered the boat and realised we needed to go up two flights of very steep stairs - again no help offered and one staff member actually rolled their eyes. T he cruise is clearly not accessible for anyone with limited mobility - this should be made clear on the web page.
The singer was so loud it was really hard to hear ourselves talking - she was also relentless. There is only so many Celine Dion covers that can be sung before it just becomes annoying.
The dinner itself was also very dissapointing. Our main meals came out at different times (not just a few minutes) and when mine and my mothers came out it was stone cold. The senior waiter did take them back and gave us a new hot meal and a complimentary glass of wine and was apologetic but by then the evening was pretty much ruined.
This is not an inexpensive evening with gthe dinner and cruise costing $155 per headplus drinks.
Overall a really dissapointing evening on what was meant to be a really special occasion for my mother.
Product: Overpriced. Cold dinner, rude staff at loading and annoying singer.

Review for Captains Dinner

7 days ago
4/5

Service: We enjoyed the harbour cruise and dinner. Window seats for Vivid, food was of good quality and served quickly. Staff efficient. Liquor prices a bit high.
Product: As a one-off experience price was not a major consideration and we considered it good value.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service, friendly staff and great food....value for money
Product: Excellent service, friendly staff....value for money

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: From the very start to the completion of the cruise, the enthusiastic service, entertainment and attention to detail was absolutely first class.
Product: A culinary delight that was perfectly matched with some superb Penfolds wine.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: The service was good. But the food was out of shape - the people on the table next to us had stake as well I had steak - but the size of his was more end twice of mine. But food was good in taste - no way I would had been happy with the steak size if that was the only food I would get for the night.
Product: It was easy to book on the net and only a little slow getting on board the boat

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Professional and very customer focused.
Product: Value for money was exceptional.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: We enjoyed our Vivid dinner cruise so much last time we had to do it again with Captain Cook. This was our 2nd time for Vivid. The food was lovely and the service on board was great. I would recommend the MV Sydney 2000 to anyone. It rained but we stayed dry and enjoyed the views.
Product: Food was really good and service was great.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

We had a lovely time, thank you.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
1/5

Good Morning,

I have been misinformed about the service, while booking the 'Sunset Cruise'. The refreshments were pathetic, and unlike anything I was told they would be. To make up and give my guest a consolation price, I wasted more money, purchasing a second cruise, immediately following the Sunset Cruise - on the same boat.

As an example; please consider the behaviour of the waiter who foisted on us a second bottle of wine, with only a short time before the end of the 2nd cruise. I then had to argue with the stuff about sitting a few more minutes, finishing the drink while there were cleaning and cluttering around us.

In short, I feel cheated

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review about your Sunset Cruise experience. We strive to deliver the best food, drinks and service possible to our customers and we were disappointed to read that your experience was not up to your standards. Please be assured your comments have been forwarded to our hospitality manager. Our cruises are cleaned and prepared thoroughly to ensure customers enter our vessel to a fresh environment. Therefore, we encourage passengers to disembark at the allocated time.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: My friends and I joined a Vivid Cruise on the 9th June, as we are all over 60 we enjoy seeing Vivid via a dinner cruise.
The menu consisted of excellent choices, (4) four entree, (4) four main, (4) dessert. Our choices were delicious, and enjoyed by all.
The on board entertainment, was our era of music, which made dinner all the more enjoyable.
The view of the harbour was clear and all lite up attractions were visible from our seats.
We could not fault the service of our waitress, she was polite and obliging and sorted any minor problems that arose.
We did have one complaint, that tea and coffee were not included in our meal and had to be paid for at the end of the night, as seniors we all enjoy a “cuppa” at the end of a meal.
Product: Need to include tea and coffee as part of the meal not an extra that has to be paid for separately

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

A terrific way to enjoy Vivid over a lovely meal with great service.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: the staff were excellent and looked after us the cruise was great travelling around harbor the meals had a great variety and very well prepared and presented
Product: well prepared and delivered

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: The food was brilliant & the service faultless. We had a really wonderful evening & would recommend it to anyone.
Product: We all thought the food was very good & the service excellent. It certainly wasn’t cheap, but it surpassed our expectations.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: I would most certainly would recommend this cruise to friends and family. The service we received was excellent!
Product: This was wonderful! Excellent service the best views!

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Fabulous experience, felt special from the moment we boarded. Food was restaurant quality and service impeccable.
Product: Great wines paired beautifully with the meal

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
3/5

Service: We were on the Penfolds cruise in 2017 and found the atmosphere was so much better. We also had a band which was great because we could get up to dance. This year we only had 20 people in total and a piano was all the entertainment we had. I would have preferred to pay less and be down stairs. The staff, however and the meals were amazing.
Product: Food and wines were awesome.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Gold Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the atmosphere wasn’t to your standards. Our cruise times are listed on our website for complete transparency for our customers and we follow this as closely as possible. We apologise if you felt this was not the case on this occasion.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Great service

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: The service was excellent and meal was delicious
Product: A delightful night on the harbour

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Helt enkelt underbart.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: We have been three times previous and it has always been excellent. This time they didnt have a table ready for us. It is only a small thing, but the boat wasnt full. Great staff,
Product: No ones perfect, but it was pretty good value for money

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: Good service.
Product: Overall we enjoyed the cruise. My only suggestion would be a more well presented meze platter. A few olives, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes was quite disappointing.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Sunset Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the meze plate on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. We hope you would accept our apologies for not quite meeting your expectations in this regard but appreciate the opportunity given to us to improve. A copy of your review has been forwarded to our Catering Manager.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

The meal was great. Good choices. Loved having musicians employed for the night plus dance for those who love dancing. The crew were friendly and helpful.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Wonderful evening excellent food and service. Very well looked after
Product: Excellent food and service

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
1/5

Service: This was my second vivid cruise. Last year’s was such fun that I invited friends along to experience it. What a disaster! We paid more than last year simply to have a choice of the same food as was served last year. When I asked for more wine, the service staff were rude and dismissive, almost to the point of contempt that we thought paying more was worth more than a choice of meals at each course.
Further, the lights were turned down so we could barely see what we were eating.
I could have save a lot of money and caught the ferry to Manly, had a nice dinner with wine and come home with money spare compared with the poor experience last weekend.
Sadly, it will be never again and I won’t be recommending anyone else does it, either.
Product: Not worth the money. Better food staying on shore and eating at a restaurant.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Captains Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the food, service and lighting on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. 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. Our lighting is dimmed to allow customers clear views of the vivid skyline, which is the focus of the cruise.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Excellent food and attention from the waiters/waitresses. Music was appropriate and not too loud. Vivid was spectacular despite the drizzly evening.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Very helpful and respectful of our needs.
Product: Great food, well presented and just enough choice.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

The staff were extremely nice and welcoming.
The food quality was excellent.
The place was very neat and clean including bathrooms.
The sailing was smooth and was appropriate with location in regards to VIVID Sydney Festival.
Will recommend it to others.

Review for Captains Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

The service staff were great, the barman on duty Mark, was very helpful with choosing cocktails.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: We absolutely loved the Dinner and Cruise. The service was excellent! All staff were very friendly. We celebrated our 5 year anniversary and it was lovely. The food was amazing and the pianist played a very nice selection of music. Thank you!
Product: It was amazing! It went beyond our expectations!

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

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