Gold Penfolds Dinner


  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2*
  • Priority boarding & welcome reception
     - available for Circular Quay departures
  • 6 course degustation dining
  • Gold seating and live music
  • Penfolds gold selection of bin & vintage wines to accompany each course
  • House spirits, local & imported beers, liqueur coffee & soft drinks
  • 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^ Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1
Year Round Except Sat (year round) & Fri (Nov-Mar) 7.00pm. Disembark 9.30pm 7.30pm. Disembark 10pm
Sat (year round) & Fri (Nov-Mar) 7.00pm. Disembark 10.30pm 7.30pm. Disembark 10pm or 11pm

^Vivid Sydney 25 May - 16 June 2018 -  timetable changes

  • Cruise departs Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1 only (no Circular Quay departures)
  • Disembark Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

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First impressions count. When only the best will do the Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise will impress from the first moment until the last. Enjoy priority boarding and welcome reception on the top deck, upper deck Gold seating, live music, six-course degustation dining and Penfolds gold selection of private bin and vintage wines to complement each course. All set the spectacular backdrop of Sydney by night aboard your prestigious cruise ship MV Sydney 2000.

Also available Platinum Penfolds Grange Dinner    Platinum Dinner

From the moment our Gold dinner guests arrive they become the most important people in the world. Rarely does an evening pass without a young couple becoming engaged, a grown family gathers to celebrate a golden anniversary, company directors meet in a social setting or an international dignitary experiences Sydney at its very best. But our favourite guests are the quiet couples of non-descript ages or backgrounds who come just to spend time with each other.

Enjoy priority boarding, sparkling wine under a starry sky (constellation Crux is a must see for any visitor from the northern hemisphere), gold restaurant seating with views, the sultry entertainment of our lounge singer or live band, a six course tasting menu all accompanied by Penfolds gold selection of bin and vintage Australian wines or spirits if you prefer.

*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.

Dress: We recommend Smart & Stylish - collared shirts for men and jackets in winter.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy

Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Special Diet? We regret special diets cannot be catered for on the Penfolds Gold or Penfolds Platinum dinner cruises. Please refer to our Captains Dinner

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YOUR SAY SUNSET DINNER - Just wanted to say thank you. My partner and I took the Sunset cruise on Saturday 11th Feb. We had a wonderful time, food was great, and would definitely recommend. Meagan, VIC

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100 % approval from 27 responses

2 weeks ago

Service: The service was incredible - in fact the whole night was amazing.

Product: thank you for an amazing night - it was our wedding anniversary

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Terry,

Thank you for the review of your Gold Dinner cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed the cruise and that the service added to this auspicious occasion. We are thrilled that we were able to make your wedding anniversary special. 

Once again thank you for your feedback, it is greatly appreciate by all our staff.
Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service 
Captain Cook Cruises

2 months ago

This was our 2nd 'Gold Dinner' (first one just my wife and me, and last one with another 6 friends). We're going to make this an annual event and we have at least another 3 couples wanting to join us. It was brilliant and the food, wines, entertainment and service were all 5 star. And many thanks to our host for the night, Joey. He was fantastic.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Garry,

Thank you for your recent review of your Gold Penfolds Dinner cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We were delighted to read that the food & wine selection was of your standards and that Joey was attentive and friendly with you. 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 manager.  We are sure they will value the positive feedback. We look forward to making your new annual event delightful and hope to see you soon.

Once again thank you for your review and recommendation, it is appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

2 months ago

We were treated like VIP's from the moment we boarded the boat, with the top deck cocktail party to the table by the window & the attentive service shown to us by Joey! It was a special birthday dinner for my partner & he certainly enjoyed it.

2 months ago

Excellent food, service and setting. Great experience and highly recommended if you're celebrating something special.

2 months ago

Service: Service was excellent from the moment we stepped aboard. The waitress was polite, attentive and engaging.

Product: Fantastic food and beautiful Penfold wines taking in Sydney by night

3 months ago

Service: Service excellence at it's best. Congratulations Captain Cook cruises.

Product: Food was excellent. Great presentation and matched to fine wines.

4 months ago

Service: The service was good, staff was attentive and knowledgeable.

Product: We had a very nice evening with spectacular views and good service. We boarded at wharf 6 to have canapés and bubbly on deck on the way to Darling Harbor. Would have liked more bubbly and canapé time on deck rather than sitting in the dining room. That being said, it was a nice dinner with excellent wine choice paired to each course.

4 months ago

Service: Fantastic, very good food and good combination with nice wine seeing the amazing views from the ferry. We had a great time and actually my proposal to my girlfriend was successfully accepted after the dinner.

Product: Very smooth transactions and I didn't have any issues with it.

4 months ago

The dinner cruise aboard the Sydney 2000 was a wonderful birthday gift which exceeded my expectations. From the quality of the food with the matching wines to the attentive service and the pleasant ambiance, I can recommend the Captain Cook dinner cruise. The Sydney harbour views by night contribute to a pleasant and relaxing experience. Thanks J&N.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Thank you for the review of your Gold Dinner Cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We are delighted to read that the wines and meals exceeded your expectations and that our staff were friendly and attentive. We agree that the harbour views by night makes the experience even better.

Once again thank you for your feedback and recommendation, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

5 months ago

Service: Amazing food, staff and environment all together creating a truly memorable experience that will forever be associated with Vivid for both my partner and I.

Thank you

Product: The price doesn't true show the amazing event that was the Gold Dinner Cruise.

5 months ago

Service: This is the best night that we have ever had. A night to remember

Product: Amazing food and fantastic service

5 months ago

Service: The service was attentive, enthusiastic and professional - extending from the booking process, through to boarding and the exquisite dining experience.

Product: Great value for money experience, food, wine, views and great service.

5 months ago

Service: Really fun night at Vivid with great staff and food.

Product: A really fun night out on the Harbour to see Vivid.

6 months ago

Cruise was excellent. We did the Vivid Cruise Gold Pass & the food, wine & service was exceptional. Would definitely recommend to my friends & already looking for another excuse for a cruise around Sydney's beautiful harbour.

6 months ago

Service: I proposed to my girlfriend onboard and I could not of imagined a more.perfect setting. I really didn't know what to expect heading into the night but staff were absolutely amazing and did everything to make the night perfect. Amazing service and very personal which you don't get from a lot of people anymore. Will remember the night and the cruise forever.

Product: Excellent service and food/wine for the money. Not to mention the setting

6 months ago

The welcome mat was well and truely out

6 months ago

Service: Awesome. Food and wine was superb. Service was fantastic, so friendly, attentive and personable. The boat ride and seating was excellent.

Product: Fantastic value for money.

6 months ago

Service: The staff were absolutely awesome. Nothing was a problem including changing seafood to chicken in one course. Great service, great food and wonderful staff. Perfect night of luxury in a beautiful location. It was exactly what I hoped it would be. Thank you

Product: Great wine, great food, great service and amazing views. Love it.

6 months ago

Service: We were so spoilt by the attentive , friendly crew on our magnificent vessel and the degustation menu was delicious! The wine kept flowing and we had so much fun watching the vivid lights on our stunning harbour. The view and the atmosphere on the upper deck was unsurpassed! We will be back next year with more friends.

Product: Divine degustation menu!

The ultimate way to enjoy Vivid!

No crowds! So comfortable and thoroughly spoiled by the crew .

6 months ago

Service: The food and drink service was great and the menu offered was terrific

Product: Excellent, great experience

6 months ago

Service: Vivi was our waitress and her service was extraordinary, the food and atmosphere was divine, would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who enjoys good wine and food.

Product: Excellent highly recommendable

6 months ago

Service: The Food and wine were very good. the staff were excellent, very knowledgeable about the menu and wine.

Product: Around an excellent deal.

6 months ago

Service: excellent reception at the wharf .very friendly .special usher to our table on board .the crew anticipated all our requirements and needs . felt very special . have recommended to all my friends as a must adventure when in sydney

Product: because it was a 5 star experience

6 months ago

Service was great, but when explaining the wines it would ahev been better if they spoke perfect English.

6 months ago

Excellent service, good food and wine

6 months ago

Service: Great service, great good, and great help from the ships engineer when we realised we had lost a wallet at the end of the night after all the other staff had gone!

Product: Wonderful food and great service

6 months ago

Service: Service was friendly and attentive. Food was really great. Would have liked some info on viewing from the deck - only realised when the room emptied. Music a little old fashioned.

Product: Service, food and wine great

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