Gold Penfolds Dinner

Inclusions

  • 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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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

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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

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

YOUR SAY NEW YEARS EVE - I was on John Cadman II on NYE and I couldn’t have had a better time. Everything about the cruise was perfect, the staff were polite and all retained their sense of fun and humour. Thanks to the crew for a great way to see in the New Year. Sallie-Ann, VIC

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96 % approval from 47 responses

Date
Rating
6 days ago
5/5

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.

2 weeks ago
5/5

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

1 month ago
5/5

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.

1 month ago
5/5

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

Product: Amazing food and fantastic service

1 month ago
5/5

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.

2 months ago
4/5

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

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

2 months ago
4/5

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.

2 months ago
5/5

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

2 months ago
5/5

The welcome mat was well and truely out

2 months ago
5/5

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.

2 months ago
5/5

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.

2 months ago
5/5

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 .

2 months ago
5/5

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

Product: Excellent, great experience

2 months ago
5/5

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

2 months ago
5/5

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

Product: Around an excellent deal.

2 months ago
5/5

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

2 months ago
4/5

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

2 months ago
5/5

Excellent service, good food and wine

2 months ago
5/5

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

2 months ago
4/5

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

2 months ago
5/5

Service: We did the dinner cruise. Excellent service and food great. Friendly people serving us

Cheers

Alison

Product: Great service , great food. Lovely atmostphere

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The service and food was exceptional, it was a blessing to experience the Gold dinner cruise!

Product: The food and wine was amazing, thank you!

2 months ago
5/5

Service: From check in, being greeted with a glass of champagne, shown to our table, I thought everything was wonderful, and exactly what I had wanted for my partner.

The table service was great, the food and drink package was what I had hoped for.

Product: The whole experience was first class.

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Outstanding dinner cruise. Excellent service, great food and plenty of drinks that were so good we forgot to see the Vivid sights!! Highly recommend.

Product: Great food and wine, thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 months ago
3/5

Service: We paid for the 6 course premium meal but were given a five course meal ... As we had taken friends on this cruise previously it was disappointing not to be notified of the change.

Product: Value was there the last time...not so this time

3 months ago
5/5

Service: To be honest I didn't really expect much. But was so surprosed. Food was excellent service was brillant. We had a fantastic night

Product: Brillant. A wonderful night and a great wasy to experience VIVID without the crowds.

3 months ago
5/5

Service: it was a wonderful night and the service was excellent. The food and wines were well matched and we all had a lovely evening!!

Product: lovely food and great service!!!

3 months ago
5/5

Service: This was a fantastic experience. Joanna, our waitress, was very informed regarding the meal and the wines. Her bubbly personality made the experience even better. Well worth doing.

Product: Cruising around Sydney harbour at night seeing the Opera House and the Bridge all lit up on a perfect summer night - well for the Brits [winter to the Aussies] - what else do you want to do - PERFECT way to spend an evening.

3 months ago
4/5

Service: We were very impressed with the food, wine and service on our recent dinner cruise. Our only complaint is we were not advised we could pick up the cruise from Circular Quay. We were staying at Central Railway and, because it was raining on the night, had to travel via taxi and then stand in the rain at the King St. Wharf for at least half an hour waiting to board. Fortunately, our on-board experience was fantastic and tempered our original frustration. We made our booking on the phone and feel we should have been given the option of boarding at Circular Quay, which would have been much more convenient as we could have just caught the train and waited undercover.

Product: The 6 course degustation menu and the accompanying Penfold's wines were very good

4 months ago
5/5

Service: Yes, the food was great, and it was paired with beautiful wines. Enjoyed cruising around the harbour with magnificent veiws.

Product: I little bit expensive, but great service.

4 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service and very friendly staff

Product: Great service and staff were very friendly, food was great

4 months ago
5/5

Service: Our waitress, Veronika, was amazing. She was so fun, and courteous, and attended to our every need. She even arranged a little extra gnocchi for myself and my party because that is our favorite dish on your cruise.

This was our third time taking the gold penfold's dinner cruise, and I have to say it's the best yet, and that's solely because of Veronika.

In addition to being impressed by Veronika, the lounge singer for the evening was much better than the one we had the previous two times we took this cruise. I really enjoyed her performance!

Product: Our waitress, Veronika, was amazing. She was so fun, and courteous, and attended to our every need. She even arranged a little extra gnocchi for myself and my party because that is our favorite dish on your cruise.

This was our third time taking the gold penfold's dinner cruise, and I have to say it's the best yet, and that's solely because of Veronika.

In addition to being impressed by Veronika, the lounge singer for the evening was much better than the one we had the previous two times we took this cruise. I really enjoyed her performance!

4 months ago
5/5

Service: They were helpful friendly and approachable

Product: Was more than I expected.

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service and excellent live music. We are repeater for Gold dinner cruise. We always enjoy the experience.

Product: Harbour is always beautiful and really enjoyed the live music. Ideal dinner for special occasions.

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Awesome! Just Awesome! Sushma, our waitress was the best! The Meal was great!

Product: Sushma was GREAT! The meal was great! The wine was awesome!

5 months ago
5/5

The whole experience was magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The young girl that looked after us was terrific.

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Great meal and experience

Product: Great meal and experience

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Lovely experience, went for the gold ticket to get priority boarding and it was so smooth and just a really lovely time. Staff were very friendly and the food was excellent. Staff knowledge of wine selection was commendable.

Product: So great, priority boarding, canapes on the top deck, window to look out of, and treated like very special guests. Thank you for putting the sparkler in hubby's dessert for his birthday - extra special touch.

5 months ago
5/5

Service: It's awsome experience with nice clerks.

Good mood and requested wine makes me & my wife happy.

Product: Valuable experience.

excellent!

6 months ago
4/5

Service: Our Penfold Dinner Cruise was a delight. Delicious food, accompanied by excellent wine selections. Service was exceptional!

To improve the experience, 30 minutes should be added to the cruise time. The experience would be enhanced by cruising more of the harbor.

Product: Good value. excellent job of pairing the wine selections with each course.

6 months ago
4/5

Service: Really great cruise, although it was a bit delayed in starting. Excellent food, and the matching wines were lovely. Some of the other passengers were a bit irritating but there isn't much that can be done about that.

Product: Great dinner cruise, fantastic food

6 months ago
4/5

Service: 素晴らしいスタッフ、美味しいデイナー、極上のワイン。

このクルージングのチョイスは間違いなかったと思います。

最後に少しだけ残念だったのは、締めのコーヒーが間に合わなかった事かな?

機会があれば、また乗船してみたいと思いますね。

Product: パーフェクト!!

この一言に尽きますよ。

窓越しの風景、美味しいデイナー、極上のワイン。

これ以外には、誉め言葉が見当たりませんね。

6 months ago
3/5

This was our fourth cruise doing the Captains Gold Dinner Cruise and while it is typically one of our 'must do' experiences in Sydney, on this occasion it was let down in a couple of areas. Firstly. I'd like to point out that the food, wine and dinner service were excellent, no problem at all there. The issues for me were that for the second time in a row, the cruise boarded ~1/2 hour late with people then jostling to get on board whether you had priority boarding or not. This came down to there being no real system or signage to deal with it. The next thing that was a bit off was that we were sat next to a large group that included small children. Normally this wouldn't bother me at a typical family restaurant but when you're paying top dollar for an intimate evening with a candle lit degustation dinner, some soft romantic music and a cruise on Sydney harbour, I have to say it didn't do much to enhance the atmosphere. Lastly, I couldn't help noticing a couple of your male staff members openly leering and making what I'm sure they thought were private comments to each other at some of the younger female passengers as we disembarked at Circular Quay. I made sure they knew I wasn't impressed and they quickly scurried back inside. Would I do it again? Probably, but it needs a bit of polish to get it back to standard.

6 months ago
5/5

Service: Had a guest from England , and we were impressed with the service and friendliness.

The staff were attentive to our needs.

Service with a smile .

The food was excellent . Our guest was very impressed.

We do the cruise at least twice a year particularly with overseas visitors.

Excellent evening.

Thank you

Product: Easy way to book and get prompt confirmation.

Thank you

6 months ago
5/5

Excellent food, wine and service.

6 months ago
5/5

Service: I personally comment our server on the cruse. She is a great asset to your business. She premeditated all of our needs at the time with a great smile and personality.

Product: Great Food, Great Atmosphere

6 months ago
5/5

Service: From the moment we stepped on board we had friendly and attentive service. The food was delicious and we greatly enjoyed the matching wines. A perfect experience!

Product: Not a cheap experience but very enjoyable and recommended for a special occasion.

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