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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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

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YOUR SAY NEW YEARS EVE - Had three trips with Captain Cook Cruises. The second one was the best - New Years Eve cruise and champagne dinner whilst watching the fireworks. Fantastic night. Pat

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97 % approval from 36 responses

3 days 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.

1 week ago

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

2 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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

2 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.

2 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.

2 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

3 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.

3 months ago

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

Product: Amazing food and fantastic service

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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

4 months ago

The welcome mat was well and truely out

4 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.

4 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.

4 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 .

4 months ago

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

Product: Excellent, great experience

4 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

4 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.

4 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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Excellent service, good food and wine

4 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

4 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

4 months ago

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



Product: Great service , great food. Lovely atmostphere

4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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!!!

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Service: Great service and very friendly staff

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

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