Gold Penfolds Dinner & Gold Dinner

First impressions count. When only the best will do the Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise will impress from the first moment until the last. Enjoy 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 premium 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.

*From time to time, due to maintenance and scheduling, vessels may change. Vessels may include John Cadman 2 or Captain Cook 3.

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

Inclusions

  • 6 course degustation dining
  • Penfolds gold selection of bin & vintage wines
  • House spirits, local & imported beers, liqueur coffee & soft drinks
  • Gold seating and live music
  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000*
  • Nightly from 7.00pm, up to 3.5 hours
  • 10% discount for groups of 6+
  • Wine & Dine Menu 
  • No Drinks option also available (select Gold Dinner No Drinks)

Need to know

Timetable

Below are the normal departure details. The vessel will pick-up from both locations. 

*Special timetables operate on selected dates.

Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6^ Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1^
Sun-Thu (year round) & Fri-Sat (05Feb20-03Oct20) 7.00pm. Disembark 9.30pm 7.30pm. Disembark 10pm
Fri & Sat during Daylight Savings (from 04Oct20) 7.00pm. Disembark 10.30pm 7.30pm. Disembark 10pm or 11pm

IMPORTANT: During Vivid Sydney (22May-13Jun20) cruise departs Darling Harbour only. Disembark Darling Harbour 10pm 7-days or 11pm Sat and Circular Quay 9.30pm Sun-Fri and 10.30pm Sat.

Check Your Date   *Check your date for changes

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Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

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YOUR SAY STARLIGHT DINNER -  A big THANK YOU to Lissa who looked after us last Saturday night. She was only too happy to help us out in celebrating our Mother's 50th birthday! Vanessa, NZ

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88 % approval from 34 responses

Date
Rating
4 months ago
2/5

Service: Average says it all.
No priority boarding as promised
Bar service slow, lots of drinks not available
Only 5 courses rather than the 6 advertised
Food nice enough, service fine
Closed bar half an hour before end.
Looks like they are preparing to close soon
Product: Expected better than Average.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you very much for your feedback. Our Gold Dinner does include 6 courses, including the canapes upon the Priority boarding & welcome reception, which as per the website is part of our Circular Quay departures only. We can assure you that our staff are trained to provide our customers devoted and efficient service. Each course is matched with a selected glass of Penfolds Wine, with additional beverages available at any time.
Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

4 months ago
5/5

Service: The food, cruise and staff were 5 stars but I was very disappointed I did not have time to start my dessert or drink the last 3 wines as we had to get off. If I was to do this again it would need to be at least half an hour longer so you can relax and enjoy eating and enjoying the wines.
Product: see above

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

Service: All in all an amazing experience! Got a little stressed making sure we were boarding at the right place. Instructions are a little confusing. Once there, everything was great!
Product: Amazing!

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5 months ago
1/5

Boat left without us

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you very much for your feedback. Our departure locations and times are located clearly on our website. Unfortunately, our cruise has a schedule to keep for the hundreds of passengers, so we are unable to delay the departure.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruise

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

A great night all round. Excellent, food wine and service. Would definitely do it again.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

Service: As a group we all had an amazing time and we will all be back
Product: Great value

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

We did the same cruise 5 years ago and the service, food and experience were just as good this time around as it was then.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

Service: We had a great time on the valentines cruise, the food was fantastic, the wine was amazing and the service top notch. Could not have asked for better!
Product: Food and wine was amazing

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service, flawless. From booking all the way to boarding and serving, it was spotless. Thanks to our waiter
Product: We’ve got the private room on top of the vessel. Definitely value for money! The views were amazing.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

We felt like special guests from the moment we stepped on board. The canapes and champagne on the top deck were delicious and there was much room to roam. Our servers were outstanding and fun too. The food and wine were outstanding.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Starting from the greeting the customer service was fantastic. Food and wine selection was of an excellent quality. I’ll be coming back onboard and recommending to others.
Product: Great customer service

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

6 months ago
4/5

Pick up was a bit late, so the beginning was rushed. However, he wait staff was exceptional.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

6 months ago
5/5

Service: Service was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful.
The food and wine was perfect!!!
Product: Excellent!
Wines went perfectly with the meals.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

6 months ago
5/5

Service: Great food, friendly staff, altogether a perfect way to celebrate two birthdays
Product: As previously set out

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

6 months ago
5/5

Fantastic views, we were extremely well looked after and the food/wine was very good. Perfect evening for a special birthday, highly recommend.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 months ago
5/5

Service: Ein must für einen Sydney Aufenthalt!
Das Gold Penfolds Dinner ist absolut empfehlenswert.
Sowohl das Menu als auch der Service sind hervorragend.
Sehr haben wir uns für das Wiedertreffen mit der Servicemitarbeiterin
Frau Bella gefreut, die wir vor 2 Jahren bereits kennengelernt hatten.
Product: gerne wieder

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 months ago
5/5

Service: professional service , patient staff - made very rowdy party of 16 feel at home
Product: great food

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 months ago
4/5

Service: Friendly welcoming and attentive staff
Product: The food was excellent and superbly matched with the accompanying wines

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service
Product: Well worth it

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

8 months ago
2/5

Service: The food and wine were great for a degustation. The staff was excellent too. The only thing that I didn’t particularly agree with it was the environment. We paid for a gold pass and we were all dressed up elegant as we were expecting a more “high class” experience. Instead we were in the same room as people that didn’t buy the gold pass, they were wearing jeans and tracksuits, it was very noisy and not at all romantic. Would’ve been better if there were separate rooms for gold pass and the rest. As we were celebrating our anniversary we were after a more romantic and relaxing atmosphere.
Product: We were expecting a more high class environment, but instead we were sharing the room with a lot of tourist that were very loud and not dressed up at all. Should have to seperate rooms for Gold and the rest!

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are delighted to read that the food and service was great! Our Gold Dinner Cruise inclusions are available on our website and reservation staff are always available to assist in anyway possible. We are sorry for not meeting your expectations in regards to the seating. Your comments have been forwarded to our Hospitably Manager for review.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

8 months ago
5/5

Service: Food, entertainment and service was outstanding from start to finish.
Plan to do this again
Product: Not a cheap night out, but value for money

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

8 months ago
4/5

Service: Great venue. Clean, classy, great service & wines.
Product: The appetizers were.cold and heavy. Scallops were good. Salad was good & steak was great. Cooked to perfection & tasty.Desert was good as well. Sparklers for our anniversary was a nice touch.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

9 months ago
5/5

Service: We did the Penfolds Dinner Cruise of Sydney Harbor. Would highly recommend! Boarded early for sparkling wine and appetizers on the top deck a Circle Quay. Beautiful views of the Opera House. Went downstairs to our table with a window view. Awesome. Large table for two with dedicated wait staff. The staff were exceptional. The food and wine pairings were absolutely delicious. There was also a small dance floor with pianist and vocalist so we took advantage and danced a bit. Lastly, they recognized our anniversary with a sparkling wine and sparkler. It was a fabulous night and a very good value for the money.
Product: Great value for excellent meal and well paired wines.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

9 months ago
5/5

A wonderful indulgent experience with matching service & entertainment. The setting was perfect, welcome drinks and canapes under the stars - an outstanding start. The boat was very well presented. Sparkling clean windows with beautiful uninterrupted Harbor views. The dining area & staff immaculately, the dinner was simply delicious with each course timed to perfection.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

9 months ago
5/5

Our group had a wonderful time. Thank you

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

10 months ago
5/5

Service: Amazing experience with great staff (thank you Ivan). Food was amazing and it was a memorable cruise seeing the highlights of Sydney at night. Thank you to all the staff who made my marriage proposal one to remember, greatly appreciated!
Product: Six course menu with a window table for dining made our experience perfect!

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

10 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent food and wine. Exceptional service. A class views.
Product: Amazing food and wine! Smooth cruising.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

10 months ago
5/5

This about the 7th time we've done this dinner cruise. The food and wine were great but it felt very rushed. My own fault though, as I have done it so many times I didn't realise that it finished earlier during non-daylight savings time. I'll be sure to book during daylight savings for future dinners so we have time to enjoy the top deck.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

The crew members were very cheerful. The view from the top deck was nice. All the plates were also wonderful.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
4/5

Highly recommended experience!

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
2/5

Service: While the MV Cadman was a nice vessel, the fact the lower deck was empty meant staff were lingering about down there on their phones and not appearing very helpful. Our waiter was not very good, service rushed and food not in line with what we would consider a Gold experience. Capatin Cook should reassess this cruise product to ensure it is value for money.
Product: As mentioned previously, our group did not feel the food matched the price tag.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are disappointed to hear you were not completely satisfied with your experience on our Gold Penfolds Dinner. We are disappointed to read that the service on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. We believe our pricing to be equal to any contemporary dining establishment in Sydney. 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.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: great meal, friendly professional service, a good way to see Sydney Harbour by night.
Product: perfect matches of wine with each course

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: We were given excellent service from the time of boarding and departing would do it again.
Product: reasonable for the food and wine

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