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

^Timetable changes - Special Events 

  • Vivid Sydney 25 May - 16 June 2018
    • Cruise departs Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1 only. 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

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

YOUR SAY CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH - As Sydney-siders, this was a memorable occasion for us. We love Captain Cook Cruises & have done many of your cruises. We just wanted to congratulate you on your high standard of service, food & attention to detail. It is a credit to all involved. Natalie & Warren, NSW

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90 % approval from 10 responses

1 day ago

Service was excellent until we reached Wharf 6 and our dessert or coffee hadn't been served and we were told we have 5 minutes to eat and get off or we would go to Darling Harbour.

2 days ago

Lovely evening with great food and wine. Staff very attentive

1 week ago

Service: The food and service was very good as per our previous Captain Cook dinner cruises. Everyone in our party enjoyed the Penfolds wine choices.
The only negative was the timing. We had only just begun to enjoy the city views with our sparkling wine and canapes when we were summoned to go down to our table inside. Our overseas guests would probably have enjoyed the cruise even more if they had been on deck a little longer. An extra half hour for the overall dinner cruise would have allowed for a better experience.
Product: We felt a little rushed at the begining when we had to down to our table just after leaving circular quay

1 week ago

The service we had was great. The staff were very accommodating. The Gold Dinner is a lovely experience, time passes by so quickly because you’ll be enjoying yourself.

2 weeks ago

Service: It was a fabulous experience which made our 40th wedding anniversary so memorable. The staff were excellent throughout. I would recommend you to my friends.
Product: Good value with good food and wine.

2 weeks ago

Service: The food was very good as well as the Penfolds paired wine with each of the 6 courses!
Product: Great food and wine as well as the scenery!

2 weeks ago

Dish is ordinary, but good service

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Gold Dinner Cruise. We delighted to read you enjoyed our service but disappointed that you felt we were not able to meet your expectations regarding the food on your cruise. Our aim is always to provide an extensive variety of options maintaining the highest standards of quality. We continually monitor all aspects of the production chain including receipt, storage, distribution, cooking and presentation to ensure a top quality and consistent product is presented to our guests. We apologise if you felt this was not the case on this occasion. As you know we do strive to deliver world best practice customer service from booking all the way through to the end product – so your review for this is very satisfying to receive. 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 managers. We are sure they will value the positive feedback too. 

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service  
Captain Cook Cruises

2 weeks ago

Service: Brilliant service by waiting staff, felt warmly welcomed, superb entertainment with lovely songs, music, and dance. Top of the range, wine and fine dining. Lovely crowd, pleasant voyage with good views of harbour. Fully worth the experience.
Product: Lovely food with fine dining experience, best wines, lovely, friendly waitress.

3 weeks ago

Service: We were on honeymoon and treated like royalty on board, Fabulous food and Penfold wine
Product: Fabulous cruise-treated like stars

4 weeks ago

Service: Fantastic! Faultless! Wonderful!
Product: It was a perfect night if food, wine, service and smiles.

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