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 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 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

  • Priority boarding & welcome reception (Circular Quay departures only)
  • 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)

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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.

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Rating
2 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

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3 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

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3 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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3 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

3 months ago
5/5

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

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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.

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3 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

4 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

4 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

4 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.

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4 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

5 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.

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5 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

5 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

6 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

6 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service
Product: Well worth it

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

8 months ago
5/5

Our group had a wonderful time. Thank you

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

8 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

10 months ago
4/5

Highly recommended experience!

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10 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

10 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

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10 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

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
2/5

Service: When we first got on the boat the food started coming never had a chance to drink our champagne and we had new glasses of wine then another entree another wine it was ridiculous. We had no time to try the wines so we were backed up on wine forgetting what they were. But our beautiful waitress saw we were struggling and she held back our main and dessert.
We felt it should have been more planned out and more time like till at least 10pm.
Very rushed Sad !!!!! As we were really looking forward to it.

Alan Joanne Benson 60th birthday gift ????
Product: Rushed 6 course over 2 hrs ridiculous.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our cruise duration is optimised to provide the best timing between courses, as well as allowing customers to enjoy the ambience and views unobstructed by food so we are disappointed to hear you did not find this to be the case. The timing of our courses are also designed to provide customers ample time to both enjoy their meal whilst also leaving enough time to appreciate the stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
4/5

Joeyie our waiter for the night was delightful. He made the entire experience unforgettable.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Good, attentive service, without being intrusive.
Product: Excellent wines, and very good food.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent, friendly and product knowledgable
Product: Excellent service and a wonderful experience.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Food lovely, service excellent
Product: Wines matched food well and service good.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: The Vivid Penfolds Gold cruise was amazing - worth paying the extra for window seat and premium wine package!!
Product: Worthwhile paying extra to get the premium wine package to match the food courses.

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11 months ago
5/5

Loved the experience- well worth the price

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service excellent food excellent. Wine excellent

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Abosolutely perfect the Penfolds Degustation dinner was perfect delicious food excellent wine pairing 👌🏾
Product: Perfect in every way excellent attention to detail

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11 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent evening with great food, wine & view. Service was amazing
Product: excellent food & wine & tour package

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: From the arrival for the Dinner Cruise to embarking the service was amazing.
All staff were very professional and welcoming.
High standard food and wine.
Product: High standard food and wine presented

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service from all staff who were knowledgeable about all aspects of our experience and personalised the evening by being interested in answering our questions with proffesionalism.
Product: Ease of booking and enjoyment of the experience

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: The service was superb. We were never rushed to finish a course. The food was wonderful and the wine matches just perfect. The cruise gave us great vantage points for the Vivid festival.

Yes, we would recommend this to friends.
Product: As previously stated..a wonderful eexperience.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
2/5

Service: The wait staff was looking after too many tables so we didn’t receive too much attention. Our meals were rushed especially our dessert, we had to engulf it down while we were making King St. Wharf to disembark.
Product: Have done the gold dinner years ago, quality was not as great as before.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We’re disappointed to read that you did not have a good experience on our Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise on this occasion. 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 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. Our cruise duration is optimised to provide the best timing between courses, as well as allowing customers to enjoy the ambience and views unobstructed by food. We apologise if you felt this was not the case on this occasion.

Thank you once again for your feedback.
Kind Regards,Head of Customer ServiceCaptain Cook Cruises

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
4/5

Service: The cruise was wonderful. The staff were attentive, food excellent and a lovely group of passengers.

We went with the whole family and I can honestly say the main downfall was the bathrooms were positioned downstairs. We had to go down two flights of small steep stairs to get to it. My mother in law was unable to manage the stairs with confidence and became very anxious navigating the stairs for departure. We all needed to help her down and reassure her she was OK. I think they should of had a lift to cater for the elderly, those with difficulty walking and perhaps a bathroom on each level.
Product: We were served our dessert and approx 2 minutes later the lady came up and asked if we heard the announcement that if you wanted to disembark we needed to do it now or stay on the boat for another hour. As my mother in law required to go to the bathroom we all disembarked and left our desserts. The staff waited for us as it took some time to help her down the steep stairs. Very rushed in the end which spoilt the night.

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11 months ago
5/5

From the start to the finish, perfect.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

11 months ago
5/5

Service: An absolutely outstanding dining experience with great food and matched wine that was further enhanced by great service, excellent entertainment and the Vivid spectacular.
Product: The Penfolds Gold Dinner was a great culinary experience with perfectly matched red and white wines.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: OMG we got treated like queens...the service was fantastic...they were all so lovely.
Product: Just a really lovely way to spend the evening...great service great food. Nice boat.
Would recommend this too anyone who wants a really nice evening out.

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12 months ago
4/5

Food and service was very good. Wines excellent. View of the Vivid lights very underwhelming.

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12 months ago
4/5

Service: Excellent food and service. Cost is quite high for product and length of experience.
Product: Easy to purchase via the website.

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12 months ago
4/5

Service: Overall Great service, magnificent night. Will definitely do this again.
Product: Greta Food and great wine selction

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12 months ago
4/5

Service: Excellent cruise, saw the Vivid lights quite nicely.
Pianist was enthusiastic but the cruise could have used more quiet moments.
The food was quite good, but not as good as some fine, five star restaurants. No specific complaints, just nothing truly outstanding.
Wait servers were very pleasant, but a little disorganised.
Product: Wish there was a less stringent no cancellation policy.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: What a great way to view Vivid and Sydney at its best on board this beautiful boat.
Our group of 13 thoroughly enjoyed the 5 course degustation with paired wines and the attentiveness of the staff on board. We would do it again in a heartbeat.
Product: The cost of cruise was certainly justified by the quality of food, the abundance of fine wine, the amazing staff and of course the spectacular views. The beef was superb and cooked perfectly

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: We went along to the Penfolds dinner cruise during Vivid and the views, the wine and the service were absolutely amazing. The staff could not do enough. We hadn’t been before but we’re looking forward to the next dinner cruise.
Product: The wines were first class and the views to die for.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Great food . Wines and services. Great way to see vivid lights

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: We had the best service from all members of staff thank you
Product: We had the best food, wine & service on this stunning cruise. The Penfolds Gold Cruise during VIVID was one of the best Sydney experiences. From arrival to departure it was all very special. The chef needs a special mention especially for the most beautiful steak on the 6 course degustation menu.

Would recommend this cruise especially for a special occasion.

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

12 months ago
5/5

Service: Great check in at the wharf, very positive and friendly staff on arrival on board. As this dinner cruise was a 70th bithday celebration for my wife, I could not be happier with the way we were both treated on the night. Throw in the first night of Vivid and she was delighted with the entire night aboard.
Product: Great food, well presented, not rushed. The wine was also well balanced to the food. The waiter we had on the night was gracious and polite. We have recommended the experience to friends.

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12 months ago
4/5

Service: The food and wine were great; we did indeed have priority, window seating. Nice service. Probably two suggestions which would have made our experience a 5 star.
- a small diagram/map showing exactly where Kings Wharf 1 is.

(We asked our hotel and were given directions to Captain Cook offices at Pyrmont Bridge. This means we missed our champagne up on deck from the extra ten min walk. Not CCC fault tho' a small map would have made the difference)

- The prompt/suggestion that to go up on the roof to view the lights

(Ok so this seems obvious tho' remembering we didn't get that drink time on the roof, it seriously only occurred to us when the ship was finally docking at Circular Quay. And CC was so good with bringing food and drink every few minutes that if our waiter had a moment to suggest it, we would have absolutely had an enhanced experience).

Otherwise, fab night, well done and live music pleasant too. Thank you!
Product: The waiter, while polite, was challenging to understand. The food, courses, matching wines etc., were all good, thank you.

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