Sunset Dinner 5pm

Inclusions

  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2*
  • Contemporary Australian dining - shared mezze plate plus a choice of mains & desserts 
  • Tyrrell's sparkling & still wines, beer & soft drinks
  • Million dollar views

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Departs  Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1
Daily  5.00pm. Returns 6.30pm

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Pre-theatre dining or a great way to finish a spectacular day of sightseeing. The 5.00pm departure takes in all the colours of autumn/spring sunsets, winter twilight and the endless days of summer ...

The 1 1/2 hour Sunset Cruise at 5.00pm is without doubt the best way to start your evening. The views, food and wine set the perfect atmosphere and give you a chance to wind down from the day. 

For the keen photographers, below is a rough guide to sunset times in Sydney:

  • Winter (Jun-Aug) 4.54pm - 5.37pm
  • Spring (Sep-Nov) 5.37pm - 7.51pm (note daylight savings time starts approx Oct)
  • Summer (Dec-Feb) 7.52pm - 7.33pm
  • Autumn (Mar-May) 7.31pm - 4.54pm (note daylight savings time ends approx Apr)

During this cruise you will enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as we cruise main harbour. At the end of the cruise dawdle along the Darling Harbour foreshore boardwalk and enjoy a nightcap at one of the many nightclubs and bars. There is always a celebration at Darling Harbour with fireworks most weekends plus a huge range or seasonal and cultural events. 

A special Childrens Menu is available when pre-ordered - Contact Us

Also available at additional cost

  • Guaranteed Window seating

Dress: We recommend Smart Casual

*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.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy 

Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy 

Special Diet? Most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - Contact Us

YOUR SAY NEW YEARS EVE - I was a guest on Matilda 3 and it was another memorable evening. A good variety of food, unrestricted view of fireworks, staff & experience all excellent. Terry, NSW

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89 % approval from 45 responses

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Rating
21 hours ago
5/5

The staff were friendly and inviting. When they found out it was our wedding anniversary they spoilt us by bringing out a dessert with sparkler in it. That was really nice. Other people were celebrating birthdays and anniversaried and nothing seemed to much trouble for them. The food was great and I think it is the only way to see Vivid. Thank you for a memorable night.

1 day ago
5/5

Service: We had a fantastic night. The Cruise exceeded our expectations. The service was great and the views were amazing. We will be doing another cruise in the future.

Product: Fantastic! Great food and drinks. Great views. Great service.

2 days ago
5/5

Service: we had a nice dinner with great service

Product: We had a nice dinner with great service

3 days ago
4/5

Food and service good

4 days ago
4/5

Service: There overall service was good. The only downfall was the meal could of been hot.

Product: Dinner was lovely, but could of been hotter.

4 days ago
4/5

Our waiter was great and the food was nice. My only complaint was there was no coffee or tea after the meal.

4 days ago
5/5

Service: The staff really looked after us and were very nice

Product: Had no problems with the purchase, was very reasonable

4 days ago
5/5

Service: The staff were absolutely brilliant, very attentive and fast!

Product: Food was delicious! Just a shame our food was on the cold side when served, but apart from that, everything was wonderful...

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Service rating : Dear Madam,

Thank you for your recent review of our Sunset Dinner on Sydney Harbour. We were delighted to read that you found our staff attentive and fast. We will pass the compliments to our hospitality team. We agree that the best way to experience the Vivid Festival is in one of our cruises.

Once again thank you for your review, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises


Product : Dear Madam,

Thank you for your recent review of our Sunset Dinner on Sydney Harbour. We were happy to read you found the food delicious and that everything was wonderful, but disappointed to read that you found the food was cold when served. We try always to deliver the food to the customer as soon as it is cooked.

Once again thank you for your review, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

4 days ago
5/5

Staff were attentive and caring. Good job.

4 days ago
5/5

It was a superb night. My 93 year old Mum had a wow of a time. The food was excellently cooked. The staff were very professional yet approachable. Our waitress, Kelly, was the best we have experienced anywhere. And even the weather, of which you have no control (or do you?), was perfect.

4 days ago
3/5

The cruise was perfect. Nice view, good dinner and wine. Vivid was perfectly showed.

What can be better. Checking in. It was the first time i was cruising and i wasn't clear where to go to get check-in

And the most disappointing. I was offered to get whale watching coupon by i haven't recieved any. But it was one the the points i decided to take this cruise.

5 days ago
5/5

Service: i would highly recommend captain cook cruises, the service was outstanding

Product: excellant value for money

6 days ago
5/5

One of the most memorable evening's for my love and I celebrating an anniversary. Well WORTH the price!

6 days ago
4/5

Service was friendly, boat was nice. Dinner salmon was undercooked maybe put potato on plate ?

Cruise harbour was lovely maybe another half hour on water to look at everything otherwise very nice experience.

6 days ago
5/5

Service: customer service

Product: vivid lights,complimenty dinks

6 days ago
4/5

Service: The cruise was fantastic! The service was lovely and the meal was delicious. The perfect cruise to see the sights of the Harbour at sunset and also see the lights of Vivid come alive!

One minor issue was that I booked for an infant at our table but there was no seat or room at the table for her. The staff on board were very helpful to get a booster seat and we managed to squeeze up and make room. I had called a few days before departure to check arrangements for our table but could only get through to a message. Understandably, it was a very busy time with Vivid on.

Overall, the cruise was wonderful and the onboard staff were impeccable.

Product: The perfect cruise for seeing the sights of the harbour at sunset and the light of vivid come alive. All with a beautiful meal in a relaxing setting.

7 days ago
5/5

Easy booking process, staff greeted all passengers very well. Swift and excellent meal service.

7 days ago
1/5

The staff were excellent but I found the food appalling. Considering I had paid approx $200 for a dinner cruise, I had expected something even slightly better than the local pub. In fact, local clubs and pubs do much better. The antipasto was small and limited, my chicken breast was dry with almost no sauce, the broccoli cool and limp and the 2 small pieces of potato squishy and overcooked.I didn't eat my main meal, just nibbled to stave off hunger, as I had been at work all day. Dessert was fine, but no coffee or tea was offered. We had to ask to have our order taken as well. I could not recommend this experience to anyone. I had previously had a high tea experience with your company which was delightful, so you can understand how shocked I was at the extremely poor standard of food. I would not ever do this again, and I was doubly disappointed as I has booked this for my husband's birthday. He enjoyed being on a ferry, thank goodness.I was ashamed to think that this is how we treat tourists as well.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Margaret Pickering,

Thank you for your review of your Dinner cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. 
We are very disappointed to hear that you did not appreciate your meal as we usually receive good feedback on that matter. We strongly encourage guests to talk to the Cruise Director on board if they have any concerns as they would be able to assist immediately, especially regarding any service issues. We are constantly rated highly for our food quality and as nothing was reported to our Cruise Director on this night hence our disappointment. Our staff appreciate your positive feedback very much. 

Once again thank you for your feedback and we are sorry not to meet your expectations for your husband’s birthday.

Kind regards, 
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

1 week ago
5/5

Delicious 3-course meal, included drinks and service.

1 week ago
5/5

Really awsome cruise. Nice food and great service... definitely worth the trip

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Excellent cruise...good food and vslue for money

Product: Easy transaction...good service

2 weeks ago
5/5

Fantastic value for money great food and service

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: I thought the service was very friendly, efficient and professional. Our waitress followed a very clear sequence of service, ensuring that we had our drinks, ordered promptly and were back down from the viewing deck when our food arrived.

All staff acknowledged - saying hello and goodbye.

Product: Purchases? I thought the dinner cruise was a good value offer

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Very good overall. Meals were well prepared and presented.

Staff were very obliging but we thought that the workload was a bit much for the available on the night.

Product: This cruise offered good value for money and would recommend similar experience to others.

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Meals were great, our waiter for the night was 'Guil' (i think thats what his name was) was polite and the service was great. Will definitely recommend

Product: The sunset cruise was beautiful and top off a great night the vivid lights were amazing from a different angle.

2 weeks ago
3/5

Service: We thought we're getting Steak and Lobster for dinner but we were served Salmon/Chicken. Also, a soothing and relaxing music would've been nice

Product: Overpriced and we were served the wrong menu

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Great food + service. Boarded at 5, vivid lights turned on a 6pm. However the time was well spent watching the sunset and eating dinner whilst the last half an hour most stood on the roof of the ship looking at the lights.

Product: Great dinner and service.

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, DELIOUS FOOD, GREAT WINES

CRUISE WAS VERY GOOD WITH LOTS OF GREAT VIEWS OF VIVID.VERY WELL ORGANISED. A MOST PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE.

Product: WORTH EVERY CENT, FOOD, WINES, VIEWS ALL GREAT

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: This was our 4th year of vivid sunset cruise. We were located at front of ship this time did not think service or entree was as good as previous years.

Product: Excellent service. Could not fault in any way.

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Lovely environment, well organised. Brilliant views of harbour and vivid lights.

Product: Lovely night out enjoyed it.

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: The tables were positioned very well for a good view of Vivid displays during the Sunset cruise. The personnel were very professional. The meals were very good, but they would have been perfect if coffee and tea were served after desert. We were just disappointed that there were not many Vivid displays to be seen from the cruise. It was really only the Opera house and the Contemporary Art Museum that had any displays visible during the cruise.

Product: Not such good value for money as a Vivid cruise.

A sunset cruise with dinner and drinks on its own at a cheaper ticket price would have been good.

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The service, crew, boat, food etc were wonderful, we had a great evening for VIVID.

Product: we really enjoyed the dinner cruise, it was perfect weather, food, timing, the staff were excellent. we loved every minute ofit.

2 weeks ago
3/5

I cannot fault the waiters and staff,what I found a little disappointing was the meal

was just about over before we left the wharf, and as I had given this cruise to a very dear friend in appreciation and love I just thought it would be longer than it was.

Two years ago I did the same cruise and the food and time taken was much better. Also we thought the lights were not as good around the harbour this year.

Perhaps the lights were spread out over the suburbs more this year than they were two years ago

All up we still had a lovely night out. The weather was perfect the night we went. So that certainly was a plus.

P.s. We were not even offered coffee, which was a bit of a blow.

Sorry I normally don't complain about things,

I have heard from other people that they thought the lights were not as good as expected.

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: I have cruised with Captain Cook Cruised in Fiji twice and will be cruising there again later this year. Excellent experiences. I've just a done a CCC Vivid sunset dinner cruise in Sydney. Serrvice was excellent from the gang plank to the dining and wine staff.

Product: It was great fun and quite good value for money

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The service was outstanding, we thouroughly enjoyed the entire cruise. Staff were attentive, helpful and generous. They were also very friendly and made sure my two year old twins had a great time too.

Product: The time of the cruise was excellent for toddlers! The food choice was limited but still quite delicious. We were offered extra meals for our kids too which was a nice gesture.

3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Dinner was great, service exceptional and the Ship was elegant.

Product: Excellent service , but we found it hard to find the venue as we are from the country.

3 weeks ago
5/5

All round great experience

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience on the Sunset Dinner Cruise. We strive to give our customers a memorable experience. We hope to see you again soon!

Once again thank you for the feedback, it is appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Services
Captain Cook Cruises 
  

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Very well organised, food was great, service was very good and the view was spectacular!

Product: The food was wonderful and the service was fantastic

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: nice and skill staff

Product: Crew members and staff nice and skilled

3 weeks ago
3/5

My two children and I recently took Vivid sunset dinner cruise. While the scenery was fantastic, the dinner was very average. Our entree for 3 people was a tiny plate with 2 olives, 2 mozzarellas, 2 artichokes...no crackers, not even enough nibbles for 3 diners. Drinks were really slow and I had to ask a couple of times where they were. Drinks were finally delivered by middle aged waiter who took an unhealthy interest in my 13yo daughter trying to crack jokes about her going out on town with boys and smoking pot. Totally inappropriate and creepy. He bragged about being an ex-Woolworths manager-mate, this was Woolies gain!! Disappointing overall but saved by Vivid lights and lovely co diners.

3 weeks ago
5/5

Staff were very professional but also fun and personal. Food and service ran smoothly.

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The service provided by the staff at Captain Cook's Cruises, from the moment I made my online booking till I left the cruise, is of a high standard of professionalism blended with the warmth of old fashioned hospitality.

Product: We had a fantastic evening on the Sunset cruise. The service was impeccable, the dinner was lovely and the views, well they are spectacular.

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Really wonderful customer service and care. Friendly and attentive staff.

One even remembered me saying that this cruise was my husband's birthday present and brought his dessert out with a sparkler in it and sang happy birthday to him🤗🤗🤗

Product: 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4 weeks ago
5/5

It was so great. Tasty food, nice drinks, and very good service.

The waiter was very friendly and fast (my glas was never empty :D).

He also had a nice surprise for my boyfriend, because we celebrated his birthday.

And the view...I don´t think I need to say more :)

Thank you

4 weeks ago
5/5

Service: We had a cruise on my wife's birthday . It was a great experience , the service was great and the food was beautiful .

Product: Beautiful food and brilliant service .

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