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 
  • Includes Standard bar package
  • Million dollar views
  • Menu

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

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Dine on Sydney Harbour and experience all the colour of autumn/spring sunsets, winter twilight or the endless days of summer on the 5pm Sunset Dinner Cruise. Start your evening with a glass of sparkling wine and a mezze plate to share, followed a choice of mains and desserts, with wine and beer included. More Info ...

The Sunset Dinner departs at 5pm for a 1 ½ hour cruise of Sydney Harbour including beer, wine and soft drinks. The early evening start means an early finish, making this cruise the perfect option for pre-theatre dining, family groups and those wanting to wind down after a big day in the city. 

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) 

Enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as we cruise the main harbour. At the end of the cruise meander along the Darling Harbour foreshore and enjoy a nightcap at one of the many nightclubs and bars or catch the fireworks in Cockle Bay most Saturday nights. 

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

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 CAPTAINS DINNER - Our party of four, including two guests from Canada thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Maureen & Aubrey, NSW

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88 % approval from 34 responses

Date
Rating
11 hours ago
5/5

Service: Was first rate service. The food was better than expected and we thoroughly enjoyed the Vivid light show from the harbour.
Product: The tapas was good and enjoyed the salmon. Dessert selection was good too.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
5/5

Service: We could not fault our experience with Captain Cook cruise.
Product: Magnificent dinner cruise

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
4/5

Service: The service and food were very good
Product: The sunset cruise was lovely, but we were disappointed that when I booked it was advertised as a Vivid Sunset dinner cruise and the Vivid Festival ended the day before.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
3/5

The cruise itself was fine and the staff were very pleasant. However, my food experience was disappointing. I had gone to the trouble of telephoning beforehand to explain that I am gluten and lactose intolerant, so was rather surprised when my bread was not gluten free. I pointed this out and was told they were baking gluten bread for me; this arrived at the same time as my main course which was rather too late, since they were clearing the entree by then! Incidentally the entree was the most inadequate mezze plate I have ever seen in my life (I used to live in Greece) and really doesn’t deserve that name.
My second frustration was the salmon which was very bland, and came with insufficient salsa. I could only eat half of it, and requested a takeaway container so I could give the rest to my cat. I was told this was against company policy. These days food wastage is widely frowned upon, so I really think it is time you reviewed this policy, to avoid bad press! I am sure that customers would be happy to sign a waiver if necessary. Finally, my dessert (orange chocolate pudding) was dry & tasteless; since there was no lactose free cream to moisten it, I could not eat it. Thank god the wine was drinkable!

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 day ago
4/5

Excellent meal and very efficient staff

Review for Sunset Dinner

2 days ago
5/5

Service: From the moment we entered the wharf area, they were in control. So easy to get the ticket, board the ship and be seated. Excellent wait staff. Good food,fine wines and incredible views. So calm on the harbour. Great work folks!!!
Product: Excellent value. Really nice dinner and wines.

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

3 days ago
3/5

Service: Email to confirm booking confusing, too much information.
Food poor
3 stars for service on board by staff and the experience of seeing vivid from the boat.
Product: For the wonderful service from the staff on board and the opportunity to see vivid from the boat.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Sunset Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the food and booking system of your cruise wasn’t to your standards. Our aim is always to provide an extensive variety of options maintaining the highest standards of quality. 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. We provide customers a range of options to book, including email, online, in-person at one of our ticket reservation offices or over the phone. We are always happy to assist in any way we can to make this process streamlined and easy for the customer. We agree that the great service and amazing views of the Vivid Sydney skyline make for an enjoyable experience.


Once again thank you for your feedback.


Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

3 days ago
5/5

場所も分かりやすく、乗船やテーブルへの案内も無駄なくスムーズ、食事も美味しかったし満足できました。

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
5/5

Service: On a very rainy night, we thought our Vivid experience was going to be a wash out. However, the excellent service, great wine and amazing food absolutely made up for it all. In fact, we enjoyed viewing the slightly watery lights of our lovely city through the windows of a luxury vessel. Thank you Captain Cook Cruises for making our Vivid experience so special.
Product: The service was sensational, and the food was at least a 5 star experience, not to mention the nice wine.

Review for Sunset Dinner

3 days ago
4/5

The food and service was really good. The whole event was well prepared. Would have been good if the cruise was 2 hours and not 1.5 hours which felt a little short.

Review for Sunset Dinner

4 days ago
5/5

Service: It was a wonderful experience - from the ease of booking on-line, the luxury of the cruise ship itself & then the staff who looked after us throughout the whole cruise.
I would definitely recommend Captain Cook Cruises.
Product: Excellent value & outstanding quality of service, food & drink.

Review for Sunset Dinner

4 days ago
5/5

Service: The whole Cruise was fantastic. Thanks you to everyone. Vivid Sydney coming alive at 6pm was amazing.
Product: Everything was great but the sun had already set when we left the dock

Review for Sunset Dinner

5 days ago
5/5

Service: We had visitors from USA here for Vivid - what a perfect way for them to experience this and a beautiful sunset dinner cruise on the harbour at the same time. We all loved it.
Product: Fantastic way to spend an evening with friends. Excellent value especially with window seats.

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Professional and very customer focused.
Product: Value for money was exceptional.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: We enjoyed our Vivid dinner cruise so much last time we had to do it again with Captain Cook. This was our 2nd time for Vivid. The food was lovely and the service on board was great. I would recommend the MV Sydney 2000 to anyone. It rained but we stayed dry and enjoyed the views.
Product: Food was really good and service was great.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
1/5

Good Morning,

I have been misinformed about the service, while booking the 'Sunset Cruise'. The refreshments were pathetic, and unlike anything I was told they would be. To make up and give my guest a consolation price, I wasted more money, purchasing a second cruise, immediately following the Sunset Cruise - on the same boat.

As an example; please consider the behaviour of the waiter who foisted on us a second bottle of wine, with only a short time before the end of the 2nd cruise. I then had to argue with the stuff about sitting a few more minutes, finishing the drink while there were cleaning and cluttering around us.

In short, I feel cheated

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review about your Sunset Cruise experience. We strive to deliver the best food, drinks and service possible to our customers and we were disappointed to read that your experience was not up to your standards. Please be assured your comments have been forwarded to our hospitality manager. Our cruises are cleaned and prepared thoroughly to ensure customers enter our vessel to a fresh environment. Therefore, we encourage passengers to disembark at the allocated time.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Great service

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: We have been three times previous and it has always been excellent. This time they didnt have a table ready for us. It is only a small thing, but the boat wasnt full. Great staff,
Product: No ones perfect, but it was pretty good value for money

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
4/5

Service: Good service.
Product: Overall we enjoyed the cruise. My only suggestion would be a more well presented meze platter. A few olives, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes was quite disappointing.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Sunset Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the meze plate on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. We hope you would accept our apologies for not quite meeting your expectations in this regard but appreciate the opportunity given to us to improve. A copy of your review has been forwarded to our Catering Manager.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

Service: Very helpful and respectful of our needs.
Product: Great food, well presented and just enough choice.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
5/5

The service staff were great, the barman on duty Mark, was very helpful with choosing cocktails.

Review for Sunset Dinner

1 week ago
3/5

Staff was really friendly... Food is alright... Tasty but a less amount of food served

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Sunset Dinner Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the portion size on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. We believe our portion sizing to be equal to any contemporary dining establishment in Sydney. We apologise you felt this wasn’t the case. 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 manager.


Once again thank you for your feedback.


Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Service was excellent, very friendly, view exceptional.
Product: excellent position, service great, very friendly

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Everything was spot on, their check in was smooth, boats are great, the welcome with a bigggg smile and ofcourse their hostesses are beautiful. We were served by a Brazilian girl and she was great.
Product: Tasty and apt for an individual. No complaints whatsoever

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: The food was nice. Unfortunately we didn't get to pick where we wanted to sit.
Product: Overall a great experience!

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cruise compared to last year's buffet cruise. This time we opted for an a la carte option, and it was fantastic. The food was surprisingly excellent, which is saying something for mass produced food (we had the salmon and was awesome and NOT overcooked). Our host Vivian was also a delight, and kept us on our toes with cheeky banter all night. Two bottles of wine on the table was enough for the three of us, with other drinks part of the included beverage package available from the bar.
We will do this again.
Product: We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cruise compared to last year's buffet cruise. This time we opted for an a la carte option, and it was fantastic. The food was surprisingly excellent, which is saying something for mass produced food (we had the salmon and was awesome and NOT overcooked). Our host Vivian was also a delight, and kept us on our toes with cheeky banter all night. Two bottles of wine on the table was enough for the three of us, with other drinks part of the included beverage package available from the bar.
We will do this again.

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Was a good cruise. Only let down was that it’s a family friendly cruise that doesn’t offer kids options for dinner
Product: Cruise was good. You need to offer kids options though for dinner

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

Everything about the cruise was great for us. We got what we asked for and were not disappointed especially co-inside with Vivid

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Booked a dinner cruise to see Vivid lights. Meal was delicious. Service fantastic. A very enjoyable cruise. Would recommend to everyone.
Product: Absolutely fantastic night. Dinner delicious. Service great.

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service. Food was tasty.It was a perfect night.
Product: Excellent night with excellent service by all staff.

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

2 weeks ago
5/5

I like the cruise also the dinner all of the crew was nice and friendly I will do it again

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: It was excellent, the meals, wines and customer care. Actually I had two cruises with you, for my birth day 14/5/18,and vivid lights on 26//5/18.different days. Vivid lights dinner cruise was the best I have ever attended, the music was excellent ,Piano and Guitar player was excellent Thank you.

Kind regards,
Eva N
Product: Beautiful, though short. Exellent customer care

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: We really enjoyed our experience
Product: We really enjoyed our experience

Review for Sunset Dinner Cruise

4 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Booking was easy and the staff was friendly.
Product: Taking the harbor dinner cruise was a nice way to see the city. The staff was friendly and the food was good.

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