Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

Our Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise is the quintessential introduction to gourmet food and wine on Sydney Harbour. Nothing quite compares to a 6-course degustation alongside a Sydney harbour view. Leave full, merry and breathless as you and your guests are treated to not only the view, but a swathe of plate matched Penfolds wines including the classic St Henri Shiraz.

 

Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

  • Including Penfolds gold section of private bin vintage and bin wines to complement each course plus a selection of house spirits, liqueurs, beers and soft drinks
  • From $249 

Gold Dinner Cruise

  • Gold dining without drinks included
  • Special from $159 | T&C's
    - Normally $179

Penfolds is one of those names that is both ubiquitous and legendary with fine Australian wine.

Not only is it delicious, this brand of wine has connotations and meaning that exudes both celebration and excitement for those who drink it. This is brought even further to life onboard our signature vessel, MV Sydney 2000. 

For that truly special occasion, our Gold Penfolds Dinner is an unforgettable waterfront restaurant experience where every detail matters.

The exquisite, all-inclusive 6 course degustation menu is matched with Penfolds’ finest wines, making this a harbour dinner cruise like no other.

Sit back and relax on a romantic dinner with a view or jump up and have a dance to our nightly contemporary live music. 

Dress Code:

  • Harbour Bar & Restaurant: Casual - no thongs or singlets
  • Lunch, High Tea & Sunset Dinner: Smart Casual 
  • Brilliant, Gold & Platinum Dinners: We recommend Smart & Stylish - collared shirts for men and jackets in winter

Menus & Special Diets 

  • Lunch, High Tea, Sunset Dinner & Brilliant Dinner menus have at least one vegetarian and gluten-free entrée, main and dessert 
  • Gold and Platinum are specialty menus and we regret there are no special diet variations available 
  • A Children's menu is available on Premium Dining 
  • A Kid's menu is available on Casual Dining
  • Vew our menus for further details 

Car Parking 

About Your Vessel
Cruise aboard Sydney’s premier cruising restaurant, the spectacular MV Sydney 2000. World leaders, dignitaries’ celebrities, president’s, Prime Minister’s and sport stars have all enjoyed the magic of Sydney harbour from a Captain Cook vessel. Our air-conditioned restaurants are as waterfront as it comes, with 360-degree million-dollar views and expansive outdoor decks. Oversized windows throughout offer superb viewing no matter where you are seated on the vessel. From time to time, due to maintenance and scheduling, vessels may change. Our restaurant fleet includes Sydney 2000, John Cadman 2 and Captain Cook 3.

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​​Children Under 18 Years

  • Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all dining cruises.

Credit Card Fraud Prevention

  • At check-in you will be required to present the credit card used to purchase your cruise online

Terms & Conditions 

  • Special payment and cancellation conditions apply to all special offers and special events. View our terms and conditions

Inclusions

  • 6-course degustation fine dining
  • Penfolds gold selection of private bin vintage and bin wines to complement each course
  • Selection of house spirits, liqueurs, beers and soft drinks
  • Guaranteed window seating
  • Live music 
  • Up to two circuits of the harbour - each circuit approx. 90-minutes
  • Expansive windows, premium upper deck seating offering million-dollar views
  • Gold personalised service
  • Food & Penfolds wine menu
  • Gold Dinner - 6 course degustation dining without drinks also available - Food only menu 

Need to know

  • Captains Special from $159
    - Normally $179 | T&C's 
  • Cruise Options
    - Gold Penfolds Dinner from $249
    - Gold Dinner from $159
  • Group Specials - Min 6 guests
  • As this is a specialty menu we regret there are no special diet variations available 
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  • Credit Card Fraud Prevention
    - At check-in you will be required to present the credit card used to purchase your cruise online
  • See More Info for further details

Timetable

View of the full schedule of pick up and drop off times for the Harbour Bar & Restaurant. First pick up is Darling Harbour, followed by Circular Quay before completing each circuit of the Harbour. Please note special timetables operate on selected dates

Departs Darling Harbour King St Wharf 1 Circular Quay Wharf 6 
Friday (02Oct20) and Saturday 
Check availability for additional departures
Depart 5:00pm, 7:00pm
Disembark 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm
Depart 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Disembark 7:30pm, 9:30pm

Check Your Date   Check your date for special events & changes to the normal cruise program

Car Parking Specials  Remember to also check your date for NSW road closures 

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YOUR SAY MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH - The staff were fantastic, friendly and attentive and the food was great quality. Ella, NSW

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88 % approval from 26 responses

Date
Rating
6 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

7 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

7 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!

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 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

7 months ago
5/5

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

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

7 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

7 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

7 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

8 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

10 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

10 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

10 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service
Product: Well worth it

Review for Gold Penfolds Dinner

10 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

12 months ago
5/5

Our group had a wonderful time. Thank you

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