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A must do experience for every visitor to Sydney. Discover the most beautiful harbour in the world on a sightseeing cruise that takes you leisurely into the most beautiful and fascinating coves of Sydney Harbour with commentary. Cruise or sail, cocktails or afternoon tea, outer harbour whale watching or education cruises. All at great value prices.

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See our full range of sightseeing cruises including:-

Harbour Story
Enjoy morning or afternoon tea and an entertaining and personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour what it is today.

Harbour Story Premium
The Harbour Story Premium is more than just a cruise. It's a glass of sparkling wine by the sails of the Sydney Opera House. A machiatto under the Harbour Bridge. A fine blend of tea with the rich and famous. A delicious morning or afternoon tea listening to the stories of Sydney's most amazing characters.

Cocktail Cruise
A Mojito by the Opera House, a Bay Breeze off Rose Bay or a Cosmopolitan under the Bridge. Choose your favourite frisky mix of liqueurs available on the Cocktail Cruise.

Harbour Highlights
Sydney's best value for money sightseeing cruise. See all the famous Sydney Harbour landmarks with GPS commentary.

School Cruises
A Captain Cook Education Cruise is a great field study experience for school students Kindergarten to Year 12, Adult Education or Hospitality and Tourism training.

Cruises do not operate Christmas Day. Special or limited timetables operate on 26 & 31 December, 26 January and selected special events.

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Grandparent's Day Cruises 28 Oct Visit the Grandparent's Day page for details
Boxing Day Race Cruises 26 Dec Visit the Vivid Sydney page for details

Other Cruises - Special Events

New Years Eve
December 31
Australia Day
January 26
Valentines Day
February 14
Christmas Day
December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
Vivid Festival
May - June
Melbourne Cup
November
Mothers Day
May
Fathers Day
September
Seniors Festival
March
Christmas Parties
November - December
Christmas in July
July
Big Ships in Sydney
Year Round
Food Festival
Good Food Month
School Holiday Fun
Great Offers for Kids
Whale Watching
May - November
Earth Hour
March
Biennale
March - June 
Sydney Royal Easter Show
March - April
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92 % approval from 36 responses

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Rating
13 hours ago
5/5

Service: I couldn't say anything bad. I thought the value for money was very high. The tea cakes were lovely, the champers & coffee was just fine, the tour was of the advertised length, the boat seemed to be piloted very well and safely, and the tour guide on the loudspeaker knew heaps and heaps about Sydney. Also, I don't think I saw one child, which was pure bonus.
Product: Rewrite your questionnaire so it doesn't require this much freaking effort. You have ****** me off now.

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

15 hours ago
5/5

Great relaxing cruise around the harbour with interesting facts about history of the harbour and its surrounds.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The premium harbour story scenic cruise was excellent! Warm reception and very high quality refreshments were providered
Product: High quality refreshments and very interesting commentary of the journey

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Really enjoyed the cruise, commentary and on-board service, facilities and experience. A great way to see Sydney!
Product: Good coffee and cake box provided

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Have had many previous cruises on Captain Cook and have thoroughly enjoy ourselves
The ship crew provide an excellent service .Paul who conducted the Historical commentary was very informative. Looking forward to another Cruise in the near future
Product: Purcgased ticket on line,no problems

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Morning

2 weeks ago
1/5

Unfortunately I woke up that morning with a migraine and was quite ill... I tried to make it onto the boat but stepped into the platform and immediately started to feel sick... I walked up to the booking office to ask for a refund and explained how I was feeling and asked for a possible refund... they offered the next day but I had flown in from Brisbane so this was not an option... to which I was told sorry they could do nothing for me... I was not happy that I could not get a refund

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of your Cruise. We can assure you that our staff are trained to provide our customers devoted and efficient service. Our staff were following our policy, which clearly states that we have a 100% cancellation policy for this cruise. However, as an act of empathy we are pleased to see that you were offered to have your tickets re-issued for a subsequent date.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Loved the pacing of the cruise with the live commentary on the various landmarks around the harbor woven with Australian history. Most importantly loved the drinks and dessert that came with the premium tickets!!!!

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
2/5

Overall the cruise is relaxing and informative. However, the temperature is too high inside. Four of us all felt uncomfortable.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Harbour Story experience. We are happy to read that you enjoyed the cruise. We believe it is the best and most informative way to experience the Sydney harbour. If customers feel that the temperature is not to their liking indoors, we also offer an upper deck which is outdoors. We also encourage customers to talk to the Cruise Director as he/she can address the issue immediately.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Great and informative two hour tour of the harbour. The vessel was very clean and modern.

Would recommend this tour and Captain Cook Cruises to others.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 weeks ago
4/5

It's a good choice having 2 hours cruise around sydney. however, the difference between premium and standard harbour story is not really worth it since it just give me a box of cookies and a cheese than the standard one

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Commentary was excellent
Product: Great time with my overseas visitors

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make sure we knew where we were going. Highly recommend.
Product: We did this cruise because a friend from overseas wanted to see the main attractions of the Sydney harbour. This cruise was perfect for that purpose!

Review for Harbour Highlights

3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Thank you for take care my group.
Product: Easy to book, easy to make payment. So convenient.

Review for Harbour Highlights

4 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Nice experience
Product: Easy and convenient to purchase online

Review for Cocktail Cruise

4 weeks ago
4/5

Informed commentary to compliment a leisurely cruise with plenty of room om board.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

4 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service and knowledge people excellent guided tours
Product: Good discount for family and groups

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: excellent service, perfect way to get the best view of the opera house and harbour bridge
Product: worth to try, i got the free cruise on my birthday

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Good service, clear commentary, lovely ady
Product: Top cruise, best intro to Sydney for visitors

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Buona esperienza, guida (solo in inglese) simpatica, competente ed esauriente nelle descrizioni dei luoghi e nelle informazioni. Navigazione tranquilla ma completa, un bel tour completo della baia.
Da fare.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

We enjoyed our recent 2 hour afternoon cruise. Our commentator was very informative with his narration. This is my second time on Captain Cook Cruises and will we doing another one with friends in a few weeks.

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

The staff were friendly and welcoming the lady on the mic who was giving the history and the information about the harbor did a great job she was fun and informative. You could sip wine on the inner deck and take in the full feeling of the sights on the outer top deck. Afternoon tea was served it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

1 month ago
2/5

Service: The snack not
Good enough .
Product: With more variety of food is better

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Harbour Story Experience. We also offer our Harbour Story Premium Cruises, which include afternoon tea including a mixed sweet & savoury selection, Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas and a glass of sparkling wine.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Service: Harbour cruise was good, quite informative. Nice boat. Perhaps a glass of wine/beer/cheese platter could be included with the price though.. I wouldnt pay $45 again for it. But it was a nice way to see the harbour.
Product: For the price I think a glass of wine/beer/light snack could be included.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Harbour Story experience. We believe that our Harbour Story cruise is one of the best ways to experience the Sydney Harbour and we are glad to read that you enjoyed it and found it informative. We also offer our Harbour Story Premium Cruises, which include afternoon tea including a mixed sweet & savoury selection, Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas and a glass of sparkling wine.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

We took the two hour captain cook cruise hosted by, my apologies, as I cannot recall her name, english/lived Australia most of her life, ex teacher who was welcoming, knowledgeable, fun with a good sense of humour and frankly a great asset to your business!

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The crew on board and in the ticket office were very happy and friendly. The lady speaking on the tour was very informative and engaging
Product: The afternoon tea was yum!!

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

I would recommend this for others as the service was amazing and the experience was even better.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

1 month ago
5/5

Great experience

Review for Harbour Highlights

1 month ago
5/5

The whole experience was fantastic. The commentary was excellent and really interesting.
The staff in all sections were extremely helpful and fun and the Cruise route made for wonderdul photo opportunities. All in all will be a great highlight of our Sydney visit.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Service: Very good, well worth the money.
First cruise I have been on that goes into middle harbour as well.
Product: Great value, easy to organise on line

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The service is always of the highest standard - crew on board friendly and helpful and the food and drink service is excellent.
Product: Great value! All the Captain Cook Cruise products are fantastic!

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Our tour guide was topnotch! Very knowledgeable on history of Sydney as well as lots of interesting information about the areas around the harbour. Really enjoyed the two hours.

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Service: We booked cocktail's only on the cruise. The staff was great, Good service, Drinks were Delicious. Enjoyed the view of the coast and the harbor. It could have been better if more people were there for the cocktail cruise everyone else was on a dinner cruise. We would recommend the cruise.
Product: It was worth the money, I would have paid a little more to get two drinks each instead of only one. The cost of a second drinks was too high.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

2 months ago
5/5

It was excellent. The only problem I had was with the ticket office, I paid for premium and the person gave me the normal tickets.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

We took the PM story of the harbour tour. The issuing of boarding pass is quick and the narrator was great! History of the harbour, interesting facts and other bits and pieces made the trip wonderful for the family. The bridge and the opera house looks great in the setting sun when we return.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Room, comfy boat with awesome tour commentary.
Product: Roomy, comfy boat with great views through large windows. Fantastic commentary by enthusiastic and friendly staff.

Review for Harbour Story - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

The premium 2hr cruise around Sydney harbour was fantastic.
Our host, Elizabeth, was brilliant - fantastic commentary.
Highly recommend.

Review for Harbour Story Premium - Morning

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