Cocktail Cruise


  • One complimentary house cocktail or glass of wine or beer or softdrink 
  • 1 hour 30 minute cruise
  • Main Harbour sights
  • Million dollar views

Need to know

  • The open air Star Deck is the place to be
  • A table is reserved for you on the dining deck should you prefer to watch all the action from inside
  • Children (4-15 years) $35
  • Cruise Info
  • Map


Below are the normal departure details. Special timetables operate on selected dates.

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

Check Your Date   Check your date for changes

Download Wynyard Walk Map

Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

Find Us

Cocktail Cruise thumbnail

We'll get the party started with your first cocktail free -  a `Captain Cook Special' -  then it’s it up to you to decide on a Mojito by the Opera House, a Bay Breeze under the Bridge or any of the other frisky mix of liqueurs on the 1 ½ hour Cocktail Cruise. More Info ...

We'll get the party started with your first cocktail free - a `Captain Cook Special' - as we depart for the exclusive eastern suburbs. The spacious open Star Deck is the place to be but don't forget to give the less fortunate land-lubbers a farewell wave from your cruise ship.

From 5.00pm the harbour jumps up another gear. On selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the sailing schools operate Twilight Races. Depending on the winds they can be quite spectacular with a mix of experienced and novice sailors tacking across the harbour, often with spinnakers set. The rule on the Harbour is cruise gives way to sail, and everyone gives way to ferries. Some sailors do like to push the boundaries if a win is in sight. One of the funniest sights we have seen was an 18-footer taking on the Queen Mary 2. A table is reserved for you on the dining deck should you prefer to watch all the action from our enormous picture windows.

Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy 

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

YOUR SAY VIVID LIGHTS - What a wonderful way to view the beautiful vivid displays along the harbour, and saved us many hours of walking amongst the crowds. Really enjoyed our cruise and it was good value for money. Highly recommend. Anonymous

View Special Offers

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
Mothers Day
Fathers Day
Seniors Festival
Christmas Parties
November - December
Christmas in 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 - June 
Sydney Royal Easter Show
March - April
Gift Certificates
Order online & save 

91 % approval from 22 responses

1 month ago

Sehr schöne Cocktail Hafeneinfahrt in Sydney.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

1 month ago

Bad experience. No commentary and staff not friendly.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. Our Cocktail Cruise doesn’t provide commentary, as this would interfere with the ambience provided. We offer a variety of cruises that include commentary such as the Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise, Harbour Story Cruise and Harbour Highlights Cruise. 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 hospitality manager.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Cocktail Cruise

2 months ago

Great service, and we were thrilled to have our own table

Review for Cocktail Cruise

3 months ago

Great service and the views are amazing

Review for Cocktail Cruise

3 months ago

Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the hostess and promptly seated and served with our free cocktail. We were in Sydney to celebrate our daughters 18th birthday and were treated with a birthday surprise which was lovely. Beautiful views throughout the harbour.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

5 months ago

view was beautiful and staffs were kind enough
but the departure wasn't on time and no explanation to the queuing people.
Cleaner windows will be better

Review for Cocktail Cruise

7 months ago

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

Review for Cocktail Cruise

7 months ago

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

Review for Cocktail Cruise

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

When my husband and I visit Sydney we always take the Cocktail Cruise from Darling Harbour. It's only 90 minutes, we get a drink each and a lovely tray of nibblies and the view is always magnificent and (it seems) always different. Back on land in time to go in search of a meal. You've never really seen Sydney until you've seen it from the water.

We've also done the dinner cruise (for my 40th with a group of friends) which was perfect. And we've done the morning tea cruise before going to a matinee at the Opera House. The staff are consistently eager, fun and polite.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

9 months ago

Friendly crew and good service.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

9 months ago

We were short on time in Sydney & wanted to see as much as possible and the cocktail cruise was a fantastic way to see the harbour. It was very enjoyable & lots of fun.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

10 months ago

Service: Friendly staff, the cruise itself was amazing.
Product: Cocktail cruise was fantastic, great timing to see the views and the sunset.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

11 months ago

Fantastic little cruise around the harbour for first time visitors.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

11 months ago

Service: Very easy to deal with, no fuss at all. Good inclusions with the product as well
Product: Went on this cruise with some first time visitors to Sydney. An awesome experience on a fantastic vessel! A great way to see the harbour for the first time

Review for Cocktail Cruise

11 months ago

2nd time and what a great experience!

Review for Cocktail Cruise

12 months ago

Service: Great way to see Sydney Harbor for a reasonable price. Snacks provided with the cocktail were much better than expected. Easy to snap all the pictures you desire. Super view of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Delightful way to spend our first evening in Sydney. Would recommend this to all.
Product: Easy and reasonably priced.

Review for Cocktail Cruise

View more reviews

Discover Magnetic Island

Discover Magnetic Island, Far North Queensland. Ferries, accommodation and tours.

Whales Ahoy Sydney

Don't miss out on seeing the Humpback Whales this season - tickets on pre-sale from AU$49

NSW Seniors Festival

Celebrate with great savings on Harbour Story & Lunch cruises during Seniors Festival 13-24 February 2019

Vivid Sydney On Sale Now

Vivid Sydney 24 May-15 June 2019. See the full canvas of massive shoreside lighting installations from AU$25