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

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

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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.

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89 % approval from 18 responses

2 days 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.

4 days ago

Friendly crew and good service.

1 week 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Fantastic little cruise around the harbour for first time visitors.

2 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

2 months ago

2nd time and what a great experience!

3 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.

3 months ago

The staff were absolute sensational, literally went above and beyond for customer service. very friendly/welcoming.

4 months ago

It was a lovely experience, exceeded my expectations!

4 months ago

Service: Great service, good nibbles and cocktails. Will be back
Product: Great service, loved the cruise will be back. Cocktail was delicious

4 months ago

Don’t put the bahja nut mix in the fridge. It makes it soggie and stale.

4 months ago

Service: Excellent, simple but friendly and attentive
Product: Great value for money - breathtaking views

4 months ago

Thank you for accommodating our group.

4 months ago

Service: Aquality vessel and great service
Product: Great experience in a fantastic location

4 months ago

Easy to book tickets online. Helpful customer service when I rang to increase the numbers. Easy ticket collection.
Lovely staff on board a clean ship.
The weather was hideous but that didn't ruin it as everything else was great.

4 months ago

Service: The boat and staff were great however we were disappointed their was no commentary as we went around the harbor. As a harbor cruise of all the key sites, it would have been good to hear what and were they were.

That was our only concern.
Product: The staff and service was great and cocktails were good.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for the review of your Cocktail Cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We offer our Harbour Story which includes extensive live commentary as well as Harbour highlights which includes GPS commentary of the harbour. The cocktail cruise offers a fun and relaxed environment and we feel that commentary would interrupt this ambience. We were pleased to read that the service and cocktails made for a good cruise despite this misunderstanding.

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service 
Captain Cook Cruises

4 months ago

Service: Very well organised team.
Product: Easy transaction with clear information.

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