Cocktail Cruise

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.

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


  • Daily from 5.00pm, up to 1.5 hours
  • Cruise on MV Sydney 2000*
  • One complimentary house cocktail or glass of wine or beer or softdrink 
  • Million dollar views

Need to know

  • The open air top 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

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78 % approval from 9 responses

4 months ago

Service: Confort, précision des horaires et amabilité du personel.
Product: On ne regrette pas. cela d'autant plus que le prix est très raisonable.

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5 months ago

Service: Not combine a cocktail cruise with a dinner cruise. If that is your protocol then advise your patrons notify in advance.
Product: The unknown that it was combined with a dinner cruise.

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5 months ago

Service: Lovely boat, great views and really good service
Product: Good value for money

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7 months ago

Service: The whale watching cruise is too much bumpy when sailing and maybe we are in the end of the whale watching season and the sea is not so calm but we still manage to see some whale. The whale watching cruise crew is awesome and give us very good service.
Product: Cruise window is dusty and not clear enough to view the scenes along the cruise. Probably it’s caused by a cloudy day. Kind of bored for us and we might enjoy more if on a open air boat.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for your review of your cruise experience. As you may know, we endeavour to provide our customers with the best experience possible. As you know, the movements of whales and sea conditions are unfortunately outside of our control.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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8 months ago

Fabulous staff from the boat entry to the end of the tour. Lovely drinks and snacks.

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10 months ago

Service: Table service was good. Bar person was a little arrogant
Product: The cruise was ok the staff seemed busy setting up tables for the next cruise which destroyed the atmosphere

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10 months ago

Whenever I visit Sydney I always factor in the Captain Cook Cocktail Cruise that leaves from Darling Harbour. I never tire of it. I find that it is at a convenient time of day (I've done all my day activities and it doesn't interrupt dinner plans), it's affordable, I get a free beer and nibblies (which is quite enough for the hour and a half), the staff are always super friendly...and just look at that view! Whether it's summer and I can see everything, or whether it's winter and you watch the sun set and the lights turn on....I just love it. See you next time

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11 months ago

Beautiful cruise around the Harbour, lovely ending to our trip! Friendly and helpful staff

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