Harbour Story AM


  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea & biscuit selection
  • Duration approx 2 hours
  • Menu
  • Afternoon Cruise also available

Need to know

  • Daily departures
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury morning tea selection
  • Children (4-15 years) $29
  • Cruise Info
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Map


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

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Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 10.00am. Duration approx 2 hours

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Discover Sydney’s best sightseeing cruise. The Harbour Story cruise includes refreshments and an entertaining, personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour the most beautiful and exciting harbour in the world. Two-hour morning and afternoon cruises depart daily from Circular Quay. More Info ...

The Harbour Story Cruise is Sydney’s best sightseeing cruise. It combines the old and the new, the fun and the amazing, the sights and the characters, all told through a series of stories and insightful commentary. 

The cruise route can vary. We like to mix it up depending on what's happening on the harbour. We guarantee every cruise includes Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Taronga Zoo, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more. The pace is relaxed and gentle, giving you plenty of time to capture the perfect selfie. The Harbour Story operates on a premium sightseeing vessels which means spacious outdoor decks and expansive viewing windows from our all-weather indoor lounges.  

Unlimited self-service tea, filtered coffee and biscuits are included. The licensed bar also offers a choice of premium wines, beers and coffee to order at additional price.

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YOUR SAY NEW YEARS EVE - I was on John Cadman II on NYE and I couldn’t have had a better time. Everything about the cruise was perfect, the staff were polite and all retained their sense of fun and humour. Thanks to the crew for a great way to see in the New Year. Sallie-Ann, VIC

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100 % approval from 12 responses

6 days ago

Service: The cruise was the very best experience and well worth the price! The commentary was excellent and entertaining! Would highly recommend to everyone!
Product: Worth every cent! A must do!

7 days ago

An interesting and informative tour of the stunning Sydney Harbour. The host (Brendan?) provided a good mix of history and humour. 2 hours was just about right.

1 week ago

Excellent your underpinned by a very knowledgeable narrator of the harbour's history. Thoroughly recommended

2 weeks ago

The History of Sydney Harbour cruise was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Brendan, our commentator was particularly good, keeping us all entertained.

2 weeks ago

Really enjoyable cruise - it would have got the 5th star if we could have heard the commentary on the outside aft deck

2 weeks ago

Great family value and very informative.

2 weeks ago

Very good & informative tour with an excellent commentary. Learnt some things about place names I didn't know too.

2 weeks ago

Service: Easy to book online and story cruise was lovely and detailed. Our tour guide Elizabeth was a stand-out. So knowledgeable and also funny. Perfect way to spend our morning touring Sydney.
Product: Easy to find and buy tickets online - worth the money

2 weeks ago

Service: My brother and I did the cruise and found the staff extremely welcoming and a joy to deal with. The announcer knew her stuff and we both found it pleasing to have done it. Highly recommend
Product: It was so easy to book a cruise through their website. Was easy to pick the cruise, the date and time.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story Cruise. We were pleased to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the live commentary and ease of booking via the website for the cruise. We agree that the live commentary on our cruise gives great insight and a personal touch to viewing this amazing harbour.

Once again thank you for your feedback and recommendation, it is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

4 weeks ago

The Sydney harbour cruise was very enjoyable, especially the amusing and very informative running commentary. The crew were all very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

1 month ago

Service: The guide spoke a very understandeble English. Articulated very good and had slowed down the speaking speed.
Product: Excellent performance, going again

1 month ago

Service: Thoroughly enjoyable, comfortable, informative cruise. We would definitely recommend it to anyone and will take overseas visitors on this cruise.
Product: Well worth the money spent.

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