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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82 % approval from 11 responses

3 weeks ago

Ok but not wow factor. Have taken a few o/s visitors on cruises. This one flat. Ship in need of attention but crew very good.

Perhaps prior to cruise provide some better background and show route. When on cruise more anecdotes and the unusual.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for the review of your Harbour Story cruise with us. We regret to read your comments as we usually receive good feedback on that cruise and it operates on our premium vessels which have all been recently renovated. As advertised on our website and brochures, the route goes from Circular Quay to up to the Sydney Heads but it may vary depending on weather conditions. As you know we strive to continuously improve our products and we value your feedback thus your comments have been forwarded onto the respective managers for their consideration.Once again we apologise and thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

3 weeks ago


1 month ago

The boat was very comfortable. The narrator spoke clearly, and gave good information about the places we were seeing from the harbour cruise. There was a good blend of history and current information.

1 month ago

I would buy from them again I think.

The commentary cannot be heard on the top deck very well. It is good but you have to be inside to hear it.

The seating upstairs is inadequate and there is no break in the centre. There used to be seating out of the sun on either side of the steps still with a view.

Going under the Spit Bridge used to be a highlight.

The trip back is too slow with much less to see.

Going under the bridge is good and going a little further would be great.

Biscuits are very poor - mingy. A half or even quarter box as given to the more expensive ticket would be much better or a choice of a sandwich or cake.

1 month ago

We found the cruise very informative and interesting, The ship was modern an comfortable.

2 months ago

Great commentary

2 months ago

To have a guided tour of the sydney harbour was a delightful experience hardly to forget.

We had one 10 years ago but it was a kind of recording, this one was much lively and enriched.

2 months ago

The tour operator Andrew was very animated and a good story teller/narrator. However, more Australian history would have been appreciated. There was too much talk about the cost of real estate on the harbour (obviously!) and not enough talk about important stuff. But he was pleasant and interesting! The views were great and the time of the tour was perfect (2 hours). The barman wasn't friendly. It means everything to have friendly, honest staff on board. Overall, a good cruise.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Hi Diana,

Thank you so much for the feedback on the Harbour Story cruise, we appreciate the time you took to write to us. 
We will pass on all the feedback you gave us on the commentators. Thank you for praising our staff, they're amazing! 

Thank you again.

Captain Cook Team 

3 months ago

Service: The cruise was brilliant. Even The kids had a good time.

Product: Really easy purchase, and the morning cruise meamt we had the rest of the day to explore

4 months ago

Service: Best price around and great tour with commentary and morning tea and biscuits

Product: Good service and best price,I would definitely recommend.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer, 

Thank you for the review of your Harbour Story cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the commentary and that the service was of your standard. We agree to say that it is of great value for money..  

Once again thank you or your review and your recommendation, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

6 months ago

Seeing a group of people queuing up for last moment purchase of Captain Cook Cruise ticket ,I'm glad that I have bought all my five tickets online; I only fronted up at the window for our boarding passes.The sun was shining on the morning we took the cruise,which showed my group of visitors from U.S.A. the best part of Sydney in the best of time. We are very pleased. We have no hesitation to recommend the Cruise to others .

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