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
  • Afternoon Cruise also available

Need to know

  • Daily except Sunday morning
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury morning tea selection
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Children 4-15 years


Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Monday - Saturday 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. Morning and afternoon cruises depart daily, except Sunday morning when our full breakfast cruise operates ... 

The Harbour Story is the newest and most entertainment sightseeing cruise in Sydney. 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. Learn a little, laugh a little and maybe even shed a silent tear. Most importantly you will leave feeling like a part of our Sydney family.

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, coffee and biscuits are included in the cruise fare. The licensed bar also offers a choice of premium wines, beers, coffee to order and a selection of sweet and savoury treats.


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YOUR SAY BREAKFAST - It was a lovely way to start your Sunday and when you get back to Circular Quay after 1,5hrs the Rocks Markets are just around the corner which provide a nice stroll after your cruise. Caroline, Sweden

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  • 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
  • Morning Cruise also available
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  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas
  • Captain’s afternoon tea including a mixed sweet & savoury selection
  • Duration approx 2 hours
  • Morning Premium Cruise also available
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  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas
  • Captain’s morning tea including a mixed sweet & savoury selection
  • Duration approx 2 hours
  • Afternoon Premium Cruise also available
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  • One complimentary house cocktail or glass of wine or beer or softdrink 
  • 1 hour 30 minute cruise
  • Main Harbour sights
  • Million dollar views
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  • Minimum 1 hour 15 minute cruise
  • Main Harbour sights
  • GPS commentary
  • Million dollar views
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97 % approval from 61 responses


Service: I'm a local and would normally never take a "tourist" trip, but I was accompanying an American visitor who wanted to do the tour. The company service was very good, the boat was clean, staff pleasant.

Product: As a local I would normally not do this "tourist" thing. I was a bit disappointed they hardly went west of the Bridge which I think is very interesting. I guess that is why I don't do "tourist" stuff. Less time spent lingering near the Spit Bridge and more time west of the Harbour Bridge would have been better. The guide was informative although I don't think the foreigners necessarily understood her humour. However, I would recommend the tour to other foreigners as it was all very pleasant and well run.


Lovely cruise, interesting commentary


Service: The speaker volume was way too loud all over the ship. And there was nowhere for people to get away from it. The volume was so loud that it hurt our ears. It was unnecessary. I asked for it to be turned down but they seemed unable to be able to adjust it. Sealink could spend a little more money on the sound system. I am reluctant to recommend Captain Cook to others as a result.

Product: The boat was comfortable and kept to its timetable. The Cruise Host was reasonably interesting. However he should have been able to tell us if we were going to go under the Spit Bridge or not. Perhaps Sealink could brief their cruise hosts about Spit Bridge Opening Times on Public Holidays?


Service: Nice and informative staff, bulk ANZAC biscuits good too.

Product: Great sightseeing cruise with highly informative and interesting commentary, beat way to see Sydney Harbour for a good price.


Service: cruise ran as expected.

Product: Could not hear the narrator - the PA system was not effective.


Service: The tour guide was amazing, very informative, friendly, and helpful.

Product: It was a good length of time and interesting.


Service: Terrific boats, lovely service!

Product: Commentary and cruise lovely/relaxing just what we wanted! Couple more bikkies would be nice.


Service: Great

Product: Very informative


Service: the weather was perfect. the ship comfortable and even if there was a full house we felt that we would be able to see and move about easily. Service from staff at the bar was good and made it easy to upgrade to better coffee. Rating would have been excellent except for the tacky paper cups and disgusting coffee offered on the minimum package. It should not be difficult to provide coffee that tastes pleasant.

Product: the tour was very good; it was handy having a gps to understand where we were. The Australian commentary was good in parts, grating in others. We were investigating to see if it would be suitable for non-English speakers but it seems no other language option is available. A map of where we were going with points of interest marked would be helpful.


Service: Easy to book the cruise online. Ferry was clean and large, we enjoyed being in the cruise.

Product: Great way to see the sights around Sydney Harbor and learn some history and trivia about it. Commentator was lively and entertaining and crew were nice.


Service: ok

Product: ok


Service: Comfortable ship, great cruise and service from booking to boarding was pleasant experience

Product: Cruise was good as in seeing a lot of great locations etc. would have been better if could hear commentary the whole time as speakers at front of ship kept cutting out so only heard half.


Service: Easy to book

Product: Good commentary throughout the cruise was a plus.


Service: Good service

Product: Commentary was good, but would have liked more information about Indigenous history of the area


Service: The service is good, staff are polite.

Product: The guide is very knowledgeable on the tour and was able to give a detailed presentation.


Service: very well organised

Product: excellent commentary and very helpful


Service: If not because of the man that I first seen on the cruise did not speak politely and clearly to us when giving instructions to go upstairs, I will give you excellent rate.. We are tourist from outside, and English is not our first language. You need to make it clear and not too fast, and if people asking you for reassurance, should not reply with ' that's what I said just now'. Rude.

Product: We have smoke on our ride. Not much too see. But it was not your fault. So we could not elaborate much.


Service: Excellent online service, contact by telephone and ticket pickup.

Product: I would have rated this as excellent as the route taken was sensational, but as a person who lives in Sydney showing International guests our great city, I was disappointed with the negativity of the on board commentary, basically bagging us, also there were some errors in what was said and some strange comments.


Service: Great!

Product: Great!


Service: All good. Worthwhile

Product: All good. Worthwhile. Great day


Service: Commentary was absolutely brilliant

Product: Commentary was absolutely brilliant


Service: All the staff were most accommodating

Product: We enjoyed the trip up Middle Harbor


Service: A good morning out on the harbour. the only issue I found was that when boarding many people were confused as to which service was being boarded. Or a number of hop on hop off people were queued for the harbour story and as they had block the entrance it made boarding slightly difficult. May be more signage when a cruise comes may be beneficial

Product: I took an overseas family member on this tour and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

The lady who MCd the cruise was wonderful, very engaging and made the cruise terrific. She should be commended.


Service: Excellent!

Product: Very entertaining and informative.


Service: Your services was on time, and the equipment was clean. On a sunny day, some passengers wanted more covered area on the upper deck.

Product: We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and are glad we went. Our guide was superb, energetic, and informative.


Service: I only had one day in Sydney and a harbour tour was recommended to me by a friend. After checking yours out online I chose Captsin Cook and booked my ticket online. Everything went smoothly the morning of the trip, the crew ran a tight ship, were friendly and efficient.

Product: The trip delivered what it promised, with lots of interesting snippets about the history and area around Sydney. The views were great and it was hard to know when not to take pictures .

Freely available tea/coffee and biscuits were appreciated by all.

The only small drawback was that I forgot a lot of the information given to us during the trip. I was so focuses on the views. Maybe a short synopsis handed out at the end of the tour would be nice,

The gentleman giving the commentary during the tour was jolly and fit the bill perfectly .

If you paid extra and purchased the "first class " treatment he welcomed you personally and you got a glass of bubbly when you took your seats. I did not buy this package but saw how well these passengers were treated .

I would recommend this tour to anyone who also enjoys boat trips mind a trip on a boat .

I felt it was a well worth 2& 1/2 hours onboard the Captain Cook vessel .


Service: Loved every minute of it. Good service and comfortable seats.

Product: Glad i chose the Harbor Story AM trip. The commentary by the lady was excellent with full of useful information and just the right amount of humor.


Service: Service is ok

Product: my friends feel the time of trip is too long, especial stay in monsman for 30 munities. most disappointment is the route do not including darling harbour. 2.5 hours trip has enough time to enjoy the darling harbour.


Service: Online booking works very well and the description of the cruise is detailed.

Product: The detailed explaination by the guide is good. Very animated and entertaining.


Service: The explanation by the tour guide was not great. Some of the information was incorrect. Overall ok but not great.

Product: Could be better quality explanations by tour guide.


Service: Well organized and easy to book site

Product: Fascinating tour. Perhaps a bit too much cynicism about and focus on the prices of the houses.


Service: Fantastic day good crew

Product: Fantastic Day great captaining and Harbour route to the heads and the fore shores was excellent crew knowledgeable on the sites


Service: Fair value; polite crew; knowledgeable, funny and informative tour guide.

Product: Spacious, comfortable, saw most of the harbour. Really great.


Service: Throughly enjoyed the harbour cruise. Boat was spottlessly clean etc. It was just a pleasure to hop on board and spend a little of 2 hours with them.

Product: Cannot remember the name of the man who took the cruise. He was lovely. Dry sense of humour, chatty, friendly and outgoing. Great knowledge of harbour area. I would highly recommend this harbour cruise to every visitor to Sydney. Thank you so much Capt Cook Cruises.


Service: Excellent service

Product: Cruise was fun, relaxing and informative


Service: Comfortable upper deck and easy boarding process

Product: Elizabeth provided wonderful commentary. Very informative and entertaining. Felt like we covered a lot of the harbour area and its history. Would definitely recommend for Sydney visitors.


Service: It was disappointing that our AM cruise on Friday 8th January had such little outdoor seating on the top deck. I realise that we had bad wether for the few days previous, but anytime we've been on the Coffee Cruise previously, the boat had more than ample outdoor seating. This time thyere were no more than 14 or 16 outdoor seats.

Product: Commentary was up to the usual high standard.


Service: Pretty easy to book/redeem vouchers. Boat was nice.

Product: Was not too impressed with the tour content. It was not very easy to hear our guide. The content that she provided was not all the interesting... she seemed to focus quite a bit on the recent real estate sales along the harbor, but did not present much in the way of historical information. We actually learned some interesting facts about Japanese subs in the harbor during WWII while on a separate tour in Sydney... this information was never mentioned during the "harbor story" cruise we took with Captain Cook, which was odd.


Service: Nice clean and tidy boat. Ground staff were very good and nothing was a bother. I would recommend others to cruise with Captain Cook.

Product: The woman who was our story teller that morning was very witty and funny. Enjoyed listening to her.


Service: Excellent cruise experience.

Product: Very interactive and informative story.


Service: Easy to book

Product: Excellent guide


Service: Chaotic collection of tickets given that we had booked on line.

Product: Nice atmosphere generated by the commentary.


Service: I've travelled on 4 coffee cruises, 3 dinner cruises and a lunch cruise and found them all enjoyable and relaxing. Captains Dinner Cruise was excellent in January 2015.

Product: This is the 4th time I have done this cruise and I did not enjoy the one in December 2015 as much as previous coffee cruises. While the lady presenting the narration was pleasant and professional, I found the content lacking with many harbour sights not pointed out that had always been done so previously. For example Rushcutters Bay, where the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race commences, the sea planes at Rose Bay, Lady Jane Beach and the tunnels and fortifications around the sandstone cliff on the national park land, just to name a few. No mention was also made of any of the homes owned by celebrities and prominent Australians that have always been mentioned previously. As I had taken a visitor with me who was seeing the harbour for the first time, I found this disappointing.


Service: All bookings were online and went smoothly, although an email with detailed instructions on "here to be"and "when would help for people booking a group like me. Although I am from Sydney, many who use the service may not be from sydney and know where wharves are. some parking or transport screw up could mean they miss the boat.

Product: pretty good tour


Service: was very good

Product: could have more variety in buscuits and cake


Service: Thank you for the amazing service, lovely cruise ambience, clean & well maintained cruise ship. Thank you for making our Anniversary special.

Product: The presenter lady did an amazing job explaining the story of sydney harbour. She had a very good knowledge and her presentation was amazing. She even took time to meet us & have a chat with us before the cruise started.


Service: Everything was lovely. Very professional and a great guide.

Product: A fabulous tour on Sydney Harbour with overseas friend. Cups of tea and biscuits an added bonus.


Service: A great time, fantastic city and harbor view, however the "breakfast" was a little lacking

Product: Great entertainment. Our host had a wonderful personality


We live in country NSW and know Sydney well, but there's a lot of Sydney than can only be seen from the Harbour. It didn't disappoint.


Service: V G

Product: V G commentary.


Service: It was a very nice cruise and gave us a good feel for all the sights around the harbor.

Product: The commentary was wonderful and entertaining.


Service: great conversations, smooth reservation, just perfect

Product: we just love it, we would do it again


Service: Great cruise, brilliant sights, factual and intersting commentry

Product: Brilliant value for money. Great commentry, knowledgable staff, beautiful views and scenery


Service: I had overseas guests from Holland. I had taken them to many of the harbour foreshore spots on both the north & east sides by road/landside & to see it from the water angle was even better perspective given that you could now see the fronts of so many of the beautiful homes. I am not good in swells & luckily it wasnt too rough out the heads otherwise i would not have been very happy. As it was one lady was seasick.

Product: Being a Sydney sider i had never been on the Captain Cook Coffee Cruise before & i thoroughly enjoyed the commentary as i learnt so much eg how Military Road was named, Chowder Bay etc.


Service: Very efficient staff. Excellent value. Commentary from lady was informative and well presented.

Product: First trip in harbour. Would recommend to others. A wonderful experience.


Service: Good customer service skills (people on the phone and booths)

Product: Staff onboard not too friendly


Service: Ability to book online very easy. My international guests were impressed by 'Captain Cook' on the wharf at Circular Quay, as was I. We were made welcome by crew on boarding.

Product: The content of Leonie's commentary was poor. The fact that English was the only language offered and Australian vernacular and humour used, limited the 'Harbour Story' being conveyed to most of your guests. For example, 'Bateaux' (spelling?) cruises on The Seine, offer a minimum of 5 languages. A


Service: Online booking process needs some improvement

Product: Very nice ship and cruise, and entertaining commentary, although it would be good if there was some alternative for the deaf or hard of hearing (one of our party is partially deaf and could not hear the commentary). But overall excellent value and would recommend.


Service: Enjoyable few hours with terrific commentary by Leonie, she made it fun.

Product: Enjoyable few hours with historical information


The cruise was fine, but the morning tea was very poor for the price that you pay. If you don't drink coffee or tea, which I don't there was no other beverage to consume. The biscuit in a packet was yummy, but surely you could offer a cake too.


Service: Not really any

Product: We ordered the coffee cruise, yet the only coffee wax out of a machine and the morning tea was a biscuit. The name is very misleading. Obviously the harbour is beautiful but the inclusions were poor. The half hour dicking at darling harbour was also frustrating

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