Harbour Story AM

Inclusions

  • 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

Timetable

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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95 % approval from 78 responses

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1 week ago
4/5

Brendan(?) was excellent. Very clear spoken and the right amount of information.
The only minor issues were that as a non-coffee/tea drinker I was only offered water as soft drinks were chargeable and the only biscuits on offer were coconut flavour, which neither of us like. A choice would have been nice.

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1 week ago
4/5

Service: Overall good service with a very good guide/commentator. I thought the price was high for a two hour trip, especially when there is a large family involved.
Product: On-line purchase went smoothly.

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1 month ago
5/5

Great relaxing cruise around the harbour with interesting facts about history of the harbour and its surrounds.

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2 months ago
5/5

Great and informative two hour tour of the harbour. The vessel was very clean and modern.

Would recommend this tour and Captain Cook Cruises to others.

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2 months ago
4/5

Informed commentary to compliment a leisurely cruise with plenty of room om board.

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service and knowledge people excellent guided tours
Product: Good discount for family and groups

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: excellent service, perfect way to get the best view of the opera house and harbour bridge
Product: worth to try, i got the free cruise on my birthday

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4 months ago
5/5

Service good, the female tour guide excellent.

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: Ship was great. The area covered terrific. Bob, was great and had the knowledge and passion for the job. Luved it.
Product: Already have it was all very good value also.

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: Hi. We enjoyed our cruise immensely. The cruise was on time. The slow pace of the cruise permitted us to see everything without hurry. There was adequate space on board. The commentary was both informative and entertaining and was well audible on the top deck which was open to air. We would strongly recommend it to everyone interested in a cruise of Sydney harbour.
Product: Comfortable pace of travel, informative and entertaining commentary, spacious boat.

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4 months ago
4/5

Service: Great 2 hours on the harbour
Product: Value for money .friendly and informative tour guide

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: Booking was easy as was arriving and boarding, boat spacious and well equipped. The commentary was terrific. We were with family visiting from the UK and they found it fun and entertaining and we learnt things we never knew about our harbour. Highly, highly recommend for everyone, a great way to spend 2 hours and see so much of a stunning harbour.
Product: We liked the attention to detail of the route and the informative commentary. A truly lovely and relaxing way to see Sydney, especially on a sunny day.

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5 months ago
5/5

Service: We had a wonderful time and Judy the commentator was fabulous. I would be happy to recommend this cruise to anyone and think it's a must for anyone visiting Sydney.
Product: The product is terrific and a must to see Sydney from a different perspective.

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5 months ago
4/5

Service: The cruise itself was great. The itinerary and the information provided about Australia was great. We took two guests from USA on the cruise and they found it thoroughly enjoyable and informative.
Product: I was totally disappointed with the internet purchase. There were advertisements throughout the website advertising "Pensioner discounts" and Pensioner week discounts. We tried to purchase 2 pensioner tickets and two adult tickets and were unable to do so. Every avenue just led to full paying tickets. When I tried to ask the customer service officer - on the day - about this, he was rude and told me there was nothing he could do and whatever was on the internet was the go. He made no effort to listen and simply could not be bothered. There is a big difference to us between the $45 charged and the $27 advertised. I will not be cruising with Captain Cook again and will not be recommending them to others. Which is a shame really, because the cruise itself was very enjoyable.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer, 

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt the service you received on your cruise wasn’t to your standards. As you know we do strive to deliver world best practice customer service from booking all the way through to the end product – so your review for this is very disappointing to receive. Please be assured that your comments have been forwarded to our hospitality manager for review. 

Once again thank you for your feedback.


Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service 
Captain Cook Cruises

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5 months ago
5/5

The cruise, the ambience and the service was fantastic. Keep up the good work.

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5 months ago
5/5

Staff were very friendly and the tour guide was excellent. She had many insights on landmarks, islands, history and residences.

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5 months ago
5/5

Service: Service was excellent, live commentary, tea & coffee biscuits plentiful, on time, seating good inside and out, cleanliness good,
Product: Excellent thoroughly enjoyed our morning excursion

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customers,

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story Cruise. We were pleased to read that you enjoyed the commentary, vessel, service and food on your cruise. As you know we do strive to deliver world best practice customer service from booking all the way through to the end product – so your review for this is very satisfying to receive. Your comments are very much appreciated by all our hospitality and catering staff and a copy of your email has been forwarded onto their department managers. We are sure they will value the positive feedback too. We agree that this fantastic cruise is a wonderful way to experience and capture Sydney’s magnificent harbour.

Once again thank you for your feedback and recommendation.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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5 months ago
5/5

This is the second Sydney Harbour Story cruise I have taken with visiting family from the UK. It’s a great way to take in our beautiful Harbour and surrounding coastline. The commentary is informative and interesting and staff very friendly and efficient.

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: Very friendly and specialised Services that cater of each individual needs
Product: On line purchase was easy and secure

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6 months ago
5/5

Great View, love it.

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: Overall great experience. Lovely boat, very professional staff, and terrific narration during the cruise.
Product: I certainly got my moneys worth.

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6 months ago
5/5

Fantastic trip, would recommend 😎

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6 months ago
2/5

Great experience. Friendly staff.

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6 months ago
4/5

Cruise was easy to find and board and well run. Drawback was the dirty windows which spoiled the view and should have at least been hosed down regardless of the salt water spray which didn’t come from the morning cruise. Went outside but couldn’t hear commentary.

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6 months ago
5/5

It was amazing, the crew, the food and definitely the sites. Would recommend it to everyone, tourists and locals!

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6 months ago
5/5

The guide was outstanding

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6 months ago
5/5

The cruise was so enjoyable and comfortable, and became a memorable moment during the stay in Sydney.

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: A two hour cruise to view the bay's of Sydney Harbour. Excellent commentary by Paul who pointed out all the points of interest. We visited a number of bays and inlets not visible from larger cruisers.
Product: Good value for the money.

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7 months ago
5/5

The guide was excellent. This was the perfect introduction to Sydney for an outsider. Nice to see the area from the water and follow in the next days with walking trips. Highly recommend.

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7 months ago
2/5

The commentary was culturally inappropriate. Dragged on and repetitive.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer, 

Thank you for your review of our Harbour Story AM Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt we were not able to meet your expectations regarding the cruise commentary. Our cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our hospitality manager for review.

Once again thank you for your feedback. 

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service   
Captain Cook Cruises

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7 months ago
5/5

Very good

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7 months ago
5/5

Service: Loved the cruise, 2nd time we’ve been in 3 years, it’s a Sydney highlight for us. The commentator is an absolute gem.
Product: Sydney highlight, have been twice in 3 years. The commentator is a gem.

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7 months ago
5/5

I brilliant morning out. The story telling was excellent.

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7 months ago
5/5

Professional staff, nice vessels, and good variety of tour options. The Tour Guide for the Harbor Tour was a lot of fun - full of interesting and funny facts about the city and harbor.

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7 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent commentary. Friendly service. I had a helpful talk with the guide regarding international visitors and the best way for them to experience the harbour.
Product: As I said, this is an excellent way for newcomers to experience the harbour.

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8 months ago
4/5

Service: The harbor cruise is a great way to see Sydney's landmarks and get an intro to the history of the harbor. Very pleasant way to spend a couple hours. It's not a luxurious experience (no fancy foods or drinks, and the boat is pretty basic) but it's a great, moderately priced way to enjoy a casual excursion out on the water. Would definitely do this again, and recommend it.
Product: Nice way to see a lot of the harbor from the water. Fun, casual cruise, so don't expect luxury accommodations, but do enjoy the ride and the commentary about harbor history and the views of many of Sydney's best-known landmarks.

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8 months ago
5/5

Service: Facilities and guide was great - relaxed service
Product: As previous re facilities and guide

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8 months ago
4/5

Service: Yes Very enjoyable couple of hours. The staff were very friendly.
The lady who narrated the tour was very informative , and knowledgeable with a
Very pleasant nature.
Product: Well priced . Would go again and recommend to others.

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8 months ago
5/5

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!

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8 months ago
5/5

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.

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8 months ago
5/5

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

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8 months ago
5/5

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

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8 months ago
4/5

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

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8 months ago
5/5

Great family value and very informative.

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8 months ago
5/5

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

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8 months ago
5/5

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

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9 months ago
5/5

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

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9 months ago
5/5

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.

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9 months ago
5/5

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

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9 months ago
5/5

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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9 months ago
5/5

Pleasant,highly informative experience. Would definitely recommend it to all who ask me. unfortunately there was a very large group of noisy children aboard,that day. Good thing they entertained with a nice little tune!!

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9 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service. Helped us out by letting us change our cruise when our flight was delayed. We did the history cruise in the harbour snd found it very interesting
Product: Great tour very informative

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story AM Cruise. We were pleased to read that you enjoyed this fantastic cruise. We agree that the great commentary and service makes for a wonderful day in the beautiful Sydney Harbour. As you know we do strive to deliver world best practice customer service from booking all the way through to the end product – so your review is very satisfying to receive. Your comments are very much appreciated by all our hospitality and catering staff and a copy of your email has been forwarded onto their department managers. We are sure they will value the positive feedback too. 

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

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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11 months ago
2/5

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

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11 months ago
5/5

Great

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11 months ago
5/5

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.

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11 months ago
4/5

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.

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11 months ago
4/5

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

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12 months ago
5/5

Great commentary

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12 months ago
5/5

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.

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