Harbour Story

Inclusions

  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea & biscuit selection
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • 2 hour cruise departing 10.00am or 2.15pm
  • Menu

Need to know

  • Daily departures
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury afternoon tea selection
  • Children (4-15 years) $29
  • To book: Select AM or PM cruise on the right
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Cruise Info
  • Map

Timetable

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

Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 10.00am & 2.15pm. 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 CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Congratulations on an excellent luncheon. My family and myself enjoyed the day immensely. Denise Gilbank

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93 % approval from 54 responses

Date
Rating
2 days ago
5/5

Great

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 weeks ago
4/5

Tour was excellent. But when I purchased tickets on line, I did not see that you could get a different ticket that provided champagne and a cake. Maybe that could be made clearer.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 weeks ago
4/5

Comprehensive scan of the various Sydney waterfronts. Informative narrative throughout the cruise.

Had to move to a location that had better acoustics - in part because of noisy neighbours and in part because of the PA system.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Lovely day out on beautiful boat. Can
Buy drinks and snacks on the boat if you haven’t bought a cruise with lunch included. Would definitely recommend
Product: Fab couple of hours out really enjoyed it

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

1 month ago
2/5

Service: It was ok..It was my birthday & I had a free voucher..but i was given the wrong ticket so I didn't get the up grade & I also bought a ticket for my friend & I paid $45 for it which I assume is the higher ticket....he wasn't given the upgrade either.But no one on board seemed to know the procedure for birthday cruises so I found it extremely embarrassing not just for me but for my friend.It soured the day for us.
Product: Disappointed in the lack of knowledge of birthday voucher recipients

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. Our Birthday cruise offers a free Harbour Story Cruise. Customers have the option to upgrade this to our Harbour Story Premium option for $10. We also offer both our Harbour Story, and Harbour Story Premium cruises to purchase. We always encourage customers to pay attention to the cruise that they are booking to ensure their expected inclusions are met.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Great experience

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: A fabulous cruise of Sydney Harbour with great commentary and fabulous ammenities onboard. A value packed 2 hour tour.
Product: Great value packed 2 hour harbour cruise.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was an amazing experience, overall the staff were really friendly and informative. I was able to learn a lot about Sydney's harbor and history while also enjoying a warm cup of tea/coffee and biscuits with my family. The two hour sightseeing tour cruise was filled with interesting stories from our tour guide and whether it was looking out at the attractions or just simply gazing into the view, there was never a dull moment.
Product: The cruise was an amazing experience, overall the staff were really friendly and informative. I was able to learn a lot about Sydney's harbor and history while also enjoying a warm cup of tea/coffee and biscuits with my family. The two hour sightseeing tour cruise was filled with interesting stories from our tour guide and whether it was looking out at the attractions or just simply gazing into the view, there was never a dull moment.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

An informative and excellent tour. I would recommend to others.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
4/5

Great way to see and learn about Sydney. The audio was hard to hear/sound not great above noise of boat unless you were inside.
Website could’ve been a bit easier to navigate too.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
2/5

The audio was not very clear when out on deck so could not hear all the commentary. I asked several times if they could turn it up however nothing improved.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. As you’re aware, finding the right balance can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our entertainment manager for review.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Commentary was excellent. Lots of interesting stories about the area. Easy to listen to and did not sound like a history lesson.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
4/5

The trip was great; only improvement might be to add some seats on the upper deck.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 months ago
4/5

Ja, intressant att höra om områdena kring Sydney.Båten modern och ren.wc mycket snygg o ren.för lite sittplatser på däck är orsaken till att inte ger 5stjärnor.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

4 months ago
5/5

My guests from overseas love the cruise

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

5 months ago
5/5

Entertaining and informative commentary. Refreshments weresatisfactory considering the numbers on board. Loved the diversion into Middle Harbour.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

5 months ago
5/5

Service: Very friendly and helpful and they take care of everyone. Wonderful information on the Harbour Story am
Product: Crew are very helpful and alot of information for the sights

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

5 months ago
4/5

Service: The cruise was informative. The narrator was engaging and funny I really enjoyed my time on the cruise
Product: Easy to navigate through the website. Instructions clear on what was included in the cruise and how to get there as well as where to get the tickets

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

6 months 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

6 months 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

7 months ago
5/5

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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

8 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

8 months ago
4/5

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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

8 months ago
5/5

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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

8 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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 months ago
5/5

Service good, the female tour guide excellent.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

10 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

10 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

10 months ago
4/5

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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

10 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

10 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

11 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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

11 months ago
5/5

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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

11 months ago
5/5

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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

11 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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

11 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
5/5

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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
5/5

Great View, love it.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
5/5

Fantastic trip, would recommend 😎

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
2/5

Great experience. Friendly staff.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 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.

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
5/5

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

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

12 months ago
5/5

The guide was outstanding

Review for HARBOUR STORY AM

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