Harbour Story PM


  • 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
  • Morning Cruise also available

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
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Cruise Info
  • Map


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

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Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 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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86 % approval from 22 responses

1 day ago

Service: Excellent commentary and a while two hours !
Facilities on board very good
Product: So informative . Good facilities on board

5 days ago

The narrator was good but sometimes hard to hear on upper deck. We were told cruise was leaving from one gate but really left from another. Tea service was really nice. Wild children running around. But overall nice cruise.

5 days ago

Service: I was able to have a free afternoon on the Harbour for my birthday and the long cool glass of orange juice was appreicated.
Product: I was a little disappointed that the cake available to premium was not available to "birthday" customers. It looked really nice.

6 days ago

We really enjoyed the trip - the boat was comfortable and the commentary was excellent. The way that it was delivered was particularly good and we appreciated the humour which kept it interesting - we leant so many things about Sydney that I don’t think we would have come across elsewhere.

6 days ago

Service: Great commentary although did not recognise the Bondi Beach when it was pointed out. The crew were friendly and a credit to the company. The suggestion to wait until the return to get a picture of the bridge and Opera House was spot on.
Product: Very easy to book on-line and the confirmation was very quick.

6 days ago

Service: All good! Very nice cruise.
Product: Bought tickets online but had to do the queue again to print the boarding tickets. Waste of time

1 week ago

Service: Great service; a little confusing on the dock, just prior to embarking, on which boat to board. Went on the cruise of the harbor for a relaxing sight-seeing tour. Which it was; just thought the lady announcer talked too much. The information was interesting and informative but, we felt, too much. Otherwise it was great! Thanks!
Product: Prices are high in Australia

1 week ago

The Harbour Story cruise was very entertaining and informative with a wonderful commentary. The boat was very spacious and comfortable. Our overseas visitors had a lovely introduction to Sydney and were very impressed. After living in Sydney for more than 20 years; we learnt a few things as well.

2 weeks ago

The itinerary was great and the commentary on board by Sarah was fantastic and well prepared!

2 weeks ago

The cruise was great. The narration was very informational and well done. Excellent time.

2 weeks ago

Nice cruise and a very friendly staff. Loved it.

2 weeks ago

Embarking the boat could have been more organised - it was a free for all which is challenging with young children.

The commentary predominantly covered real estate and property prices - it was as if we were being guided by an estate agent. More commentary on the history and landmarks (other than houses) would have been appreciated

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story Cruise. We were disappointed to read that the commentary wasn’t to your standards. The live commentary provided is intended to an overview of the Harbour, both current and historical. Our commentators focus the stories of the harbour and is tailored based on  their our experiences and backgrounds.

Once again we appreciate your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

2 weeks ago

Spacious, great views, informative commentary. Highly recommended. Took the whole family including kids aged 7 to 14 and grandparents from overseas; it was a hit with everyone.

2 weeks ago

Easy Booking online
Great explaination on Board

2 weeks ago

Service: We were disappointed with the sight seeing cruise for one simple reason. The windows were dirty and the sights were difficult to see through dirty windows. It was very hot on top in the open air and therefore most of the cruise was spent down below. I was assured over the phone the windows would be clean but alas this wasn't correct. 3 disappointed customers.
Product: The harbour is gorgeous but the cruise ship had very dirty windows. Not good for a sight seeing cruise

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Harbour Story Cruise. We were disappointed to read that the window cleanliness wasn’t to your standards. We can assure you that the windows are cleaned thoroughly every day. However, sometimes due to weather and wind conditions during the day this does impact the viewing.

Once again thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the inconvenience.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

2 weeks ago

Great trip and my best day in Sydney ! This day at the Harbour with a great Guide that told us the history for the town and all the places we passed wore amazing !
I love architecture and he knew a lot of all the houses we passed.
Great service and the boat wore clean and steady :-)
I recomend this trip to everyone !

2 weeks ago

People were great, dives were great, food great, cleanliness, great

2 weeks ago

Service: Really great trip. The guide was informative and funny. I’m a little sad he didn’t go into detail about the dark side of Sydney Harbour because of the amount of kids on board. But that’s more because I enjoy dark tourism. Our guide was good at using the activities being done in the harbour at the time to be worked into his performance. I especially liked the “thank you reckless youths” portion as well as the irony jokes and little trivia. My mum and I had been in Australia for 3 weeks, and she said that this was the best cup of tea she had had there. This trip was a spur of the moment decision, and it was well worth it. Great value. Great service.
Product: Our guide was phenomenal. Really informative and funny. He was able to take the current activities going on in the Harbour and use them in his performance. Beautiful views of Sydney. Our boat was not overcrowded, so it was nice and relaxing to be able to go on a tour that didn’t have a lot of people pushing to get a view. Tea and cookies were great.

2 weeks ago

Yes. Fun easy and great insights into history.

2 weeks ago

The presenter was awesome !

Comfortable seats . Perhaps an alternate to the sweet biscuits for people like me who suffer from Type 2 diabetes would go a long way !. All in all a great experience

4 weeks ago

Whilst the surroundings and boat were excellent the tnformation delivery was monotone and boring

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Harbour Story PM Cruise. Our commentators and trained to ensure we deliver facts and some fun information too. We are sorry that we were unable to me to meet your  expectations and your comments have been forwarded to our Hospitality Manager  to ensure all is in order. We agree that the surroundings and vessel make for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the stunning Sydney Harbour. 

Once again thank you for your feedback. 

Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service 
Captain Cook Cruises

1 month ago

Service: Very informative tour and extremely humorous. Excellent way to see Sydney and the harbor.
Product: It was a fair price to pay for the history lesson and views.

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