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
  • Morning Cruise also available

Need to know

  • Daily departures
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury afternoon tea selection
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Cruise Info
  • Children (4-15 years) $29


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.

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 STARLIGHT DINNER - The Captain Cook cruise was fantastic. We went on Starlight dinner. Food was amazing, service and atmosphere just great. Raelene

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100 % approval from 22 responses

5 days ago

Service: We arrived on the wrong date......our mistake and the staff were very helpful and got us on the cruise that day. The cruise was awesome.......commentary great and cruise comfy. We will certainly try another one next time we are in Sydney.

Product: Great commentary, great cruise. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

1 month ago

Service: Great commentery of Sydney/Oz history of the harbour and early arrivals.

Enthusiastic commentator, also friendly quick service by the crew members.

Enjoyed overall story about Captian Cook and other interesting facts.

Thank you for this fabulous free bday cruise experience!

Highly recommendable to others.

Product: Good free offer for bday outing given enough time to book and experienced the cruise service in order to suggest to family/friends.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear costumer,

Thank you for the review of your Harbour Story afternoon cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We are delighted to read that our staff was attentive and friendly, and that you enjoyed the live commentary on board. We agree that it is a wonderful way to spend your birthday on our beautiful harbour.

Thank you for your recommendation, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

1 month ago

Very informative, polite and well worth the money spent!

1 month ago

Service: As a mum with 4 kids aged 11-14, this was just one of many many things we did during our week long Sydney holiday. This was a standout (and that's coming from the kids too). Informative. Entertaining commentary. And just the right amount of time.

Product: Very good value for money, the boat was clean and well maintained, the staff accommodating and friendly.

2 months ago

Service: Another lovely day on the harbour with Captain Cook Cruises. We are locals and have tried many cruises on the harbour but would recommend Captain Cook as the best. Lots of choices for different occasions from High Tea to dinner to just a little jaunt around the harbour. We make sure it is on the list for any visitors we have.

Product: Easy on line booking and especially great as I had a discount through my energy provider

2 months ago

Service: Very Good.

Product: A very good experience! Thank you.

3 months ago

All attendants were efficient and quick. The person speaking during the cruise was exceptional. Loved the tea/coffee and biscuits

3 months ago

Pro's: Good commentating of the places we passed by. Clean facilities. Big boat.

Cons: Food and coffee options were disappointing.

3 months ago

Excellent afternoon & great value for money!

3 months ago

Service: Captain Cook cruises has always provided great value for money...a harbour cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy and experience Sydney's iconic harbour

Product: Value for money, but prefer former name Captain Cook Coffee Cruise

3 months ago

Everything was excellent, from waiting in line and being advised which was the correct line to wait in, to the service on board, to the commentary.

3 months ago

Service: The guy doing the commentary was very good, I've been living in Sydney for 27 yrs and I still learnt something :)

On the downside the windows on the ship were all dirty (it was a sunny day) and this affected the enjoyment of the views.

Product: Cruise included afternoon tea (tea/coffee and biscuits)

3 months ago

Service: Excellent

Product: Service is very good ,next is booking

5 months ago

Service: good

Product: come on.you will be better.

6 months ago

Lovely and very well informed cruise round the beautiful Sydney harbour. Would highly recommend this to visitors or locals Lovely day out

6 months ago

Service: Exquisite, great guided commentary, good service at the bar, comfortable seats/setting ... it was perfect . The best part, however, was the staff at the Darling Harbour booking counter. I would particularly like to commend the 2 ladies (who I purchased the tickets from) though have now forgotten their names. A fair, (maybe Asian?) lady who was extremely helpful, kind, precise in her advise and very very polite. She's one of the reasons I'm now a huge fan of Captain Cook cruises. Another highlight was the staff on the trips Milsons Pt to Darling Harbour, and from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay ... you have such amazing staff ..... excellent customer service ... wins tourists over ... making Australians proud !

Product: Summarised above already ... very good coverage ... great for first time visitors to Sydney

6 months ago

Perfect first day excursion in Sydney. Informative guide. 2 1/2 hrs was perfect length

6 months ago

I was a bit disappointed when booking online. It said that the harbour premium cruise was discounted to same price as normal one. I booked them and then when I went to pay, the price was dearer than it originally said. So I booked the regular cruise instead. That being said, the cruise itself was great. My parents thoroughly enjoyed it as did my sister and myself. The staff were very helpful with my dad as he uses a walker to get around. They were also all very friendly. Thankyou.

6 months ago

Pleasant Cruise on Beautiful Harbour. Interesting information on Harbour and stories of surrounding area. Good value.

6 months ago

Informative and entertaining!

6 months ago

Service: Great tour in a wonderful sunny day!

Product: Great tour of about 2 hours in Sydney Harbour

6 months ago

Service: Great commentary.

Product: Was easy and convenient to book

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