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
  • Children (4-15 years) $29


Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 2.15pm. Duration approx 2 hours

Check Your Date   Special timetables operate on selected dates

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The best way to see Sydney! This quality sightseeing cruise includes refreshments and an entertaining, personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour the most beautiful and exciting in the harbour world. Morning and afternoon cruises depart daily ... 

There is a reason why hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have travelled with Captain Cook Cruises. Our sightseeing cruises are simply the best way to see Sydney. Give your feet a break, get off the bus and absorb the Sydney sunshine as we show you Sydney at its very best. The mansions, the parklands, the marinas and beaches are all brought to life by very talented commentators who love Sydney even more than you will.

The Harbour Story is the newest and most entertaining 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 TOPDECK LUNCH - We had a wonderful time on the top deck a la carte cruise. Beautiful day. Great service, lovely waitress and beautiful food. Amanda

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96 % approval from 24 responses

5 days 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

6 days 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.

7 days 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)

7 days ago

Service: Excellent

Product: Service is very good ,next is booking

2 months ago

Service: good

Product: come on.you will be better.

3 months ago

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

3 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

3 months ago

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

3 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Informative and entertaining!

3 months ago

Service: Great tour in a wonderful sunny day!

Product: Great tour of about 2 hours in Sydney Harbour

3 months ago

Service: Great commentary.

Product: Was easy and convenient to book

3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise as very well presented and very friendly staff.

3 months ago

Service: Great cruise around Sydney Harbour! Very informative and hospitable.

Product: Great value for money! Staff were very welcoming and overview of the harbour was very informative,

3 months ago

Service: was good:)

Product: not enough info in the received email

3 months ago

Service: Delivered what was promised. Not crowded. Commentary was excellent. Some of the things mentioned in the commentary gave us ideas of what to do on our holiday in Sydney ie. visit Bridge pylon and museum. Commentary was up-to-date and appropriate. The cruise was the highlight of our trip to Sydney. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Boat was clean and well-presented. Very professional organisation.

Product: Fantastic! Couldn't be better!

3 months ago

Service: Could be better organized - we were told where to line up and then that changed. The guys on the boat let a number of late comers on board prior to us - and we were there 40 minutes early.

Product: We were on this cruise twice before. Found the prices have gone up and the cake/ coffee types are gone. Plain drip coffee and cookies for more money.

3 months ago

Service: Bearing in mind it was peak season, it was however somewhat confusing waiting to board the John Cadman. Vessel in excellent condition. The commentator, despite her humour, was a little "intrusive" at times.

Product: Brilliant route showing a lot of the best of Sydney harbour.

3 months ago

Excellent tour guide commentating on the tour! Very informative

3 months ago

Lovely route, good commentary, lots of seating, coffee and tea available, great value. On a negative note......no choice in biscuit selection, no hot chocolate for the children (alternative to tea and coffee) and the boat looked a little run down on the outside.

3 months ago

Service: Enjoyed the cruise. Consider an area onboard where speakers are not as loud to allow people to talk while listening to the guide.

Product: In peak times, you should have a line for picking up tickets booked online. Otherwise easy to order and arrange.

5 months ago

Service: I want you to do the departure time late of the Cacktail Cruise.

Product: Good cruising.

5 months ago

Service: We really enjoyed the overall experience.

Product: We felt the commentary was very informative and enjoyed listening to all the details about the harbour.

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