Harbour Story Premium AM


  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Vittoria coffee or a selection of fine teas
  • Captain’s morning tea including a mixed sweet & savoury selection
  • Duration approx 2 hours
  • Afternoon Premium Cruise also available

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Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 10.00am. Duration approx 2 hours

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Sydney Harbour sightseeing at its very best. The two-hour Harbour Story Premium cruise includes an entertaining, personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour the most beautiful and exciting harbour in the world, including a glass of sparkling wine, Vittoria coffee to order, fine teas and a delicious sweet and savoury morning/afternoon tea. 

If you only have limited time in Sydney and you need to create a memory to last a lifetime, you can't go past the Harbour Story Premium Cruise. This is more than just a cruise. It's a glass of sparkling wine by the sails of the Sydney Opera House. A macchiato under the Harbour Bridge. A fine blend of tea with the rich and famous. A delicious morning or afternoon tea listening to the stories of Sydney's most amazing characters. 

The Harbour Story Premium Cruise is simply 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 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.  

In addition to your complimentary glass of sparkling wine, Vittoria coffee to order, fine tea and a delicious sweet and savoury morning/afternoon tea selection, there is a licensed bar with a choice of premium wines and beers available at additional price.

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YOUR SAY VIVID DINNER - Cruise was delightful, food and service impeccable. Music and vivid lights were outstanding. Will do it all again. Peter, NSW

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93 % approval from 29 responses

3 days ago

Service: The narrator is great. And the staff go and ask each and everyone how they doing.

Product: The narrator is great and the staff are friendly.

2 weeks ago

Professional guidance.

2 months ago

Service: Brilliant service on board and Leonie is an asset! Her knowledge is amazing and she is really enjoyable to listen to :)

Many thanks

Sandy Bladwell


Product: Excellent service provided throughout

2 months ago

Service: Fantastic experience, fantastic crew, great commentary, simply the best way to see Sydney!

Product: Simply the best way to see Sydney

2 months ago

Service: A very well run cruise with excellent commentary and a surprisingly good premium morning tea. The service was professional and excellent throughout. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and will be planning our next one with captain cook cruises

Product: What a fantastic cruise, excellent premium morning tea, excellent service and an excellent morning out on the water. The captain did a great job keeping it a smooth ride also.

3 months ago

Service: The service was great, the ship was clean (which is important to older people) and the staff professional and friendly.

Product: The morning tea harbour cruise was fantastic, the weather was perfect and it was amazing to crusie around our beautiful harbour and because we had a lovely person doing commentary throughout the trip, we learned a few facts that we didn't know before. Highly recommend to all.

3 months ago

Service: Excelent

Product: Excellent Service friendly staff

3 months ago

The service was excellent, the food was excellent and the commentary was excellent considering this was her first day.

3 months ago

A nice tour of the Sydney harbor, accompanied by the comments of a witty and knowledgeable guide. Definitely worth the price.

4 months ago

Service: Easy to book, terminal was easy to find and everyone was friendly and helpful.

Product: Just a brilliant way to take in all the landmarks without having to drive. Our guide Elizabeth was the best tour guide I've encountered, keeping the entire tour interesting and engaging. We were able to move about freely throughout the vessel and it was a nice smooth, quiet ride.

We loved this cruise and it was the perfect activity to see the sights on a limited timeframe and budget with a 2yo in tow.


4 months ago

Verry good cruise. Clean boat and all staff were verry good. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would do it again.

4 months ago

Service: The weather was the only downer on the cruise.

We Sydneysiders learnt a thing or two about our

beautiful harbour thanks to the lady commentator

who seemed to have a genuine passion & enjoyment for her

job. The John Cadman was roomy,stable in a

choppy sea, and the glass of bubbles at the start of

the cruise put us in the festive mood. Enjoyed seeing

Barangaroo from the water - a different perspective

and interesting to note the building progress from about

12 months ago. Got some good tips on other trips to do

in the harbour next time, when hopefully the weather is fine!

Product: Harbour cruise - a great way to spend a morning.

4 months ago

Service: lwasveryhappywiththlng

Product: itwasverygoodshewasverygoodatverythlng

4 months ago

Service: Staff were lovely, morning tea was delicious and Elizabeth on commentary was very knowledgeable and interesting. The only downside was the guests that continued to chat during the commentary which of course has nothing to do with the cruise itself. I felt a little sorry for any travellers who were trying to listen and learn the history of our beautiful City and Harbour.

Product: Great value as we took up the offer for Seniors Week. Premium was well worth it as the snack pack was delicious.

4 months ago

Service: As it has been 34 years since my previous Capt. Cook Harbour Cruise, thought I'd take advantage of a Senior's morning cruise & thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The glass of wine upon entering was lovely & Elizabeth's commentary was outstanding [if only travellers would shut up & allow courtesy!]. For the money, value was definitely obvious, however, a HOT finger-food morning tea would even further benefit our experience ... if at all possible. As I'll be accepting your generous offer of a freebie Birthday Cruise in June, maybe I can look forward to this addition, however, no criticism intended - suggestion only. I have already promoted all your cruises to Belgian friends arriving in November as I'll be accompanying them also. Thanks again CCC for a fabulous cruise around the Best Harbour in the World!

Product: The Senior's Festival Week special rate was exceptional!!

Thanks again team & looking forward to booking my Birthday freebie & also placing bookings for my Belgian visitors in November!

4 months ago

The cruise was most enjoyable despite overcast weather and we also feasted on a scrumptious morning tea .

The crew were pleasant and friendly and best of all the commentary was superb - Brendan ? [ I hope I have the correct name ] was a credit to your company and so enthusiastic about our harbour , enlightening my husband and me on facts we had never knew .

4 months ago

Service: Our Captsin Cook Harbour Story Cruise was nothing less than delightful!

Our host & commentator Brendan was superb! I learned so much about Sydney Harbour that I never knew before!

Product: Our Captain Cook Harbour Story Cruise was delightful! Brendan our host & commentator is excellent! We appreciated learning so much about about Sydney Harbour!

4 months ago

Service: The commentary was well done and very informative however I was very disappointed with the morning tea provided. It was advertised as a plated morning tea but it wasn't freshly baked scones etc but rather prebaked and packaged fare.

Product: Good commentary. Poor morning tea.

4 months ago

Service: Great commentary. We were with a group of 8 all from Sydney and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and the morning tea.

Product: Easy to book Online and great value.

4 months ago

Enjoyable cruise with information about the Harbour. It was a little confusing about the coffees. We had purchased a Premium M'Tea Cruise and were unaware that we were entitled to a cappuccino. We thought that was an extra cost. The standard coffee was undrinkable as it was so, so, strong. It would have been easier for us Seniors to have the box of morning tea cakes handed to our tables on showing our ticket rather than all queuing up to get it. We would have then had two free hands for putting milk/ sugar into our tea/coffee and walking back to our tables.

The Manna from Heaven cakes were very nice, but unfortunately they were still very cold and firm and not at that room temperature for best flavour.

4 months ago

Commentary was excellent morning tea appetising

5 months ago

Service: Absolutely Fantastic! Very informative and interesting. Great Service, food and beverages. The Speaker was very knowledgeable.

Product: Value for money, very informative and great sevice.

5 months ago

Wonderful - definitely the 'must do' on a short stay in Sydney.

5 months ago

Service: Our Sydney trip will never be complete without cruisin' the harbour with Captain cook. :)

Product: We've tried the dinner and buffet breakfast cruises and they were all great experiences. We thought of trying this cruise for a change and we were very pleased that it exceeded our expectation. Been recommending it to our friends since we got back in Adelaide!

5 months ago

Service: Great morning on Sydney Harbour. The history, as told by Elizabeth, was very interesting and informative. The boat is comfortable, spacious and well maintained. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Product: Value for money. Very friendly staff. Best way to see all the bays of Sydney Harbour.

5 months ago

Great way to see the harbour whilst Relaxing on board.

6 months ago

What a great way to see Sydney Harbor. The cruise was great! The tour guide was also great! We totally enjoyed seeing, and learning about the different parts of the harbor, and what was going on in each section. It was also a great overview for our 'ground tour' of Sydney a few days later! Truly enjoyable!

6 months ago

whist our guide spoke through most of the tour, there were times when she seemed to just be saying any thing.

as an example, we passed a number of small dingies, probably returning from a lesson, all tied together and being towed ashore, her comment was that they were learning to sail, and this was a good way to learn. not true. she said that the light houses and beacons were kept in working order, but were actually surplus to requirements as the naval vessels knew where to go, visiting ships had a pilot on board, and cargo vessels go else where. what about the vast number of yachts using Sydney Harbour?

as a result I started to distrust the other information given.

she was very good at advertising other businesses. not what I wanted to hear.

6 months ago

Service: すごく良かったです



Product: すごく楽しかったです


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