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
  • Menu
  • Afternoon Premium Cruise also available

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

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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. More Info ...

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 NEW YEARS EVE - I was on John Cadman II on NYE and I couldn’t have had a better time. Everything about the cruise was perfect, the staff were polite and all retained their sense of fun and humour. Thanks to the crew for a great way to see in the New Year. Sallie-Ann, VIC

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100 % approval from 20 responses

3 weeks ago

Service: More than expected! Boat looks great with great facilities inside. Great staff and commentator was very knowledgeable. Great tasting bubbles and morning tea food was awesome! Clean and modern looking toilets as well. Will definitely recommend!

Product: Definitely worth the price!

3 weeks ago

Really good services and the view is pretty awesome. The story is also very interesting.

1 month ago

Very informative. Friendly staff and detailed description presented by the hostess. Vessel was clean and well presented

1 month ago

Service: The service our family received was great. Good complimentary coffee with cakes and commentary was informative and fun. I would definitely recommend to others who are planning to visit Sydney.

Product: Fewer people, great view.

2 months ago

Service: the cruise was booked for visitors from Italy and two visitors from Perth to experience Sydney.We absolutely loved the cruise, the welcome on board drinks and the the morning tea provided. We also enjoyed the narration supplied by Brendan he was very eloquent and very approachable. The crew members were courteous and very obliging. We were given the wrong information by the information booth near berth 5 on the Saturday when we were originally supposed to cruise. We were sent to darling harbour instead but your lovely staff member there re booked our cruise we were very appreciative.

Captain Cook cruise was excellent, booking staff excellent, crew excellent

Great experience had by the five of us


wonderful experience

2 months ago

Service: Easy to buy tickets...they were waiting in the system when we arrived to board...great service...excellent informative commentary...not quite loud enough on top deck outside...was a beautiful day which helped...enjoyed the bubbles...noticed lots of people drank coffee etc...G

Product: Easy way to be a tourist...

2 months ago

Service: Friendly staff

Product: Good relaxing habour tour. Weekday tour was not full and provided a lot of open space to walk and sit around

2 months ago

Great commentary and views

Very disappointed we became a taxi going to the zoo

Wasted about 20mins of our cruise

2 months ago

Service: As always, service is paramount. The overall experience is something that my family and my overseas guests will always remember. Thank you to everyone especially your great staff.

Product: Excellent service and exceptional experience!

2 months ago

Commentary great,perfect day with all staff helpful, especially the tour guide. She made us feel welcome

2 months ago

Service: I just wanted to tell you that my shellharbour U3A group had a fantastic time on our cruise yesterday.

Most are already organising another cruise in the near future.

I would suggest that at the start of cruise passengers are told where life jackets are as many asked me and it was lucky I saw then on back deck.

Product: I just wanted to tell you that my shellharbour U3A group had a fantastic time on our cruise yesterday.

Most are already organising another cruise in the near future.

I would suggest that at the start of cruise passengers are told where life jackets are as many asked me and it was lucky I saw then on back deck.

3 months ago

Service: Wonderful cruise tour;

excellent story told by the lady crew!

Product: Wonderful cruise tour;

Excellent story told by the lady crew!

3 months ago

Superb informed commentary by the young lady on the microphone.

The best harbor cruise I've ever done - because of her lucid erudite backgrounding.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Hi,

Thank you so much for your review on our Harbour Cruise, we'll make sure to pass the great feedback along! 
We always love hearing how your experiences went, so thank you for writing to us.
We appreciate it!

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

4 months ago

the accompanying explanation was great - a lot of information presented with humour

4 months ago

Service: The hospitality and commentary were great. My only criticism is the description of the premium morning tea as including savoury choices. Crackers and biscuits did not live up to our expectstiond

Product: Very ordinary savoury choices

4 months ago

The staff were friendly and helpful. The tour commenced on time. Morning tea was as expected - good. The commentary was superb - the hostess spoke for most of the tour, and we found it very informative.

We've taken overseas visitors on this tour a couple of times, and they have thoroughly enjoyed it.

We think it's an excellent way to experience Sydney Harbour - and will continue to use Captain Cook Cruises whenever we have visitors new to Sydney!

Thank you

4 months 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.

4 months ago

Professional guidance.

6 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

6 months ago

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

Product: Simply the best way to see Sydney

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