SeaLife Aquarium & Whale Watching Cruise

Inclusions

  • SeaLife Aquarium entry at Darling Harbour 
  • One-way rocket ferry to Circular Quay from Darling Harbour
  • Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise
  • See Humpbacks & the occasional Southern Right whale
  • Whale Guarantee - see a whale or cruise again for FREE*
  • Cruise commentary
  • Return cruise to Circular Quay

Need to know

Timetable

 

Departs Daily 19 May - 31 Oct 2018  
Rocket Ferry to Circular Quay Depart Darling Harbour Pier 26 - 11.40am, 11:55am or 12.40pm
Whale Watching Cruise  Depart Circular Quay Wharf No.6 - 1.30pm
Disembark Circular Quay - 4.15pm

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Combine two amazing Sydney experiences with this cruise & attraction package. Spend the morning exploring SeaLife Aquarium at Darling Harbour, jump on a one-way rocket ferry to Circular Quay, then venture outside Sydney Harbour for an afternoon Whale Watching cruise during the annual migration. More Info ...

Whale Watching Cruises 19 May to 31 October 2018

SeaLife Aquarium & Whale Watching Combo - 19 May to 31 October 2018

Includes:

  • Entry to SeaLife Aquarium at Darling Harbour
  • Rocket ferry to Circular Quay from Darling Harbour (departing approx every 45 minutes)
  • Whale Watching Cruise departing Circular Quay Wharf 6 (1.30pm)
  • Disembarking Circular Quay (4.15pm)
  • All travel must be completed on the same day

Typical whale behaviour includes: Breaching, Spy Hop, Pectoral Fin Extension, Tail Slapping, Peduncle Slap, Tail Cocking, Tail Slash and Tail Swish, Pectoral Stroking and Pec Slapping all of which are explained on our About Whales - Whale Watching Guide.

Whale Watching Cruise

  • What to bring
    • This is an open water cruise and you will experience sea motion. We recommend you eat lightly before and during the cruise. Travel sickness tablets are generally most effective if taken prior to the cruise. Selection of soft drinks and snacks available for purchase onboard, subject to change. Please dress according to the weather - it will often feel colder at sea. 
  • Whale Guarantee*
    • We have a 95%+ success rate. The Whale Guaranteed applies when a whale is not sighted during your cruise. Cruise again in the same season for free on Standby Basis confirmed 24 hours prior subject to availability
  • Reconfirmation & Cancellation
    • As this is an open water cruise, names of all passengers and their individual contact details are required for each passenger. Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather & other operational requirements. Please ring (02) 8062 3623 from 7.15am on the day of your cruise for the latest information. If the whale watching cruise is cancelled, the total SeaLife Aquarium & Whale Watching package is cancelled. If your cruise is cancelled by us passengers may (1) rebook another for another date during the current season or (2) seek a refund from the original place of purchase or (3) a credit can be made with Captain Cook Cruises towards another cruise within 12 months of original date of travel. If purchased through an agent, please refer to the agent’s terms &conditions. 

Passengers must complete a Contact Information form prior to cruising in case of emergency - download the form here & return by email to [email protected] once you have made your booking.

Cruise operates subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.

This Week's Predicted Comfort Levels & Weather
Waves, swell, winds & visibility can be very different outside the Harbour.

Daily Whale Sightings

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IMPORTANT

  • All travel must be completed on the same day
  • Valid for afternoon Whale Watching departure only
  • Special reconfirmation and cancellation conditions apply to Whale Watching Cruises
  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Limited commission applies
  • Details subject to change

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

YOUR SAY CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Congratulations on an excellent luncheon. My family and myself enjoyed the day immensely. Denise Gilbank

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95 % approval from 56 responses

Date
Rating
2 days ago
5/5

Service: Had two cruises both professional and well run, delivered what was promised
Product: Went very well, was well run

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
4/5

Very professional & courteous staff

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
4/5

A very enjoyable whale watching cruise to see the beautiful creatures of the ocean.
There was a high swell but the crew were excellent. Gave great advice and help when required.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 days ago
5/5

Informative and cautious

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
5/5

Great experience. Spotted couple of whales around 4-5 times. Great crew and Captain, they were waiting to show us the whales patiently.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

2 days ago
5/5

Service: Excellent experience with captain Cook cruises. We did the whale watching morning cruise and saw 3 humpbacks and even a little baby whale! Would recommend this to my friends.
Product: We got what we paid for: close-up whale watching!

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 days ago
4/5

Service: Friendly and informative commentary.
Skipper's focus on finding whales appreciated.
Boat handled swell effectively.
Product: Whales were not too playful on the day - not the fault of Captain Cook Tours

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 days ago
5/5

lovely trip

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 days ago
5/5

amazing trip and nice crew

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

4 days ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was excellently conducted. The information shared by the crew was extremely helpful, interesting.
Product: Excellent tour, interesting conversations, facts and trivia shared by the tour crew.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 week ago
2/5

Service: A little over crowded on rear deck and not enough deck space. Would be better on a top deck boat where you can move freely.
Product: The prices vary from different operators for the same experience from $39 to $85?

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 week ago
4/5

Service: It was a very pleasant Whale watching cruise the boat was clean and modern
Product: easy to book online and obtain tickets on the day

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 week ago
5/5

the whale watch cruise was awesome, great day all round.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 week ago
5/5

It was a good day, we saw 5 whales not too far away. The MC on the boat was very informative about whales and Sydney

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Great
Product: Great experience and experienced staff

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
2/5

Service: The ship was a bit small and I could not see the whales because of the many people that were gathering on the the boats sides.
I also felt that the moderator was talking too much
Product: good and easy but too many documents to feel/

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was excellent and so were the staff, controling non english speaking passengers is not easy especially when they pretend not to understand however your staf were great and firm
Product: Very easy to navigate the website

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

very good service and entertainment! :)

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Definitely would go again, was amazing!
Product: Absolutely magnificent!
Definitely would go again.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: yes Would buy again.
It is a wonderful trip to take visitors on.
Product: Very surprised no water fountain on board 2-50 for a small bottle of water is outrageous.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
4/5

Team members were very attentive and the cruise itself is of a very adequate length. We’ve spotted many humpbacks and moreover got to know some interesting facts about them. The only thing is that the boat was pretty crowded so it was hard to find a good watching spot.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Boat ride was nice. We did see whales although they did not come out of the water too much.
Product: I think the price was affordable

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Well organised. Good presenter on the boat. All round good experience. Would highly recommend it.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

We were so lucky to have a great day and see some whales in the ocean. Everyone was happy.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Very well organised. Excellent commentary.
Product: Amazing! Well organised and excellent commentary

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Problem-free from start to finish, with very knowledgable whale expert on board. We had a great day!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

excellent commentary aboard the vessel and passionate crew that ensured we had the best views at all times. Fabulous experience!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Brilliant Day out

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

The Whales put on a great show, the commentary was interesting, fun and well delivered. Other crew were pleasant and engaging and the boat was very comfortable.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 weeks ago
5/5

Wonderful crew and really value for money! If the relevant time table can be clearer instead of having to go through the whole webpage to look for it is provided would be even better!

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: The tour was outstanding. The host was very knowledgeable but did not stop talking....so any whale footage I have had her talking which kinda ruins it.
Product: Excellent. Everyone in my group loved it

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Wonderful day out watching the whales they were literally in sight for the full 2 hours breaching and playing. Best thing ive ever witnessed.
Product: Best day out! the whales put on a show for the full 2 hours was magic best thing ive witnessed.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 weeks ago
5/5

Captain, crew and presenter were very friendly and only too willing to answer any questions. Would like to go on this again.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The commentary was second to none. Excellent commentary and excellent navigation skills from the captain (and crew) to achieve our goal of seeing quite a number of whales. Well done to all the crew.
Product: Absolute value for money. A tick on the bucket list but will do it again.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 weeks ago
5/5

Great value for money for a full day out. Friendly knowledgable staff.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

3 weeks ago
5/5

Really enjoyed our cruise with captain cook and were very lucky to see lots of whales that day ... would highly recommend.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: Opp
Product: Aaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaausjehjej

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

The team was really nice and professional!
It was magic to see whales!

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 weeks ago
1/5

Service: Incessant uneducated commentary that did not stop for even 1 minute so we could enjoy the view with a mic that was distorting and a man that did not finish high school
Product: Terrible terrible terrible contamination narration throughout that did not stop

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruise experience. Our Whale Cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our hospitality manager for review.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

On time. Staff attitude dynamic and flexible meant all i bought were dealt with very well and all saw whales. We had awesome weather which was lucky but highly recommend the CC service.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The guide was amazing, really funny and provided a lot of information and just made the entire trip enjoyable. All the crew were really friendly. Highly recommend great day out :)
Product: Good value and great experience :)

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

It was a nice trip with a friendly crew. We saw whales very closely .

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

4 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Friendly and helpful staff
Product: Easy and customer friendly website

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: excellent staff, very friendly and great commentary on the cruise
Product: Great value for money, saw plenty of whales and very informative commentary along the way

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Belle expérience

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Pity you needed a ticket . SO often these days we are asked to download our ticket. So many people were int eh queue only to be told their downloaded ticket was not sufficient - they had to leave the queue, go to the ticket office, then go back to queue. Thankfully I had forgotten our tickets, so had already been to the ticket office.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

good job

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The crew were very helpful and informative.
Product: Helpful pleasant crew. Well presented craft and crew.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

It was an amazing tour. The guides were very friendly. I will suggest everyone use this service.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: On time and the description was accurate.
Product: We watched whales, as they promised, and departed on time, which I always appreciate. I would only recommend to be more emphatic on costumers taking sea sickness pills, I saw a lot pucking (that's not company's fault, it's visitors')

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: it was good
Product: good....................................

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

good commentary, spacious steady ship.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Good clear communication, attention to safety issues, informative commentary.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The people were friendly and informative. A great sense of humour.
Product: Great experience, very informative.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: We went on the tour without much expectation of seeing Whales in the open water. We ended up with an amazing experience seeing 5 whales for a period of hour or more. The cruise personnel are very professional and friendly. We recommended it.
Product: Friendly and professional staff.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Fantastic trip. Guide was interesting and very knowledgeable.
Product: Awesome trip! Cant wait for next season

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

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