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Hopkinson Smith November 29

`Hopkinson Smith, without doubt the finest lute player in the world today.' San Francisco Chronicle

ONLY SYDNEY PERFORMANCE - FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2019

Swiss-American lutenist Hopkinson Smith has performed and given master classes throughout Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Korea and Japan. Since the mid-80’s, he has focused almost exclusively on the solo repertoires for the early plucked instrument. He is internationally recognised as the world's leading exponent of the lute.

Captain Cook Cruises is pleased to announce MV Sydney 2000 and the glittering backdrop of Sydney Harbour has been chosen as the only Sydney city venue for his 2019 Australian Tour: Mad Dog: The Elizabethan Lute, featuring Elizabethan masterpieces (1590 to 1600) by Dowland, Holborne, Johnson and more. Choose from two dining and performace options. Download flyer

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Christmas Party 15 November - 24 December

CHRISTMAS PARTY CRUISES - 15 NOVEMBER TO 24 DECEMBER 2019

A unique venue with private dining options and amazing views - make this year's Christmas Party one your crew will be raving about for years! Secure the best vessel, on the best date, at the best price with these special Christmas Party packages.

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Christmas Day December 25

CHRISTMAS DAY - WEDNESDAY 25 DECEMBER 2019

Join our family for Christmas Day, Christmas Lunch, Summer in Sydney and a spectacular cruise onboard Sydney 2000. Take in the sights from the expansive open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. Great range of options for families, singles and travellers. Download flyer

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Boxing Day December 26

BOXING DAY - THURSDAY 26 DECEMBER 2019

Boxing Day (26 December) is the day Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centered around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's greatest ocean races. Enjoy an a la carte or buffet lunch cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000, or pack a picnic and join the fun on our spectator craft. Download flyer

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New Years Eve December 31

NEW YEARS EVE - TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER 2019

The eyes of over a billion people worldwide turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, not only because we have the first major display but one of the world's best. The Harbour Bridge, city buildings, and specially selected cruise vessels feature in a fireworks, laser display and Harbour Light Parade that cascades down the harbour from Shark Island to the Parramatta River.

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Australia Day January 26

AUSTRALIA DAY - SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2020

Sydney Harbour takes centre stage for an amazing array of events on Australia Day, 26 January. The action is non-stop during the day with the iconic Ferrython, Salute to Australia 21-gun salute, RAAF fly past, helicopter flag display, Red Beret parachutes, Boat Ballet, Australia Day Parade, Tall Ships Race & Australia Day Regatta. 

In the evening, `Australia Day Live’ features a maritime extravaganza including Parade, Boat Ballet, an exciting on-water show and spectacular finale with jet skis, flyboards and a breathtaking lighting and fireworks display. Download flyer 

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Sydney SailGP 2020 Spectator Boats February 28-29

SYDNEY SAILGP 2020 

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 February 2020

The countdown is on for season two! The world's fastest and most exhilarating sail racing returns to Sydney Harbour over two heart-pumping days in February 2020. An international league will race identical supercharged F50 catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier. 

Official On-water Spectator Boats

SailGP has partnered exclusively with Captain Cook Cruises again in 2020 to deliver the official on-water fan experiences. All Official Spectator Boats have exclusive viewing positions inside the public exclusion zone, plus live race commentary.

Secure the ultimate experience with an On-Water Go Premium pass onboard super cruiser Sydney 2000 including buffet dining, premium beer, wine and soft drinks plus spectacular viewing over four decks. Or get onboard with an On-Water Go pass and bring your own snacks on fan-centric cruising catamarans.

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Seniors Festival February 12-23

NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL CRUISES - 12 TO 23 FEBRUARY 2020

NSW Seniors Festival is the largest celebration for people over 60 in the southern hemisphere. Captain Cook Cruises is proud to support this event annually with special seniors cruises. Download flyer

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Family Fun Year Round

YEAR-ROUND FAMILY FUN

There is so much to see and do on Sydney Harbour for families! With great savings on ferry and attraction combos to child-friendly menus on dining cruises, there's plenty of options to please the entire family. Make sure you check out the Family Bonus on selected cruises - one child cruises FREE per full-fare paying adult!

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Cruise for Free Year Round

The team at Captain Cook Sydney have a passion for cruising, and enjoy both seeing and hearing about passenger experiences. Every week there are a number of great prizes up for grabs - simply share your love of our beautiful harbour to be in the running, or join our Captains Club for exclusive offers and a free cruise on your birthday.

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Darling Harbour Events Year Round

Darling Harbour is a vibrant waterfront Sydney hub, hosting a myriad of great festivals and activities all year round. Every season boasts major events like New Years Eve, Australia Day and Chinese New Year to cultural festivals, celebrations such as "Fiesta", "Santa Fest" and 'Month of Love", plus regular weekend Harbourside Fireworks.

Upcoming Events

  • Fireworks Saturdays in November
  • Melbourne Cup 05 November 
  • Christmas 12 November to 25 December

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Happy to Help Every Friday

Captain Cook Cruises is a proud supporter of a wide range of community fundraising events and activities including hosting the the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove breakfast meetings every Friday.

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Past Events & Partnerships

Turn Sydney Harbour Pink - 2016, 2014 & 2013

Special cruises in support of the McGrath Foundation which raises money to place Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as increasing breast awareness in young people.

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife 

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the charity partner of Australia’s National Parks. They are a non-government organisation with a mission to protect Australia’s ecosystems and native wildlife for generations to come. FNPW funds projects that support the permanent preservation of Australia’s unique natural environment. Since its founding in 1970, FNPW has funded over 600 scientifically-based Australian conservation programs. Find out more.

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School Holiday Fun December 21 - January 27

NSW SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - 21 DECEMBER TO 27 JANUARY

Sydney Harbour has so much to see and do for the kids during school holidays. Jump on a rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Sydney Tower Eye, Manly, Luna Park, Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Fantastic value ferry and attraction entry passes, 2 day passes, child-friendly menus, plus kids cruise FREE selected cruises.

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Chinese New Year Festival January 2020

SYDNEY LUNAR FESTIVAL 

2019 is the year or the Pig and the City of Sydney hosted a wonderful program of Chinese New Year events to celebrate, including events like the Lunar Lanterns trail, Festival Markets, and the largest Dragon Boat races in the southern hemisphere. In 2020 we celebrate the year of the Rat!

Sydney Lunar Festival 2020
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Valentines Day February 14

VALENTINE'S DAY

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, and be seduced by the spectacular beauty of Sydney Harbour. By day sip champagne as some of the world's most beautiful bays and beaches glide by. In the evening discover the magic that is Sydney by night. Choose from our great range of Valentines dinner and lunch cruises that will impress from the moment you arrive. 

Valentine's Day Cruises 2020
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Earth Hour March

EARTH HOUR

Over a billion people from seven continents, 150 nations around the world turn participate in Earth Hour each March. Show your support, turn off your lights at home and join us on Sydney Harbour for dinner. View the lights go out in Sydney between 8.30pm & 9.30pm and weather permitting you may even see the stars come out to play!

Earth Hour 2020
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Mothers Day May 12

MOTHER'S DAY

The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day, one of our favourite days of the year. The challenge lies in where to spend it - at Nan's, Grandma's or Mum's place, or in the traffic going from one place to the next. Spoil all the mums in your life onboard one of our cruises this Mother's Day. 

Mother's Day Cruises 2020
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Christmas in July July

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Winter is a magical time on Sydney Harbour. Grab your yuletide cheer and join us on a special Christmas in July Lunch Cruise for traditional northern hemisphere wintry treats. More Info ...

Christmas in July 2020 
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Vivid Sydney Festival May - June

VIVID SYDNEY CRUISES - 22 MAY TO 13 JUNE 2020*

Vivid Sydney is the largest outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere with 'lights on' nightly from 6.00pm. This world famous festival invites aspiring artists from around the globe to put their best and brightest creative concepts on show, with Sydney Harbour as the centrepiece. Choose from a great range of cruising options from the family-friendly Vivid Lights cruise to the prestigious Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise. Download flyer

Official Partner - Vivid Sydney `Harbour Lights'
Be part of Vivid Sydney and dine aboard MV Sydney 2000 displaying the official `Vivid Sydney' lighting installation or MV John Cadman with the ‘#ilovesydney’ installation. Both vessels travel through a spectrum of light as they cruise the Vivid Sydney Harbour precincts.

*Vivid Sydney 2020 dates to be confirmed.

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Fathers Day September

FATHER'S DAY

The first Sunday of Spring is Father’s Day in Australia. It’s a special day to show our appreciation for the fathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law, foster fathers and father figures in our lives. Spoil him with a special RIB-N-ALE Gold Lunch or Sunset Dinner & Drinks, or take in the sights over a leisurely Long Lunch or Buffet.

Father's Day Cruises 2020
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Grandparents Day October

GRANDPARENT'S DAY

The last Sunday of October marks Grandparents Day in Australia. It’s a special day to show our appreciation for the contribution Grandparents and older people make to our lives and community. Join us for a special lunch or high tea cruise to celebrate.

Grandparent's Day Cruises 2020
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Melbourne Cup November 3

MELBOURNE CUP LUNCH

Get that winning feeling and celebrate the race that stops the nation aboard Sydney's thoroughbred cruise ship MV Sydney 2000. The Melbourne Cup Lunch cruise will get you to the winners circle in style with premium 3 course dining and all the action of race day live from the lounge plus race sweeps, best dressed and lucky door prizes to be won. Secure your seats now and join all the fun on the first Tuesday in November.

Melbourne Cup Lunch Cruise 2020
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Biennale March 14 - June 8

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY

Held every two years, Biennale of Sydney is the largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event in the Asia Pacific region. Presented free to the public, the 21st Biennale of Sydney in 2018 showcased works by 70 artists from over 25 countries at major venues, including Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, and Cockatoo Island. See More Info below ...

Biennale of Sydney - 14 March - 08 June 2020
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