Sydney to Hobart Club Deck Lunch

Experience the excitement of one of the world's great ocean races from Club Deck of MV Sydney 2000. Enjoy a special seafood buffet lunch and drinks and see the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race departing Sydney for Hobart. 

Sample itinerary

  • Race start time 1.00pm
  • Cruise departs 10.30am Darling Harbour, King St Wharf No.1
  • Cruise to the eastern suburbs, anchoring approx. 11.00am
  • Vessel will be anchored at Parsley Bay between Watsons Bay and Nielson Park to see the vessels race to the Heads between approx. 11.00am and 2.00pm
  • Cruise back to the city
  • Disembark approx. 2.15pm

Children Under 18 Years
Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all dining cruises.


Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy


  • Cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000
  • Popular Club Deck individual table seating
  • Special seafood buffet plus a full range of non-seafood & vegetarian dishes, dessert & cheeses
  • Superior wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Commentary provided plus TV's on each deck

Need to know

  • Boxing Day - Thursday 26 December 2019
  • Adult $179, Child (4-15 years) $99
  • Race start time 1.00pm
  • The vessel will be anchored approx 11.00am - 2.00pm
    - See More Info for sample itinerary
  • Special Event conditions
  • Download flyer
  • Credit Card Fraud Prevention
    - At check-in you will be required to present the credit card used to purchase your cruise online


Departs Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1
Thursday 26 December 2019   Departs 10.30am. Disembark approx. 2.15pm

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95 % approval from 19 responses

11 months ago

Service: I would book Captain Cook cruises again
Product: Very relaxed and fun for everyone

11 months ago

Service: Great day - everything was first class and staff were always there to help.
Amenities were great.
Product: quality and variety was superb.

11 months ago

Service: After consulting Captain Cook Cruises, we booked the Boxing Day Club Deck Lunch Cruise on the MV Sydney 2000 for our elderly parents (91 & 84 years old – both reasonably mobile with some assistance). Although boarding was a little delayed with many elderly patrons standing out in the very hot sun, we were impressed with the excellent manner in which we were all treated. Our small party boarded first so the oldies could traverse the stairs up to Club level. The table chosen allowed parking of a walker. The steward and table staff were courteous and attentive throughout – constantly checking to ensure everything was in order. The oldies had a fantastic time - we all did; thanks to the crew and staff of Captain Cook Cruises. Wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
Product: Food and drinks were excellent; served by very attentive staff. Couldn't fault it.

11 months ago

Service: Lovely seafood buffet lunch.
Delightful staff
Product: No complaints.
It was a wonderful cruise,
Seafood buffet lunch with wine
Morning tea with cakes

11 months ago

Service: Great food, great crew, comfortable boat!
Product: Great food, great crew, comfortable boat!

11 months ago

Service and staff so helpful and friendly..very excellent..enjoyed the history lesson about the Sydney/Hobart boat race..

11 months ago

Service: Service on board was v good, staff all pleasant and well presented.
Product: No one is perfect. My only complaint was the waiting time prior to boarding.

11 months ago

Service: Boxing Day cruise was awesome absolutely loved it. food was great, service was great.
Product: Clkub Deck was great, great beer, wines and food

11 months ago

Service: Fabulous day on the water and great food and excellent service
Product: Staff were excellent, very attentive

11 months ago

We have taken many cruises with Captain Cook on the “Sydney 2000” over the years including Australia Day, lunches, dinners & sightseeing with overseas visitors & have always really enjoyed our experiences. We also took the 2015 Boxing Day lunch cruise with family & were very pleased with every aspect of the event especially the position of the ship at the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
We expected the same would apply when we travelled on the 2018 Boxing Day lunch cruise however there were some disappointments. We do not understand why there was such a delay in allowing so many people queuing in the heat to board the vessel which resulted in the cruise starting 15 minutes late.
Once on board we enjoyed the morning tea & lunch. The food was plentiful although the very long queues to get to the buffet were annoying but understandable due to there being so many people on the ship. The selection of drinks were very good & the wait staff were very friendly & efficient.
Our biggest disappointment was the positioning of the ship for the start of the race, it was so far away from the action & there was no excitement or atmosphere that we experienced on the 2015 cruise. Seeing the start of the race was the main purpose of us being on the cruise & we felt we missed out due to such a distant view.
We have reread the flyer & it does state that the ship would be anchored at Parsley Bay between Watsons Bay and Neilson Park. We now know where that is but perhaps it should be made clearer that the view for the start of the race will be distant.
Sydney Harbour is always beautiful to cruise & we will continue to have our special days doing so, most probably with Captain Cook. Any future Boxing Day/Sydney to Hobart yacht race cruises however will be with another company.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. We always endeavour to provide all information regarding our cruises so that customers can make an educated selection regarding their choice of cruise. We also offer cruises that follow the race to get customers as close to the action as possible within safety regulations and jurisdiction, which are usually the preferred choice for race enthusiasts. As you know we value customer feedback, so please be assured your comments were forwarded to the relevant managers on this matter.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

11 months ago

Service: The service was excellent. Staff very helpful.
Product: Value for money. Food & beverage selection was great.

11 months ago

Service: Staff were very attentive and helpful
Product: excellent experience- we had a great time

11 months ago

Service: I have been on many Boxing Day cruises and this was definitely the best. Service by crew was excellent, great food and spectacular view of the race.
Product: Purchased online with no problem. Follow up emails were responded to promptly

11 months ago

The staff were very attentive

11 months ago

Service: Yes
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