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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. More Info ...

Melbourne Cup Lunch - Tuesday 05 November 2019
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MELBOURNE CUP LUNCH CRUISE - Tuesday 6 November 2018

Melbourne Cup Lunch 
Cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000 for the race that stops a nation. Great prizes to be won including lucky door prizes, sweeps and best dressed. Download flyer

Melbourne Cup Program (subject to change):


  • Best Dressed
  • Lucky Door 


  • Race Live Broadcast


  • Sweep Winners

The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861 and won by "Archer", a horse from Nowra NSW who had walked 800km to get to the race. Archer's owner collected £170 and a gold watch. Today the winner takes home over 3 million dollars and approximately half of the horses are from overseas stables. 

Two race horses have cemented their places in the hearts of the nation. During the Great Depression, "Phar Lap" was so good that racing officials changed the rules to make the race more of a contest, with no effect. In 1930 he won the Melbourne Cup at the record low odds of 8-11 (1.73). In 2005, "Makybe Diva" became the only horse to win three Melbourne Cups, and in consecutive years. 

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86 % approval from 7 responses

4 months ago

Service: excellent service and staff.
Product: Lost my money,but still had a good day.

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

Service: Seven guests for Melbourne cup luncheon. Good experience excellent service friendly staff good food. A great atmosphere
Product: Value for money with parties good savings food and atmosphere great

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

Service: The staff were very attentive to my needs e.g. if my drinks were low they would asked if a new drink was required.
Product: The food was well prepared and tasted realy good.

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

Service: It was a very well organised cruise and it was very friendly and The Melbourne Cup day experience plus Sydney Harbour was perfect for my first time visitors.The staff were courteous and it went smoothly,having a photographer take some nice photos was a bonus.
Great way to spend almost 4hrs
Product: The overall event was memorable.

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

it took a long time for the initial drinks service - it appeared more staff were required

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

We always have a good time,
The staff are really good. Food is great
Keep up the good work

Review for Melbourne Cup Lunch

4 months ago

The MC was great. Serving staff inexperienced the wine we started with was not available for second bottle. Waitress kept trying, too hard, to upsell. Was disappointed that there was no glass of bubbles on arrival and food selection has decreased from past years.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of Captain Cook Cruises. We can assure you that our staff are trained to provide our customers devoted and efficient service. We always encourage guests to talk to the Cruise Director on board if they have any concerns, especially regarding food, drinks and service as they will be able to solve the problem immediately. Please be assured your concerns have been forwarded to our catering and hospitality manager.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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