Vivid 5pm Dinner & Drinks

Inclusions

  • Cruise aboard "Vivid Sydney" MV Sydney 2000
  • 3-course Contemporary Australian set menu
  • Includes Standard bar package
  • See the lights of Vivid turn on from the water (approx. 6pm)
  • UPGRADE to the premium Sunset Dinner
    - Includes a la carte dining & drinks 

Need to know

  • Nightly during Vivid 25 May - 16 June 2018
  • Vivid Peak Nights
    - 25-27 May 2018
    - 01-03, 08-11 & 15-16 June 2018
  • Vivid Non-Peak Nights
    - 28-31 May 2018
    - 04-07 & 12-14 June 2018
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  • Special Event conditions
  • Credit Card Fraud Prevention
    - At check-in you will be required to present the credit card used to purchase your cruise online

Timetable

Departs Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1
Nightly during Vivid 25 May - 16 June 2018 5.00pm. Disembark 6.30pm

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Our popular early dinner option offers front row seats to “lights on” every evening at 6.00pm.  Cruise aboard Vivid Sydney vessel MV Sydney 2000 including contemporary Australian dining and drinks. This 1½ hour cruise is a favourite with families and those eager for an after dinner wander along the Vivid Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Highlights 25 May to 16 June 2018

2018 Vivid Light - more than 60 interactive light installations from 6.00pm to 11.00pm daily. 

Sydney Harbour Bridge - Eora-Dark Emu projection & Harbour Lights
Sydney Opera House - Metamathemagical 
Museum Contemporary Art Australia - Light projections
Customs House - Snugglepot & Cuddlepie
Darling Harbour - 'Ocean Fantastic'
Barangaroo - Experience the art of puppetry 
Royal Botanic Gardens - 3D Projections an enchanted,nocturnal environment made up of LED lights
Taronga Zoo - Lights for the Wild light sculptures 
Chatswood - NASA 360-degree projection 
Kings Cross - Vivid KX will see the Coca-Cola LED billboard light up in vibrant colours for the first time in 40 years
Vivid Music & Modulations @ the Carriageworks
Vivid Ideas Exchange @ the MCA
Vivid Live @ the Sydney Opera House

The Vivid festival includes the NSW June long weekend.

Dress: We recommend Smart Casual.

Special Diet? Please visit our Menus page for information or Contact Us. Download vegetarian menu or child menu for the Vivid 5pm Dinner Cruise.

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

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Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy

Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Other Options

Vivid 5pm Sunset Dinner & Drinks

Cruise aboard Vivid Sydney vessel MV Sydney 2000 including contemporary Australian dining with a choice of mains and desserts, plus house still, sparkling wines, beer and soft drinks. This 1½ hour cruise is a popular with early diners and those eager to see the lights of Vivid Sydney turn on every evening at 6.00pm. More Info ...

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Vivid 7.30pm Dinner & Drinks

Amazing value, cruising aboard the aboard "Vivid Sydney" MV Sydney 2000., enjoying three-course dining and an open bar of house still and sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the best vantage point - Sydney Harbour. Disembark at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid 7.30pm Captains Dinner

Our signature a la carte dining experience. The Vivid Captain's Dinner includes three-course contemporary Australian dining, great live music and dancing and a comprehensive list of wines available for purchase. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Sydney lights from the best vantage point - aboard "Vivid Sydney" MV Sydney 2000.  Disembark at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid 7.30pm Gold Penfolds Dinner & Drinks

When first and last impressions count, the Vivid Gold Penfolds Dinner will tick every box  Priority boarding, Sky Deck seating, live music, five-course degustation dining and Penfolds selection of private bin and vintage wines to complement each course, all accompanied by the spectacular back drop of Vivid Sydney. Disembark at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 5.45pm

Secure your seats now for the best deals. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water. This special Vivid Lights cruise departs at 5.45pm on selected dates, in time to see the lights turn on (normally 6.00pm). Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 6.15pm

Secure your seats now for the best deals. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water. This special Vivid Lights cruise departs at 6.15pm on selected dates. Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 6.45pm

Secure your seats now for the best deals and experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water. This special cruise departs at 6.45pm nightly during Vivid. Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 7pm

Book now to secure the best fares. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water on this special cruise departing Darling Harbour 7.00pm on selected dates. Disembark at Darling Harbour and stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 8pm

Secure your seats now for the best deals. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water on this special Vivid Lights cruise departing every night at 8.00pm during Vivid. Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 8.15pm

Book early to secure the best deals. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water aboard this special Vivid Lights cruise departing at 8.15pm on selected dates. Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Lights 9.15pm

Secure your seats now for the best deals. Experience the full canvas of Vivid Lights from the water aboard this special Vivid Lights cruise departing 9.15pm on selected dates. Disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the anticipated Vivid Light Walk. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 5.45pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard "the Little Red Vivid Rocket." The Vivid Loop departs every 30 minutes from 5.45pm on Saturday nights. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 6.15pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard "the Little Red Vivid Rocket." The Vivid Loop departs 6.15pm on selected dates. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 6.45pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard "the Little Red Vivid Rocket." The Vivid Loop departs 6.45pm on selected dates. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 7.15pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard the "the Little Red Vivid Rocket." The Vivid Loop Cruise departs 7.15pm on selected dates. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 7.45pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard "the Little Red Vivid Rocket." Departing 7.45pm on selected dates. More Info ...

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Vivid Loop 8.15pm

Experience Vivid Lights from the water including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens, aboard "the Little Red Vivid Rocket". Departs 8.15pm on selected dates. More Info ...

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94 % approval from 51 responses

Date
Rating
3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Mediocre food, and directions were not clear which harbor to go to it said to check in at circular quay but the boat was in darling harbor and we had to rush over really quickly to catch the cruise
Product: We bought our tickets ahead of time and the day of the tour there were signs around promoting the tour with the same company for cheaper

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Vivid Dinner experience. We always try to prepare and present our food to the highest standards and we are disappointed to read that this was not up to your standards. Our Vivid cruises departed from Darling Harbour, as wa s listed on our website and signage around Circular Quay. Our staff are always happy to insist with any inquiries that you may have. The price reflects the supply and demand of the product. The pricing reflects the guarantee of your booking, which assures you of your place onboard our cruise, as selected days and times are often sold out during this event.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

it was easy to reach the cruise from king street wharf and on arrival we were quickly seated at a window to view vivid. meal service was quick and the staff were pleasant

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
4/5

Yes I would we loved our seats and the meal was good staff need to better trained had water spilled over me

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
4/5

Service: Very enjoyable,delightful food ,top service.
Product: Just right,nice food,I dont drink, but service was still bewt

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Everything from boarding to disembarking was perfect. My gluten-free meal was delicious. The dessert was probably the only low point.
Product: Meal was excellent, except for dessert, which we moticed mist people only partially ate. Drinks great!

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Great experience, lovely staff and service.
Have recommended your cruise to other colleagues

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
2/5

Service: I was very disappointed that we saw so little of the Vivid Lights,that was my main reason for going on the cruise, i have Arthritis in my hips and find it difficult walking a lot, the meal was nice and our waiter Tobias was very attentive, i wondered why we did not go into Farm Cove to view the lights from the Botanic Gardens,we stopped at a wharf in Circular Quay(why i do not know) i felt the time spent here could have taken us into Farm Cove instead.
Product: Won't go again, didn't see enough Lights

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Vivid Cruise. Whilst we enjoyed and admired Vivid Sydney’s amazing displays for the 10th year celebrations and try to present this in the best way possible to all our passengers, we unfortunately do not have any control of this. This is a government run program that we do not have any input into. Our cruise stopped at Circular Quay give our passengers the option to disembark and to give all passengers an unobstructed, 360-degree, panoramic view of the full canvas of lights within the Circular Quay precinct.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service was amazing. Food was way better than expected. And the highlight was going to the outdoor balconies when they opened them up for the best vivid views! Would do again, highly recommend

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service from all of the staff, very friendly and efficient. I also appreciate the effort taken by the dining room staff to cater to my need for a totally gluten free diet, very much appreciated.
Product: Excellent dinner, service by staff, and attention to my need for gluten free dinner

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Yes, would easily recommend, everything was so good, a very memorable experience for us, definitely the best way to do Vivid.
Product: Great Service, Great Food, beautiful experience.

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Everything was superb. The food was divine, the boat lovely and clean. I made a point of speaking to the manager on the night because our waiter was first class. He looked after us so well.
Product: Well worth every cent. A fantastic night.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Well having been on your cruises over the years the service is still top class.
Product: the meals were great and the wine was something else

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Vivid cruise departing at 5pm was great for little people - dinner was nice, views amazing!

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: very attentive staff and spacious environment.
Product: Lovely food and plenty of drink

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Yes
Product: Meal was better than we anticipated. Drinks good.

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Loved the cruise and the meal was great! Would recommend the 5pm departure, after that the lines are long...
Product: Great, would recommend!!!

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Superb service with flavorsome and innovative food for dinner. The cruise into the Circular Quay basin provided a unique opportunity fo be amazing by the VIVID light shows.
All-in-all a highly memorable experience.
Product: All comments previously provided

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Total overall service was very high and professional.
Product: Felt a little rushed and would have been a little nicer to spread the time out.

Review for Vivid Dinner and Drinks 5pm

2 months ago
4/5

Service: Excellent service and great night out
Product: Beautiful views of harbour and lights opera house

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Fast, efficient and friendly service. Good value for money.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Easy to book. staff were all fabulous
Product: Food was beautiful. We had a window seat that ensured great views

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Lovely food and fantastic service. Thank you for the wonderful evening.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The staff were very good. Attentive and professional
Product: Comfortable relaxed setting with lovely surroundings

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Staff were very helpful and courteous. Meal was lovely, dining room good and not overcrowded with room to move between tables. We enjoyed the experience and being able to see the Vivid installations from such a comfortable and easy to see location was great.
Product: Very enjoyable experience

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
4/5

Service: Gisele the crew member that attended to us was helpful, courteous and friendly.
I notice she was o with other passengers on board as well, which tells me she is very good at her job

before boarding I made a couple of enquiries on where to board and what was included and everything was clarified/explained to me courteously and clearly.
Product: beautiful diner and drinks very appropriate for the time of the year and location

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service. Our waiter was very attentive.
Product: Food was good. Also although I was told on the wharf we didn’t have a window seat & would have to pay extra, this wasn’t the case when we boarded and were seated at a window. Thank you.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

They did everything very well and we would be happy to recommend.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
2/5

The dinner was nice the experience of Vivid was poor in comparison to previous years.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent review of our Vivid Dinner and Drinks Cruise. We were disappointed to read that you felt Vivid Sydney wasn’t to your standards. Whilst we enjoy and admire Vivid Sydney’s amazing displays for the 10th year celebrations and try to present this in the best way possible to all our passengers, we unfortunately do not have any control of this. This is a government run program that we do not have any input into. We also adhere to strict rules of operating on the harbour, which is outside our control. We apologise for this inconvenience. We agree that the great dinner makes for an enjoyable experience.


Once again thank you for your feedback.


Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent food and service

Fabulous views of harbour and Opera House showing off Vividwould
Product: Everything was perfect from beginning to end

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
4/5

Good things:
Great service & tour for Sydney Vivid festival 2018.

Challenges:
Need to improve quality of diner set, especially dessert.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was excellent as was the meal and service, but since the cruise was mainly to see the lights of Vivid Sydney it was a little disappointing as they were not turned on until 6pm (cruise started at 5pm). Would go on the later cruise if we did it again.
Product: Dinner was good, except for the entrée. Quinoa not a favourite. Chicken dish for the main was excellent. Dessert was simple but nicely presented - vanilla/chocolate cake with sauce.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Everything was great, the meal, the service, the boat it self, the light show and even the weather was good.
Product: Excellent value for money.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Once again our experience was fantastic. Boat is always on time, staff are friendly, efficient and know what they are doing. Our seats were all fantastically set. Food was great - (orange dessert maybe only 3 stars) All our guests loved it and we will be back on again soon. We love to organise a large group for the front private room. We take our kids and have a lovely family function. We even took our own music this time.
Product: WE love that the cruise is only for 1 and a half hours . Perfect time to catch up, eat and give the kids a harbour experience. Food and drinks are perfect

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Staff were really nice and welcoming - nothing was a problem - great cruise
Product: Great cruise - great time - great experience

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: I was amazed that the service was so top end; especially with so many people. We have traveled the world and this our second cruise with Captain Cook and both had excellent, happy servers.
Product: The price was really reasonable for dinner and unlimited wine.
Plus a cruise long enough to enjoy dinner without rushing.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
4/5

Although my wife and I enjoyed the evening, the food was and the harbour cruise was good, we thought that the aim of the cruise of VIVID was lost. There was not much of an emphasis on the lights and atmosphere of VIVID. A small commentary would have been good especially for OS visitors.
We also felt a little rushed in terms of dinner. The main push was cleaning up for the next group to come in and have their turn.
Your waiters were nice and friendly although they added to the send of rush. They did not come and check if we wanted extra drinks, we had to go and get some from the bar.
A suggestion may also be to add some VIVID lights on board to add to the atmospher.
Thanks

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

The service, attention and friendliness of the staff was first class. A very enjoyable Vivid Cruise. Thoroughly recommend it.

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
4/5

Service: The cruise was great the service was very good.
Product: Very enjoyable for the whole family

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The crew are very helpful and friendly and provided a very good service
Product: Lovely meal and very cooperative and friendly staff

Review for VIVID 5PM DINNER + DRINKS

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Efficient entry. Friendly staff. Champagne and wine and 3 course meal plus cruise for Vivid was good value. Clean ship.
Would book again and have told many people how impressive it was.
Product: See previous comment. Impressive.

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