Important Information for Your Vivid Cruise

Vivid Sydney Cruises 2024

Detailed departure information including wharf, time and boarding flag will be published on this page at least 48 hours prior to cruise departure.

General information can be found below, subject to change.

Transport to King St Wharf

  • All Vivid cruises depart from Darling Harbour King Street Wharves 1, 2 or 4
  • Directions
  • King St Wharf is an 8-minute undercover walk from Wynyard train station and bus stops
  • Wilson Parking offers special rates for our passengers at selected stations when you pre-book your parking online using promo code CC2023
  • Please note there are no Circular Quay evening departures during Vivid

Your Boarding Pass

  • Please have your Reservation Record (which includes your boarding passes) ready to present in either print or digital format
  • Your Reservation Record can be found as an attachment in your booking confirmation email

Arrival & Boarding Times

  • We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time
  • Please ensure you are ready at your appropriate boarding flag at least 15 minutes prior
  • Boarding will commence 10-30 minutes prior to departure


  • All Vivid Dinner Cruises have pre-assigned seating
  • All Vivid Lights Cruises are open seating


  • If you are travelling in a group, please do not board the vessel until all your group has arrived
  • Groups of 10 or more – group organiser to please check-in at our ticket office at King St Wharf No.1

Food & Beverages

  • Sample Dinner Cruise menus can be viewed online
  • Beverages are available for purchase on all licensed vessels (excludes Rocket Catamarans)
  • Vivid Lights Cruises - Light snacks (packet chips etc) are available for purchase

Accessibility & Bathrooms

  • The 5pm Vivid Dinner Cruise and the Vivid Lights sightseeing cruises may operate on any suitable vessel from the Sydney Harbour Captain Cook Cruises, The Jackson and Starship Sydney fleet.
  • Please note not all vessels are wheelchair accessible and the final vessel may not be confirmed until the day of departure.
  • We therefore recommend customers in wheelchairs cruise aboard our flagship Sydney 2000, seating on the expansive Ocean Deck, with wheelchair accessible bathrooms and boarding (stair access only to upper decks).
  • Available cruises during Vivid include 5pm Sunset Dinner, 7pm Vivid Dinner, 7pm Starlight Dinner, 7pm Gold Dinner and 7pm Gold Penfolds Dinner. Please contact Reservations for further details
  • If you or your guests are in a wheelchair and/or not able to negotiate stairs, please contact our Reservations department who can guide you on the best options during Vivid
  • There are wheelchair accessible public bathrooms located directly behind King St Wharf No.1 at Exchange Place on Shelley St – Google Maps Exchange Place
  • View Captain Cook Cruises accessibility information


  • Cruising Vivid Sydney is a great all-weather experience as we offer great viewing from both indoor and outdoor viewing decks. We also operate in sheltered waters making it safe and fun in all weather
  • Should changes be required due to weather conditions, advice will be displayed on the website

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