Captain Cook Cruises is Australia's largest and most experienced small ship
operators offering unique cruising experiences on Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef
off the Queensland coast, the Murray River in South Australia, and the Yasawa and Mamanuca
Islands off Fiji. Founded in 1970 in Sydney, Captain Cook Cruises operates a multi-million
dollar fleet of purpose built vessels offering superb facilities.
The company has won countless
tourism awards and its founder and chairman, Captain Trevor Howarth, has long been a
leading figure in Australia's tourism industry. Its skippers and crews are highly trained
and vastly experienced. Captain Cook's Australian and Fiji vessels are locally registered
and meet stringent passenger safety standards which apply in both countries.
Captain Cook's Sydney fleet of
10 vessels, led by the 700-passenger flagship MV Sydney 2000 has a total sightseeing
capacity of almost 3000 passengers. The vessels operate a daily program of nine
sightseeing and dinner cruises totaling 20 departures as well as a busy schedule of
They have carried royalty, heads of state, and countless thousands of satisfied tourists
on journeys around the world's most beautiful harbour.
Captain Cook specialises in areas of exceptional
beauty and interest, giving passengers a real insight into the nature, history and culture
of the waterways its ships cover. Its accommodated cruises provide quality cabins, gourmet
food, superb facilities and a wide range of excursions and activities to make the most of
the area visited.
Captain Cook Cruises offers a
superb range of sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises of Sydney Harbour, for many the
world's most beautiful harbour. Captain Cook has been cruising this magnificent waterway
for 28 years and its skippers know every bay and inlet. It has nine modern vessels ranging
from the brand new MV Sydney 2000 to the deluxe sailing catamaran Sydney Crystal.
Sydney 2000 can carry 700
passengers on a sightseeing trip, Sydney Crystal 70. Four of its cruise vessels carry 400
Sightseeing cruises range from a
one hour excursion featuring Darling Harbour and the Sydney Aquarium to a 2 hour 20 minute
coffee cruises which covers almost the whole of the harbour and wanders far into its main
northern tributary Middle Harbour. This is a superb way to explore Sydney from the water
as you sail from the towering city buildings surrounding Circular Quay past exclusive
harbourside suburbs, delightful beaches and long stretches of bushland reserves.
Shorter cruises explore the
northern and southern shores of the main harbour providing stunning views of the city and
North Sydney, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison and islands in the
harbour and many of Sydney's important sites and buildings. The harbour is a photographers
MV Sydney 2000 operates
lunchtime buffet and two a la carte dinner cruises daily, one at 5.15pm for early diners
and people booked to attend a performance at the Opera House, another at 7.30pm which
includes entertainment. The early cruise stops at the Opera House so you can disembark if
you wish. Relax over a gourmet meal with fine wine and enjoy the sunset or the sparkling
city lights. Sydney 2000 has three self-contained dining decks, each with its own bar, and
five private dining rooms.
All cruises depart daily from
and return to No.6 Wharf at Circular Quay. There are bars on all vessels. Unless stated
otherwise drinks are at your expense. All daylight sightseeing cruises include expert
||Departs 10.00am and 2.15pm. This is Captain
Cook's longest sightseeing cruise at 2 hours 20 minutes. The itinerary includes the whole
of Sydney Harbour east of the Harbour Bridge to South Head and north into Middle Harbour
to Castlecrag. Morning or afternoon coffee or tea is included.
||Departs 12.30pm and takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
The cruise covers the main part of Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay east to Rose Bay, the
lower North Shore, and west under the Harbour Bridge to about Cockatoo Island before
returning. It includes a delicious buffet lunch.
|Departs 9.30am, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 4.00pm and
5.30pm. The cruises take 1 hour 15 minutes except for the 5.30pm departure which is 1 hour
30 minutes. The itinerary covers all major points of interest of the main harbour east of
the Harbour Bridge to Rose Bay.
||Departs 5.30pm and takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
The cruise covers the main points of interest in the main harbour between the Harbour
Bridge and Rose Bay. This is an ideal way to enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the harbour and,
in autumn (fall) and winter, watch the sun set on one of the world's most beautiful
|Departs 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
The full circuit takes two hours. This cruise stops at The Rocks, the Sydney Opera House,
Watson's Bay (famous for its seafood restaurants), Taronga Park Zoo (one of the best in
the world with stunning harbour views) and Darling Harbour. Apart from passengers on the
5.30pm departure, you can leave your vessel anywhere on route and rejoin the next one.
It's a delightful way to visit up to three major attractions in a day.
|Sunset Dinner Cruise:
||Departs 5.15 pm and takes 1 hour 45 minutes.
Champagne, canapes and a two-course dinner with wine is included. The cruise covers the
main harbour from the Harbour Bridge to Rose Bay, stopping at the Sydney Opera House on
its return journey in plenty of time for guests attending evening performances.
|Departs 7.30pm and takes 2 hours 30 minutes.
Entertainment is provided by the John Cadman Trio. This cruise covers the main harbour and
shows you the magic of Sydney by night. Alternatively you can choose Opera Afloat with
leading Australian singers performing favourite operatic arias. A three course a la carte
dinner, music and dancing is included. Wine and drinks are at your expense.