Perfect Way to Enjoy Sydney Harbor | Captain Cook Cruise ReviewMarch 22, 2016
It isn’t until you (put on a Versatile Cocktail Dress and) set sail on one of the big (cruise) vessels that you can truly appreciate the beauty and vastness that is 149 miles of Sydney shoreline. Sydney harbor is deemed to be one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world, and we soooo agree!
One of the many highlights of our 2-weeks vacation (to celebrate our Fabulous Five) in Australia was cruising along this very impressive Sydney harbor on a warm sunny day! It was a perfect way to enjoy all the sights along the harbor and also learn a bit about the country’s history that’s associated with it.
The cruise moves at a relaxed pace and offers a panoramic view of the iconic landmarks – Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, waterfront homes, lighthouse, Naval Base, Fort Denison, Darling Harbor, skyline, Anzac Bridge, etc. The vibrant blue water and hundreds of dotted sailing ships adds to the fascinating experience!
There are several cruise and hop-on and hop-off ferry options available too, but after much research we decided to go on the Captain Cook Harbor Story AM Cruise (being vegetarians we decided to skip the sunset dinner cruise). The AM cruise gives you an extra 30 mins and also takes you along the Darling Harbor and the Spit (all for the same $$).
The cruise leaves from Circular Quay (the ferry terminal hub). Elizabeth, our commentator on the cruise was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and full of humor. She did an excellent job of pointing out places of interest, talking through some historical highlights, events and people (even quoting from some of the original settlers) and what each of these sights were originally built for and what they are now used for.
The cruise was spacious with three floors and large outdoor decks to enjoy the views. There are plenty of opportunities to take picture perfect shots for Facebook, Instagram and Travelogue. The crew was very friendly and served coffee, tea and cookies (not ‘biscuit selection’), wish they offered juice to non-coffee/tea drinkers (but one can buy soft drinks and alcohol). Premium service (for an additional $10) includes reserved seating along with sparkling wine and a box of 4 tiny cakes (as opposed to ‘mixed sweet & savory selection’). Refreshments department definitely needs improvement.
All in all, the staff, the views and the commentary on the Captain Cook Cruise were one of the best. If you have just one day in Sydney, then definitely add going on a cruise to your list to watch the world of Sydney pass by.
Stay tuned for more to come on our Australian adventures!!!
“Let your dreams set sail”.