Captain Cook Dinner Cruise (Sydney, Australia)

One of the best ways to experience Sydney Harbour is by a cruise, what’s even better than a cruise is Captain Cook Dinner Cruise where you enjoy the views for three hours on board MV Sydney 2000 with 3-course a la carte Contemporary Australian dining, Great live music/dancing, a comprehensive wine list, and million dollar views. This is what we did the last time we were in Sydney and it was amazing.

It starts off in Circular Quay Wharf No.6 at 7.00pm or at Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.1 at 7.30pm, we boarded in Circular Quay as our hotel is just nearby. On boarding you will be greeted with great staff and will be directed to you table where your bottle of wine and some bread rolls are waiting. Minutes later MV Sydney 2000 starts sailing slowly and dinner is served in courses. Menu is quite a good selection and here is what was offered during our voyage.

For Entrees:

  • Australian Smoked salmon, shaved fennel, dill, capers with black caviar dressing
  • Sweet potato & pumpkin with shredded kale and couscous. Finish with a fragrant herb vinaigrette dressing,
  • containing hints of rosemary, oregano, thyme & dried cranberries, crashed walnuts
  • Ravioli Pasta, filled with Spinach and Ricotta, salsa napolitana with grana padano cheese
  • Beef salad and Vermicelli noodles with fresh vegetables & herbs in a sesame oil dressing

For Main Course:

  • Tasmanian grilled Salmon Fillet, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, served with capers and lemon oil
  • Slow baked Lamb shanks cooked in a traditional sugo di pomodoro, a rich tomato vegetable sauce
  • served with creamy mash potatoes
  • Australian southern highlands Beef Tenderloin fillet, Sautéed mushrooms, served with rich Jus
  • Kale stuffed Chicken Breast with fresh beans, Dutch carrot, chicken jus
  • Tian of Mediterranean vegetables with olive polenta and tomato salsa

For Dessert:

  • Orange Flourless Cake, orange indulgence served with butterscotch sauce
  • Malibu and Coconut Slice, Almond and lime zest sponge with whipped Malibu ganache and mango
  • confit. Finished with white chocolate, roasted coconut texture and mango agar gel.
  • Coffee opera, Layers of almond and roasted hazelnut jaconde, coffee butter cream and dark chocolate
  • ganache. Finished with a dark chocolate glace and chocolate coffee bean.
  • Chocolate Raspberry cake, A classic, layers of chocolate sponge, raspberry confit chocolate. Finished with
  • Dark chocolate glace and raspberry gel.
  • Chocolate Roche, Soft creamy centre with a chewy chocolate case drenched in chocolate.

And if you got the Beverage Package here is what’s on offer:

For Entree we picked the Beef salad, which was good and hefty. This alone can be a mains dish, served with thick beef cuts and good amount of greens. For mains we grabbed Australian southern highlands Beef Tenderloin fillet, yes, it’s another beef and this is better than the entree. Nice thick cut, perfectly cooked, I loved those mushrooms and bocconcini on the side. Then to complete the meal we had this luscious Chocolate Raspberry cake, it was rich and very decadent, a perfect way to end this dinner.

After dining we grabbed some Hahns Premium Light and went to the open-air penthouse deck to enjoy unobstructed views of the Harbour, we went back and forth to the open bar while it was cruising we also finished also our bottle of Tyrrell’s Moores Creek Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and these kept us warm, the sea breeze at night tends to be cool even if its Summer. The ship sailed through Fort Denison, Garden Island, Bradleys Head Lighthouse then back to Robertsons Point Lighthouse, then Kirribilli Point, Luna Park, Goat Island then Darling Harbour before going back to Circular Quay.

It was a good night, it was a sight to behold, definitely one of the best ways to enjoy the harbour, dinner was just a plus.


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