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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
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VIVID Sydney: Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise

Travel into the heart of the annual VIVID Sydney’s light show on an evening boat cruise in Sydney Harbour! See Sydney’s most famous structures, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and illuminated art sculptures during the popular celebration in May. Your boat is even part of the festivities as it twinkles with special lighting. 2014 marks the first year a select group of vessels can participate in the festival, and you have the exclusive opportunity to join the inaugural run! Enjoy nearly two hours of incredible views on your cruise around the harbor. A welcome drink and mini-buffet are included.

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  • An evening boat cruise on Sydney Harbour for VIVID Sydney
  • Take in great views of the light shows at VIVID, one of Australia’s most popular festivals
  • Get an exclusive opportunity to join VIVID by cruising in a boat equipped with specially designed lighting displays
  • See light projections on the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Customs House, and National Maritime Museum
  • Have the option to disembark and stroll through the lighted art show at Circular Quay
  • Enjoy an included welcome drink, canapés and mini-buffet

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What You Can Expect

VIVID Sydney: Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise

Sydney Harbour, Sydney Vivid Festival

You’ll be in the center of the action on this evening boat tour of Sydney Harbour during VIVID Sydney, the city's annual lights festival. Head to King St Wharf where you board a 65-foot (20m) catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating and views affording great photo opportunities of the spectacular light displays.

Cruise around the harbor to marvel at dazzling light shows projected on Sydney’s most iconic architecture, including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, National Maritime Museum and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Your boat becomes part of the show, too. Equipped with programmed lights, the catamaran changes colors depending on your location. This is the first time for a select group of vessels to participate in the festival, and you have the exclusive opportunity to join the inaugural run!

During your cruise, enjoy a complimentary wine, beer, sparkling water or soft drink. A bar is also located on board where you can purchase cocktails, beer, and wine. During your cruise, snack on canapés and tasty vittles from the mini-buffet (See Sample Menu below).

After cruising for a little less than two hours, your boat returns to King St Wharf where your tour ends.

Please note: You can choose from one of two departure times in the evening.The earlier departure gives you the option of disembarking at 7:30pm at Circular Quay’s Commissioner Steps where you can stroll through lighted outdoor sculptures. Rejoin the boat at 9:15pm for the return trip to King St Wharf (small additional expense) or make your own way home. The later departure offers the same option to disembark, however you must make your own arrangements to get home or to your hotel. No later boats are available.


Sample Menu:
Singapore noodles
Thai-style mini spring roll
Assorted gourmet mini pies
Exotic European chipolata sausages
Fresh bread rolls and butter
Tea, Coffee, Milk
Drink on arrival (choice of beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was a wonderful experience being so up close to all the action, the colours of the light shows were superb,
definitely well worth the cost.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The actual VIVID display left me a little underwhelmed, but I cannot fault the cruise. Friendly staff, great food and drink service.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

We really enjoyed this cruise. It was a great experience to see the VIVID lights and we would recommend it to anyone in the future.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

This is good just to experience the cruise by night in Sydney but not as awesome as what we had during our Budapest river cruise. It you want to see vivid Sydney, all you need is be at The Circular Quay where all the lights are.

Navanga W

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Good views of the harbour at night.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2014

Boat was very very late, light show was poor nothing wow or exciting. However in saying that the staff were very friendly and organised.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2014

The cruise was fine but the food was terrible. Would never recommend this to anyone.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2014

Firstly we arrived at the pier at the allocated time-5:45 BUT no boat till 6:10! The boarding was extremely disorganised and slow. The food was absolutely terrible!!! The best part was the walk around circular quay. However this again was disorganised with no arm. Ands that apparently should have been handed out.We should have just taken transport to circular quay and done that. The harbour cruise was a waste of money with almost no commentary or explanations.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2014

Very disappointing. The boat was late arriving, it was advertised as leaving 6pm and it was after that when it arrived. The food was ordinary. Unfortunately the boat spent more time out of the view of the lights as it sailed past Circular Quay. The only plus was that it sailed into Circular Quay on the way back so we had the choice of getting off there instead of back to King Street Wharf. I realise that because there are so many boats on the harbour they cannot hang around too long but I can't see a reason why it could not have sailed into the Quay and back out again at the start of the trip so we could have seen more of the Opera House sails changing.

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