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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:  Varies
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.

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