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Tall Ship Sailing Dinner Cruise Sydney

If your after a different Sydney Harbour Cruise that is fun for the whole family, take a Tall Ship Cruise aboard the wonderfully maintained Southern Swan barquentine.

Departing from the wharf at Cambells Cove, directly opposite the Sydney Opera House, near the luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel and the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Tall Ship Cruise will give you an insight at what life would have been as a seaman around the late 1800's.

The Southern Swan sailing dinner cruise takes you on to Sydney Harbour, cruising under sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison, around Rose Bay and past other famous Sydney landmarks. This cruise only operates during the warmer Spring and Summer months, so don't delay booking a sailing dinner cruise or you could miss out. Remember the name, Sydney Tall Ship Sailing Dinner Cruise on Southern Swan. It is an unforgettable and totally fun cruise that all can enjoy.


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Passenger taking the helm. We took the Southern Swan tall ship cruise on 28th December 2009, with the intention of making this unbiased review. The management and crew were not aware we were there for any other purpose but to enjoy ourselves, we simply acted like ordinary tourists, hoping to enjoy the evening cruise. We booked online through this site and the Viator booking portal and everything was confirmed at time of booking. On the day, because of rain, we rang the operator to reaffirm the booking and was assured that measures were in place to to keep passengers dry in the case of rain, but as the weather was clearing, the cruise should be enjoyable and dry.

We arrived at Campbells Cove (the departure point) early and was greeted by a representative who marked us off on the manifesto. The Southern Swan arrived at the wharf just after 5.00pm and boarding commenced immediately after the ship was secured. The skipper and crew were dressed in period costumes, which gave a very favorable first impression. The look on everyone's faces as they boarded were a mixture of anticipation and excitement. On the day, the passenger numbers were high, with the skipper stating that it was almost at maximum numbers.

We were all greeted as we boarded personally by the skipper and crew, then were treated to a fun and informal safety briefing and very informative introduction to the ship Southern Swan. I must say the manner in which everyone was put at ease by the crew made us all feel welcome and relaxed. They should be commended on their brand of hospitality and other tourist operators could learn a lot on customer relations from them.

The ship Southern Swan is quite historic, being one of the tall ships that sailed from England and participated in the Bicentennial Celebrations of the First Fleet reenactment of 1988. The crew will tell you of all the ships history, from it's early days in Denmark trading as a merchant vessel to the present day voyages on Sydney Harbour.

As we sailed past the many famous landmarks around the harbour, the crew kept up a light hearted commentary about the places and history of the harbour. We actually learnt some interesting facts about the harbour, including why Neutral Bay is so named and the reason Fort Denison is so historic. The view of the Sydney Opera House as you cruise by can only be described as magnificent.

The bar was opened and drinks were served. What a way to see the world's best harbour, from the deck of an authentic sailing vessel with your favorite drink at hand. Before long the evening buffet meal is served and again this must be complimented. Delicious. There is enough food prepared for the biggest of eaters and seconds can be enjoyed. The sausages are superb.

You can just sit and watch the wonderful sights around the harbour, get involved with the sailing or lend a hand to hoist the sails. You can give the skipper a break and take the helm for a few minutes or explore the ship from bow to stern. The cruise is so relaxed and so enjoyable the time seems to fly and before long you are heading back to the starting point.

We can honestly say that this was the best and most relaxed cruise we have experienced on Sydney Harbour. During our 2 weeks in Sydney during December, we did review more upmarket cruises such as the Showboat Cruise, but dollar for dollar, the Tall Ship Dinner Cruise outshone the more glamorous cruises, simply because the crew made you feel part of the evening and included you in the overall sailing experience.

We highly recommend the Tall Ship Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour as it ticks all the right boxes. It is very affordable. It is relaxed and informal. The food is delicious and plentiful. The crew friendly and helpful and the experience something special. This is a very fun cruise that you really must experience. The Southern Swan also takes 2 hour lunch cruises and special "Pirate Cruises" that the kids will fully enjoy.

 

 

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