Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise Review.
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
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.
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
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.