A top thing to do while visiting Sydney is cruising the harbour. Our research found Sydney Harbour Tall Ships Twilight Cruise offers a unique experience.
Next to The Rocks neighborhood is the docking location for Sydney’s Tall Ships. We arrived a little early but couldn’t find any signs for the exact location.
The anticipation for a unique adventure was stirring as we watched the boat pull into port for our 1.5 hour excursion.
Our deckhand and advisor (Jim) informed the passengers on the history of this authentic oak tall ship, the evening’s itinerary, and standard safety instructions. The vessel is called The Soren Larson and was the last cargo ship constructed by the Danish shipbuilding family Søren Larsen & sons in Northern Denmark.
After getting a brief history of the boat and harbour, we were free to walk about the ship and admire its beauty.
As part of the package, we purchased the additional mast climb option. Before dinner, a friendly crewmember fitted us with a harness for the mast climb. This experience was purchased as an add on to the Twilight cruise and is an opportunity that should not pass up. The well-trained crew handled all of our safety needs and coached us through the journey.
There is a narrow entrance to the crow’s nest at the top of the rope ladder. It takes some effort to position your shoulders through the metal rungs that separate the crow’s nest from the ladder.
The freshly prepared dinner was a chicken curry over rice, vegetable curry, and several salads. All of the dishes were flavorful and filling.
After dinner, the ship circled the harbor near the Sydney Opera House. The lights dancing off of the inky water created a completely different view of Sydney’s harbor than we had at the start.
Deckhand Jim spoke of the Opera House history, it’s architect, design of the “sails”, and struggles to get the project completed.
The Sydney Harbour Tall Ships Twilight Cruise was a great experience. It was the perfect way to spend our evening before seeing a symphony performance of Star Wars Return of the Jedi with a full orchestra.
Choosing the Twilight cruise allowed us to see the harbor in daylight, watch the sunset, and enjoy the city’s night lights all in a single experience. Considering the cost for dinner, the cost of a day and night harbor cruise, and the unique experience of this authentic tall ship, this adventure was a great value! Thank you, Sydney Tall Ships.
- Look for coupons online before booking. We found a fantastic deal using Groupon.
- Arrive early and know the location of the meeting point.
- Bring a good camera to take high-quality photos of this experience.
- Book the mast climb for a rare opportunity and experience.
- Visit with the crew to hear more stories of what it is like living aboard this Tall Ship.
- Get the warm mulled wine. It was delicious!