Best Vivid Sydney Cruises for 2019

Get the best view of the festival of light aboard a Vivid Sydney harbour cruise for as low as $15.

Spreading from Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, under a lit-up Harbour Bridge, to The Rocks and Circular Quay, many of the Vivid Sydney festival’s displays take on a whole new perspective from the water, and joining a Vivid Sydney cruise is a great way to see the event’s displays without the walking and crowds.

Whether you're looking for the cheapest option, one that includes a buffet dinner, or the longest sailing possible, we've listed all the cruises bookable online that we could find so you can compare your options.

All available cruises

Cruise NameDeparts from:What's included?LengthPriceBook
Vivid Sydney cruiseKing St Wharf 6, 7, 8 or 9
  • A glass of sparkling wine
1.5 hours$15Book now
Vivid cruise with Magic CruisesKing St Wharf 6, 7, 8
  • Sparkling wine upon arrival
2 hours$19Book now
Vivid Sydney cruise with Thunder JetJetty 1, Circular Quay
  • BYO food
45 minutes$29Book now
Vivid Sydney cruise Supercat CruiseKing Street Wharf
  • Premium drinks package
2 hours$30Book now
Vivid Harbour cruise with Sydney Pearl CruisesTowns Place East or West Millers Point
  • Standing buffet
  • Onboard DJ
1.5 hours$32Book now
Vivid Sydney BYO Catamaran cruiseSydney Harbour
  • Sandwich and wrap platters
  • One non-alcoholic beverage
  • BYO drinks
1.5 hours$32Book now
Vivid Sydney Cruise with Aboriginal PerformancePyrmont Bay
  • Aboriginal performance
2 hour$35Book now
Vivid cruise with Starship SydneyKing St Wharf 41.5 hours$36Book now
Vivid Cruises on NevaehTowns Place Wharf
  • Baguette and wrap platters
  • 1 can of soft drink
  • BYO alcoholic beverages
1.5 hours$39Book now
Sydney Vivid Lights CruiseKing St Wharf 11 hour$39Book now
Vivid Sydney luxury cruiseThe Rocks
  • Drinks on arrival
  • Gourmet food platters to share
1.5 hours$49Book now
Vivid Sydney Catamaran cruiseSydney Harbour
  • Canapes
1.5 hours$49Book now
Vivid cruise with Starship SydneyKing St Wharf 4
  • One Luna Park ticket
1.5 hours$49Book now
Vivid cruise on a glass boatWharf 9
  • Standing buffet
  • Drink
2 hours$55Book now
Vivid cruiseKing St Wharf 1
  • Standing buffet dinner
  • One beer, wine or soft drink
2 hours$55Book now
Vivid tall ship cruiseIves Steps Wharf
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
1.5 hours$59Book now
Vivid Sydney Harbour Tall ShipIves Steps Wharf
  • Drinks
  • Buffet
1.5 hours$59Book now
Vivid Cruises on Jerry BaileyCasino Wharf
  • Drink on arrival
  • Mini buffet
1.5 hours$90Book now
Vivid Sydney dinner cruiseKing St Wharf
  • Six course dinner
  • Penfolds wines
  • Live music
2 hours$270Book now
Vivid Cruises on La Dolce VitaVarious
  • Good for 4 people
  • Bottle of sparkling
1 hour$400Book now
Vivid Sydney private cruiseSydney Harbour
  • Good for 4 people
  • Bottled water
1.5 hours$450Book now
Vivid Cruises on SaluteCity wharf
  • BYO food and drinks
2 hours$700Book now
Vivid Cruises on NeptuneVarious
  • BYO food and drinks
1.5 hours$650Book now

Our top picks:

Best for overall experience:

Vivid Sydney Catamaran cruise

Vivid Sydney Catamaran cruise from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • 1.5-hour catamaran cruise on board Kirralee or Neaveh
  • With sandwich and wrap platters and one non-alcoholic beverage
  • BYO drinks
  • Price from $32

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Best for price (cheapest):

Vivid cruise with Proclaim or Royale

Vivid cruise with Proclaim or Royale from Groupon

Highlights:

  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • A glass of sparkling wine
  • Price from $15

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Best for a unique experience:

Vivid cruise on a glass boat

Vivid cruise on a glass boat from Cudo

Highlights:

  • 2-hour cruise on a glass boat
  • With cocktail-style standing buffet and one complimentary beer, win eor soft drink
  • Price from $65

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Best for length:

Vivid cruise

Vivid cruise from Experience Oz

Highlights:

  • 2-hour cruise
  • Includes standing buffet dinner, one beer, wine or soft drink
  • Price per person: $55

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Best for extra inclusions:

Vivid Sydney cruise + Luna Park pass

Vivid Sydney cruise + Luna Park pass from Groupon

Highlights:

  • 90-minute cruise with Starship Sydney
  • Includes one Luna Park entry with unlimited rides
  • Price per person: $49

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What Vivid dinner cruises are available?

Cruise NameWhat's on the menu?Vegetarian/Vegan friendly options?Book
Vivid harbour cruise with Sydney Pearl Cruises
  • Standing buffet dinner including Portuguese Tuscan chicken, penne pasta in a cream mushroom sauce (V), mini spring rolls and mixed salad.
  • Champagne cocktail or soft drink on arrival also included.
LimitedBook now from $32
Vivid cruise on a glass boat
  • Standing buffet dinner including roast chicken, pasta in tomato sauce (V), pasta with pancetta and mushrooms, roast potatoes, couscous salad, mixed green salad and fresh rolls.
  • One complimentary beer, wine or soft drink also included.
YesBook now from $55
Vivid all ship cruise
  • Buffet dinner with three salad options, chicken with mushrooms, sweet potato with and eggplant and tomatoes with lentils, white rice and brownies for dessert.
  • Drinks are included (except premium beers)
Yes, and gluten free options.Book now from $59
Vivid cocktail dinner cruise with Vagabond Cruises
  • Rotational finger food buffet including meatballs, Vietnamese spring rolls (V), traditional spanakopita (V), crispy fish, chicken skewers, mini pizzas (V) and coffee, tea and chocolate for dessert.
  • Drinks package available for $14 per person (including house beer, wine and soft drinks)
Yes.Book now from $49
Vivid Sydney dinner cruise
  • Six-course degustation menu
  • Served with matching Penfolds bin or vintage wine with each course, plus complimentary house spirits, local and important beers and soft drinks
N/ABook now from $270

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Vivid Sydney cruises

Every year, dozens of boats sail the harbour aglow with brightly coloured lights and become part of the Vivid Sydney display. Sydney Harbour Ferries get in on the action too. If you're hoping to join a boat tour during Vivid that participates, these are the official operators that have joined the festivities in the past.

  • Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Culture Cruise
  • Magistic Dinner Cruise
  • Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise
  • Showboat Paddlewheel
  • Oz Jet Boating
  • Manly Fast Ferry
  • Sydney Cove Water Taxis
  • Sydney's First Fleet Ferries
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Sensational Sydney Cruises
  • Fantasea Cruising Sydney
  • Shadow Charters

Vivid Sydney cruise review

What can you expect from a Vivid Sydney cruise? We sat down with Naseem Hemmati, who sailed on this Starship Sydney Vivid Cruise in 2019 for a quick chat about his experience.

Q: What did you like about your Vivid cruise?

What I loved most about the cruise was the live performance from the band and the dancers. It amplified the atmosphere and was an entertaining way to complete the cruise as guests were encouraged to join in. The food stalls were another aspect I loved - there was always something to eat or do when you weren't enjoying the view.

Q: What didn't you like about it?

The lack of seating is the only aspect of the cruise that I didn't enjoy however throughout the night as people moved around more became available.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone going on a Vivid cruise?

Dress warm so that you are able to enjoy the view.


What do I need to know about Vivid Sydney and Vivid Sydney cruises?

How long does Vivid Sydney go for?

The festival runs for 23 days from 24 May - 15 June 2019.

What time does Vivid Sydney start?

The Vivid Sydney light displays will be turned on at 6pm each night during the festival.

Do Vivid Sydney cruises go to Darling Harbour?

Yes. Most of the sightseeing cruises during Vivid depart from Darling Harbour or King Street Wharf, so you'll get the chance to wander around the area before and after your cruise. It's best to check with the operator you've booked your cruise with to see where and when you need to meet the boat.

Do you have any tips on how to photograph Vivid Sydney?

If night photography isn't your forte, especially from a moving boat, consider joining a night photography class prior to or during the festival to capture the best images.

Night Photography Course

Night Photography Course from finder.com

Perfect your nighttime photography skills and use the brilliantly coloured Vivid displays as your inspiration.This three-hour lesson meets in The Rocks at 5:30pm each Friday and will help you master composition, shoot in manual mode, control ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

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    kathJuly 1, 2017

    When does the Vivid Festival run from for 2018?

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      JonathanJuly 1, 2017

      Hi Kath!

      The announcement left on Vivid Sydney website is they will be opening later this year.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    SamApril 29, 2017

    Hi wanted to know what cruises they have for vivid that is buffet dinner and dance floor DJ on board???

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      DeeMay 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your questions.

      All the cruises we have listed above except for 90-Minute Cruise with Sparkling Wine on a Sunday, Friday or Saturday and 2-hour cruise with canapés and drinks from LivingSocial, offer buffet dinner.

      However, upon checking the details, only the 2-hour cruise with cocktails and canapés which costs $29.00 offer buffer dinner and DJ. For more details, simply click the “view details’ button above.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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