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Best Vivid Sydney Cruises for 2024

Get the best view of the festival of light aboard a Vivid Sydney harbour cruise for as low as $25.

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Vivid Sydney returns from 24 May to 15 June 2024.

Spreading from Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, under a lit-up Harbour Bridge, to The Rocks and Circular Quay, many of the festival's displays take on a whole new perspective when viewed from the water.

Whether you're looking for the cheapest option, one that includes a buffet dinner, or the longest sailing possible, we've put together a list of Vivid cruises you can book online.

Compare available Vivid cruises in Sydney

Cruise nameWhat's included?LengthPriceBook

Vivid Sydney Intimate Catamaran Cruise on Heaven

  • Canapés
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$69Book now

Vivid Sydney BYO Catamaran Cruise on Kirralee

  • Pick up and drop off at Wharf 2, Walsh Bay
  • Light refreshments
  • Option to BYO alcoholic beverages
1.5 hours$29 (child)
$49 (adult)
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Vivid Sydney Intimate Catamaran Cruise on Fleetwing II

  • Pick up and drop off at Wharf 2, Walsh Bay
  • Roaming canapés and 1 complimentary beverage per person
  • Licensed bar on board
1.5 hours$39 (child)
$69 (adult)
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Vivid Cruise 2024

  • Departs from Casino Wharf, Pyrmont
  • Continuous Cocktail-style buffet
  • Licensed bar
2 hours$60 (child) $70 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Intimate Catamaran Cruise on Heaven

  • Pick up and drop off at Wharf 2, Walsh Bay
  • Roaming canapes + 1 complimentary beverage
  • Licensed bar on board
1.5 hours$39 (child) $69 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Catamaran Cruise with Canapes and Beverage

  • Roaming canapés
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$39 (child) $69 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour BYO Catamaran Cruise with Snacks

  • Light refreshments with bread rolls
  • 1 non-alcoholic beverage
  • BYO with no corkage fees
1.5 hours$29 (child) $49 (adult)Book now

Vivid 2 Hour Dinner Cruise - Friday & Saturday

  • Continuous Cocktail-style buffet
  • Licensed bar
2 hours$70 (child) $80 (adult)Book now

Vivid 2 Hour Dinner Cruise - Thursday & Sunday

  • Continuous Cocktail-style buffet
  • Licensed bar
2 hours$60 (child) $70 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Intimate Catamaran Cruise on Heaven

  • Canapés
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$39 (child) $69 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise

  • Finger foods
  • Coffee, tea and a selection of chocolates
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$39 (child) $59 (adult)Book now

Vivid 1 Hour Sydney Harbour Cruise

  • 1-hour Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Licensed bar
1 hour$45 (child)
$55 (adult)
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Vivid Sydney Private Harbour Cruise - Up To 6 Guests

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • BYO food and drink
1 hour$599Book now

Vivid Sydney Private Harbour Cruise - Up To 12 Guests

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • BYO food and drink
1.5 hours$849Book now

Vivid Buffet Dinner Cruise with Drink

  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet dinner
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$54Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour Buffet Dinner Cruise on a Glass Boat

  • Continuous cocktail-style buffet
  • Licensed bar
2 hours$70Book now

Vivid Sydney Catamaran Cruise with Canapes and Beverage on Fleetwing II

  • Canapés
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$69Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour BYO Catamaran Cruise with Snacks

  • Drinks with bread rolls
  • BYO with no corkage fees
  • 1 non-alcoholic drink
1.5 hours$49Book now

Vivid Buffet Dinner Cruise with Drink - Weekdays

  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet dinner
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$29 (child) $54 (adult)Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise with 4 Course Dinner

  • 4-course a la carte dinner
  • Live music on weekends
3 hours$145Book now
Vivid Sydney Penfolds 6 Course Degustation Dinner Cruise
  • 6-course dinner
  • Open bar
  • Live music
3 hours$279Book now
Vivid Sydney Lights Evening Cruise
  • Up to 3 departures
  • Licensed bar
  • Experienced crew
1.5 hours$46Book now
Vivid Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • 3-course winter menu
  • Vivid three hour cruise
3 hours$168Book now
Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise - Departing Circular Quay
  • Licensed bar
  • One hour Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise
1 hour$49Book now
Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise - Departing Darling Harbour
  • Licensed bar
  • One hour Vivid Sydney Harbour cruise
1 hour$49Book now
Vivid Sydney Harbour Cruise - Departing Darling Harbour
  • Licensed bar
  • Discover the waterside wonders of the city
1 hour$49Book now

Vivid Sydney 4 Course Dinner Cruise

  • 4-course a la carte dinner
  • Live music on weekends
3 hours$145Book now

Vivid Sydney Private Harbour Cruise - Up To 6 Guests

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • Experienced skipper
  • BYO food and drink
1 hour$599Book now

Vivid Sydney Private Harbour Cruise - Up To 12 Guests

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • BYO food and drink
1.5 hours$849Book now

Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks

  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Antipasto spread + 1 cold non-alcoholic beverage
  • Pick up and drop off at Wharf 2, Walsh Bay
1.5 hours$49Book now

VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
1 hour$46Book now

VIVID Dinner Cruise with Complimentary Drink on Arrival

  • Welcome drink
  • Canapés and buffet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
1.5 hours$54Book now

Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes

  • Welcome drink
  • Canapés
  • Pick up and drop off at Wharf 2, Walsh Bay
1.5 hours$69Book now

Vivid Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes

  • Roaming canapés
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$69Book now

Vivid Cruise in Sydney

  • Continuous cocktail-style buffet
  • Licensed bar
2 hours$70Book now

Vivid Sydney Catamaran Cruise with Canapes and Drink

  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Roaming canapés
1.5 hours$69Book now

BYO Vivid Sydney Catamaran Cruise

  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Light refreshments
  • BYO alcoholic beverages
1.5 hours$49Book now

Vivid Buffet Dinner Cruise with Drink - Weekends

  • Buffet dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Licensed bar
1.5 hours$1 (infant) $29 (chiled) $59 (adult)Book now
Vivid Sydney Dinner Cruise
  • 3-course dinner
  • Premium beverage package
3 hours$221Book now

Our top picks

Best Vivid dinner cruise:

Vivid Sydney Penfolds Degustation Dinner Cruise for 2

Vivid Sydney Penfolds Degustation Dinner Cruise for 2 from RedBalloon

Imagine fine-dining with a view. Now imagine that view to be literally on the water. That's the kind of experience to expect when you board this Penfolds cruise. While you delight in a 6-course degustation, completed with Penfolds wine, you can while the night away gazing at the Vivid lights from your premium viewpoint.

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Best glass boat Vivid cruise:

Best glass boat Vivid cruise

Best glass boat Vivid cruise from Experience Oz

Take date-night up a notch as you soak up the sights of the harbour – both above and below water. This glass boat is built with 3-metre high glass windows – practically guaranteeing you the best seat in the house.

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Best for length:

Vivid Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise and Premium Drinks Package

Vivid Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise and Premium Drinks Package from RedBalloon

Spend 3 incredible hours on the Harbour sailing all the way from Kings Street Wharf past Sydney's key landmarks AKA the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and over to Luna Park and Taronga Zoo before drifting back to the city. This cruise includes a 3-course dinner and drinks.

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Latest Vivid Sydney cruise deals

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Up to 33% off select Sydney accommodations

Enjoy up to 33% discount on select Sydney accommodations when you book via Wotif. Available on travel dates from 7 March 2023 onwards. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 20% off things to do in Sydney

Available on select travel dates until 2023 on activities including dinner cruise, tours, zoos and animal interactions, attraction passes and more.
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Up to 20% off things to do in Sydney

Available on select travel dates until 2023 on activities including dinner cruise, tours, zoos and animal interactions, attraction passes and more.
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Up to 50% off Sydney dessert experiences

Available on select purchases including pastries, chocolates and more.
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Things to do in Sydney from $12

Available on activities in 2023 including hop-on hop-off tours, wine tours, sightseeing cruises, zoo and animal interactions, hot air balloon flights and more. Sample rate is a general entry to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

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, these are the operators that often join the festivities.

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

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

How long does Vivid Sydney go for?

Vivid Sydney typically runs for 23 days. This year it runs from 24 May to 15 June 2024.

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. This gives you the chance to wander around the area before and after your cruise. Check with your cruise to see where and when you need to meet the boat to give yourself ample time.

Do Vivid Sydney cruises depart from Circular Quay?

Yes. Fantasea, Manly Fast Ferry and Captain Cook Cruises are a few of the operators who have had Vivid Sydney cruises departing from Circular Quay.

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.

Vivid Sydney cruise review

What can you expect from a Vivid Sydney cruise? We sat down with Naseem Hemmati, who sailed on the Starship Vivid Sydney 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 warmly, so that you are able to enjoy the view.

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