Top Deck Lunch aboard the MV Sydney 2000

On March 15, Priscilla and I joined her aunt and uncle for lunch aboard the Captain Cook Cruises ship MV Sydney 2000. We got a good deal ($70 for 2 people for 3 course lunch) due to an offer through the NRMA.

MV Sydney 2000

The MV Sydney 2000 is a very impressive boat. Effectively a floating restaurant, it glides around the harbour as you eat your meal. There isn’t much sense of being on a boat at all, there is almost no noticeable movement and most other ships get out of your way as you approach – size has it’s merits.

We enjoyed the “Top Deck Lunch” and were seated in the “Sirius Saloon” on the “Sky Deck”. It was a lovely meal – although you should be aware that you have to pay for drinks in addition to the meal that you get with your ticket.

It took approximately 2.5 hours to circle the harbour, a leisurely ride with some lovely food. It really felt like the world was travelling slower as we meandered around the harbour.

While it was nice, I think I would have enjoyed a smaller, less opulent ship to cruise around in. We felt too detached from the world around us, “in the world, but not of the world” sort of thing. A smaller ship where you can feel the waves and smell the salt air would make me feel more alive and like more of an event.

It was a great day, but make sure you get a good deal as the high price (normally $74 per person) and lack of sensation make for an imperfect day, but certainly an experience like no other.

Cocktails at sunset on the MV Sydney 2000

Cruise ship season

Work has been pretty busy recently – we’ve been down on people in my team for the last 8 weeks due to people taking leave and getting sick – so it’s been hard to find time to enjoy life recently. But one thing that has perked me up (other than moving to a new house) is the return of cruise ships out my window at work.

Seven Seas Mariner - currently docked at Circular Quay

The Sydney cruise ship season seems to kick off in October and go through to March or April. After that only the Pacific Sun was in this year, all the others were off cruising Alaska and other locations during their summer.

So far this year we have seen the new Pacific Dawn, the Sun Princess, the Sapphire Princess, Pacific Princess and the old Pacific Sun on her last Sydney based voyage. Other ships such as Statendam and the Seven Seas Mariner have stopped over at Circular Quay, but I don’t have a view of there.

A couple of good sites for info on upcoming ship movements are: Sydney Harbour Cruise Ship Schedule Sydney Ports Shipping Movements