per person


  • 3-hour lunch cruise
  • 3-course seafood & carvery lunch
  • Tempting dessert, tea & coffee
  • Large TV screens to watch the race
  • Outstanding value bar packages
  • Join in the onboard sweepstakes
  • Upbeat music & fun atmosphere
  • Prizes, giveaways & more!

Melbourne Cup Lunch Cruise

Experience Melbourne Cup in style aboard a 3-hour lunch cruise on spectacular Sydney Harbour!

This Melbourne Cup, experience something a little different and join us for 3 hours of cruising on spectacular Sydney Harbour accompanied by a delicious seafood and carvery lunch served to your table. Come out in your finest racing attire and enjoy the comfort of allocated indoor seated dining as well as the buzz of upbeat music, people discussing their hot tips and all the excitement of the day's events. Enjoy bubbles from our fully licensed bar and don't miss out on photo ops of the beautiful sights from spacious outdoor viewing decks. Try your luck and join in on the fun with the onboard sweepstakes and before you know it, we'll be crossing live to Flemington on large screens for the race that stops the nation!

This cruise is perfect for friends, family or office outings and a great way to enjoy all the excitement of Melbourne Cup on one of the most glamorous settings in the world, Sydney Harbour! 

Don't forget to take a look at our all-inclusive beer and wine packages below.

Cruise inclusions

Time 3

3 hour cruise on spectacular Sydney Harbour

Horse Racing

Watch the race live on large screens

Inclusion Dinner (1)

3-course seafood & carvery lunch

Inclusion Dessert (1)

Selection of cakes, fresh seasonal fruit, coffee and tea


Fully licensed bar - bar packages available

Indoor Seat With Table

Allocated indoor seated dining

Opera House

Enjoy the sights from spacious outdoor decks


Professional photographer on board


Enter and win lucky door prize and giveaways


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Cruise Feature Details

Lunch Cruise Menu

Fresh seafood selection

Fresh tiger king prawns served with Thousand Island dressing and lemon wedges (gf)

Chilled Sydney rock oysters served with sea salt and lemon wedges (gf)

Smoked salmon rosettes, capers and fresh dill (gf)


Meat & Chicken

Slow-cooked, pulled beef brisket with gravy and assorted condiments (gf)

Moroccan spiced chicken with yogurt and mint sauce (gf)

Also at the buffet

Freshly tossed penne pasta with creamy mushroom & white wine sauce (v)

(V) (GF) Crispy roasted vegetables with herbs, garlic and cracked peppe

Oven roasted baby potatoes with virgin olive oil, oregano and rock salt (v) (gf)

Wild mixed leaf salad (v) (gf)

Macaroni pesto salad with marinated roast vegetables and parmesan (v)

Baby beetroot and spinach salad with feta, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette (v) (gf)

Finely sliced classic coleslaw (v)

Crusty mixed dinner rolls (v)



Following delightful desserts

A delicious assortment of cakes (v)

Platter of freshly sliced seasonal fruits (v) (gf)

Served with

Freshly percolated coffee and a selection of herbal teas



Sample menu, items and prices may change without notice

 Dietary requirements can be catered for upon request – min. 72 hours notice required. Please speak with your friendly event coordinator




GF | Gluten Free  V | Vegetarian

Sample menu - items subject to change without notice

Food allergy disclaimer
Please be aware that our kitchens process foods containing eggs, dairy, gluten, seafood, nuts, sesame seeds and capsicum. Whist measures are taken to avoid cross contamination, we can not guarantee a total absence of these products from any of our dishes.  Vagabond Cruises does not accept liability for any adverse reactions due to allergy or intolerance from  food consumed on board.



Our bars accept both cash and card payments. Choose to pay as you go, run a tab or take advantage our bar packages below | PLEASE NOTE: All members of a group booking or groups travelling together must be on the same bar package.

Vagabond Package
Vagabond Package



per person

Executive Package
Executive Package



per person

Cadet Package
Cadet Package



per person

RSA Notice: Vagabond Cruises operates under the laws and guidelines of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). In the interest of harm minimisation, our staff and management reserve the right to refuse entry onto a vessel or service of alcohol to any person who is under 18 years of age or not able to produce acceptable proof of age, who may appear to be intoxicated or deemed to be behaving in a disorderly or disruptive manner.

RSA practices and the right to refuse service also applies to pre-paid packages.


ticket price guide

Cruise Rates 


ADULT $109
ADULT w house beer, wine & soft drinks $144
ADULT w premium open bar $154





Cruise date: Tuesday, 7 November 2023
Departure location: 
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour -  Bookings essential


1:00PM - 4:00PM

Subject to availability



The information provided here is a guide and is subject to change without notice. Please refer to your boarding pass for accurate departure information. Please arrive 15 mins prior to cruise time for boarding.

As part of our commitment to providing a timely service, we cannot wait for late arrivals. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable for no-shows or late arrivals.

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