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FAQs - Boat Hire in Sydney Harbour



What is included in the boat hire only price?

This price includes the hire of the boat, a skipper and fuel. You will not be charged extra for fuel unless you have requested non-standard routes, e.g. cruising outside of Sydney Harbour.
Food, bar and any wharf fees are not included in the boat hire only cost.
We can give you an exact price on all Sydney Harbour cruises after you contact us.


What happens if itís pouring with rain?

Assuming the conditions are safe, the cruise will go ahead in almost all cases. There are a few boats such as Obsession Cruises, that are more lenient towards postponing in poor conditions.


Is it ok to bring the kids?

Yes it is fine to bring kids, it is your responsibility to ensure they are supervised at all times. Babies are not recommended on the smaller vessels.


How do I reserve a boat?

A deposit and a completed booking confirmation form from both parties is required to reserve a boat. For more details please visit: how to book.


What happens if I have to cancel the cruise?

The deposit is non-refundable, but some boat owners will allow postponing of a charter, as long as it is done well in advance.


Can I wear high heels?

This varies by boat, common sense says avoid high heels if possible, small heels are generally ok, particularly on the larger vessels, but ask if in doubt. Stilettos are banned altogether from most vessels.


Can I bring my own DJ?

Vessels setup to handle DJs will normally allow you to bring your own DJ, although it is simpler to use the resident DJ as they have their equipment setup specifically for the boat, e.g. speakers are fixed securely.


Can I bring my own food and drink?

This varies by boat, so let us know your requirements. Generally it is easier to do a BYO cruise for smaller parties under 50 guests.


What sort of occasions are suitable for a private charter boat?

Some popular events include NYE Cruises and Christmas party cruises, and we have party boats suitable for almost all occasions such as bucks and hens parties, corporate cruises, birthday parties and more.