What do you do when a college friend that you haven’t seen in ten years, visits your city for the first time, but will be around for only five hours?
Well, as a doctor in the ER, I have done some otherworldly stuff in five hours that many people will thank me for, but this is an all new playing field! Definitely not on the same scale as what I do at the hospital, but showing people what your beautiful city is all about in just five hours is a tough feat, especially when the city in question is Sydney! With a rich wealth of sightseeing attractions, you just can’t pick and choose, as each one makes a tough case for itself. You also have to factor in the time to catch up over lunch as well.
A friend suggested a scenic flight over the city as nothing beats a bird’s eye view from the top. You get to see all the sights of Sydney and the harbour complete with cruise vessels going about their lunch or sightseeing duties. Mulling over the option for a while, I decided to drop it for two reasons; first being the helipad is a little away from the city and second is the fact that finding a good place to eat & catch up nearby is difficult. Also what if she hates heights? That will definitely spoil the whole experience.
Turning to the internet made things worse, as it pointed out new attractions that hadn’t even crossed my mind! Sifting through the mass of search results, one link for a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour caught my eye, and it turned out to be a positive lead. This Sydney Harbour lunch cruise takes you on a 3-hour cruise around the harbour, giving you the opportunity to see Sydney’s iconic sights and ample time to enjoy a freshly prepared buffet lunch as well.
The timings were also ideal with the cruise leaving the harbour at 12pm and returning by 3pm, all in good time for her flight in the evening. With airport trains available from Circular Quay, she could definitely make it to the airport well in time. There were no hassles in booking the tickets online and I was really looking forward to having a great experience on this Sydney Harbour lunch cruise.
Things turned out to be exactly the way it was described on the website and we really had a splendid time on board the luxury catamaran. I’ve been in Sydney for about five years and I sheepishly admit that this was my first harbour lunch cruise experience!
Punctuality was maintained to the dot with the boat leaving at 12 and docking back at 3. Despite being on a boat with other passengers, we still had our privacy and space and were well looked after by the wait-staff. The buffet lunch had quite an extravagant, something to suit every palate. There was ample time to see the sights during the cruise and I was able to point out all the major attractions that makes this harbour city what it is. We also took mandatory selfies with the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison in the background.
This was simply perfect; we spent quality time together, caught up with each other, relived the past a little and enjoyed the best that Sydney had to offer on a cruising platter!