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VIVID Lights Festival - Harbour Cruises | Open Air Rooftop | Free Drink | $29 ONLY

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Witness Sydney's iconic landmarks transformed by the lights of Vivid from two of Sydney's newestΒ Boats (Mandalay & Bay Runner) with Open Air Rooftops!




We proudly present to you The Annual Sydney's infamous festival of lights - VIVID

Vivid is Sydney's annual festival filled with Lights, Music and Ideas. Every year we bring you something special & this year isn't going to be any different! Witness World's most scenic Harbour covered in lights from a unique spot!


What to Expect

πŸ”₯ Free Drink on Arrival

πŸ”₯ Pizza available to purchase onboard (Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Options)

πŸ”₯ Open Air Rooftop & 360 Balcony on Lower Level - Perfect View of Sydney Harbour

πŸ”₯ Breath taking Harbour Light Show

πŸ”₯ Fully Licensed Bars

πŸ”₯ General Seating on Both Levels (First come first serve)

πŸ”₯ Background Music - Hits

πŸ”₯ Focus on entertainment, experience and service

πŸ”₯ Drone Shows*Β (please read below)



Dates, Time & Schedule πŸ“…

Boat - Mandalay Cruises & Bay Runner Cruises

Dates - 24 May Friday - 15th June Saturday

Times - 5:30 PM, 6:15 PM,Β 7:30 PM, 8:15 PMΒ & 9:30 PM

Pickup/Drop Off Location - Man O War Steps, Farm Cove Street (Next to Opera House)

Schedule (All Dates)

If purchased tickets for 5:30 Slot

5:15 PM - 5:25 - Meet Up (Man O War Steps Wharf, next to Opera House)

BoardingΒ at - 5:30 & Departure byΒ 5:40

07:00 PM - Drop off

If purchased tickets for 6:15 Slot

6:00 PM - 6:12 - Meet Up (Man O War Steps Wharf, next to Opera House)

BoardingΒ at - 6:15 & Departure byΒ 6:25

07:45 PM - Drop off

If purchased tickets for 7:30 Slot

7:15 PM - 7:25 - Meet Up (Man O War Steps Wharf, next to Opera House)

BoardingΒ at - 7:30 & Departure byΒ 7:40

09:00 PM - Drop off

If purchased tickets for 8:15 Slot

8:00 PM - 8:12 - Meet Up (Man O War Steps Wharf, next to Opera House)

BoardingΒ at - 8:15 & Departure byΒ 8:25

09:45 PM - Drop off

If purchased tickets for 9:30 Slot

9:15 PM - 9:25 - Meet Up (Man O War Steps Wharf, next to Opera House)

Boarding at - 9:30 & Departure byΒ 9:40

11:00 PM - Drop off


Alcohol - Beers, champagne, spirits, mixers available at the bar to purchase.

Food - Pizzas, Crisps, Finger Food available to purchase

Kindly note this is an ALL AGES Event, Everyone is welcomed with a valid ticket.


Cancellation, Changes, Weather, Refunds:

- No Refunds ! No Exceptions !

- Valid for date and time selected at time of purchase only - strictly no change permitted so please select carefully. No refund for preferred date not available

- In cases of bad weather: please be advised that all cruises will go ahead, unless the boat has stated otherwise

- If your selected cruise cannot go ahead you will be notified and we will endeavour to secure you a suitable alternative booking. Full Refunds will be made for cruises cancelled by the boat should no suitable alternative booking be found.

This event is being held in line with NSW Government health and COVID-19 restrictions. All guests, staff and performers will need to abide by social distancing practice (if imposed by the NSW government)

We assume no responsibility for illness, injury or death associated with any of their events.


Things to Remember:

- Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to the wharf, Vivid is a busy period & it is advised to be at pickup location 20 minutes early.

- There will be no refunds or change of slots, if you missed the booked boat slot.

- Cruise times include boarding time and disembarkment.

- Everyone requires a ticket (Kids Tickets are not free, you will not be allowed to board the vessel if child doesn't have a ticket)

- Prams are allowed (You will need toΒ fold them before taking them onboard with you)

- Limited Wheelchair Access (Needs to be lifted on, you cannot roll up the wheelchair on to the vessel)

- It is not a BYO - You can not bring your own Food & Drinks onboard.

- No Heels allowed

- No outside food & drinks is permitted onboard.

Please note - With an exceptionally high demand of tickets each year, we cannot guarantee any last minute spots (if you or friends miss out on buying in advance), please make sure you have purchased your tickets as soon as possible.

Please note - Open Air Rooftops are used as Lounge area and have capacity limits. Whole capacity (180 people) of the boat cannot be on the rooftop all at once, due to safety reasons. However, both boats have Balconies on all levels.

Please note (If applicable) - Drone shows are not officially a part of our event, they happen to be occurring when the event is on. Your tickets are for a 90 min cruise of Sydney HarbourΒ with a free drink, not a drone show.


*See the Vivid Sydney Drone Show β€˜Love is in the air’

8th 9th & 15th JuneΒ (9:10 - 9:20 PM)

If the Drone Show time slot falls on your selected cruise time, only thenΒ you will be able to see it from the vessel.Β 

Tickets are not refundable if NSWΒ government cancels or reschedulesΒ the drone shows due to any reason.


Donation - Fred Hollows Foundation

Every year we try & make a difference by supporting one of the charities. In 2022, we supported United Help Ukraine & Donated $6874 & in 2023 we donated $3900 to Fred Hollows Foundation. This year we are running a campaign once again for Fred Hollows foundation.

100% of your Donation will be directed towards Fred Hollows Foundation who are restoring millions of eye sights every year around the globe.

All Donations are tax deductible- This is an Add On, not the event ticket.


This event is run by MandalayΒ Cruises, Bay Runner CruisesΒ & marketed by Ritual Local.

For any further inquiry related to the boat itself, you can email at

For any query related to the tickets, you can email us at

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