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Boxing Day Cruises

Watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and follow them down the coast

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Available Boxing Day Cruises

Join us for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day. Choose between our premium 3.5hr Boxing Day Cruise with superior viewing decks across 3 levels, included catering and a licensed bar on board or our 2.5hr Boxing Day Cruises with BYO Food + a licensed bar onboard.

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Experience the Spectacular Sporting Event of the Year!

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport as yachts from all over the world prepare to take part in the once-a-year adventure. The Sydney to Hobart race is famous both locally and internationally and is considered by many to be the toughest short ocean race in the world. It is an event which sees professionals and amateurs alike compete for the elusive title.

On December 26, a fleet of over 90 yachts will jostle into position on Sydney Harbour for the start of the race. Since its inception in 1945, the race has always started on Boxing Day in Sydney Harbour.

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Open Ocean Experience

Join us as we get amongst the action in the build-up and chase the race out of the heads as far down as Maroubra!* At Fantasea Cruising we pride ourselves on providing an experience you will never forget! Boxing Day is one of the most exciting days on Sydney Harbour, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than on one of our Boxing Day cruises.

All vessels have plenty of open deck for the best viewing on the harbour and outside it. Air conditioned areas with TV’s and commentary as well as a license bar and a premium picnic box on Fantasea Catalina and Ocean Dreaming 2 (before we head out to sea).

Friends and family of race crew are most welcome! We attempt to work back through the fleet once out of the harbour to say a final farewell all those with loved ones on boats heading south.

*Subject to weather and sea conditions.

Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Memorable Whale Watching Experience

"It was an absolutely great whale watching experience. We saw a lot of humpback whales and dolphins. Beautiful day. Staffs were very friendly. The boat was large, comfy and clean. It was really enjoyable and I'll definitely come back. :)"

– Yinzhi L. via TripAdvisor
Great Cruise!

"Amazing view of the lights without the crowds. The boat was clean and comfortable and not over crowded. Lots of room to move about and get photos. All the staff were friendly and pointed out things of interest. Highly recommended!"

– rickyandrobyn via TripAdvisor
Great Whale Experience!

"We had a great morning with the Fantasea crew and saw a lot of humpback whales, really amazing experience. The staff was friendly and the facilities very good. We would definitely go again!"

– Rebekka K. via TripAdvisor
A Lovely Evening Cruise

"Great deal booked online and a really lovely 1 1/2 hrs cruising the harbour. We enjoyed the outdoor deck upstairs, but the inside area was just beautiful for those who preferred to be inside. Staff were lovely and overall experience was terrific. We were blessed with the weather... would highly recommend!"

– Kerrilyn H. via TripAdvisor