Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published September 8th 2013
Let your inner ABBA fan run free for the evening
Whether you're young at heart or just plain young, everyone seems to be born with the words to all the Abba songs in their head. Sydney's Rhythmboat Cruises are just the company to bring those lyrics to life with their sparkling Sydney Abba Cruise that sets sail 2-3 times per month during the Spring and Summer months. Get your Dancing Queen shoes on to keep up as the boat pops its way around the harbour.
Old-school favorites such as Mama-Mia and Waterloo are belted out at full volume
Sydney's Pyrmont Wharf ferry stop will see the boat load and unload its precious cargo (YOU) alternating between lunch and dinner cruises. Look for the ferry stop located between the Maritime Museum and the Star; that's the one you are aiming for.
With so many cruises on the harbour it can often be difficult to keep them straight. Rhythmboat offer Abba cruises along with salsa, rock and roll, comedy along with the standard sightseeing charters. If Abba isn't your thing don't despair and just investigate their other offerings online HERE.
Departing at 7.30pm (returning by 11pm), we boarded our retro vessel along with the other 50 or so passengers and joined the other guests at our table. The staff are exceptionally friendly and put you right at ease from the moment you board to the moment you dock regardless of the number of passengers. Tables are standard 8 seat trestle-tables encouraging guests to mingle and socialise with your exact position depending on your party size and that of other groups. 2 large antipasto platters per table are waiting for guests arrival onto the boat.
2 large antipasto platters per 8 guests = plenty to eat!
Antipasto platters were extremely generous with salami, carrot sticks, cheese, semi-dried tomato, Turkish bread and sour cream. Not one platter had been completely devoured when they were removed in order to serve the main course so one can say quite confidently to bring an appetite! Main course offers alternate plating of lamb shanks and chicken breasts although I am sure the hosts would be more than accommodating if you had dietary requirements; just inform them when you book. The food was fine however I would have preferred the choice or at least a vegetarian option. Dessert to follow was alternating orange and poppy-seed or chocolate cake. Whilst lovely; we were so full at this stage we could barely force down more than a bite; pace yourself throughout the night ladies!
Alternate servings of chicken and lamb shank serve as main course
Drinks are modestly priced with wine and champagne coming in at $7 a glass with bottles at $29; the drop of choice being a citrus Bay of Stones NV Brut. There is a good range of spirits on-board with spirits and beers coming in around $8 a serve. The bar prefers cash with minimum purchase on card being $20 but that is easy fixed if you're purchasing for your table or you can leave your card behind the bar and settle later in the evening.
As the night roles on and the mains are finished; Swedish accents come alive and the void between the tables in the centre of the boat turns into a heaving dance-floor. Grannies, young-girls, men of all ages, high-spirited tourists and fun-loving locals all swinging their hips and stretching their vocal chords to join in the rhythm of the night. The performance is extremely high energy thanks to old favorites such as 'Mama Mia', 'Waterloo' and 'Gimme Gimme'. If your dad is a wacky dancer and you can't take him anywhere... this is the place to bring him! No judgement just joy.
The performance is top class for a frivolous night out
All in all the cruise is a fantastic fun night out for groups large or small; it is quite costly though at $99 per head plus drinks; with the food not exactly gourmet it does seem to be a 'once off' sort of evening out if you are looking for something different and a bit of a laugh rather than a culinary high-brow experience. You will walk away feeling uplifted, full and overall nostalgic for musical times gone by.