Standing on the wharf at Sydney Harbour, breathing in the sea air and watching the Soren Larsen as she berths at the dock, you are suddenly transported to days gone by when swashbuckling pirates sailed the high seas in search of other ships to plunder for their bounty.
All aboard the Soren Larsen
I recently had the pleasure of attending the 'Family Pirate Lunch Cruise' aboard the Soren Larsen as part of a work function for employees and their families.
From the moment you step aboard the entertainment begins. The crew are dressed as pirates and guests are also encouraged to come dressed up. The Captain is an entertaining and informative tour guide who delights the audience with tall tales about the ships colourful history and Sydney's past.
The children were taken on a 'treasure hunt' tour of the ship to find the Pirates Gold, each receiving a chocolate coin as their bounty which was quickly gobbled up.
The package normally includes the opportunity for guests to "Climb the mast....for the rich reward of the spectacular harbour views!" Unfortunately, the Soren Larsen, had just returned from a trip to Brisbane and did not have the necessary safety equipment onboard to enable anyone agile and game enough to climb the mast. Of which, due to my definite fear of heights I was not going to be one. Although we did have a couple of people who may have been keen for this experience, no one was overly concerned that they couldn't climb the mast. This may have been due to the fact that storm clouds were rolling in and the seas were quiet choppy on the day.
Lunch consists of a variety of finger foods and drinks served by pirate waiters over the course of the two-hour cruise.
For me, apart from the excitement of being on a Tall ship on the Harbour, I loved the views. Even on a stormy day, Sydney Harbour is magnificent. Fort Denison, the Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, Admiralty House, Luna Park, and the many mansions that line the harbour foreshores.
If you're organising a function for a large group and looking for something a different to do, this is a great day out that appeals to all ages. We had approximately 60 adults and children in our group, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. So if your planning a corporate family day out, a family reunion or get together with friends, I recommend you consider taking a Pirate Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour.
A brief history of the Soren Larsen Built in Northern Denmark in 1948-49, by Soren Larsen and Sons, this beautiful ship is constructed of Oak. From 1949-1972 she traded throughout the Baltic, British and European ports carrying general cargo, timber and grain. She was restored in 1978 and has starred in films such as "The French Lieutenant's Woman", "Count of Monte Cristo" and "Shackleton". Since the late 1970's she has developed quiet an illustrious career and list of accolades including winner in her class in the Transatlantic Tallship Race via New York and Liverpool in 1992 and undertaking a World Voyage in 2000/01 – Global Oddyssey2000 where she departed Auckland in March 2000 and sailed 30,000 miles to Britain before returning to Auckland in October 2001. For more information on the history of the Soren Larsen go to www.sorenlarsen.co.nz/history.html.
Cost:$99 adults* $45 kids (4 to 14 yrs) $89 pensioners* (must show pension card) $243 family value pass (2 adults and 2 kids) Two children sail for the price of one! 10% group discount on full price tickets for 10 or more adults