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Cairns Cruise Ships | 7 Night Ultimate Expedition Cruise Great Barrier Reef

Departing: Cairns

7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • The complete 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruise ship expedition from Cairns. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll remote golden sandy beaches and wander island rainforest trails
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef at our exclusive private cruise ship moorings away from the big tourist crowds
  • Be guided by our onboard expert Marine Biologists on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Listen in on informative Great Barrier Reef presentations and educational documentaries, learn about the history and cultures of the region and early explorers
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer Great Barrier Reef

7 Night Ultimate Expedition Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef Our 7 night cruise ship tour from Cairns offers the ultimate expedition style cruise that lets you discover so much more about the Great Barrier Reef whilst on your holiday with our onboard marine experts

Our 7-night Cairns cruise ship itinerary is the ideal way to explore the most beautiful and remote sections of the Northern and Southern Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Over the next 7 nights we visit places on the reef that the large commercial cruise ship passengers never see.

Our 7 night cruise is created by combining our popular 3-night and 4-night Great Barrier Reef itineraries and including highlights such as the Northern Ribbon Reefs, world famous Lizard Island, beautiful Hinchinbrook Island and Sudbury Cay.

Visiting nine exclusive mooring sites on the reef, this is the ultimate Cairns cruise ship itinerary for the Great Barrier Reef where you can experience it all – reef, rainforests and islands.

Our boutique style expedition cruises from Cairns accommodate 42 guests who are looking for a cruise ship tour with a difference to the big commercial cruise liners.

On our Great Barrier Reef cruises we have on board Marine Biologists and other guest specialists that accompany our guests on island explorations, walks, snorkel tours, glass bottom boat tours and scuba diving expeditions.   

7 Day Ultimate Expedition Cruise Great Barrier Reef

BONUS NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON OUR CAIRNS CRUISE SHIP TOURS 
We welcome all travellers aboard our Cairns cruise ship tours. Solo travellers are made especially at home.

On our Great Barrier Reef voyages, genuine single travellers can travel at the twin-share rate in a room for their sole use with no single supplement. Genuine single travellers refers to those who, whether by choice or due to circumstance, are travelling alone.

About our Cairns Based Cruise Ship

Our cruise ship is 35 metres in length and hosts 42 guests, she is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and visiting small coves and reefs that other larger cruise ships cannot access.

Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from aft of the cruise ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your expedition style cruise with us will be truly memorable.

Refurbished in 2015, our Cairns based cruise ship is has 22 cabins featuring traditional maritime styling with wood-panelled walls. 
Guests can choose between double and twin bedded cabins, each equipped with a private en-suite, air conditioning and ample storage space.  All cabins feature large picture windows, allowing you to always have a view of the spectacular scenery across the Great Barrier Reef.

The cruise ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar. It also features a reference library and plasma screens.

The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax or sunbathe, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. 
As a special experience guests will enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef.

On our Great Barrier Reef tours we operate an open bridge policy, allowing guests to spend time with the Captain and his professional crew as we cruise along the Eastern seaboard of Australia.
Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

7 Night Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary

7 Night Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary

Example southern then northern itinerary for departures on Friday:
Cairns - Lizard Island - Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns

Reverse itinerary for departures on Monday
Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns

DAY 1: CAIRNS AND SUDBURY CAY

Board at the Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal at 10:00am, and depart Trinity Inlet at 11am on our voyage to Sudbury Reef. We begin our first day of in-water activities and enjoy snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving.

We finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on a deserted sandy cay and get to know our ship’s Captain and our fellow cruising companions.
Settle into your cabin for your first night sleep and wake early to a magnificent sunrise over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL & DUNK ISLAND

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife such as pre-historic crocodiles and brilliant birds and butterflies  during a mangrove tour in our expedition boats.
Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a guided hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot some unique native Australian wildlife and the Ulysses butterflys that dominate this island.

DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF

Explore Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel tour with our onboard Marine Biologists : this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist

DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND - CAIRNS

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the top of Fitzroy Island to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to at 1:30pm.  During a brief turn-around in Cairns, you may enjoy a complimentary admission to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship at 4:00pm on your way to enjoy the northern Reef.

DAY 5: HISTORIC COOKTOWN AND THE REEF

Your expedition guides will show you all the historic locations of Cooktown, with buildings dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on world famous Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck of your Great Barrier Reef cruise ship.

DAY 6: LIZARD ISLAND AND THE RIBBON REEFS

Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional guided historical hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and scuba diving.

DAY 7: RIBBON REEFS

Spend a full day discovering the outer section of the Great Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, scuba diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef

.DAY 8: CAIRNS

Cruise back to Cairns and Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Cruise Ship Features & Services 

  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Sun deck
  • Glass bottom boats & kayaks 
  • Indoor & outdoor lounge areas
  • Reference library 
  • Open Bridge 
  • All cabins serviced daily

See more Cairns cruise ship tours and itineraries

Included In Price

  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Glass Bottom Boat and inflatable tender vessels
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Small-batch meals prepared by our chef
  • Snorkelling and introductory scuba skills session, with equipment
  • Post-cruise transfers to the Airport or CBD
  • All coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports*
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Departs: Cairns Every Friday at 11.00am
  • Returns: Cairns Every Friday at 8.00am
  • Departs Cairns: Reverse Direction Every Monday at 5.00pm
  • Returns Cairns: Reverse Direction Monday at 1.30pm
Destinations
  • Cooktown
  • Dunk Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Ribbon Reefs
  • Escape Reef
  • Family Islands
  • Nathan Reef
  • Sudbury Cay
  • Thetford reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Monday, Friday

Closed Christmas Day

Duration

7 nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Scuba diving
  • Lycra suits hire
  • Cooktown Museum entrance fee
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel date
  • Special Dietary requirements need to be avised a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Single travellers pay twin share price, limited number of single cabins available
  • Single rooms will be offered to genuine single travellers, ie those passengers who are not travelling with any acquaintances. For those guests who elect to have their own single room rather than sharing with an acquaintance a 25% sole use surcharge will apply
  • Electricity - 240v Australian Plugs
  • Group & Charter rates available upon request
  • Taxi from Cairns Airport to Cairns Wharf - approx AUD$20
  • Mobile reception may not always be available due to the remote locations
  • The ship is equipped with a satellite phone/fax if required at a set rate per minute
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended
  • Marine stingers - As the cruises operate on the outer Great Barrier Reef, marine stingers rarely create a problem for guests. As a preventative measure, Lycra sun suits are available for purchase onboard for approximately AUD$25 per suit.
  • Read here for more information on Marine Stingers https://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/info/reef-dangers/Irukandji/
  • Optional extra costs are subject to change
  • Guests cannot bring their own alcohol onboard
  • Cash or credit card
  • Smart cool casual clothing for the evening (drip dry, wash and wear clothing recommended) - No formal attire is required
  • Swimwear, Hat, Sunscreen
  • Light Jacket for cooler nights at sea
  • Hiking boots or sneakers for walks

  • Infants 0-3 years inclusive travel free of charge
  • Children 4-14 years inclusive receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel
  • 14 - 30 days prior to departure - forfeit 20% of the relevant fare
  • 7 - 13 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
  • No show - 6 days - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare
  • Please note there are no internet facilities on the cruise ship
  • NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Coral Expeditions welcomes all travellers aboard our voyages. Solo travellers are made especially at home. On our Great Barrier Reef voyages, genuine single travellers can travel at the twin-share rate in a room for their sole use with no single supplement. Genuine single travellers refers to those who, whether by choice or due to circumstance, are travelling alone.

Cairns Cruise Ships | 7 Night Ultimate Expedition Cruise Great Barrier Reef

Departing: Cairns

7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise

From

au$3,169.50

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$1,594.50
Family: au$9,528.00

Tour Code: 776

From

au$3,169.50

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
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Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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