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Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ships - 3, 4 & 7 Day Cruise | All Year Round

Departing: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$1,500.00

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

Child: au$750.00
Family: au$4,500.00

Tour Code: 287

  • Enjoying the luxury of a small boutique Great Barrier Reef cruise ship without the crowds
  • Spending time with the onboard Marine Biologists on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours around the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Meeting like minded couples and travellers who like a more intimate expedition style cruise ship tour of the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Our Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tours from Cairns are so popular with both international guests and Australian residents our cruise ships depart Cairns each week, year round.  

Book your berth on a Great Barrier Reef cruise ship that intimately accommodates 42 guests to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore remote coral cays, islands and fringing reefs. We have been showing guests the Great Barrier Reef on our purpose built small cruise ships for 33 years

Departing from Cairns and at 35 metres in length, our purpose built small Great Barrier Reef cruise ship is ideal for discovering the amazing Great Barrier Reef intimately with like minded guests and without the crowds of the big commercial cruise liners.

Our cruise ships 21 cabins are fully equipped with private ensuites, air conditioning, storage space, Bluetooth docks and large picture windows, allowing you to relax in your cabin and gaze at the spectacular scenery of the Great Barrier Reef as we cruise along the reefs and islands on the Coral Sea.

Our Cairns based cruise ship features a spacious lounge with cocktail bar, comprehensive reference library and plasma screens where you can meet with the onboard Marine Biologists to learn about the reef and its inhabitants.

Our large sun deck offers comfortable deck chairs and a place to relax under the tropical sunshine that Queensland is well known for.

All meals are served in the dining room where this no assigned seating that enables all the guests to mingle and get to know each other which is also perfect for the single travellers, and there is also just one sitting time for each meal.

Our Great Barrier Reef cruise ships operate an Open Bridge policy, allowing guests to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise.

GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE SHIP ON BOARD FACILITIES 

Large Sun Deck with sun lounges

Glass-Bottom Boat and Kayaks for marine exploration 

Two fully stocked cocktail bars 

Dining Room

Spacious lounge with plasma screen 

Reference library 

Small gift shop with souvenirs and personal items available for purchase

 Open Bridge

 Phone and fax facilities

 Scuba diving facilities, snorkelling equipment

Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns 3 Nights

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11.00am

Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1.30pm

Our 3 night southern Great Barrier Reef expedition takes guests to some of the reefs most biologically significant areas.

From the mangrove channel at Hinchinbrook Island to the ancient rainforest of Dunk Island, and the untouched remoteness of Sudbury Cay, guests onboard will experience a myriad of habitats, both on land and at sea.

Our cruise ships immersive itinerary has been designed to provide ample time to explore the reef through snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottom boat tours.

Spend time exploring the underwater worlds of Coates and Nathan Reefs and visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

Enjoy the Marine Biology presentations and learn all about the Great Barrier Reefs unique eco system, biodiversity the marine life that call it home. 

Cruise through the Hinchinbrook Channel on a glass bottom boat and wander along the Haven track then it’s off to enjoy sunset drinks on Sudbury Cay and a sumptuous seafood buffet on the cruise ship and then a display of marine life on the back deck with the Marine Biologist whilst they feed the fish.  

Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns 4 Nights

Departs Cairns: Every Monday at 5.00pm

Returns Cairns: Every Friday at 8.00am

On our 4 night Great Barrier Reef cruise guests have the perfect amount of time to explore the colourful coral gardens of this World Heritage listed wonder.

We will enjoy a full day and discover two different sections of the rarely visited pristine Ribbon Reefs which are considered to be the most colourful reefs found along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off famous Lizard Island and Two Isles.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.

For visiting guests wanting to spend as much time as possible discovering the reefs of the Tropical North, whilst enjoying shore time, this 4 night boat cruise itinerary offers you plenty of time to see and experience the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef with our highly experienced line of cruise ships and her crew.     

Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns 7 Nights

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11.00am and Monday (reverse direction)

Returns Cairns: Every Friday at 8.00am

This is a Great Barrier Reef cruise for guests with the time and sense of adventure to jump on board our cruise ship for 7 nights to see all the highlights of the Great Barrier Reef on a truly personalised bespoke cruise ship for only 42 guests.

Combining our 3 and 4 night cruises guests will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard Island, Dunk Island and the stunning remote Sudbury Cay.

Discover the very best of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, our seven night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.  

The 7-night Immersive Reef itinerary is the ideal way to experience the finest sections of the Northern and Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Created by combining the 3-night and 4 night itineraries – first cruising to the Southern Reef, then continuing to the Northern reef – highlights of this expedition include the colourful Ribbon Reefs, famous Lizard Island, Hinchinbrook Island and the remote Sudbury sand Cay.

Visiting nine private mooring sites, this is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience where you can see it all – reef, rainforests and islands.
Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary excursion to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park when this ship is in Cairns mid-cruise during turnaround.

Please note: This voyage runs in both directions – starting either Northbound or Southbound. The opposite direction is listed below.

 

Cairns – Lizard Island – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns 7 Nights Immersive Reef

Departs Cairns: Every Monday at 5.00pm and every Friday

Returns Cairns: Every Monday at 1.30pm

The Great Barrier Reef cruise ship itinerary is a reverse itinerary of our 7 night cruise detailed above. On the Immersive Reef Expedition, you’ll experience the opportunity to scuba dive and snorkel at nine of our private boat mooring sites, including the Ribbon Reef’s #3 and #9, Thetford Reef, Steve’s Boomie and Escape Reef.

Enjoy a refreshing swim at Fitzroy Island, walk the Haven Track on Hinchinbrook Island, and enjoy sunset drinks on private Sudbury Cay.

A unique opportunity to become immersed in the very best there is on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Please note: This voyage runs in both directions – starting either Northbound or Southbound. The opposite direction is listed above.

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7 night Cairns – Lizard IslandHinchinbrook IslandCairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience.

Combining both our 3 and 4 night ship cruises guests discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard Island, Dunk Island and Sudbury Cay.

Discover the very best of the Great Barrier Reef on our personalised bespoke 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises which offer the ultimate experience that will make you wish you could never stop the cruise boat.   

GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE SHIP CABINS OPTIONS

Our Great Barrier Reef cruise ship offers four types of spacious cabin accommodation on board to choose from with all being stylishly appointed with comfortable furnishings, ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, international power outlets, shower, vanity and toilet. 

The cabins have ample storage, air conditioning and feature good sized windows for viewing.  All cabins are serviced daily with complimentary Gilchrist & Saomes toiletries.

Deluxe Stateroom:  Four deluxe staterooms are located at the stern of B Deck, in close proximity to the Bridge and the full length sun deck. These staterooms are 15sqm (162 sq ft) providing a comfortable sette for relaxation, desk with Bluetooth dock and your choice of double or twin beds.  Picture windows give you wonderful views over the Great Barrier Reef and her islands.

Upper Deck Stateroom:  The nine Upper Deck Staterooms are located on B Deck which caters for accommodation only.  This is the quietest area of the ship decorated in traditional maritime style décor and comfortably furnished including a choice of double or twin bed, storage space & desk with Bluetooth dock.  The upperdeck staterooms are spacious 14sqm (151 sq ft) and offer picture windows providing unobstructed ocean views.

Stateroom:  There are only four staterooms in this category located midship on C Deck which offer close access to the dining room and glass bottom boat boarding platform.  The Staterooms are perfect for those guests wishing to avoid stairs.  They are the same size as the Upper Deck Staterooms with a choice of bedding either double or twin, writing desk with Bluetooth dock, windows with oceans views and plenty of storage. Triple Occupancy is available for this room type on request.  The third person is accommodated on a Pullman bunk or foldaway bed.

Cabin:  There are 5 Cabins onboard located on C Deck at the bow of the ship.  Perfect for the budget minded guest, the cabins range from 10.50sqm to 14sqm (141-151 sq ft) offering the same comforts as the other rooms, ensuite bathroom, circle porthole windows & storage. Close to the dining room and glass bottom boat boarding platform. The cabins are available in twin fixed bed configuration and also offer a Bluetooth dock.

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Included In Price

  • No single supplement for genuine single travellers (see additional info)
  • All meals, morning & afternoon teas, soda fountain soft drinks
  • Tea and Barista-style coffee are available at all times
  • Use of snorkelling equipment, masks, fins and flotation vests
  • Guided glass bottom boat coral viewing and snorkelling excursions
  • Presentations by Marine Biologists
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Use of comprehensive range of library and video resources
  • An introductory SCUBA diving skills session is available for first time divers
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 3 Night Cruise: departs every Friday departing 11:00am (Boarding 10:00am) 
  • 4 Night Cruise: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise North: departs every Monday 5:00pm (Boarding 4:00pm)
  • 7 Night Cruise South: departs every Friday 11:00am (Boarding 10:00am)
Destinations
  • Cooktown
  • Dunk Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Hinchinbrook Island
  • Lizard Island
  • 3 Night Cruise: Cairns - Thetford Reef- Hinchinbrook Channel - Dunk Island - Fitzroy Island - Cairns
  • 4 Night Cruise: Cairns - Cooktown - Lizard Island - Ribbon Reefs - Cairns
  • 7 Night Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
  • 7 Night Immersive Reef Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days
4 Nights / 5 Days
7 Nights / 8 Days 

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • All bar and shop charges 
  • Ship to Shore phone/fax calls
  • Govt. Environmental Management Charge $19.50 per person
  • Scuba diving sessions (see additional information below)
Fitness Level Required

Low, 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 advised a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • Genuine single travellers cruise at twin share price in single rooms, limited cabins available
  • 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
  • SCUBA Diving - 3 Night Cruise optional 3 - 5 dives 
  • Ask about scuba diving costs for certified scuba divers and introductory scuba divers
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended 
  • Marine Stingers - As the cruise ships operate on the outer Great Barrier Reef, marine stingers rarely creat a problem for guests.   As a preventative measure, Lycra sun suits are available for purchase onboard.  
  • Optional extra costs are subject to change
  • Guests cannot bring their own alcohol onboard
Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • 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
  • Beach towels are supplied

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Peter H

Reviewed on April 09, 2017

the GBR cruise was fantastic I had such a great time the people on the ship were great.The treatment I received was beyond fantastic If I ever come back I will be taking this cruise again for sure. Thank you

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you Peter we love to read our guest reviews and learn how much you enjoyed it. These small expedition style cruises on the Great Barrier Reef are certainly unique. Please take a look at all the new cruises we now have on offer that depart from Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and other exotic places

  • Infants up to 3 years inclusive travel Free of Charge
  • Children from 4 - 14 years inclusive recieve 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.

  • 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
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ships - 3, 4 & 7 Day Cruise | All Year Round

Departing: Cairns

Unique & Amazing Experience

From

au$1,500.00

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

Child: au$750.00
Family: au$4,500.00

Tour Code: 287

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