Great Barrier Great Barrier Reef Cruises depart Cairns each Monday afternoon for 4 nights of expedition style cruising with only 42 guests onboard in 22 cabins and a choice of 4 styles of accommodation, visiting the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef.
These Great Barrier Reef cruises are highly specialised expedition style cruises and we have onboard marine biologists and various experts in marine life and the environment that provide informative presentations and educational expeditions over the four nights as we cruise along the East Coast of Australia.
At just 35 metres in length our Cairns based cruise ships size is perfect for exploring those exotic places that offer such a rich experience for our guests when our experts take our guests off the cruise ship to visit remote beaches and islands to learn all about the Great Barrier Reef, its inhabitants and its history.
Guests can snorkel and scuba dive directly from the back of the cruise ship platform and take an educational ride around the reef with our expert marine biologists.
During the evenings guests have the choice of relaxing or joining in on the marine presentations and discussions of the day just passed and the next day’s adventures.
Our Great Barrier Reef cruises are designed for all sorts of interests and certainly not for guests who prefer the larger style cruise ships that party into the night.
We also have an open bridge policy allowing guests to spend time with the Captain and crew as we cruise our way along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
DAY 1: CAIRNS - COASTAL CRUISE
Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for 5.00pm departure.
Cruise Trinity Bay, settle in and meet your new travelling companions of whom you shall be enjoying the next four nights with onboard your Cairns cruise ship.
In the evening, join the crew and your travelling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as we make our way northward, passing Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove.
See your first spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a delicious dinner and welcome drinks with the cruise ship Captain and then settle into your cabin for a good night’s rest.
DAY 2: COOKTOWN
Discover historic Cooktown, with buildings dating back to the 1870s.
As we dock guests have the morning to take a guided walk and learn about historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British Colony in 1770.
During the season we have the option to visit Cooktown's fascinating James Cook historical museum, featuring original artefacts from Cook's ship - HMB Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water.
Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy some time to discover Cooktown at your own pace.
Guests can also pop into the beautiful Botanic Gardens where you will see some of the plants collect by the botanist Joseph Banks.
We cruise off again in the afternoon and head out to a remote Island or Turtle Beach on Lizard Island where one of our Marine Biologists take guests out for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish found in these waters. Other guests may enjoy their first snorkelling opportunity for an up close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef.
The experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.
Before dinner it’s time for sunset drinks and a bit of chatting about the day as we watch the setting sun over the Great Barrier Reef. After dinner we may see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks up close during an after-dinner fish feed off the back deck.
Day 3. LIZARD ISLAND AND RIBBON REEFS
This morning our more energetic guests may join our expedition guides on a hike 'Cook's Look' on Lizard Island (hiking or running shoes required) to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Lizard Island and learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson.
It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown almost 250 years ago.
Lizard Island's fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offer some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens and see the huge varieties of colourful tropical fish.
Or if you wish you may simply relax on the cruise ship or the beautiful beaches, or even join fellow passengers and take a glass bottom boat tour with the Marine Biologist.
Scuba divers may jump in the crystal clear waters with the onboard Dive Instructor and discover the wonders of the reef around Lizard Island.
This afternoon cruise to pristine Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where the activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.
Day 4 RIBBON REEFS
Spend a day discovering the outer Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist-led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.
We spend our last full day visiting two of the most spectacular sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Escape Reef.
Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling tours and or glass bottom boat tours.
Our expert Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the marine life, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds.
Today will also be your last opportunity to scuba dive so make sure you take your time and plan your day well to maximise this opportunity.
This evening you will once again enjoy drinks with the Captain and your fellow passengers and reminisce on the last 4 days cruising the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
DAY 5: ARRIVE CAIRNS
Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.
Please Note:**Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.**
Passengers can select from four types of spacious, comfortable appointed accommodation.
All Cabins Feature: Air-conditioning, Private ensuite bathroom, Wardrobe, Suitcase cupboard, Speaker, Large windows or portholes, Desk, Hairdryer, 240 volt Power Point - Australian Plug Shaving outlet in bathroom
Cabin: Size is 10.5m². Bedding is either Bunk Beds OR Twin Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Perfectly comfortable, our Cabin category rooms are located close to the bow of the ship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass-Bottom Boat boarding platform. A bluetooth dock compatible with all devices is also included.
Stateroom: Size is 14m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 3 Adults.
Our four Staterooms are located midship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass-Bottom Boat boarding platform. A bluetooth dock compatible with all devices is also included. Triple share is available in a Stateroom.
Upper Deck Stateroom: Size is 14m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Our nine Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. A bluetooth dock compatible with all devices is also included.
Deluxe Stateroom: Size is 15m². Bedding is either Twin OR Double Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Our four Deluxe Staterooms are located at the stern of B Deck, in close proximity to the Bridge and the full length Sun Deck. This room also features comfortable settee, desk and bluetooth dock compatible with all devices
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Single Travellers Love our Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Tours
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT RATES
We welcome all travellers aboard our Great Barrier Reef voyages. Solo travellers are made especially at home.
On our Great Barrier Reef cruises, 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. (limited availability).
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January - December
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Soft bag with personal items for cruising on the Great Barrier Reef for 4 nights, island exploration and in water activities
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 775