Great Barrier Reef Cruises – Luxury Small Expedition Cruises – 7 Days - 2021, 2022 & 2023

Tour Code: 862

Departing: Cairns

7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Great Barrier Reef cruises are launching a brand new small luxury cruise ship from Cairns in October 2020. Be one of the 72 guests to join our inaugural 7 night northern Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tours. 
  • Join our wildlife experts, marine biologists and guest lecturers as they talk about the connection with Aboriginal indigenous culture, Australian heritage and the wonderful corals and marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • This will be some of the most amazing snorkelling and scuba diving you have ever done as we explore remote reefs in northern Australia on the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef
  • Our 7 night Northern Great Barrier Reef small luxury cruise ship tours are created for guests looking for an adventure and an experience and that is totally unique to all other cruises

Included In Price

  • 7 Night Expedition Voyage aboard brand new cruise ship
  • Snorkelling & scuba equipment
  • Expert Expedition Team, including a Great Barrier Reef expert Marine Biologist
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard: buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches and table d’hote dinners
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

Book your berth on our brand new luxury cruise ship on a 7 night Great Barrier Reef Cruise. Our Great Barrier Reef Cruise ship tours from Cairns are for real explorers looking for expedition style cruises covering remote regions of the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Our brand new cuise ship will depart from Cairns in Far North Queensland and offer our guests a highly personalised style of cruising that is not seen on other cruises ships plying the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

With no assigned seating for meal times, our Great Barrier Reef cruises offer an intimate convivial atmosphere for our 72 guests.

These expedition cruises are very unlike the large commercial cruise ship tours that call into the main ports along the East Coast of Australia, we find our cruise ship passengers are looking for unique experiences and associated discoveries to enjoy with other like-minded guests in uncrowded experiential situations.

Join our marine qualified expedition leaders and guest lecturers for shore excursions in the UNESCO World Heritage Northern section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Experts in their field of knowledge on flora and fauna, landscapes and Aboriginal indigenous culture, they will ensure your Great Barrier Reef cruise experience is a rich, rewarding and enlightening cruise as possible 

Brand New Luxury Cruise Ship Launched October 2020 - From Cairns On The Great Barrier Reef

A new era of reef exploration began with the introduction of the brand new yacht-like expedition cruise ship to the reef with immersive 7-day adventures to the remote and untouched Northern reef precinct with departures from Cairns.

Operating from October annually, we will take a maximum of 72 guests to explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems.

Journey beyond the known and to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to discover abundant marine life, ancient cultures, seabirds and solitude.

Meet charismatic marine species including the sea turtles surfing the ocean currents, find Nemo nestled amongst the coral gardens and marvel at the magnificent humpback whale migration in the deep blue of the Coral Sea.

Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey, Escape and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown.

Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island and stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay.

Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising. With refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble explorer tenders we will bring you closer to remote sites and natural habitats

You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.

Departure Dates

2021 Departure Dates: 24/11 and 01/12

2022 Departure Dates: 04/01, 11/01, 02/11, 09/11, 16/02, 23/11, and 31/11

2023 Departure Dates: 07/11, 14/11, 21/11 and 28/11


Board the cruise ship at 4:00pm and enjoy time to settle into your cabin before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we cruise northwards from Cairns toward Cooktown.

At days end join fellow explorers and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.


Come ashore in historic Cooktown and experience a traditional welcome to country ceremony. Share a spiritual connection through storytelling and the traditional smoking ceremony with the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770.

Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artifacts are on display.

Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset drinks at Turtle Beach. After dinner, look for giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during a fish feeding exhibition off the aft deck.


We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson.

There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.


Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf with no landmass visible. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters.

Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough.

Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.


The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf.

Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral.

Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles.

In the late afternoon we stretch our legs on remote Hope Island before joining fellow explorers and crew for sunset drinks on the beach as the sun sinks below the horizon.


Explore the 127km-long Daintree River which cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. With an expert guide onboard we look for the region’s famed wildlife such as saltwater crocodiles, rare and endangered cassowaries and the prolific bird species that inhabit the forest and mangrove-lined river banks.

We step ashore at a Daintree wilderness centre on the banks of the river and walk on forest trails overhung with lush vegetation. Immersed in the rainforest, we learn more about the diverse Wet Tropics ecosystem which contains the largest habitat of flora and fauna in the world.

Cruising southwards along the Ribbon Reefs, there are more spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities at Ribbon Reef #3 where we look for iconic species as well as the vibrantly coloured coral gardens the Ribbon Reefs are renowned for.


At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more fit and adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges.

Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and lend a hand to the volunteers as we learn about the turtles at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild.

Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon, enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Drinks at sunset on our own private sand island.


Our Great Barrier Reef cruise concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.

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Departs From


Departure Time
  • Embark: Board in Cairns at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure
  • Disembark: Arrive in Cairns at 7:00am and disembark at 8:00am
Departure Instructions

As per confirmed booking details

  • Cooktown
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Osprey Reef
  • Ribbon Reef #9
  • Hope Island
  • Daintree River
  • Ribbon Reef #3
  • Sudbury Cay
Months of Operation

November - January

2021 Departure Dates: 24/11 and 01/12
2022 Departure Dates: 04/01, 11/01, 02/11, 09/11, 16/02, 23/11, and 31/11
2023 Departure Dates: 07/11, 14/11, 21/11 and 28/11


7 Nights

Available for Purchase / Hire

Scuba Diving

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


Scuba Diving – minimum age 12


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 after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after 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
  • Note: *Tours of the Lizard Island Research Station are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed due to operational considerations.
  • 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.
  • What’s not included:
  • Travel insurance
  • Scuba diving rates
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet services (available at a cost)
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Australian entry visas or travel permits
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted) laundry charges and souvenir purchases
  • Travel Insurance
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.
  • Soft bag with personal items for a beach holiday and cruise ship tour
  • Good walking shoes, sun hat, ocean friendly suncream

Children 0 to 3 travel free

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.

  • To make a reservation you have to pay a deposit of 20% of the fare.
  • The balance of the fare is due ninety (90) days prior to departure.
  • All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.
  • Notification of cancellation must be received in writing.
  • At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
  • Expedition Itineraries
  • *Up to 90 days prior to departure – forfeit your deposit of 20% of the fare.
  • *60 to 89 days prior to departure – forfeit 50% of the fare.
  • *No-show to 59 days prior to departure – forfeit 100% of the fare.
  • Transfer Fees
  • *Date change fee made more than 90 days before departure - $500 per person fee.
  • *Date change within 90 days of departure is considered a cancellation and standard Cancellation Policy applies.
  • *A $200 per person fee is applicable for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed.
  • *Applicable to all itineraries: A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and Cancellation Penalties will apply
  • We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave an expedition whilst it is in progress.

Great Barrier Reef Cruises – Luxury Small Expedition Cruises – 7 Days - 2021, 2022 & 2023

Tour Code: 862

Departing: Cairns

7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise



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

Child: au$3,562.50
Family: au$16,625.00

Tour Code: 862



13 yrs & over

4 - 12 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
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+61 427 074 745
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