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Cairns Sunset Dinner Cruise | Spirit of Cairns
Posted on May 1, 2019 by Sophie Tabouel
In Cairns we are spoilt for choice when it comes to wonderful restaurants offering delicious options for dinner. So much so that it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to eat.
For something truly different, perfect for locals and visitors alike, there is the ‘Spirit of Cairns’ dinner cruise that departs from the Cairns Marlin Marina every night at 6:30pm.
This is a calm water cruise on a luxury catamaran that includes a drink on arrival, live entertainment, panoramic views of the surrounding area and the opportunity to see the city lights come up, as the sun sets behind Cairns. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the sumptuous buffet, featuring fresh seafood.
However, your Cairns dinner cruise does not start with the food. Boarding is in a leisurely manner with the friendly crew offering you a welcome drink as soon as you get on the luxury catamaran.
There is time to find a comfortable seat either at the bow, or on the covered top deck at the stern, take in the views, sip your drink and get in the mood for your relaxed evening on the water to watch the skyline turn on its own show as the sun sets down behind the Cairns mountains and the sky lights up in a myriad of colours.
Just before the boat sets sail, everyone makes their way down to their allocated table in the dining area for a safety briefing and a general explanation of what the sunset dinner cruise tour has in store.
One thing that really impressed me once we were seated was the space between our table and the one next to us. I have been on sunset dinner cruises where the tables are so close together you almost feel like you have to make conversation with your neighbours because you’re practically sat the same table.
Of course, space is limited on a boat but I did appreciate the consideration given to providing each table with a little privacy.
Another plus was the live entertainment. There was just one man with a guitar who played with enough volume to provide a bit of atmosphere, but not so loud that we had to shout over the music. He was also very pleasant to listen to and certainly had an extensive repertoire.
As we began our sunset dinner cruise out of the marina and into the calm waters of Cairns harbour, we were invited to make our way to the buffet where almost impossible choices awaited us. There were fresh salads, bread rolls, cold meats and hot dishes such as butter chicken and local fish with a choice of vegetables or rice, not to mention fresh prawns and oysters for the seafood enthusiasts. We had plenty of time to enjoy an unhurried dinner, and seconds, before dessert was served. Again, so much choice including sweet treats, fresh fruit and a cheese board.
Not wanting to miss out on the beautiful views now that the sun had set and the lights of Cairns were twinkling across the water, we took our drinks upstairs and into the fresh night air and found ourselves a table for two.
From there I tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to capture the night time scenery on my camera and, once I’d given up on that, we simply watched the world go by as we cruised up into the Trinity Inlet and later back to the Cairns Marlin marina.
Even though we didn’t want our evening on the ‘Spirit of Cairns’ to end, the combination of delicious food, attentive staff and beautiful views meant that we disembarked feeling well fed and very relaxed. I even wondered briefly if we would ever be satisfied eating at a land-based restaurant again. Considering the excellent restaurants in the area, this is unlikely to be a problem, but it’s still good to know that this cruise goes out 7 nights a week. What’s more, there is also the ‘Spirit of Cairns’ lunch option available on Sundays…
Book your table on our Cairns sunset dinner cruise now and experience it for yourself, phone 1300 761 612
Author: Romi Hood – Destination Specialist
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