Cairns Cruise Ships | Ultimate 3,4 & 7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruises
Cairns Cruise Ships | Ultimate 3,4 & 7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruises
Great Barrier Reef cruises and tours are our speciality and as Australia’s leading small ship cruise line, our Cairns cruise ships offer the ultimate expedition style Great Barrier Reef "holiday of discovery". 3, 4 and 7 night cruises depart from tropical Cairns sailing the Coral Sea, north to Lizard Island, Cooktown and south to Hinchinbrook Island, Dunk Island and Fitzroy Island. Comfortable cabin choices, exceptional Australian cuisine with a relaxed, casual atmosphere on board. This bespoke cruise ship offers small intimate ship sailing for only 44 travelers and showcases many amazing opportunities to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from above and below the water's surface. Ask our reservations team about our latest Cairns Cruise Ship holiday deals
Cairns Cruise Ships | Ultimate 3,4 & 7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruises
Great Barrier Reef Cruises | Come On A Cruise Ship With The Experts
With over 33 years of cruising excellence our Cairns Cruise Ship expeditions offer ideal small ship sailing experiences on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef.
The Cairns Cruise Ship Expeditions II is only 35 metres long which makes it ideal to explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to see things other big cruise ship passengers would never see.
Our cruise ship is equipped with facilities you would find on a much larger boats ensuring your comfort and enjoyment on your 3, 4, 7 day bespoke cruise ship holiday.
With a maximum of 44 guests the atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual, providing freedom and flexibility to explore more remote untouched beaches, coral cays and picturesque remote islands in an unhurried manner with only a handful of other guests.
Cairns Coral Sea Cruise Ship Expeditions
On board, the cruise ships spacious lounge is fully air-conditioned with a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The two cocktail bars offer a great selection of Australian and New Zealand wines, beers and a variety of spirits, soft drinks and juices.
The Coral Sea cruise experience is all about discovering and learning about the marine life and environments of the Tropical North Queensland coastline and the Great Barrier Reef.
So, the entertainment on board will be the sights and sounds of the beautiful surroundings and the on board expert guest lecturers by the Marine Biologists to enlighten you about the natural wonders of this world recognised iconic region.
Cruise ship dining will be another great experience with menus during your cruise that feature the fresh and unique flavours of the South Pacific.
The contemporary Australian cuisine features local seafood and a variety of fabulous tropical fruits. Lunch is served buffet style and dinner a sumptuous three course dinner from the table d’hote menu.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
Cairns Cruise Ship Crew
Our all-Australian and New Zealand staff are chosen for their professionalism, highest levels of service and engaging personalities.
The Cruise Director or expedition leader works closely with the Captain with regards to weather and tides to ensure the daily programme of activities and shore excursions run smoothly.
Our pursers are available 24 hours a day to ensure your comfort and answer any questions during your 3, 4 or 7 day Great Barrier Reef cruise.
As the ship has an ‘open bridge’ policy you will be welcomed to visit the Bridge at any time and see the great view from up there and chat to the crew.
Great Barrier Reef Cruises Itinerary Inclusions
Welcome Drink - Served on arrival for both 3 & 4 night cruises.
Special Location Drink - A nice refreshing surprise revieled to guests during the cruise.
'Made To Order' Breakfast - the breakfast buffet has now been replace with 3 delicious choices of breakfast, changing daily.
Cairns Cruise Boat Accommodation Choices
There are four types of spacious cabin accommodation on board your small cruise ship to choose from all stylishly appointed with comfortable furnishings, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, international power outlets, shower, vanity and toilet. Rooms have ample storage, air conditioning and feature good size windows. All rooms are serviced daily with complimentary Gilchrist & Saomes toiletries.
Deluxe Stateroom: Four rooms 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 space for a comfortable sofa, desk and your choice of double or twin beds. Picture windows give you wonderful ocean views.
Upper Deck Stateroom: There are nine Upper Deck Staterooms located on B Deck which has accommodation only. This is a quiet area of the ship decorated in a traditional maritime style décor and comfortably furnished including a choice of double or twin bed, storage space & a desk. The rooms are spacious 14sqm (151 sq ft) have picture windows providing unobstructed ocean views.
Stateroom: There are only four rooms in this category located midship on C Deck which is in close access to the dining room and glass bottom boat boarding platform. The Staterooms are perfect for those guests not wishing avoid stairs. They are the same size as the Upper Deck Staterooms with a choice of bedding either double or twin, writing desk, 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, picture windows & storage. The cabins are only available in twin bed configuration.
Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itineraries
(NB: Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, tides or mechanical reasons)
3 Night Cruise (CC3): Cairns –Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns
Day 1. (Every Friday) Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary
10:00am Board your Cairns Cruise Ship Expedition at Cairns Trinity Wharf for a departure at 11:00am.
Cruising out through Trinity Bay its time to settle into your room and meet your fellow travellers over a complimentary 'Welcome drink' and familiarise yourself with the cruise ships amenities. Enroute to our exclusive mooring at Thetford Reef, Coates Reef and Nathan Reef.
On arrival at the Outer Great Barrier Reef you will have the opportunity to join our Marine Biologist on board the glass bottom boat to learn and view some of the 1,500 species of fish that live here or enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling.
Fish feeding is always fun on the snorkel deck, the Marine Biologist will introduce you to some reef residence such as the Spangled Emperor, Giant Trevally and Hump-Headed Maori Wrasse.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy amazing snorkelling the shallow waters (guided snorkelling tours available) or venture out on your own.
This evening join the crew and fellow travellers on the top deck lounge to view the spectacular sunset and a sumptuous Captain's welcome seafood buffet dinner.
This morning you will awake to view Hinchinbrook Island with its cliffs and expansive mangroves along the Hinchinbrook channel. Cruising the length of the channel (subject to tides) there will be opportunity to see some diverse marine life such as crocodiles, turtles, dugongs and dolphins. The area is rich in sea grasses which provide a rich feeding ground for many species.
This afternoon will be spent on a shore excursion on a tropical island and guests will enjoy the ambience of their own tropical paradise with a delicious gourmet barbeque lunch prepared in style on the beach.
There is plenty of time to discover the Island with guided rainforest walks, snorkelling the fringing reef with giant clam garden, glass bottom boat tour or try a guided SCUBA dive or take a kayak out for a paddle.
Or perhaps you just want to relax and enjoy the golden beach under the Queensland sun. Back on board to continue our journey, relax on the sun deck with a tropical cocktail and view the setting sun.
Today we moor our cruise ship at our exclusive Dunk Island mooring offering fascinating rainforest walks to discover the unique flora and birdlife of the Island. There are 100 species of native birds on this island and the magnificent Ulysses Butterfly with its electric blue wings.
After a tropical buffet lunch there is time to explore Nathan Reef, which has some of the most colourful coral gardens, this amazing reef has 400 different species of living coral and is World Heritage listed.
SCUBA diving is the ultimate reef experience, if certified, scuba dive at your leisure, if you want to give it a try, our Dive Instructor is there to guide you every step of the way.
You may also take a glass bottom boat tour around the coral lagoons or join in on the marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank.
Later in the afternoon, laze on the sun deck or enjoy the spa. Tonight is our final night of cruising the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and another memorable dinner together.
Arrival at the picturesque Fitzroy Island this morning where you can go ashore and enjoy a bush walk or the perfect white sandy beaches.
Don’t miss the final opportunity to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the idyllic sheltered waters. After lunch our crusie ship heads back into Trinity Bay for a 1.30pm arrival at Cairns Trinity Wharf Cruise Liner Terminal .
4 Night Cruise (CC4): Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns
Day 1. (Every Monday) Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary
Boarding for your Great Barrier Reef cruise boat is at 4pm for a 5pm departure from the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. Leaving Trinity Bay we head northward with views of Double Island and the tropical village of Palm Cove.
Time to relax, with your fellow travellers and crew with a complimentary 'Welcome drink' and enjoy the tranquil sunset over the Macalister Range before our tropical seafood inspired Captain's welcome dinner is served.
This morning we have arrived at the historic Cooktown, made famous by the explorer Captain James Cook’s landing during his voyage that claimed Australia as a British Colony in 1770. Cook’s ship the Endeavour struck a reef off the coast north of Cape Tribulation, struggled further up the coast and beached the ship on the shores of the Endeavour River.
You will have time to take a shore visit t the James Cook Museum and see the original anchor and cannon from the Endeavour. There is plenty of time to explore Cooktown for yourself with its beautiful Botanic Gardens and quaint Buildings.
This afternoon we head out to one of the remote uninhabited Great Barrier Reef islands. Time to view the amazing coral gardens with the Marine Biologists on the glass bottom boat, or snorkelling the reef to view the 1,500 different species of fish that inhabit these waters. Tonight another relaxing evening as we head towards Lizard Island.
Awaken to the view of beautiful Lizard Island. If you are feeling like some exercise, a guided walk to Cook’s Look on the Island’s peak is a great photo opportunity, with fantastic views over the World Heritage listed reef and tropical Islands. Enjoy the morning at your leisure to enjoy the white sand secluded beaches or explore the reef via the glass bottom boat, snorkelling or an exhilarating SCUBA dive in the Blue Lagoon.
This afternoon we continue cruising to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a seldom visited part of the reef with spectacular coral viewing and diving opportunities. Another wonderful day ends on the blue azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef, time to relax in the lounge or sun deck before dinner.
Cruising along the Great Barrier Reef you can now see the immensity of its size, stretching over 3,000 km from the tip of Australia down to the town of Bundaberg. It is not one continuous Reef but a series of thousands of single coral cays. Today we will visit Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef, two pristine areas home to turtles, giant clams, rays and hundreds of native birds.
This will be the last opportunity to snorkel and SCUBA dive this spectacular region. Tonight is the final night on the cruise ship so it is time to exchange memorable moments with your fellow travellers.
8.00am we dock at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal where your ships Captain and crew bid you fond farewell.
7 Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Itinerary
7 Night Cruise (CC7N): Cairns - Lizard Island - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns - Departs every Mondays
This 7 night cruise departs every Monday at 5pm and comprises of the Coral expeditions 4 night itinerary heading north to Cooktown, Lizard Island then south via the Ribbon Reefs. Joining the 3 night itinerary which heads south to Hichinbrook Island, Dunk & Fitzroy Islands and back to Cairns.
7 Night Cruise (CC7S): Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns - Departs every Fridays
This itinerary is a reverse itinerary of our 7 night cruise detailed above. This option has guests boarding at 10am and departs every Friday at 11am and comprises of the Coral expeditions 3 night itinerary heading south to Hinchinbrook Island, Dunk Island, Nathan Reef & Fitzroy Island.
Then joining the 4 night cruise sailing north to Cooktown and Lizard Island return via the Ribbon Reefs back to Cairns.
Please note that this voyage runs in both directions – starting either Northbound or Southbound.
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Included in Price
Bonus: 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 tour and snorkelling excursions
Presentations by Marine Biologists
Access to remote 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
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All bar and shop charges
Ship to Shore phone/fax calls
Govt. Environmental Management Charge $16.50 per person
Scuba diving sessions (see additional information below)
3 Nights / 4 Days
4 Nights / 5 Days
7 Nights / 8 Days
3 Night Cruise: departs every Friday departing 11:00am (Boarding 10:30am)
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 10:30am)
Departs FromCairns Trinity Wharf
What To Bring
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
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Children fare: 0 - 3 free of charge, 2 children sharing (4 - 14) @ 50% of relevant fare
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.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
- 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 date
Special Dietary requirements need to be avised a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure.
Single travellers pay twin share price, 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 offers 3 - 5 dives
Uncertified divers 1st & 2nd dives approx AUD$95, 3rd and subsequent dives approx AUD$90 per dive
Certified divers requireing all equipment approx AUD$85 per dive
Certified divers who require weight belt 7 tank only approx AUD$70 per dive
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.
*optional extra costs are subject to change
Guests cannot bring their own alcohol onboard
3 Night Cruise: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns
4 Night Cruise: Cairns - Lizard Island - Cairns
7 Night Cruise North: Cairns - Lizard Island - Hinchinbrook Island - Cairns
7 Night Cruise South: Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns
To truly experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef in 5 star luxury, Cairns Cruise Ship Expeditions is my recommendation. With flexibility you can spend 3, 4 or 7 days travelling on your very own expedition ship with spacious ensuite cabins, guest lounges and very attentive staff, you will feel very spoiled every day! From Hinchinbrook Channel to Lizard Island, you can trace the historic footsteps of Australia’s discoverers in the morning, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour or snorkel after lunch and sit on the back deck for amazing star gazing after dinner. Discovering World Heritage listed remote reefs filled with giant clams, damsel fish, reef sharks and starfish all access from the back of the ship is the highlight of the cruise! The meals are amazing - modern cuisine, fabulous fresh local produce and seafood prepared fresh each day. My gastronomical highlight was the Captains Beach BBQ on an Island, white tablecloths and fantastic food with the sand under your feet and sea views! My favorite part of the day, the sunset from the top deck spa, with of course, a glass of champagne! Don’t miss this great opportunity to spoil yourself, learn about the natural wonders of North Queensland and enjoy like-minded travelers on board this intimate cruise.
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09 April 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
Cairns Cruise Ships | Ultimate 3,4 & 7 Day Great Barrier Reef Cruises Guest Review
Response from The Tour Specialists
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
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