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7-night Great Barrier Reef Expedition Cruise - Lizard Island, Fitzroy Island, Cooktown and more!

No Single Supplement!

For guests with a great sense of adventure, this 7-night cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Venturing beyond the reach of day trips, this expedition travels north to secluded Lizard Island and exclusive outer reef mooring sites at the Ribbon Reefs and Escape Reef.

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$3,700PP
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DURATION
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7 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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7 night cruise - combination of 3 & 4 night cruises

Discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay.

Snorkelling, diving, and glass bottom boat tours allow you to experience the colours and vibrant life of the reef in all its magnificence. Along the Tropical North Queensland coastline, scattered islands covered with lush rainforest provide the perfect compliment to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Mangrove forests, fringing reefs, and wide sandy beaches are a stunning backdrop as you get to know the stories and wildlife of this incredible region.

Expedition highlights:

  • Sunset canapés and champagne on the remote beaches of Lizard Island or Sudbury Cay
  • Hike up Cook’s Look on Lizard Island and take in the bird’s-eye view over the northern reef
  • Snorkel and dive over the coral gardens of the remote outer Ribbon Reefs
  • Visit Fitzroy Island and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour through the mangroves of the Hinchinbrook Channel
  • Experience the rainforest eco-system with a guided walk at the Family Islands
  • Get an up-close view of marine life with our resident Marine Biologist

Inclusions

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Your cruise price includes:

  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of glass bottom boat and inflatable tender vessels
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Small-batch meals prepared by our chef
  • Snorkelling and introductory scuba skills session, with equipment
  • Post-cruise transfers to the airport or CBD
  • All coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports*
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!

On the Great Barrier Reef voyages, genuine single travellers can travel at the twin-share rate in a room for their sole use with no single supplement. Limited sole use occupancy available.

Accommodation

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Alfresco dinning onboard

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II

Purpose-built for the reef!

At just 35 metres in length and hosting 42 guests, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral Expeditions II will be truly memorable.

Refurbished in 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.  The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime styling with wood-panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each equipped with a private en-suite, air conditioning and ample storage space.  All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to always have a view of the spectacular scenery.

The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar. It also features a reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax or sunbathe, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef.

Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.

Travel dates

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  • Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11:00am and Monday at 4:00pm
    Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
  • Returns Cairns: Returns Friday at 8.00am and Monday at 1:30pm.
    Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am
Travelling solo?

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.

Departures from 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

  • Deluxe Stateroom - $4,800 per person twin share/sole use
  • Upper Deck Stateroom - $4,500 per person twin share/sole use
  • Stateroom - $4,200 per person twin share/sole use
  • Cabin - $3,700 per person twin share/sole use

Departures 31 March 2020 to 11 January 2021

  • Deluxe Stateroom - $4,880 per person twin share/sole use
  • Upper Deck Stateroom - $4,580 per person twin share/sole use
  • Stateroom - $4,280 per person twin share/sole use
  • Cabin - $3,780 per person twin share/sole use

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our travel team are on hand to assist with all of your holiday arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our friendly team for advice about making the most of your time before and after your cruise on freecall 1300 414 198!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: CAIRNS AND SUDBURY CAY

Board at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am, and cruise Trinity Bay. Visit Sudbury Reef, and enjoy snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and optional Scuba diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks ashore on the deserted sandy cay.

DAY 2: HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL & DUNK ISLAND

Cruise the majestic Hinchinbrook Channel whilst enjoying a top deck breakfast in the sunshine. Look for wildlife during a mangrove tour. Stretch your legs on Dunk Island, with a hike up Mt Kootaloo or a beach walk. With the aid of your guides, you may spot the electric blue Ulysses butterfly.

DAY 3: NATHAN REEF AND COATES REEF

Discover Nathan Reef on a guided snorkel: this reef is teeming with abundant fish life, including clownfish and Maori Wrasse. Later, visit colourful Coates Reef – see plate corals and parrotfish during an optional SCUBA dive, or stay dry and view marine life from the comfort of the Glass Bottom Boat, with expert interpretation by your on-board marine biologist.

DAY 4: FITZROY ISLAND - CAIRNS

Enjoy a rainforest walk or a hike to the lighthouse. Snorkel over fringing reef and swim with Green Sea Turtles, before learning all about them during a visit to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Return to Cairns to at 1:30pm.During a brief turn-around in Cairns, you may enjoy a complimentary admission to the Cairns Museum. Reboard your ship at 4:00pm on your way to enjoy the northern Reef.

DAY 5: HISTORIC COOKTOWN AND THE REEF

Historic-cooktown - Discover historic Cooktown, with building dating back to the 1870s. Visit the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

DAY 6: LIZARD ISLAND AND THE RIBBON REEFS

Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

DAY 7: RIBBON REEFS

Great Barrier Reef - Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

DAY 8: CAIRNS

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

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.

Like the idea of a Barrier Reef Cruise, however want something shorter? Ask our travel tea about the 3 & 4 night options on the same ship! Freecall 1300 414 198

Questions

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Whats not included?
  • Pre- and post-cruise flights, accommodation and travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telephone and internet services*
  • Laundry› Scuba diving
  • Stinger suits
  • Seasickness medication
  • Cooktown Museum entrance fee
  • EMC charge*
  • What about the Environmental Management Charge on itineraries that include the Great Barrier Reef?

    Since the 1st April 1998, the Australian Government has levied an Environmental Management Charge (EMC) on Tourist Operators for all visitors over 4 years of age travelling to the Great Barrier Reef and its environs.
    The Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $19.50 per person will be automatically added to your onboard account by for settlement prior to disembarkation. Please note the EMC charge is subject to change annually.
    The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has the responsibility for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Funds raised by the EMC are being used to ensure the continued sustainability of the “Reef” and its environs for future generations.

     What should I pack?

    We recommend that you pack simply and lightly. Clothing that you can layer will prepare you for all kinds of weather. More specific information regarding clothing and the weather conditions in your destination are included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.

    Do I need to bring spending money? What might I need to pay for onboard?

    Upon embarkation, we will automatically open your personal shipboard account. We operate a chit system and for your security, ask that you sign each chit as you order from our bar, shop or make any other on board purchases. At the end of the voyage your account may be settled in Australian dollars cash, and by American Express; Visa; MasterCard or Diners Club.

    Couldn't find an answer to your question? Ask us!

    Fine print

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    Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

    ****Guests travelling together who elect to travel in single rooms will be required to pay a 25% surcharge.