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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef (Cairns - Hinchinbrook Island - Lizard Island - Cairns), 7 Night

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7-night Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both our 3 and 4-night cruises you will 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.

Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in style –  our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.

Departs Cairns: Every Friday at 11:00am and Monday (reverse direction click here)

Returns Cairns: Every Friday at 8:00am

Expedition highlights:

  • The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef at our private moorings away from the tourist crowds
  • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours
  • Informative presentations and educational documentaries
  • History and cultures of the region and early explorers
  • Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

FARES

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Deluxe Stateroom $4,780 $4,780
Upper Deck Stateroom $4,480 $4,480
Stateroom $4,180 $4,180
Cabin $3,680 $3,680

 

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

CORAL EXPEDITIONS II TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Deluxe Stateroom $4,800 $4,800
Upper Deck Stateroom $4,500 $4,500
Stateroom $4,200 $4,200
Cabin $3,700 $3,700

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the itinerary

Great Barrier Reef – 7 night expedition cruise in the beautiful Australian tropics

Embarkation: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10:00am for 11:00am departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am.

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 breaktaking 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

Coral Expeditions 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.

May 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 May 2019 24 May 2019 31 May 2019 31 May 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
31 May 2019 31 May 2019 07 June 2019 07 Jun 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

June 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 May 2019 31 May 2019 07 June 2019 07 Jun 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
07 June 2019 07 Jun 2019 14 June 2019 14 Jun 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
14 June 2019 14 Jun 2019 21 June 2019 21 Jun 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
21 June 2019 21 Jun 2019 28 June 2019 28 Jun 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
28 June 2019 28 Jun 2019 05 July 2019 05 Jul 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book

July 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
28 June 2019 28 Jun 2019 05 July 2019 05 Jul 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
05 July 2019 05 Jul 2019 12 July 2019 12 Jul 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
12 July 2019 12 Jul 2019 19 July 2019 19 Jul 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us
19 July 2019 19 Jul 2019 26 July 2019 26 Jul 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us
26 July 2019 26 Jul 2019 02 August 2019 02 Aug 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

August 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 July 2019 26 Jul 2019 02 August 2019 02 Aug 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
02 August 2019 02 Aug 2019 09 August 2019 09 Aug 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
09 August 2019 09 Aug 2019 16 August 2019 16 Aug 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
16 August 2019 16 Aug 2019 23 August 2019 23 Aug 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us
23 August 2019 23 Aug 2019 30 August 2019 30 Aug 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
30 August 2019 30 Aug 2019 06 September 2019 06 Sep 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

September 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
30 August 2019 30 Aug 2019 06 September 2019 06 Sep 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
06 September 2019 06 Sep 2019 13 September 2019 13 Sep 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us
13 September 2019 13 Sep 2019 20 September 2019 20 Sep 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
20 September 2019 20 Sep 2019 27 September 2019 27 Sep 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
27 September 2019 27 Sep 2019 04 October 2019 04 Oct 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book

October 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 September 2019 27 Sep 2019 04 October 2019 04 Oct 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
04 October 2019 04 Oct 2019 11 October 2019 11 Oct 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
11 October 2019 11 Oct 2019 18 October 2019 18 Oct 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
18 October 2019 18 Oct 2019 25 October 2019 25 Oct 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
25 October 2019 25 Oct 2019 01 November 2019 01 Nov 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us

November 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
25 October 2019 25 Oct 2019 01 November 2019 01 Nov 2019 From $3,700 From $3,700 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us
01 November 2019 01 Nov 2019 08 November 2019 08 Nov 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
08 November 2019 08 Nov 2019 15 November 2019 15 Nov 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
15 November 2019 15 Nov 2019 22 November 2019 22 Nov 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
22 November 2019 22 Nov 2019 29 November 2019 29 Nov 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
29 November 2019 29 Nov 2019 06 December 2019 06 Dec 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

December 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
29 November 2019 29 Nov 2019 06 December 2019 06 Dec 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
06 December 2019 06 Dec 2019 13 December 2019 13 Dec 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
13 December 2019 13 Dec 2019 20 December 2019 20 Dec 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
20 December 2019 20 Dec 2019 27 December 2019 27 Dec 2019 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
27 December 2019 27 Dec 2019 03 January 2020 03 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book

January 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 December 2019 27 Dec 2019 03 January 2020 03 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Filling Fast Book
03 January 2020 03 Jan 2020 10 January 2020 10 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
10 January 2020 10 Jan 2020 17 January 2020 17 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
17 January 2020 17 Jan 2020 24 January 2020 24 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
24 January 2020 24 Jan 2020 31 January 2020 31 Jan 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

February 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
21 February 2020 21 Feb 2020 28 February 2020 28 Feb 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book
28 February 2020 28 Feb 2020 06 March 2020 06 Mar 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

March 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
28 February 2020 28 Feb 2020 06 March 2020 06 Mar 2020 $3,700 to $4,800 $3,700 to $4,800 Coral Expeditions II Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals, prepared by our chef
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Excursions as described in each itinerary
  • Snorkelling
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities*
  • Optional admission to Cairns Museum

*Does not include Environmental Management Charge.

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Scuba Diving
  • 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

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Expeditions II, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with all of your holiday arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

Contact our reservations specialists for advice about making the most of your time before and after your cruise.

To speak to our reservations specialists contact us during business hours on freecall 1800 079 545 (within Australia), use our online Skype facility on the homepage or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Cairns Hotels

Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort

Beautiful tropical and modern contemporary style is awaiting you at the Novotel Oasis Cairns Resort. Each spacious room features air-conditioning and a private balcony or terrace facing the resort pools, tropical gardens or Cairns city. A short stroll leads to many local restaurants and the Cairns waterfront with it many attractions.

Pullman Cairns International

The Pullman Cairns International (formerly Sebel International) is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The hotel boasts 321 rooms, your choice of Executive Suites, Premium Rooms, Harbour View Rooms, or City Mountain View Rooms. All rooms are very spacious and include private balconies. Bathrooms feature Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors.

Pullman Reef Hotel & Casino

Nestled in the heart of Cairns just 200 metres from Trinity Wharf, the 5-star Pullman Reef Hotel offers luxuriously appointed rooms in an unmistakedly Tropical North Queensland style and feature light timbers, plantation shutters, spa bath and private garden balcony. Outstanding service awaits at the Pullman.

Pacific, Cairns

Superbly located right on the Esplanade partially overlooking Trinity Harbour and parklands, with easy access to the restaurant precinct, night markets and more. All rooms have private balconies and feature tea and coffee facilities and WIFI. The popular Bushfire Flame Grill features Brazilian inspired, Australian style BBQ.

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.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.