Accommodations on board; all meals on board; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; use of snorkeling equipment such as masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits plus a free scuba skills lesson; guided glass-bottom boat coral viewing and snorkeling excursions; presentations by marine biologists; access to islands, marine and national parks; use of comprehensive range of library and video resources; post-cruise transfer to Cairns airport or inner city accommodation; Cooktown guided tour; and port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.
Pre- and post-cruise accommodation; pre-cruise transfer; bar and shop purchases; ship-to-shore communications expenses; a Government Environmental Management charge of AUD19.50 per person through March 31, 2020 and AUD21 per person from April 1, 2020 through January 11, 2021, subject to change and payable on board; optional scuba diving costs; Museum entry fees; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to laundry and bar charges and travel and medical insurance. All rates may be subject to a fuel surcharge.
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The 8-day South-to-North Immersive Great Barrier Reef Cruises begin and end in Cairns, Queensland, Australia (CNS). Plan flights to arrive to Cairns in time for the 10:00am embarkation and 11:00am departure on day 1 of the itinerary. Luggage may be dropped at the ship starting at 8:00am. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to depart Cairns no earlier than 11:00am on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, wildlife observation, land treks, beach combing, cultural visits, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling and diving.
Included in the cost of your cruise is the use of full snorkeling and dive equipment (additional charges apply for scuba diving). Please remember, if you are a certified diver, to bring your certification card and logbook. Snorkeling is free of charge. An introductory scuba skills session is complimentary for first-time divers.
No single supplement (on cruise only) for genuine single travelers. Guests traveling together who elect to travel in single rooms will be required to pay a 25% surcharge. Several triple share rooms at Stateroom category accommodation level are available. The third bed is a “Pullman bunk” and these are suited to the third person who is a child or small adult. When using the triple share room, the per person triple share price is 75% of the twin share price. Exclusive charter and group rates available.
Families & Children
Children 0-3 years of age at time of the cruise are free of charge. Children ages 4-14 receive 50% off the applicable adult rate. 2 adults and 1 child traveling may request a triple share stateroom (containing a double/or two singles and a Pullman bunk for the child). 2 adults and 2 children traveling together may request 2 rooms next door to each other.
Great Barrier Reef Cruises are great for families of all ages, with a range of included activities to appeal to parents and children alike. From snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours, beach and rainforest walks to scuba diving and onboard touch tank presentations and fish feeding with a marine biologist, families will enjoy the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in one of the world’s great natural wonders.
Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.