Asia / Pacific Australia Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Cruises

This classic 8-day Australia small ship cruise uncovers the secrets of the Great Barrier Reef—an incredible underwater world hidden just beneath the water’s surface. Whether you experience the reef by glass-bottom boat, snorkeling or diving, it is a mystical world filled with coral, marine life and vibrant tropical fish. The informative crew will always be on hand to provide assistance and information about the fascinating reef life and habitat. An experienced dive instructor will also be there to support the exhilarating experience of scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef.  

Discover a paradise of remote and uninhabited islands, become a lazy beachcomber or an inquisitive adventurer. The starkness of the remote and unique coral cays will fascinate you. Go snorkeling and coral viewing among teeming fish life on pristine outer reefs and exclusive mooring destinations, offering a unique and unmatched experience of the Reef, all abundant with marine life and dancing corals.

In Cairns, take time to independently explore the city. Discover Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, offering artifacts including the original anchor and cannon that was jettisoned overboard after Captain James Cook’s ship Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Or visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. Explore the 79-mile-long Daintree River which cuts through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. End the adventure with a stop on a private island for the captain’s farewell drinks.

An alternative, Revitalize on the Reef itinerary follows the main itinerary but adds a specially developed program that draws on the latest wellness practices and incorporates connections with culture and the natural environment to provide an enriching and immersive wellness experience. Enjoy morning yoga classes at remote beachside locations, evening relaxation sessions and workshops on fitness and nutrition alongside wellness expert Kris Abbey and yoga and meditation practitioners Wendy Jones and Sue Pope from Soul Sisters. After the cruise, a personalized 4-week program is included, led by Kris Abbey, which will guide you through applying what you’ve learned on your wellness cruise into your day-to-day lifestyle.

Board the 72-guest Coral Discoverer from Cairns for your 8-day Great Barrier Reef small ship cruise and enjoy one of the most comprehensive reef tours in Australia. This benchmark small ship offers her guests an onboard atmosphere of Australian hospitality, with stylish furnishings, generous public spaces and updated technology. Appreciate opportunities to kayak; snorkel; and cruise in a Zodiac, glass-bottom boat or the ship’s special Xplorer tender.

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