Accommodations and meals on board; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; house wine, beer and spirits, juices and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; all meals on board; 24-hour coffee/tea station; use of snorkeling and scuba equipment such as masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits plus a free scuba skills lesson; guided marine biologist glass-bottom boat tours; services of expedition staff & Great Barrier Reef expert marine biologist, including daily presentations/lectures; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; group transfers during the cruise; tips and gratuities; voyage photos; and Australian Government Goods and Services Tax.
Pre- and post-cruise flights, transfers and accommodation; bar and shop purchases; Australian entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs; museum entry fees; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to internet and bar charges; travel insurance, medical insurance and insurance of any kind. 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(AUD) per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500(AUD) 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.
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.
Arrival & Departure
The Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef cruise begins and ends in Cairns, Queensland, Australia (CNS). Plan flights to arrive to Cairns in time for the 4:00pm embarkation and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Luggage may be dropped at the ship starting at 1:30pm. 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 3:00pm 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.
Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Promenade Deck B category (Coral Discoverer) or the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories (Coral Geographer). Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.
If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.
Families & Children
Children 0-3 years of age at time of the cruise are free of charge. Children ages 4-14 receive 25% off the applicable adult rate (excludes “To The Heart of The Reef & Outback” departures). On Coral Discoverer, two adults and one child traveling together can be accommodated in two staterooms only (there are no pullman bunks). On other ships, two adults and one child traveling together may request a triple share stateroom (containing a double/or two singles and a Pullman bunk for the child). On all ships, two adults and two children traveling together may request two 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 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.
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.