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Coral Princess II, Great Barrier Reef ex Cairns Return

  • Departs Monday, 15th April 2013
  • Ship Coral Princess II

Special Validity Dates:

Special is valid from 1st February 2013 to 17th March 2014.

Special Inclusions:

Our 4-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colourful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard Island and Two Isles. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic Cooktown and savour a full morning discovering spectacular Lizard Island.
Following our departure from Cairns we will set sail along the coast, past the pretty holiday village of Palm Cove, as the sun sets over the Macalister Range. In the morning we have time to explore historic Cooktown. A walk leads to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, where it is possible to see native wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat. There is also time to discover the fascinating James Cook Museum, home to many artefacts from Cook`s ship the Endeavour. Later, snorkel over colourful coral gardens in the fringing reefs surrounding Two Isles.
Next morning, we awaken anchored off Lizard Island. The energetic may join a hike to `Cook`s Look` on the summit of the island, the reward being spectacular views over the Great Barrier Reef. Then, spend the remainder of the morning exploring Lizard Island and its fringing reefs before a short cruise to the Ribbon Reefs where we spend the rest of the day snorkelling, SCUBA diving and enjoying glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.
Cruise Package Includes:
– 4 night cruise aboard Coral Princess II
– All meals, morning and afternoon teas
– 24 hour tea/coffee and soft drinks
– Captain`s Welcome and Farewell cocktails
– Use of onboard facilities
– Access to islands, marine and national parks
– Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel and Zodiacs
– Touring as described in the itinerary
– Services of Expedition staff and lecturers including briefings
– Port taxes and government charges

Special Conditions:

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. Offer subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. All prices based on cash or cheque payment – credit card fees may apply. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level – please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply – please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Provided by Seven Oceans Cruising.

Cruise Description:

4 Night Cruise sailing from Cairns roundtrip aboard Coral Princess II.

A Coral Princess cruise is an eco-cruise. It is a unique, intimate environmental experience incorporating soft adventure and expedition style experiences. Coral Princess and Coral Princess II are 35 metre “state of the art” mini cruise ships which accommodate just 46 guests. The vessels are custom made to exceed safety specifications for tropical open-water cruising.

The ship is fully air conditioned and on board you can do as much or as little as you want. To help guests better appreciate and understand the Reef, interpretation accompanies all activities.

The Coral Princess is elegantly appointed with dining room featuring the best of the tropical North Queensland seafood and fruit. All cabins and staterooms are large, modern and resort-style with full size double or twin beds, full air conditioning and private en-suites.

The on-board dive shop is manned by a qualified diving instructor offering resort dive courses for the beginner and a comprehensive and varied dive program for qualified SCUBA divers.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1: Cairns  4:00pm:
Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for a 5:00pm departure from Cairns. As we depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time to settle in and discover your home for the next four nights. In the evening, join our crew and fellow travellers in the lounge to enjoy a glass of champagne as we cruise northward with views of Double Island and the pretty beachside village of Palm Cove. Admire a spectacular sunset over the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Macalister Range before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.
Day 2: Historic Cooktown and the Reef
We have the morning to discover historic Cooktown. It was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery after claiming Australia as a British colony in 1770. You have the option to visit Cooktown’s fascinating historical museum, featuring artefacts from Cook’s ship – Endeavour. See the original anchor and cannon, jettisoned overboard after Endeavour struck a reef and began taking on water. Cooktown is steeped in history with most stone buildings dating back almost a century. Enjoy time to discover Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, where you may catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. This afternoon we visit one of the remote uninhabited islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Join our marine biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens and discover some of the 1,500 species of tropical fish found in these waters. Enjoy our first snorkelling opportunity for an up-close view of the hundreds of varieties of coral growing on this section of reef. Our experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Day 3: Lizard Island

This morning we awaken moored beside beautiful Lizard Island. The energetic may join our guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak. It was from here, the highest lookout on this part of the reef, that Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. Lizard Island’s fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Discover giant clams and a profusion of fish. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at your leisure. You may wish to simply relax on the golden beach soaking up the sun, join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour, or for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, take the plunge with our Dive Instructor on a guided SCUBA dive. The choice is yours! This afternoon we cruise to Ribbon Reef No. 9, a spectacular and seldom visited part of the reef where our activities will include more snorkelling opportunities and glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist.
Day 4: Ribbon Reefs
The Great Barrier Reef is not actually one continuous reef, but a series of thousands of individual coral cays stretching over 3,000 kilometres between the town of Bundaberg and the tip of Australia at Cape York. We spend today visiting two of the most pristine sections of the reef, Ribbon Reef No. 3 and Rachel Carson Reef. Explore the coral gardens and marine life with guided snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours. Our Marine Biologist will explain the natural history and evolution of the reef and help you discover the local wildlife, which includes sea turtles, giant clams, rays and over 200 different species of native birds. Today will also be your last opportunity to experience the reef through SCUBA diving, so allow our Dive Instructor to guide you on an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. This evening, we enjoy our final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 5: Cairns 8:00am:

Farewell our Captain, crew and new-found friends before disembarking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns.
Note: Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Courtesy: Express Cruises
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