7 night Great Barrier Reef cruise
The 7-night Immersive Reef itinerary is the ideal way to experience the finest of the Northern and Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Created by combining the 3-night and 4 night itineraries – first cruising to the Southern Reef, then continuing to the Northern reef – highlights of this expedition include the Ribbon Reefs, Lizard Island, Hinchinbrook Island and Sudbury Cay. Visiting nine private mooring sites, this is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience where you can see it all – reef, rainforests and islands.
Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary excursion to Tjapukai when this ship is in Cairns mid-cruise during turnaround.
Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.
Please note the below is a guide only. Itineraries are flexible to allow to best adapt to weather conditions at the time.
Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
Board at 10am for an 11am departure (taxi from any CBD accommodation is approximately 5-15 minutes from the wharf). Cruise to Trinity Bay followed by Thetford Reef for snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding display, optional scuba diving (payable direct), Sudbury Cay drinks ashore. Captain’s welcome seafood buffet at 7pm.
Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel and Tropical Beach BBQ
Cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, separating Hinchinbrook Island from the mainland. You may spot crocodiles, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs. Enjoy interpretive commentary and mangrove tour, discover a tropical island, take a guided bushwalk, indulge in a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ meal, snorkel and dive over the island’s fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden, kayak and take a glass bottom boat tour or relax on the sandy beach
Day 3: Dunk Island Rainforest and Nathan Reef
Rainforest walk on tropical Dunk Island with naturalist guides. Look for the striking electric-blue Ulysses butterfly. Take the afternoon to discover colorful Nathan Reef whilst you snorkel, scuba dive and take a glass bottom boat tour with the interactive marine biology presentation at the on-board display tank.
Day 4: Fitzroy Island and Cairns
Idyllic bushwalks and hikes, snorkel over the fringing reef, beach-combing on the white sands of Nudey Beach, enjoy the resort facilities, cruise concludes at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 1:30pm. Complimentary excursion to Tjapukai (optional). Enjoy Captain's drinks and Seafood Buffet.
Day 5: Cooktown and the Great Barrier Reef
Discover historic Cooktown, stroll the wide main street and see buildings dating back to the 1870s. Walk to the botanic gardens where you may see kangaroos and wallabies. Visit James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from his ship ‘Endeavour’ (entry payable direct), snorkel over the reef on a desert island, glass bottom boat tours or optional scuba diving.
Day 6: Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs
Enjoy the morning on Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical islands. Snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens, optional early morning hike to Cook’s Look for stunning views over the reef, afternoon at Ribbon Reef #9 on the rarely visited outer Barrier Reef, snorkel, scuba & glass bottom boat tours.
Day 7: Ribbon Reefs
Full day to discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs, Ribbon Reef #3 and Rachel Carson Reef snorkeling, optional scuba diving (payable direct), glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist with marine biology presentation at the on-board display tank
Day 8: Cairns
Cruise concludes at Cairns at 8am.