Rainforest to Reef Expedition Cruise 2021

Australia

7 NIGHT CRUISE
7 NIGHT CRUISE
RETURN FLIGHTS
RETURN FLIGHTS
3 BONUS NIGHTS
3 BONUS NIGHTS
MYCRUISES EXCLUSIVE BONUSES
MYCRUISES EXCLUSIVE BONUSES

My Cruises Package Inclusions

  • Low Deposit from 399*pp
  • 7 Night Great Barrier Reef cruise from Cairns onboard Coral Discoverer in an main deck cabin
  • All on board dining in complimentary venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • Wide range of on board activities, and entertainment.
  • All Port Taxes & Charges Included

 

BONUS Value

  • BONUS 3 Nights pre cruise accommodation in a centrally located hotel in Cairns
  • BONUS Kuranda Historic Rail & SkyRail Tour
  • BONUS Exclusive Package Savings & Exclusive Itinerary

 

General Departure Information 

$5990 per person twin share ex Auckland
$6089 per person 
twin share ex Christchurch

Please note departure can be out of Auckland or out of Christchurch

 

General Sail Date Information

Set Sail on Wednesday, November 24, 2021

General Upgrade Information

Upgrade to Main Deck (Category A) from only $540
Upgrade to Promenade Deck (Category A) from only $1,440
Upgrade to Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom from only $2,240

Day 1: Cairns, Australia

Enjoy one of the finest locations in North Queensland, a city surrounded by lush rain forest, crystal clear waters and beautiful coral of the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re tempted for an adrenaline rush then spend some time on a crocodile spotting adventure!

Day 2: Fitzroy Island & Sudbury Cay, Australia

At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges. Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and there may be an opportunity to lend a hand to the volunteers at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild. Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilization, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon, enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Drinks at sunset on our own private sand island.

Day 3: Mackay Reef & Cay, Australia

Relax on picturesque Mackay Cay and enjoy snorkelling the pristine reef that surrounds it. Mackay Reef is a mid-shelf platform reef, with vibrant hard and soft corals abound. The northern side enjoys additional protection from the cay, making it the perfect playground for turtles. A giant clam garden also resides in the area, with some clams growing as big as 1.2m, all with their own unique colours and patterns. On a clear day, from the cay you can look back at the mainland to see tall mountains covered in UNESCO world heritage Daintree rainforest. You can see Cape Tribulation and Mount Sorrow as named by Captain Cook during his eventful sail through the Great Barrier Reef. The Kuku Yalangi tribe are the traditional owners of this region and have lived in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years. Dream time stories explain the unique shape of Mount Peter Bot.

Day 4: Cooktown, Australia

Come ashore in historic Cooktown and learn the history of the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770. Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artefacts are on display. Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset.

Day 5: Lizard Island, Australia

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson. There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 6: Osprey Reef, Australia

Osprey Reef is the summit of an undersea 2,000m mountain located beyond the continental shelf with no landmass visible. Enjoy amazing underwater visibility here, and observe magnificent corals, plummeting drop-offs and many fish in the crystalline waters. Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough. Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Day 7: Ribbon Reef, Australia

The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf. Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles. Steve’s Bommie at Ribbon Reef #3 rises from 30 metres deep up to just 5 metres below the water and attracts schools of bigeye trevally, barracuda, yellow-lined snapper, Moses perch, yellow-lined goatfish and many others. The amazing visibility and vibrant colours make it great for underwater photography.

Day 8: Cairns, Australia

Enjoy one of the finest locations in North Queensland, a city surrounded by lush rain forest, crystal clear waters and beautiful coral of the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re tempted for an adrenaline rush then spend some time on a crocodile spotting adventure!

Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard of sophistication in expedition cruising. Coral Discoverer is our 72 passenger ship built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of Australia’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines and islands. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, features our signature hydraulic lowering system and can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Built to international SOLAS standards and one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

Travel based on cruise departure on 24 November 2021

Prices are per person twin share in NZD based on travel from Auckland unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations & subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Accommodation is subject to change and availability.

Surcharges may apply. Flights may not be direct or operate daily.

Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur.

Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost. Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.

Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.

Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.

Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.

These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.

Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.

Please note that a majority of US based (including Hawaii) hotels impose a daily mandatory additional charge that is automatically added to your bill by the hotel. There are various inclusions provided for these resort fees. These fees are separate from, cannot be prepaid prior to arrival and are in addition to our advertised package.

Please note many European hotels charge a nominal daily City Tourist Tax which is utilised locally for tourism-related purposes and to improve the local infrastructure in the area. This tax is collected by the hotels directly from the customer and the amount can vary by region, hotel size or type. Local regulations state this must be collected by the hotel and cannot be prepaid.

All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from New Zealand.

All passengers must follow specific declaration and testing requirements pre-cruise. Please ensure you read our SailSAFE documentation and that you understand our process and requirements. Details are available on the following link – https://www.coralexpeditions.com/au/about-us/sailsafe-plan/. Coral Discoverer is currently capped at 60 passengers during COVID 19, and changes subject to official advice.

From $5,990*
Per Person Twin Share
Includes
$2,000
In Bonus Value
Valued At
$6,990
Per Person Twin Share