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Cruise Australia | Coral Expeditions Cruise along the Great Barrier Reef

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Trip Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days

Discover the Great Barrier Reef's most biologically rich areas from this fully-equipped boutique ship. Snorkel and scuba dive colorful coral gardens, stroll a remote cay, or explore the reef from a glass-bottom boat. Enjoy informative and interactive presentations by an expert marine biologist, a gourmet beach barbeque and delightful onboard inclusions for the ultimate reef experience.

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Day 1: Cairns / Thetford Reef |

Arrive this morning at the cruise liner terminal to board the Coral Expeditions II, and settle into your stylishly-appointed cabin room. Boutique in size and ideal for immersive outer reef exploration, delight in this small ship cruising experience featuring all meals onboard, large sundeck with lounges and cocktail bars, dining room, spacious lounge, reference library, gift shop, interactive touch tank and fish feeding from the back platform. Explore the reef with the ship's scuba diving facilities and snorkeling equipment, plus relish the open bridge to spend time with the captain and crew.

Bid a bon voyage as you set sail to Trinity Bay, savoring remarkable views of Port Douglas Village along the way. Upon arrival at the first exclusive mooring site between Thetford Reef, Coates Reef and Nathan Reef, disembark for snorkeling and scuba diving over beautiful coral gardens, or stay dry as you explore the reef from a glass-bottom boat. See a fish feeding display and informative presentation by a marine biologist. As the day winds down, enjoy sunset drinks upon the uninhabited Sudbury Sand Cay, before dining onboard with your fellow voyagers tonight at the Captain's Welcome Seafood Buffet.

Day 2: Hitchinbrook Channel |

Savor a light continental breakfast or made-to-order specialty as you cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, with possible sightings of lively marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, whales and turtles along the route. Head to a tropical island where you will have the opportunity for a guided bushwalk, followed by a gourmet Aussie beach meal. Snorkel and scuba dive over the island's border reef with its expansive clam garden, try your hand at kayaking, take a glass bottom boat ride or relax on the beach before departing.

Join your cruising friends in the dining room tonight for a sumptuous three-course dinner with a variety of main course options, accompanied by carefully curated wines, featuring Australian and New Zealand varietals.

Day 3: Dunk Island Rainforest / Nathan Reef |

After your morning coffee, embark on an adventure on tropical Dunk Island. Delight in an informative rainforest walk with a naturalist guide. Known as the "Island of Peace and Plenty," with more than 75% of the island comprised of a national park, marvel at beautiful flora and fauna, keeping a lookout for the famous Ulysses butterfly and more than 150 species of birds. In the afternoon, snorkel, scuba or ride on a glass-bottom boat above the colorful Nathan Reef and its boulder coral kaleidoscopic sea life including parrot fish, sea anemones and barramundi cod, or enjoy an interactive marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank.

For a magical onboard finale, intrigue your senses with delightful Australian cuisine, masterfully prepared by the talented chefs utilizing fresh, locally sourced ingredients accompanied with premium regional wines. As the sun sets on your final night, raise a glass to toast to your phenomenal reef adventure cruise.

Day 4:  Firtzroy Island / Cairns

Following a continental, made-to-order or buffet breakfast, head out to Fitzroy Island for a bushwalk or hike, choose to snorkel over the fringing reef, do a little beachcombing on Nudey Beach or take advantage of the island resort facilities including the pool, spa, restaurant and general store.

Return to the ship for the final sail and disembarkation in Cairns. Transfer to your post-cruise hotel or airport for your flight home and begin planning your next Australian adventure. With many options across Australia, peruse the Journese elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.

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