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7 NIGHTS NORTH CRUISE - CAIRNS - LIZARD ISLAND - CAIRNS



Daily Rates shown below are in AUD Per Person
Valid 01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015
Rates per person Cabin
Twin/Double
Stateroom
Twin/Double
Upper Deck
Twin/Double
Deluxe
Twin/Double
Twin Share $3054 $3520 $3792 $4074
Sole Occupancy $3054 $3520 $3792 $4074
Triple Share n/a $2640 n/a n/a

Single Travellers

  • Genuine single travellers only are entitled to sole use of the room at the twin share rate.
  • Guests travelling together on the same booking should book to share a twin-bedded room. If two or more guests travelling together elect to have sole use of a room a 25% single surcharge will apply on each single room occupied.
  • A limited number of sole use rooms are available on each departure.

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Highlights
• Spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel
• Historic mainland Cooktown
• Two Isles wildlife nesting grounds
• Lizard Island clam gardens and trails
• Hedley Reef & Ribbon Reef

This ultimate combination of both the North & Southbound cruises has it all. Experience islands canopied with rainforest and fringed with white beaches, stunning reef environments, and complimentary tours between cruises including Kuranda Skyrail.
Depart Trinity Wharf

Departs- 5:00 pm Monday
Arrives - 1:30am Monday

Sample 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 seven nights. In the evening, join our crew and travelling companions on the top deck to enjoy a glass of champagne as we cruise northward, passing 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 before our first snorkelling opportunity for up-close views 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.

Day 5: Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay : We enjoy the afternoon experiencing the reef at our exclusive Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay moorings. Join our knowledgeable Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour over the colourful coral gardens before gathering on the snorkel deck to participate in a fish feed.

Discover some of the 1500 species of fish that live on the reef, including Spangled Emperor, Giant Trevally and the Hump-Headed Maori Wrasse as they are hand fed by the Marine Biologist. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to snorkel in the shallow waters for up-close views of the hundreds of varieties of colourful corals and tropical fish. Our experienced crew will be on hand to provide assistance, advice and guided snorkelling tours for less experienced swimmers.

Day 6: Hinchinbrook Channel and Pelorus Island Beach BBQ : Awaken this morning as we cruise the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel, discovering Hinchinbrook Island's towering cliffs and mangrove eco-systems. Subject to tides, we will cruise the length of the channel, separating the Australian mainland and the island, one of the most diverse marine environments on the Australian coast. Keep an eye out for myriad marine life including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles and dugongs, all of which feed on the region's plentiful sea grasses and can often be seen frolicking in these waters. Next, enjoy the afternoon to discover Coral Princess Cruises very own tropical paradise, Pelorus Island. We invite you to join us on the beach for a gourmet beach BBQ, freshly prepared by the Captain.

Then, explore the surrounding rainforest on a guided nature walk. Pelorus fringing reef, in the shallow waters just metres off the beach, offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities. Admire the colourful corals from the glass bottom boat with the Marine Biologist, accompany our Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive or simply relax on the long stretch of golden beach, the choice is yours.

Day 7: Dunk Island and Nathan Reef : This morning join our naturalist guides on a fascinating rainforest walk discovering Dunk Island's unique flora and fauna. We may be lucky enough to see the brightly coloured blue-winged Ulysses Butterfly, impossible to miss against the ancient rainforest background. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for many of the up to 100 species of native birds recorded on the island, including the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Emerald Dove and Orange-footed Scrubfowl. Following lunch, discover Nathan Reef at your own pace.

From our exclusive mooring experience some of the most colourful coral gardens that can be found anywhere along the entire length of the reef. View many of the 400 different species of coral living in this World Heritage-listed wonderland. Venture in to the warm tropical waters to explore the corals and marine life on a guided snorkelling tour and join the Marine Biologist for a glass bottom boat tour. For the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience, accompany our Dive Instructor on an unforgettable SCUBA dive. Later, discover some of the amazing creatures living on the reef at the on-board display tank. Enjoy the rare opportunity for a close up look at sea cucumbers, brightly coloured starfish and other marine life. Laze away the late afternoon on the sun deck, enjoying the comfortable onboard facilities including the spa pool and sun lounges. Tonight, join us in the dining room for another sumptuous dinner as we settle in for our final night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 8: Fitzroy Island and Cairns : Travel ashore to explore beautiful Fitzroy Island. Surrounded by a reef system that forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Fitzroy Island offers wonderful bush walking opportunities and idyllic white sandy beaches. Savour our final snorkelling opportunity over the island's fringing reefs, just metres from the beach in the sheltered waters. Following lunch, early this afternoon we cruise through Trinity Bay before arriving in Tropical Cairns at 1:30pm for disembarkation at Trinity Wharf. Note: Due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons itineraries may be subject to change without notice 
Note: Itineraries subject to change due to weather and other operational requirements

Included in Cruise
Every cruise includes
on-board accommodation, all meals, morning and afternoon teas, tea and coffee available at all times, use of snorkelling equipment, masks, fins, flotation vests and wetsuits, guided glass-bottom boat coral viewing and snorkelling excursions, presentation by Marine Biologists, access to islands, marine and national parks, use of comprehensive range of library and video resources, an introductory SCUBA experience for first time divers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all buffet style.

Not Included in Cruise

Prices exclude
pre and post cruise transfers, shore excursions and entrance fees in Cooktown, bar and ship purchases, ship to shore telephone and facsimile calls, costs associated with SCUBA diving and Government EMC (approx $16.50 pp).
NOTE: Fuel Surcharge of $10.00 per person per night (under 3 years free of charge)

General Conditions
Per person prices in Australian Dollars (AU$). Children 0-2 years free of charge in existing bedding however not recommended. Special prices, itineraries and conditions apply on selected special event cruises. Cancellation charges apply. Prices exclude any levies or surcharges such as credit card surcharges, Environmental Management Charge or Onboard Charges such as fuel surcharges as applied from time to time. All rates are inclusive of Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST 10%) at the current legislated rate (July 2009) and may be subject to variation by the Government of the day. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to increase fares without prior notice, however fully paid guests will be protected at their booked rate, except for fuel surcharges, government taxes or other surcharges. Fares may be subject to change due to fuel price fluctuations.

Single Travellers

• Genuine single travellers only are entitled to sole use of the room at the twin share rate.
• Guests travelling together on the same booking should book to share a twin-bedded room. If two or more guests travelling together elect to have sole use of a room a 25% single surcharge will apply on each single room occupied.
• A limited number of sole use rooms are available on each departure.

Cancellations & Refunds
All cancellations are subject to an AU$50 administration fee per person. Cancellation fees, less the administration fee, may be applied to another cruise if completed within 12 months of original booking.

Cancellations received inside 60 days of sailing will be subject to cancellation charges at the following rates:

• 30 days or more – $200 per person, plus admin fee
• within 15 - 29 days – 70% of fare
• 14 days or less – 100% of fare
• no-shows at sailing – 100% of fare

Special cancellation and payment policies apply to groups of 15 or more.
It is strongly recommended that passengers take out cancellation and travel insurance from the time of deposit. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary passports and visas.

For your comfort it may be necessary to amend itineraries or arrangements due to weather or other operational needs. Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to vary fares, cabin allocation, itineraries, vessels, schedules and conditions of cruise without notice.


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