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7 NIGHTS SOUTH CRUISE - CAIRNS - PEROLUS ISLAND - LIZARD ISLANDS - CAIRNS



Daily Rates shown below are in AUD Per Person
Valid 01 April 3014 - 31 March 2015
Rates per person Cabin
Twin/Bunk
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- 11:00 am Friday
Arrives - 8:00am Friday

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef 10:30am: Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns. As we depart Cairns and cruise Trinity Bay there is time meet your fellow travellers, settle in and explore your home for the next seven nights. After a delicious lunch we arrive at our exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring at Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay. Join the Marine Biologist aboard the glass bottom boat for your first encounter with the reef 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. In the evening, join our crew & travelling companions in the top deck lounge as the sun spectacularly sets over the reef before sitting down to a memorable dinner.

Day 2: 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 a guided SCUBA dive or simply relax on the long stretch of golden beach, the choice is yours.

Day 3: 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 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, take the plunge in the company of 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.

Day 4: Fitzroy Island: 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. Enjoy time to relax and explore, relax on the beach or perhaps enjoy a swim in the sheltered waters or a snorkel over the island's fringing reefs.

Day 5: 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.

Day 7: 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 the experience of a lifetime. This evening, we enjoy our final memorable night cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 8: 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.
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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