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Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Cruise

From $2499 $798 taxes

Step aboard Sea Princess and prepare for a vacation that will dazzle your senses. From the four-story Atrium to tantalizing dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices, including Movies Under the Stars®, you’ll find a relaxing retreat that’s as captivating as the places you’ll visit on this grand vessel.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Sydney
  • 10 night cruise aboard Sea Princess
  • Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
  • Travel Best Bets Exclusive: $75 AUD per cabin onboard credit!

September 18 – 30, 2018

Inside Outside Obst. Outside Balcony Taxes & Fees
$2499 sold out $2999 $3549 $798
Victoria, Kelowna, Comox from $300 more

Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

Sailing Itinerary

Map showing the port stops for Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef. For more details, refer to the List of Port Stops table on this page.

Date Port of Call Arrive Depart
Sept 20 Sydney, Australia - 4:00pm
Sept 21 At Sea - -
Sept 22 Brisbane, Australia 8:00am 6:00pm
Sept 23 At Sea - -
Sept 24 Willis Island, Australia
Scenic Cruising
12:00pm 1:00pm
Sept 25 Port Douglas, Australia
Tender Required, Wheelchair Acces Limited
7:00am 6:00pm
Sept 26 Cairns, Australia 7:00am 5:00pm
Sept 27 Airlie Beach, Australia 10:00am 8:00pm
Sept 28 At Sea - -
Sept 29 At Sea - -
Sept 30 Sydney, Australia 7:00am -

Sydney
As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney – from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains. Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Brisbane
Once considered the “country cousin” among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest metropolis – and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland’s dazzling beaches. The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland’s Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced “Bris-bin.”

Willis Island
This tiny island measures in at just 1,600 feet long by 490 feet wide, though it is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. You won’t find any neighborhoods, schools or homes here, however. The only structures on Willis Island comprise a weather monitoring station hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where just a handful of weather observers reside at any given time. Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles. Note: Willis Island is a scenic cruising site. Ships will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.

Port Douglas
In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan struck pay dirt on Hodgkinson River, igniting the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed boom, and Port Douglas slid into decades of obscurity. Then came a second gold rush in the 1980s as tourists flocked to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway to hardy adventurers en route to rainforest and reef. In addition to its nearby scenic wonders, Port Douglas boasts several resorts ranging from the Sheraton Mirage to the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa in the heart of the rainforest.

Cairns
Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations. Cairns boasts three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city – the famed Marlin Coast. And inland lays the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine, balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. Cairns graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. A travel tip – Cairns is pronounced “cans.”

Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia’s premier playgrounds. The Whitsundays were once mountains. Rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday Passage between the islands and the mainland.


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