Cruise to Cairns

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Cairns Cruises: Your guide to cruising the Great Barrier Reef

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Frequently asked questions

Cruises from Cairns often explore the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and sometimes venture further afar to regions in the South Pacific and Papua New Guinea.


The peak cruising season in Cairns is from May to November as it avoids the wetter months and promises more days filled with sunshine.


Yes, many cruises offer activities suitable for children, including snorkeling, island visits and kids club. 


Yes, many cruises offer live music, dance performances, and cultural presentations related to the region. Look for companies and cruise lines that honour the traditions and cultures of the local First Nations peoples. 


Yes, some cruise lines offer trips without children for a more tranquil experience. Alternatively, some bigger cruise lines will also have an ‘adults only’ section on board. 


Cairns cruises can range from day trips to the reef to extended 10-day journeys.


Absolutely! Many cruises offer snorkelling and diving opportunities, especially at the Great Barrier Reef.


Sun protection, swimwear, a camera and casual tropical attire are essentials. If you’re heading to the Daintree, we also recommend good walking shoes and some insect repellent. 


Most cruises include meals, with some offering local Australian and seafood specialties. Check with your individual itinerary to confirm. 


Cairns is well-connected by air, with the city's airport only a short drive from the main cruise terminal.


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