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whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

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whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

We are active 60 somethings and looking to sail/cruise in the whitsundays/barrier reef in march/april .we have looked at the Coral Trecker and coral princess and would love to hear comments from anybody who has had experience of these or any other boats such as reef eandeaver ,descarada etc etc

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Barry

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1. Re: whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

I did a 4-night cruise on the Coral Princess last year and it was fabulous. We went to the Ribbon Reefs where there was excellent snorkelling. It was so much better than a day tour I had done reviously when we went to a big pontoon for a coule of hours with a few hundred others. On the Coral Princess we went to places where other boats dont go and we had the reef to ourselves with no others around. On the cruise there were aout 35 of us, about half were Australian and the other half a mixture of Europeans and Americans. The group was great.

The cruise also went to Lizard Island where you get off for a few hours, do walks and send time on the beach and also Cooktown. The museum at Cooktown (Captain Cook Museum) is highly recommended if you're interested in learning more about Australian history.

On board the rooms were nice and comfortable and the food was brilliant. Although it sems quite expensive at first its actually really good value, everything was included apart from alcoholic drinks - we even had a free SCUBA Diving session.

We were really impressed with this company and have signed up to do one of their cruises along the Kimberley Coast next April to see the waterfalls.

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2. Re: whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

The Coral Trekker is gorgeous but if you're after a smaller more intimate cruise Prima does 2 day / 2 night cruises that will take in Whitehaven Beach and still offer magnificent snorkelling locations. With only a maximum of 12 passengers the smaller boats have access to some of the pristine snorkelling locations that the larger crowds cannot go to.

Prima was refitted this year and is unrecognisable from the boat she was. Everything is new and fresh and lovely.

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3. Re: whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

Hi,

Do you sail yourselves? One of my nightmares is being stuck on anything smaller than a cruise ship with others.

The bareboat charters from Airlie Beach are fantastic and very easy if you are at all experienced.

Cheers,

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4. Re: whitsunday islands/great barrier reef sailing /cruising

You can also hire a captain for a day or two.

If you've ever sailed , it really is something to consider. Look at the CCY or the Wray website(bareboat whitsunday charters) for more info.

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Thanks

Barry

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