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Great Barrier Reef - Australia Highlights:
World's largest coral reef
Alternative Port:  Cairns - Qld   Port Douglas - Qld   Townsville - Qld   - click for cruises that visit this port.

The Great Barrier Reef is a chain of coral reefs in the Coral Sea, off the north-eastern coast of Australia. The largest collection of coral in the world, the reef extends about 2,010 km (1,250 miles) from a point near Mackay, Queensland, to the Torres Strait, which lies between Australia and New Guinea.

The channel that separates the reef from the Australian coast varies in width from 16 km (10 miles) to 240 km (150 miles) in the south. The reef protects the channel from the harsh wind and waves of the Coral Sea so water in the channel is calm and shallow. Islets and rings of coral called atolls are scattered throughout the channel, making ship navigation difficult.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a remarkable number of organisms. The coral itself is made up of the skeletons of tiny, flower-like water animals called polyps (a kind of Hydra), held together by a limestone substance produced by a type of algae. Hundreds of species of polyps form coral in a beautiful range of colours and shapes. The reef also supports many larger water animals, including more than 1,000 species of fish.

The following 14 cruises call at Great Barrier Reef. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.

Sailing Date Line/Ship Cruise Name Region
Ship Rating
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Cruise Nights/
Duration
Price Guide
(lowest grade cabin twin share)
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26/02/18
P and O
Arcadia
Brisbane to Southampton
World-wide
Premier
Brisbane
Southampton
52/55 From 6909
fly cruise
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27/02/18
Fred Olsen
Black Watch
Discovery Down Under
Australasia
Superior
Sydney
Kuala Lumpur
18/22
From 3179
fly cruise
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07/03/18
Azamara
Azamara Journey
World Journey 2018 - Sydney to London
World-wide
Premier
Sydney
London Tower Bridge
102/105 Please
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15/10/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
South Pacific Exploration
World-wide
Luxury
Los Angeles
Sydney
55/57
From 17299
cruise only
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15/10/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Great Oceans Exploration
World-wide
Luxury
Los Angeles
Cape Town
129/131 From 38998
cruise only
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15/10/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Southern Seas Exploration
World-wide
Luxury
Los Angeles
Mahe
105/107
From 33499
cruise only
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19/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Landfalls of Captain Cook
Pacific
Luxury
Auckland
Sydney
22/26 From 7999
cruise only
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18/11/18
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
South Pacific Soujourn
Far East
Luxury
Laem Chabang
Sydney
28/31
From 8275
fly cruise
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19/11/18
Seabourn
Seabourn Sojourn
Captain Cook Exploration
Pacific
Luxury
Auckland
Singapore
58/60 From 18498
cruise only
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30/11/18
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
Komodo & the Australian Coast
Australasia
Luxury
Benoa Harbour
Sydney
16/19
From 51555
fly cruise
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10/03/19
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
Komodo & the Australian Coast
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Benoa Harbour
16/20 From 5705
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10/03/19
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
South Pacific Soujourn
Far East
Luxury
Sydney
Laem Chabang
29/33
From 7675
fly cruise
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11/12/19
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
Komodo & the Australian Coast
Australasia
Luxury
Benoa Harbour
Sydney
16/19 From 5790
fly cruise
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20/03/20
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Orion
Komodo & the Australian Coast
Australasia
Luxury
Sydney
Benoa Harbour
16/20
From 6090
fly cruise
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