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Tick The Great Barrier Reef Off Your Bucket List On This Luxe New Cruise

By Claire Logan
17th Aug 2022

Ask David Attenborough and he’ll tell ya the Great Barrier Reef is hands down one of the world's most incredible natural wonders (and one you’re better off visiting sooner rather than later). He’ll also likely slip in a word about the world’s oldest living rainforest located nearby and the fact that this particular little slice of QLD is the only place in the world where two world heritage sites meet. Yep, it’s pretty darn special. So when we heard you could jump on a luxe cruise down the coast while ticking off these bucket-list sites we were well and truly on board. 

Let me introduce you to Celebrity Cruises. Their popular cruise liners are up there with the best in the world, with ships sailing through some of the most stunning locations you can imagine. After some time off during COVID, they’re finally returning to Australian waters, with two awesome new Great Barrier Reef cruises (choose between the 10-night or 11-night) departing this summer.

Exterior of the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship

Both operate out of Sydney, so unless you’re a Sydney-sider you’ll need to tack on some flights, but once you’re onboard you won’t have too many expenses to worry about. It’s one of the things people love about the cruise ship life; pretty much everything is included. We’re talking untapped drinks, room service, dining, entertainment and more. Plus, a series of shore excursions that'll let you soak up each destination. With prices starting from $2,096, it’s really not too hard to get your money’s worth.

If you are feeling a little extra, though, check out the uber-luxe 'Retreat', which gets you the very best accommodation—a resort within a resort, if you will—with access to a private restaurant and exclusive pool area. Retreat guests also have the opportunity to reserve tours exclusively for their group or completely customise an itinerary of their own with 'Private Journeys'. With a number of activities and experienced destination insiders to help plan your tour, you'll definitely be making the most of your time in port. Just think: a gold-class reef experience sailing aboard a 35-metre, eco-certified superyacht for the day in your private VIP lounge, with drinks, lunch, snorkelling, scuba diving and a jaw-dropping 10-minute scenic helicopter flight to view the Great Barrier Reef from above. May as well, right?

Helicopter flying above the Great Barrier Reef

It’s also worth pointing out that the ship’s facilities are next level, so you’ll be living large from the moment you step aboard no matter what room you're in. Both trips will see you hop on the luxe Celebrity Eclipse, complete with its own martini bar, restaurants, casino, resort-style pool, library, luxury spa, yoga studio, shopping plaza, theatre, basketball court and so much more. You could easily keep busy without even leaving the ship—if it weren’t for all the good stuff waiting on shore, of course. Trust us, you’ll be absolutely kicking yourself if you pass up the chance to scuba dive at The Great Barrier Reef. 

Keen to pop your cruise cherry? We thought so. Rally some friends or family and book now, 'cause rooms for both the  10-night and 11-night cruise are filling up fast.

Need more travel inspo? Check out the best places to visit in Australia.

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