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As a small family-run company, Captain Cook has earned itself a reputation as Australia’s favourite intimate cruise line. Calling at ports across the stunning Australasian coastline, the independently run business offer its passengers unmatched itineraries, exceptional service and an unparalleled onboard experience. Over the years, its fleet of six vessels has hosted everything from prestigious corporate events and public political figures to love-struck honeymooners and family getaways. Read on for a brief overview of each member of the Captain Cook fleet and what makes each ship unique:
Capable of carrying a maximum of 50 passengers, the Coral Princess guarantees a wonderfully friendly and social atmosphere. Purpose-built for exploring the stunning Great Barrier Reef, the ship features a glass-bottom boat, fully equipped dive shop and easy access to the water. All accommodation is air-conditioned with guests also enjoying access to a dining room, two lounges, sun deck and spa.
Coral Princess II
Built specially to cruise the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, the Coral Princess II is based on the wild success of its predecessor. Fitted with a collection of spacious staterooms and compact cabins, the vessel can carry a maximum of 46 passengers. When guests aren’t marvelling at the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, they can kick back and relax in the lounge, dining room or sundeck.
Launched in 1996, the Reef Endeavour is one of Captain Cook’s longest-serving vessels. The ship currently services the Fijian coast and is a wonderful option for those that love swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. Thanks to its compact size, the reef Endeavour is able to dock in a small local town where its passengers can embark for an authentic cultural experience. After undergoing a 2013 refurbishment, the onboard facilities are more impressive than ever. Dress code is smart-casual and the 130 person capacity offers great passenger camaraderie.
Sailing around Fiji’s stunning Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, the Reef Escape is a luxury cruise liner with a passenger capacity of 120 guests. Accommodation is spread over four elegant passenger decks, with guests also enjoying spacious public areas such as a swimming pool, sun lounge, cocktail bar, dining saloon and spa. The aquatic experience is further enhanced with facilities such as the glass bottom boat, snorkel/dive equipment and resident Dive Master.
Carrying 120 passengers across 60 staterooms and cabins, the Murray Princess was purpose-built as an inland paddle wheeler for the majestic Murray River. The small scale ship is the ideal way to soak up the beautiful sights of the Australian outback while mingling with fellow passengers. Measuring 67 metres in length and capable of travelling at up to six knots, the ship is ideal for those seeking a slow-paced and relaxing cruise ship getaway. Equipped with a spa, sundeck, bar, two lounges, dining saloon and gift shop, Murray Princess guests enjoy the ultimate in compact onboard comfort.
Captain Cook’s Explorer
Spending her days cruising Sydney Harbour, Captain Cook’s Explorer offers its passengers an enticing taste of the small scale cruising experience. The ship is capable of carrying 120 guests and features three accommodation decks. An ‘A Deck’ is also in use, housing the dining room, cocktail bar, observation deck, lounge and library, all of which boast spectacular views over the enchanting city!
If you want to experience the incredible intimacy of a Captain Cook cruise, check out some of the fantastic package deals on offer from Cruise 1st. Whether you want to explore the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef or relax and unwind while sailing down the Murray River, Cruise 1st have a great range of options to suit all budgets.
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