Check the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list on this new luxury cruise

Ask David Attenborough and he’ll tell you that the Great Barrier Reef is hands down one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders (and one you’d better visit as soon as possible). He’ll also likely slip a word about the world’s oldest living rainforest located nearby and how this particular little slice of QLD is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet. Yes, it’s damn special. So when we heard you could embark on a luxury coastal cruise while checking off these bucket list sites, we were well and truly on board.

Allow me to introduce you to Celebrity Cruises. Their popular cruise liners are some of the best in the world, with ships sailing to some of the most amazing places you can imagine. After some time off during COVID, they’re finally heading back to Australian waters, with two awesome new Great Barrier Reef cruises (choose between the 10 nights Where 11 nights) leaving this summer.

Both operate from Sydney, so unless you’re a Sydney passenger you’ll need to tack on some flights, but once on board you won’t have too many expenses to worry about. It’s one of the things people love about the cruise ship life; just about everything is included. We’re talking untapped beverages, room service, dining, entertainment and more. Plus, a series of shore excursions that allow you to soak up each destination. With prices starting at $2,096, it really isn’t too hard to get what you pay for.

If you’re feeling a bit more, however, check out the ultra-luxurious ‘Retreat’, which offers you the best accommodation and access to a private restaurant and exclusive swimming pool. Retreat guests can also tack themselves Private trips which are essentially an extension of the high level service on the ship, with a number of fully personalized private activities with experienced local guides that allow you to make the most of your time in port. Just think: a gold-class reef experience aboard an eco-certified 35-meter superyacht for the day in your private VIP lounge, with drinks, lunch, snorkeling, scuba diving and a scenic helicopter flight 10 minutes to see the Great Barrier Reef from above. Can too, right?

Helicopter flying over the Great Barrier Reef

It’s also worth pointing out that the ship’s facilities are on the next level, so you’ll be living large from the moment you step on board, no matter what room you’re in. Both voyages will take you aboard the luxurious Celebrity Eclipse, with its own martini bar, restaurants, casino, resort-style pool, library, luxury spa, yoga studio, shopping mall, theatre, basketball court and more Again. You could easily keep busy without even leaving the ship, if there weren’t all the good things waiting for you ashore, of course. Trust us, you’ll get worked up if you pass up the opportunity to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Want to pop your cruise cherry? We thought so. Gather friends or family and book now, because rooms for both 10 nights and 11 nights cruise fill up quickly.

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