Cairns Cruise

Cairns Cruise

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When you’re cruising the Pacific Ocean with MSC Cruises, Cairns is the port of call for you.

Cairns was pegged out over the site of a sea-slug fishing camp when gold was found to the north in 1876, though it was the Atherton Tablelands’ tin and timber resources that established the town and kept it ahead of its nearby rival, Port Douglas.
When you step ashore from your MSC cruise, you’ll realize that Cairns’ strength lies in doing, not seeing: there are few monuments, natural or otherwise. Your best introduction to the region’s heritage is at the Cairns Museum, which uses photos and artefacts to explore maritime history, the Tjapukai and Bama Aborigines of the Tablelands, and Chinese involvement in the city and Palmer goldfields. Other exhibits range from World War II memorabilia to a frightening dentist’s chair. At City Place, the open-air pedestrian mall outside the museum, you’ll find Cairns’ souvenir-shopping centre, with a rash of cafés, and shops selling didgeridoos, T-shirts, paintings and cuddly toy koalas.
Local performers do their best at the small sound shell here from

Cruises from / to Cairns in 2023

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THE GREAT REEF BARRIER EXPERIENCE - approx. 6.5 hours
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 8 hour(s)
  • Code: CNS06
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ATHERTON HINTERLAND & PLATYPUS - approx. 8.5 hours, lunch included
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 8.5 hour(s)
  • Code: CNS07
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SKYRAIL & KURANDA BUTTERFLIES
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 4 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN01
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RAINFOREST RAFTING ADVENTURE
  • Category: ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
  • Duration: 4 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN02
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CAIRNS PANORAMA
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 3 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN03
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CAIRNS, KURANDA, ABORIGINAL CULTURE & ARMY DUCK
  • Category: ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN04
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KURANDA SCENIC RAIL & AMPHIBIOUS ARMY DUCK
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN05
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THE GREAT REEF BARRIER EXPERIENCE
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 7 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN06
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ATHERTON HINTERLAND & PLATYPUS
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 8.5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN07
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PORT DOUGLAS, CROCODILES & NATURE RESERVE
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 8 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN08
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GREAT BARRIER REEF BY AIR
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 2 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN11
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SKYRAIL & KURANDA BUTTERFLIES
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 4 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN12
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CAIRNS PANORAMA
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 3 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN13
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CAIRNS PANORAMA
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 3 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN13W
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CAIRNS, KURANDA, ABORIGINAL CULTURE & ARMY DUCK
  • Category: ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN14
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KURANDA SCENIC RAIL & AMPHIBIOUS ARMY DUCK
  • Category: NATURAL WONDERS
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN15
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PICTURESQUE PORT DOUGLAS AT YOUR OWN PACE
  • Category: CITY TOUR
  • Duration: 6 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN16
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GREAT BARRIER REEF FROM THE SKY
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 1.5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN17
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SPECTACULAR REEF & RAINFOREST HELICOPTER FLIGHT
  • Category: SCENIC ROUTE
  • Duration: 2 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN18
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HANDS ON COUNTRY ECO TOUR
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 3.5 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN19
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OUTBACK ADVENTURE FROM ULURU TO KAKADU
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 168 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN20
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CAIRNS WALKING BREWERY TOUR
  • Category: CULTURE AND HISTORY
  • Duration: 3 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN21
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VISIT TO CAIRNS AQUARIUM
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 3 hour(s)
  • Code: CSN22
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