Cairns Cruises

The Great Barrier Reef Experience
The Historic Kuranda Scenic Railway
Rainforest Rafting Adventure

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The Australian city of Cairns, in Queensland's tropical north, is a former mining town that overlooks the sparkling Coral Sea. Today, this MSC World Cruise destination is distinguished by lush rain forests, including the Daintree National Park, and is considered a prime gateway to the Barrier Reef.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting activities and things to see including:

● The Great Barrier Reef Experience
● The Historic Kuranda Scenic Railway
● Rainforest Rafting Adventure

The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accounts for approximately 10% of the world's coral reef ecosystems. This natural wonder is one of the most complex environments on Earth, home to an abundance of mesmerising marine life. Explore this underwater paradise on an MSC Cruises excursion, where you’ll marvel at an infinite number of sea creatures living in coral gardens. Travel to a floating reef pontoon on a luxurious catamaran before snorkelling through the turquoise waters.

If you love historic trains then take an MSC Cruises excursion to the Kuranda Scenic Railway, where you’ll board a heritage-style carriage for the ride of a lifetime! Pass over 40 bridges and through 15 tunnels as you take in picturesque villages and lush green rainforests. Gaze at orchids, strangler figs, exotic palms, and rare animal species that flourish in Queensland’s pristine habitats. Take photos of this remarkable landscape as you listen to the fascinating commentary.

Grab a towel and put on a swimsuit for a Rainforest Rafting Adventure! On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll experience the thrill of the currents at Barron River Gorge before speeding along the Hell's Gate rapids. In calmer waters, marvel at Queensland’s Wet Tropics — a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Teeming with landscapes of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll take in a haven of flora, waterfalls, and wildlife.

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    The land of contrasts
    The land of contrasts

    More than most other developed countries, a cruise to Australia releases your imagination. For most visitors its name is shorthand for an endless summer where the living is easy; a place where the adventures are as vast as the horizons and the jokes flow as freely as the beer; a country of can-do spirit and easy friendliness. No wonder Australians call theirs the Lucky Country.

    The energy of its contemporary culture is in contrast to a landscape that is ancient and often looks it: much of central and western Australia – the bulk of the country – is overwhelmingly arid and flat. In contrast, its cities, most founded as recently as the mid-nineteenth century, burst with a vibrant, youthful energy.

    A holiday to Australia isn’t complete without a look at its most iconic scenery, the Outback; the vast fabled desert that spreads west of the Great Dividing Range into the country’s epic interior. Here, vivid blue skies, cinnamon red earth, deserted gorges and geological features as bizarre as the wildlife comprise a unique ecology. This harsh interior has forced modern Australia to become a coastal country. Most of the population lives within 20km of the ocean, occupying a suburban, south-eastern arc that extends from southern Queensland to Adelaide.