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Seabourn Odyssey Barrier Reef & Bali, Cairns Blog

By:
Ben Hall
 

We’ve just pulled out from Trinity Wharf in Cairns on board Seabourn Odyssey and the rain has held off thankfully for our sail out. From the back deck we can see the whole city of Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands behind is covered in heavy cloud and almost invisible so they must be taking an absolute drenching up there.

The deck crew, as they do, have been making sure everyone has a glass of French champagne in hand for this romantic getaway and we have three sea days ahead before we head into Darwin. As for Cairns, there’s two reasons why this is such a popular holiday destination: its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and it’s also the gateway to the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree.

Cairns itself is a has a reputation as a backpacker haven, but Cairns is evolving into a sophisticated city and has the hotels and restaurants to prove it.

By day, the centrepiece of Cairns is ”the Nard” - The Esplanade to the uninitiated - which has undergone a $32 million facelift transforming the city centre into one of the most aesthetically appealing cities in Australia.

At the heart of the redevelopment is a 4800 sqm saltwater swimming lagoon straddling the edge of Trinity Bay, which has become the focal point of daytime activity in Cairns with local families cooling off alongside foreign visitors in a very laid-back, leafy environment.

For the Seabourn Odyssey crew, this was a popular chill out spot and we overnighted as well which was a late decision as the ship will be unable to anchor off Thursday Island as scheduled.

The three sea days to Cairns should be relaxing and should give us time to post up some of your comments and questions in our blog section. We’ll also get some ship photos together as well.We’ve just pulled out from Trinity Wharf in Cairns on board Seabourn Odyssey and the rain has held off thankfully for our sail out. From the back deck we can see the whole city of Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands behind is covered in heavy cloud and almost invisible so they must be taking an absolute drenching up there.

The deck crew, as they do, have been making sure everyone has a glass of French champagne in hand for this romantic getaway and we have three sea days ahead before we head into Darwin. As for Cairns, there’s two reasons why this is such a popular holiday destination: its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and it’s also the gateway to the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree.

Cairns itself is a has a reputation as a backpacker haven, but Cairns is evolving into a sophisticated city and has the hotels and restaurants to prove it.

By day, the centrepiece of Cairns is ”the Nard” - The Esplanade to the uninitiated - which has undergone a $32 million facelift transforming the city centre into one of the most aesthetically appealing cities in Australia.

At the heart of the redevelopment is a 4800 sqm saltwater swimming lagoon straddling the edge of Trinity Bay, which has become the focal point of daytime activity in Cairns with local families cooling off alongside foreign visitors in a very laid-back, leafy environment.

For the Seabourn Odyssey crew, this was a popular chill out spot and we overnighted as well which was a late decision as the ship will be unable to anchor off Thursday Island as scheduled.

The three sea days to Cairns should be relaxing and should give us time to post up some of your comments and questions in our blog section. We’ll also get some ship photos together as well.

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