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Cairns Dinner Cruise - Waterside Dining

Now offering Buffet and Set Menu Options!

A Cairns dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Board our sailing catamaran and enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounds as they transition from day to night.

Every journey begins with a refreshing pre-dinner drink, as all good dinner cruises should. With your glass charged, stroll the interior or exterior decks and admire the view as the sky transforms from blue to red to orange and finally a silky black, filled with thousands of sparkling stars. Your journey takes you deep into the heart of Trinity Inlet and across the waterfront precinct of Cairns, from the Cruise Liner Terminal to the Esplanade.

The water is calm, the weather mild and the night is yours to enjoy. Inside our air-conditioned dining room, sit down to a sumptuous meal featuring fresh seafood and delicious local produce. From Saturday to Wednesday we offer a buffet menu with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood and delicious local produce. On Thursdays and Fridays we now offer a three-course set menu – please select your choices at time of booking. A children’s menu is also available on set menu nights.

Our luxurious Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages.

View our Buffet Dinner Menu / Set Dinner Menu / Drinks Menu 

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink on arrival
  • A 2.5-hour calm water sunset / evening cruise
  • Delicious buffet OR set menu dinner
  • Luxurious air-conditioned vessel, with large outdoor decks


What Will You See / Do

Enjoy a fantastic evening of calm water cruising with a delicious dinner and fabulous views, including sunset over the rainforest-clad mountains (depending on the time of year). Starting at Marlin Marina, Spirit of Cairns takes you on a journey deep into the interior of Trinity Inlet and its winding tributaries. Keep your eyes peeled, you might even see a crocodile. The cruise passes along Cairns’ waterfront and Esplanade precinct, delivering panoramic views of the twinkling night lights of this port city.

When Do We Go

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise operates five nights a week (Thursday – Monday), departing Marlin Marina at 6.30pm and returning at 9pm. From Saturday – Monday we offer a buffet dinner, and on Thursdays and Fridays we offer a three-course set menu dinner.

Check-in and boarding is at the boat, moored at Marlin Marina, from 6pm. A welcome drink (beer, bubbles or soft drink) is served on arrival and the bar is open for you to relax on board prior to departure.

What To Bring / Wear

Yourself and your smile, for a great evening ahead. Tropical cocktail attire is suggested, with a light jacket for the winter months. Footwear is mandatory, with suitable shoes for boating recommended. Although it’s a calm water cruise, you will find it more comfortable moving around the boat in flat rubber soled shoes. Don’t forget to bring a little cash, EFTPOS or credit card for your bar purchases.