FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions about Spirit of Cairns cruises, including our dinner cruises, lunch cruises and more.

Our friendly reservations team is ready to assist with any other questions you may have – feel free to get in touch.

Our dinner cruises operate Thursday – Monday (five nights a week).

Check-in: 6pm
Departs: 6.30pm
Returns: 9pm

On Thursdays and Fridays we offer a three-course set menu. From Saturday to Monday we offer a buffet menu.

Spirit of Cairns lunch cruises operate throughout the year. Check our special events page for the next available cruise. 

All cruises depart from our mooring at A Finger, Cairns Marlin Marina.

Spirit of Cairns Map

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 this tropical port city.

Depending on the time of year, our dinner cruises offer stunning views of the sun setting over the rainforest-clad mountains, and the twinkling lights of the city as dusk deepens into night.

Yes we do! Cairns locals receive a 20% discount. Simply use the promo code LOCAL when booking online, or call 4047 9170. Please note you’ll need to show valid photo ID when boarding or you will be charged the difference in price. A driver’s license is adequate proof – management must approve any other form of identification.

A Cairns local is a person whose primary place of residence is between Innisfail, Cape Tribulation and the Tablelands. Locals discounts are NOT available for visiting friends and families of locals. Language students and people on working holiday visas are not considered locals. Locals discount does not apply on public holidays.

Yes we do! Bookings of 15 or more people are considered a group and qualify for a group bookings discount. Contact us for more info about group bookings. 

All group bookings and private charters require a 20% deposit in order to confirm the booking, and full payment is required 7 days before departure.

Read our terms and conditions for more information on group bookings.

Our Child fares are for ages 4-14 inclusive. We offer a kids’ menu on our set menu nights. Children must be under parental supervision at all times. Children are not permitted on the outer decks without being accompanied by a parent or adult supervisor.

Infants (aged 0-3) are permitted on board free of charge; however, please note there are no high chairs or changing facilities on board. If you wish your infant to have a meal you will need to book a child fare.

You can change or cancel your booking at any time up to 24 hours before departure with no penalty. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

By order of the Queensland State Government, The Public Health and Social Measure linked to vaccination Direction was revoked on 14 April 2022, ending the requirement to check in and to be fully vaccinated in order to travel onboard Spirit of Cairns. Find out more on our COVID info page.

Our buffet and set menu options contain a range of dishes suitable for vegetarians and other special dietary requirements. However, you must mention any special dietary requirements when booking to ensure we can cater to your needs. Please read the Food Allergen Statement in our terms and conditions for more information. 

We suggest tropical cocktail attire, and recommend bringing a lightweight jacket for the winter months. You must wear footwear to board the vessel. While this is a calm water cruise, we recommend suitable soles for boating – you’ll feel a lot more comfortable moving around the boat in flat, rubber-soled shoes. 
No – Spirit of Cairns is a non-smoking vessel. Smoking, vaping or e-cigarettes are not permitted anywhere on board.

Absolutely! Spirit of Cairns is the ideal venue for weddings, functions, events and private parties. Take a look at our charters page for more information.

Absolutely! Take a look at our Cairns Info page for details of Great Barrier Reef trips, dive courses and more.

For more expert local advice we recommend speaking to the friendly team at Cairns Tourist Information Centre.