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2Hr Wildcat Sunset Cruise

The award-winning Wild Cat sunset cruise taking guests to the Mackay Marina

Experience an incredible sunset over the majestic Mackay Marina with your loved ones aboard the Wildcat and make memories to cherish forever. It does not matter if you are looking for a romantic afternoon or just want to unwind with your buddies, this adult-only cruise is perfect for all. Needless to say, the cruise is a great spot for gatherings so bring your parties on board! Be it a birthday or a bachelorette, enjoy together against the most spectacular sunset backdrop and make your celebrations unforgettable. Take in the breathtaking harbour views as the Wildcat takes you around the Mackay Marina. The purpose-built vessel is designed specifically to complement the Mackay conditions. So, delight in a smooth and comfortable cruising experience. Moreover, the qualified and friendly crew are always available to assist you throughout the cruise. From the boat’s rooftop viewing platform, witness the sky change colours when the sun bids farewell for the day.  Sip on a cold beer or a glass of champagne and nibble on some delicious snacks from the on board bar as the coastline comes alive with the night lights. Enjoy yet another wonderful day ending with some chilled-out tunes. Return to the harbour right on time to visit the charming restaurants located at the Mackay Marina.  Book this tour today to live your best sunset experience yet!

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Departure Details

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Boards 16:45

Departs 17:00

Returns 19:00

  • 2hr (approx) sunset cruise around the Mackay Marina
  • Cruise on custom-built vessel fit for Mackay conditions
  • Rooftop viewing platform offering incredible 360° views of the spectacular sunset
  • Licensed bar to purchase your favourite drinks and nibbles
  • First-class service with experienced crew

Additional Information

  • Please note that the journey will only take place if the weather cooperates and the Skipper waves the green flag.
  • There is a $20 per person surcharge on public holidays

Please refer to our full passengers terms and conditions on the following link; https://www.australiancruisegroup.com.au/national-terms-of-services

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Departure Point:  Mackay Marina Village

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Get your adrenaline fix aboard this high-speed adventure vessel and explore untouched locations on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Ultimate tour for speed, adrenaline and excitement
  • Discover pristine, unexplored locations off Mackay’s coast
  • One-of-a-kind vessel to give you the smoothest yet fastest ride possible
  • Swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters at hidden spots on the Great Barrier Reef
  • All-inclusive action packed day

Combining technology with practicality, Wildcat will take you on the trip of a lifetime! The all-inclusive longer style day tour means you have more time to spend at the iconic locations. A short, yet comfortable ride off the Mackay coast will take you to pristine, secluded beaches and unique snorkelling locations. Cruising at 23-24 knots with the capability to go up to 40 knots, you’ll get such a thrill that you’ll be hanging out to book your next trip!

Wildcat Features

  • Exclusive permits to secluded and unexplored snorkelling locations
  • Custom built vessel for Mackay’s unpredictable conditions
  • A fast yet stable boat which helps to reduce seasickness
  • Longer style day tour, allowing you to spend more time at the exclusive locations
  • Destinations include Cockermouth, Keswick, St Bees and more!
  • One of the fastest boats in the Mackay region 
  • Modern and comfortable vessel with an on-board toilet
  • Rooftop viewing platform for a 360 degrees, picturesque view
  • On-board licensed bar 
  • Includes paddle boards, snorkelling equipment and stinger/wet suits 
  • Lunch prepared locally
  • A multi-national award-winning tour operator
  • Feel good knowing you are travelling on a Climate Action Leading tour

If you want to combine adrenaline with unique experiences then Wildcat is for you - book your spot now!

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Sample Itinerary

Meet at Wildcat's office at 8:30am in the Mackay Marina Village (located next to George's Thai restaurant). Wildcat departs at 9:30am sharp so ensure you're there on time! Make sure you've brought all your essentials you'll need for the day and settle in onboard for a day of fun! Depending on the weather conditions of the day, the location you go to may vary. Below are some of the different loc...

Meet at Wildcat's office at 8:30am in the Mackay Marina Village (located next to George's Thai restaurant). Wildcat departs at 9:30am sharp so ensure you're there on time! Make sure you've brought all your essentials you'll need for the day and settle in onboard for a day of fun! Depending on the weather conditions of the day, the location you go to may vary. Below are some of the different locations you might visit. Each spot is unique, picturesque and memorable!

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Cockermouth Island

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Brampton Island Brampton Island is a tropical haven that sits at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage. This exclusive location is renowned for incredible snorkelling where you’ll find reef sharks, turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. The island is also home to native bush and wildlife. No doubt that you’ll enjoy your time on Brampton!

A green sea turtle and the bright blue ocean

After a full day of sight-seeing, exploring and snorkelling, settle back into your seat onboard Wildcat and make the short journey back to Mackay. It's your last chance to snap as many photos of the stunning scenery as possible so make the most of the wild ride back!

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Please note: 

  • Destinations are subject to change depending on the weather conditions of the day. However, the crew will ensure you still have an incredible time and still get the trip of a lifetime exploring these untouched gems!
  • The minimum age for Wildcat is 4 years old.

Our Delicious Sample Menu

The lunch menu is made fresh each day locally in Mackay and has been designed to suit most dietary requirements.

Morning tea: 

Home made gluten-free brownie

Zucchini frittata and quiche lorraine Cold sliced meat and cheese platter Salad platter Fresh pasta salad Chinese noodle salad Bread rolls...

Zucchini frittata and quiche lorraine Cold sliced meat and cheese platter Salad platter Fresh pasta salad Chinese noodle salad Bread rolls Afternoon tea:  


More Information

What to bring.

Pack a small soft bag and include:

  • Re-fillable water bottle
  • Swimming attire
  • Practical clothing and footwear (warmer items in the winter)
  • Underwater camera
  • Money for drinks
  • A keen sense of adventure!

What's Included

  • Stinger suit or wetsuit hire
  • Snorkelling equipment and fins
  • Paddleboards
  • Lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife and Fuel Levy

What's Extra

A surcharge...

A surcharge of $20 per adult and $10 per child will apply to trips that fall on public holidays. This surcharge can be paid directly over the phone with Red Cat (07 4946 4444), or by going into the  Red Cat office  on Airlie Beach Main Street. Below are the dates, until the 31st March 2025, where the public holiday surcharge will apply:

  • Friday, 29th March 2024 (Good Friday)
  • Saturday, 30th March 2024 (Easter Saturday)
  • Sunday, 31st March 2024 (Easter Sunday)
  • Monday, 1st April 2024 (Easter Monday)
  • Thursday, 25th April 2024 (ANZAC Day)
  • Monday, 6th May 2024 (Labour Day)
  • Friday, 21st June 2024 (Proserpine Show Day)
  • Monday, 7th October 2024 (Kings Birthday)
  • Wednesday, 25th December 2024 (Xmas Day)
  • Thursday, 26th December 2024 (Boxing Day)
  • Wednesday, 1st January 2025 (New Years Day)
  • Monday, 27th January 2025 (Australia Day)

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Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees. You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to [email protected]. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays.  If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

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Wildcat Mackay All-Inclusive Day Tour

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  • Users Ages: Ages 2+
  • Clock Duration: 7 Hours
  • Cruise Ship Capacity: Up to 40 Passengers

Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure!

Wildcat recently won Gold for the 2022 Best New Tourism Business in Australia at the National Tourism Awards 2022!

Departing from the MACKAY MARINA at 9:00am and journey towards the hidden wonders that lay above and below the island waters off the coast of Mackay. Spend your morning discovering one of the region’s many secluded beaches or sandbars. Enjoy fresh homemade baking for morning tea, followed by a buffet lunch before heading to one of the many snorkelling locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. Afternoon tea is provided before the journey back to Mackay, arriving at approximately 4:00 pm.

The brand-new day tour will take you on a journey of discovery to some of the most picturesque and untouched locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Guests will enjoy the hidden wonders above and below the ocean off the coast of Mackay.

Blending technology and practicality, this one-of-a-kind custom-built vessel aims to provide guests of all ages with the smoothest and fastest experience possible, leaving guests excited for the next ride. Wildcat has many user-friendly features to ensure a comfortable, fun and unforgettable experience for you and your family. These include toilet facilities, a beach landing ladder, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment, a rescue tender, large open windows and roof access for whale watching! There is also a bar for guests who would like cold drinks throughout the day.

Feeling Hungry? Wildcat is an all-inclusive tour and has you covered with a variety of mouth-watering lunch options accompanied by morning and afternoon snacks.

This unique day tour offers the chance to explore some of the best snorkelling along with breathtaking beaches and marine life located just a short ride from the Mackay Marina. Variable weather and tides mean no

two days will be the same, ensuring a different adventure each time you explore the islands with us.

Are you ready to explore some of the most pristine wonders of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park? Sure to be one of your favourites, Wildcat will be an experience like no other!


If you have specific needs that you wish to discuss, please contact us. To read more about accessibility, please head to our accessibility page.

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  • Brand new custom-built vessel for the Mackay conditions
  • Stable catamaran so alleviates concerns regarding seasickness
  • Full-day tour 9:00 am – 4:00 pm which means more time to spend at iconic locations
  • On-board licensed bar for cold drinks plus tea and coffee throughout the day
  • On-board toilet for passenger comfort plus individual seating with back support
  • All-inclusive of lycra suit, snorkelling equipment, fins and paddleboards (numbers limited)
  • All-Inclusive of morning tea/lunch and afternoon tea freshly made and locally catered
  • Beach drop off’s available (weather & tide dependent)
  • Rooftop viewing platform
  • Visit the best locations on and around the Mackay Islands
  • Experienced and knowledgeable crew members to keep you safe and informed
  • The ultimate way to travel around Mackay Island in just one day!
  • Proud Climate Action Leaders
  • Australian owned, and family-operated business for the past 11 years
  • We are the elite guiding experience and are proud to be Australia’s only marine-accredited Savannah Guide Enterprise
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  • Free use of snorkelling equipment + fins
  • Free use of paddleboards
  • Lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks
  • Lycra suit hire
  • Parks fees and fuel levy
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Check-in opens at 8:15 am at the Mackay Marina Village Wildcat office

Departs: Mackay Marina Village at 9:00 am.

Ends: Mackay Marina Village at 4:00 pm.

Please meet at the Wildcat office at the Mackay Marina Village at 8.15 am to allow time for the sizing of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. The vessel will depart at 9:00 am sharp so please don’t be late. It is advisable to bring a rain jacket during the summer months (Jan – April) and warmer clothes during the winter months (June-September). Travel Insurance is recommended.

NOTE: Parking is available at the Marina Village and is free. Wildcat is a licenced vessel No BYO. The bar takes card only

Age ranges from 4 years old and above, Children under 4 must be approved before departure – weather conditions dependant

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Pack a small soft bag and include:

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel and a hat
  • Practical clothing and footwear
  • (Warmer items during winter)
  • Swimming attire
  • Underwater camera
  • Card for purchases, no cash
  • A sense of fun and adventure!

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  • Clock 8 Hours
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Thundercat Whitsundays - All Inclusive Day Tour

Thundercat offers an exhilarating ride around the Whitsunday Islands all in one day! This Australian GOLD national award-winning tour visits the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet lookout, and two snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Cruise Ship Up to 30 Passengers
  • Clock 8.5 Hours
  • Users Ages 6+

Tongarra Day Sailing Tour

This all-inclusive sailing day tour takes you off the beaten track to experience the Whitsunday Islands’ secret spots. Explore the most incredible range of marine life and witness the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from above and below.

  • Cruise Ship Up to 40 Passengers

Outer Reef Snorkel Adventure

Embark on a small-group snorkelling eco-adventure to witness the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. Explore diverse coral reefs, savor a delicious catered lunch, and create unforgettable memories on this all-inclusive day trip for families, couples, and adventure-seeking groups.

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Exclusive to locals

There is no denying that we live in one of the nicest parts of Australia. Chances are this means you host out of town visitors several times a year. We appreciate that accompanying all the guests is an expensive business so we have developed the Turtle Club discount.

This is our way of saying thank you for recommending our cruises and to make it affordable for you to enjoy them too.

Year round local discounts with your Turtle Club membership*

30% DISCOUNT on Cruise Whitsundays day cruises* for Turtle Club member and up to 5 extra adults and children.

20% DISCOUNT on Cruise Whitsundays transfers to all destinations, including Hamilton Island Airport, for Turtle Club member and 1 companion.

10% DISCOUNT from the Cruise Whitsundays cafe for Turtle Club members.

*Discount does not apply to Hamilton Island Adrenalin, Hamilton Island Golf Experience, Airlie Beach Attraction, Croc Safari, Reefsleep or Reefsuites.

Please Note: To receive Turtle Club benefits you must be a resident of the Port Douglas / Cairns / Townsville/ Whitsunday / Mackay / Sarina / Gladstone regions.

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Reefsleep from $499!

Single pax in Reefbed:  $699pp (normally $925pp, save $226!) Shared Reefbed:  $499pp (normally $670pp, save $171!)

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Shared Reefbed: FLASHSLEEPDBL24

Call our Reservations team to book on 07 4846 7000.

Valid to book from Monday, 24th June – Friday, 19th July 2024. Valid for travel from Monday, 24th June – Friday, 13th September 2024.

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Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Kids go free.

Adults:  $223.30 (normally $319, save $95.70!) Child:  One child   FREE with any one paying adult (save $159!)

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Whitehaven Beach Morning or Afternoon departure

Adults:  $108.50 (normally $155, save $46.50!) Child:  One child   FREE with any one paying adult (save $69!)

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Online sign-ups can take up to 7 days to process, if your travel is within 7 days please contact us on 4846 7000.

Conditions The Turtle Club discount is only available to residents of the Port Douglas / Cairns / Whitsunday / Mackay / Sarina / Gladstone regions. For residents with Proof of Address the Locals Discount applies to postcodes 4877 to 4680 (inclusive). Discounted travel applies only to the registered member and the membership cannot be used by anyone else. Prices are subject to change. Turtle Club discount excludes Reefsleep and Reefsuites / Hamilton Island Golf Experience / Airlie Beach Attractions / Croc Safari. All bookings must be made directly with Cruise Whitsundays. Local ID (Photo Id with full name and current local  address or a utilities letter with full name and  local  address on it) must be presented by the Turtle Club member at the time of payment and when travelling with Cruise Whitsundays under a Turtle Club discount. Child fares are for children aged 4-14yrs for day trips and Resort Connections. Cruise Whitsundays terms and conditions apply to all bookings and can be found at https://cruisewhitspro.wpengine.com/terms-conditions .

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Sailaway’s focus is sharing our passion for the marine environment with our guests through reef interpretation with expert guiding. We have a team of qualified marine biologists who give information and entertaining reef presentations, allowing you to fully appreciate the fragile environment and have an understanding of the marine life you will encounter.

Sailaway is the only operator from Port Douglas who has access to the spectacular Coral Cays of Mackay Reef.  We have exclusive use of our reef site which are perfect for snorkelling. There are vast areas of coral gardens to explore at your own pace.  Being shallow and protected, you see beautiful corals, giants clams, turtles and fish life, up close. Ideal for taking underwater photos or watching the marine life in thier natural habitat.

Sailaway VII Custom built Sailing Catamaran

Sailaway VII is a stunning 25m sailing vessel to the Outer Barrier Reef. This is the most sustainable and comfortable way to visit the reef.  Sail along the coastline with views of the Daintree Rainforest, past Snapper Island before heading to the Outer Reef.

Nature activities include snorkelling over the pristine coral reef on our guided snorkel tour, enjoy a glass bottom boat for extra viewing and visit a spectacular Coral Cay.  Enjoy Aqua marine water and stunning views. Our delicious lunch, morning and afternoon teas will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation.

Mackay Coral Cay Reef Brooke

Tour Rates*

Adult: $315.00 Child (4-12 years): $217.00 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $957.00

* Environment Management Charges: $8.00 per person.

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Included in your cruise

  • Courtesy coach transfers from Port Douglas accommodation
  • Afternoon tea and coffee, cakes & fresh fruit platter (Using local produce Daintree Tea and Jaques Coffee)
  • Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns)
  • Snorkelling equipment, optical masks, seasonal lycra snorkelling suits, wet suits & flotation devices
  • Snorkelling instruction and in-water assistance
  • Guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist
  • Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation talk
  • Explore the pristine Mackay Coral Cay
  • 4.5 hours at unspoilt location on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VII
  • Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 to local re-forestation

This is an adventure tour suitable for travellers with good mobility. To participate in snorkelling you must be confident in the water with good swimming ability, as snorkelling can be a strenuous activity.

Pickups from Palm Cove now available daily

Palm Cove bus times: Departs Palm Cove at 7.00am and return departs Port Douglas at 5.15pm Exact pickup times from various hotels will be advised at the time of booking.

Morning Tea

  • Freshly brewed Jaques Coffee and Daintree Tea
  • Freshly baked Danish Pastries
  • Fresh fruit
  • Watermelon, Honeydew melon, Rockmelon, Pineapple & Oranges

Buffet lunch

  • Medium-rare Peppered Roast Beef slices
  • Sliced champagne ham
  • Sliced Italian Herb Chicken breast
  • New potato salad w/ chopped eggs, spring onions & a sour cream & Parmesan mayo
  • Mixed Leaf Salad w/ tomato, capsicum, cucumber & a balsamic & virgin olive oil dressing
  • Asian noodle Salad
  • Watermelon, honeydew melon, rockmelon, pineapple and oranges
  • Freshly baked assorted bread rolls w/ butter portions
  • Pesto Mayo, Mustard, Sweet Chilli, Chutney

Afternoon tea

  • Honey Nougat slice

Prepared daily by On Deck Catering

What to Bring

  • Beach towel
  • A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious Marine National Park and World Heritage site
  • Booking voucher (if you booked via a tour desk or travel agent)
  • At check-in for the Environment Management Charge – see your confirmation document for details
  • For onboard purchases of alcoholic beverages, soft drinks/juices
  • For underwater camera hire – ensure you select this as an add-on to your booking if you would like to use it

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The Coral Cays are pure white sand surrounded by a large fringing reef system and crystal clear water.

Sailaway is the only operator from Port Douglas who has access to visit Mackay Coral Cays. This exclusivity means we have the area to ourselves to explore without restrictions.

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Low Isles is an idyllic Coral Cay island. The reef around Low Isles comprises 150 species of hard corals and is dominated by 15 species of soft corals.

Guests of Sailaway have the opportunity to snorkel in the lagoon of the island with our marine biologist, offering an interesting and informative tour.

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Sunset Sailing

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing. A must do when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with an exhilarating cruise on board this first class sailing catamaran.

Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Far North Queensland.

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MSC Cruises has unveiled a new offering for guests traveling in the MSC Yacht Club, allowing them to book an exclusive selection of shore excursions designed to introduce them to new destinations, cultures, and people.

The MSC Yacht Club is MSC's "ship-within-a-ship" concept, providing a luxurious and private experience within elegant suites accessible only by keycard. This exclusive area features dedicated facilities including a sundeck, pool, restaurant, lounge, and personalized services such as a 24-hour butler and concierge desk.

Available on most MSC ships, the MSC Yacht Club offers a secluded retreat while allowing guests to enjoy the extensive amenities and entertainment options available throughout the vessel.

In alignment with the MSC Yacht Club experience, the company has introduced 90+ custom designed shore excursions available in various ports across the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe, with plans to expand to other regions later this year. These excursions are conducted in small groups, providing a more intimate exploration of destinations. MSC Yacht Club guests benefit from priority disembarkation and private transportation, ensuring a relaxed and comfortable travel experience with all details meticulously managed.

The curated excursions offer diverse experiences, from creating personalized eau de cologne at a historic perfumery in Southern France, indulging in authentic Greek cuisine aboard a private catamaran in Santorini , to relaxing in a secluded cabana in tropical Jamaica. Categories of experiences include authentic culinary adventures, local artistry, architectural tours, and upscale adventure activities.

MSC Yacht Club guests can book these excursions in advance online, through the MSC Cruises contact center or their travel agent, or on board via the MSC For Me app (where available), the MSC Yacht Club concierge service, or the Shore Excursions desk.

Highlights among the new exclusive MSC shore excursions include destinations such as Cannes France ; Genoa Italy ; Akureyri Iceland ; Invergordon Scotland ; Cozumel Mexico ; and Falmouth Jamaica .


Cruise line introducing more than 90 shore excursions exclusively bookable for msc yacht club guests guests in msc cruises’ luxury ‘ship within a ship’ area able to access new excursions in the caribbean, mediterranean and northern europe on top of existing shore excursion programme exclusive excursions take care of all the details, from priority disembarkation, private transfers to local experts ashore.

Geneva, Switzerland – 10 July 2024 – MSC Cruises revealed today that for the first time, guests travelling in the MSC Yacht Club will have the opportunity to book a carefully curated selection of exclusive shore excursions so that they can discover new places, new cultures and new people, immersing themselves fully in the destinations they visit.

The MSC Yacht Club is MSC Cruises “ship-within-a-ship” concept offering added privacy and exclusivity to elegant suites in a keycard-access area of the ship. Offering its guests added luxury in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, this exclusive area provides dedicated facilities, with its own sundeck and pool, restaurant and lounge, as well as personalized service, such as the 24-hour butler and concierge desk.

Available on many of MSC Cruises’ ships, the MSC Yacht Club offers its guests a secluded retreat while allowing them to enjoy the countless facilities and entertainment possibilities available throughout the rest of the ship.

In keeping with the MSC Yacht Club experience, the cruise line has now introduced more than 90 specially designed MSC Yacht Club shore excursions in various ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe, with more to come in other regions later this year. Providing even more exclusivity, the excursions run with only small groups, enabling guests to explore their destinations more intimately.

From the MSC Yacht Club, guests will have priority disembarkation and then move into private transportation for extra comfort during travel, ensuring a feeling of relaxation with all the details taken care of.

Whether guests want to try their hand at making their own personalised eau de cologne at one of oldest perfumeries in Southern France, indulge in authentic Greek cuisine on board a private catamaran in Santorini, or relax in a secluded cabana in tropical Jamaica, guests will have a multitude of meticulously crafted experiences to choose from.

The experiences fall into a number of categories to suit all guests tastes and range from authentic culinary experiences to learning about local artistry to visiting architectural treasures or getting involved in upscale adventure activities.

MSC Cruises Head of Shore Excursions, Marialuisa Iaccarino, said “ T he new offering has come following customer feedback and a desire for a more exclusive experience for MSC Yacht Club guests. Guests will benefit from a seamless experience between the butlers’ service onboard and the excursion experts ashore as well as having the opportunity to relax and fully immerse themselves into each destination’s culture, cuisine and traditions.”

The e xcursions are now bookable for MSC Yacht Club guests in advance, online, through the MSC Cruises contact centre or through the booking travel agent, or on board through the MSC For Me app (where available), MSC Yacht Club concierge service or Shore Excursions desk.

Highlights among the 90+ new shore excursions include:

Cannes, France: Enjoy a sensory experience and exclusive perfume-making workshop

Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in an unforgettable and captivating sensory experience creating their own personalised eau de cologne with aromatic, citrus and orange blossom fragrances in one of the oldest family-owned perfume factories in the South of France. About an hour drive from Cannes, the town of Grasse is often referred to as the perfume capital. After making their own scent, guests will be guided by a professional perfumer on a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory, before they can proudly take home their unique creations in an elegant 100 ml bottle with a personalised case.

Genoa, Italy:  Immerse yourself in an authentic pesto cooking class in Santa Margherita Ligure

In this excursion, guests can immerse themselves in a unique and authentic Italian food experience, discovering the secrets of pesto - the world-famous sauce - during an exclusive cooking lesson at Santa Margherita Ligure. Guests can learn some of the cooking techniques that makes Italian cuisine so iconic before enjoying an upscale dining experience of delicious local cuisine and wine. After lunch, guests can discover the charm of Portofino, a village characterized by the boats swaying in the small harbour and the orange, red and pink houses surrounding the bay. Visit the luxury shops and venture through its historic alleyways and enjoy the scenic square of the Church of St. George.

Akureyri, Iceland: Be invigorated at the Fontana geothermal baths in Iceland:

This excursion offers MSC Yacht Club guests a rejuvenating experience for the mind, body and soul, allowing them to enjoy the remarkable mineral-rich water of the geothermal Fontana baths located on Lake Laugarvatn. This spa is the perfect place to relax and admire an incredible view of the lake while enjoying the beneficial effects of the water. And to make this experience even more enjoyable, guests will be offered the rare and exclusive opportunity to taste freshly baked rye bread made in the geothermal bakery right next to the baths. The excursion also includes the opportunity to experience the scenic Þingvellir National Park, an area surrounded by mountains vast lava plain covered with green moss and wild flowers. 

Invergordon, Scotland: Try world-famous whisky at Glenmorangie Distillery in Scotland

The excursion offers guests the chance to visit a distillery that has been famous for its malt whiskies since the 19 th century and has mastered the fine art of distilling through the generations. A guided tour will acquaint guests with every step of the distillation process and offer the chance to try two drams before guests are transported to the 12 th -century town of Royal Dornoch to admire its oldest buildings, an impressive cathedral and its town square.

Cozumel, Mexico: Enjoy a luxurious catamaran and snorkeling experience in Cozumel, Mexico

Guests can spend the day on an exclusive catamaran sailing off the coast of Cozumel. Guests will have a personal, local guide for the journey and will get the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of the Caribbean, discovering the rich marine life that lies just underneath the surface. The guide will take them to Colombia Reef, a sublime snorkeling spot hailed as one of Cozumel’s finest. There they may spot sea turtles, eagle rays, and schools of shimmering fish.

Falmouth, Jamaica: Enjoy a plush cabana in the forested grounds near the Martha Brae River

Guests will spend their day in a private cabana along the Martha Brae River, surrounded by forest and tranquility with a personal butler to bring you a glass of wine or anything you might need. Guests can take a dip in the nearby swimming pool facilities or take advantage of the riverside bar and grill while enjoying their cabana oasis.

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Searching for something special for your next big event? Wildcat has got you covered! 

What are you doing for your next Christmas party, birthday celebration, conference, team building or next milestone? Take your guests on a ride to remember onboard Wildcat. 

  For a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, Wildcat serves up a treat on a comfortable, smooth ride on this custom-designed vessel to some of the most magical locations on the Great Barrier Reef. 

  Whether a full day charter out to some of the region’s best kept secrets or a simple sunset cruise amongst friends, Wildcat offers an all-inclusive tour that is fully customisable to your needs. Let the experienced crew take you to some of their favourite spots, choose your own path and select a journey made just for you. Wildcat’s flexible itinerary, onboard ‘bar’, delectable menu and practical facilities mean your guests are taken care of so that you can sit back, relax and soak up the tropical views of the Great Barrier Reef islands and Mackay coastline. 

  Wildcat is equipped with many user-friendly features ensuring that your experience is fun and unforgettable, including a beach landing ladder, paddleboards, snorkelling equipment and onboard toilet facilities. 

  Book the entire day or simply an hour or two, either way, you’ll be left with memories that last a lifetime. 

Full-Day Tour (40 Guests) $7,562

Sunset Cruise (50 Guests) $4,227

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Tour Highlights

A multi-national award-winning tour operator., we work with you to get the best day possible, includes lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks, custom-built vessel for the mackay conditions, on-board licensed bar, bathroom and comfortable seats, rooftop viewing platform to view the incredible locations, stable catamaran alleviates concerns regarding seasickness, includes stinger suit/wetsuit, snorkeling equipment, experienced and knowledgeable crew members.

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Inclusions .

  • Wildcat to yourself up to 40 Guests
  • Bar service
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Snorkel the fringing reefs
  • Re-Connect with friends or family
  • Paddleboards

Wildcat Private Functions are perfect for:

  • Teambuilding functions
  • School and university groups
  • Birthday parties
  • Christmas Parties
  • Plus so much more, do you have an idea different from above? Contact us and we will make it happen!

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What’s included.

  • Free use of snorkelling equipment + fins
  • Free use of paddleboards
  • Lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks
  • Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only)
  • Parks fees and fuel levy

What to bring?

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel and a hat
  • Practical clothing and footwear (warmer items during winter)
  • Swimming attire
  • Underwater camera
  • Money for drinks
  • A sense of fun and adventure

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  • A negative PCR test is all that's needed to enter Russia
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Explore authentic Russian cities. Enjoy premium service and engaging activities as you sail the Volga River.

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Join our signature small group journeys and cruise in luxury along the Russian Volga river!

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An extended 'South to North' view of Russia from Astrakhan to St. Petersburg through Moscow.

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Explore Moscow, St. Petersburg and Russia’s Golden Ring in greater depth. Stay at gorgeous Four Seasons hotels. Enjoy special access to iconic cultural sites.

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Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience cruising the Volga river from Moscow to Astrakhan. The tour includes 2 nights in Moscow.

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A Volga river cruise is more than a geographical voyage; it’s also a journey through Russia’s rich and captivating history. No other experience takes you so completely to another place and time. The Volga is Europe’s longest and largest river; it meanders through the stories of Ivan the Terrible and his rise to power, the two historic ‘Greats’ Peter and Catherine, and then on into today. It’s a unique opportunity to see modern Russia in the context of its intriguing history, ably assisted by friendly and professional academics and tour guides. A Volga Dream Russian river tour promises to leave you with an unforgettable afterglow of fond memories.

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Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise

Moscow and St. Petersburg are Russia’s best-known cities, but the towns of Russia’s historic Golden Ring are delightful too. The luxurious Volga Dream offers a unique opportunity to visit these Russian gems by sailing gently along the Volga River on an unforgettable cruising experience. In small, exclusive groups you’ll enjoy preferential access to some of Russia’s most significant cultural sites.

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Moscow to Astrakhan River Cruise

Your River Cruise on the luxurious MS Volga Dream takes you from Moscow along Russia’s grand Volga River to the legend that is Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Along the way, you’ll discover the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, medieval Nizhniy Novgorod and beautiful Kazan, the ancient Tatar capital. We plan our tour carefully to combine the very best of Moscow with a world-class Volga River cruise.

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We love hearing from guests about their time in Russia and one comment often hear is how surprised people are by the Russian capital. We can’t say for certain what people expected but we do know that it’s always far removed from what they imagined! It’s been called a modern metropolis, a cosmopolitan city, an historic gem, an architectural treasure and a cultural powerhouse, among other descriptions. Majestic Moscow has always surprised our guests and left them with lasting and fond memories.

Russia’s famous Golden Ring is an archipelago of historic towns surrounding Moscow. Uglich is one of the oldest and was founded under Igor, the last Varangian prince. It once resisted the Mongol invasion and its ancient walls saw the grisly murder of young Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible. The impressive Church of St. Dmitri on the Blood, with its classic onion domes and blood red walls, is a fine example of classic Russian architecture. The tour ends with an enchanting choral concert.

This, the oldest city on the Volga River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a wealth of ancient orthodox treasures. The impressive Transfiguration of the Savior, adorned with murals depicting St. John’s apocalyptic visions can be seen in the Spassky Monastery. The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet is decorated with an awe-inspiring selection of rich frescoes. For a real taste of pre-revolutionary Russia, visitors are entertained by a costumed reception at the Governor’s House.

Close to the shores of White Lake once were the ‘tsar’s fishing grounds’. It lies in a place so serene that ancient monks chose to build no fewer than three holy sites here, including the Ferapontov Monastery. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its chapels boast magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery was a refuge for many nobles during tumultuous times and later a fortress that successfully repelled invading armies.

The Karelia region is a vast and naturally beautiful wilderness that spreads all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. The glorious island village of Kizhi consists almost entirely of the traditionally styled wooden buildings of ‘Old Russia’. Among them is the famous Transfiguration Church built in 1714. Remarkably, and in testament to the craftsmen of the time, not a single nail was used in its construction! Kizhi is one of the favorite stops on the river cruise to St. Petersburg.

A typical rural hamlet brought to life by warm and welcoming villagers. Volga Dream guests are invited into local homes to enjoy classic Russian fare, tea with jam and ‘pirozhki’ (pies). Enthusiastic hosts share Russian traditions and the appeal of village life while proudly showing off their scrupulously kept homes and kitchen gardens. The tour continues with a brief bus ride to see a unique World War II memorial and then, for a real glimpse of Russian life, a visit to a local primary school.

Nizhny Novgorod

This was once a wealthy city thanks to its proximity to rich eastern trading routes. During the Soviet era, the city was closed to outsiders because of its military importance. It’s also where many political prisoners were sent to live out their days in exile. The 16th-century Kremlin ramparts offer spectacular views and the city is known for its elaborately decorated churches. For Volga Dream cruise guests, the highlight of the day is an evening folk concert performed by local children.

Sailing along the Volga river, the riverbank gradually ceases to be dominated by Orthodox churches. Instead, beautiful mosques appear as the river crosses into Tatarstan where the first stop is scenic Kazan, the region’s capital. Inside the white walls of the citadel, the famous Kul Sharif mosque and the old Cathedral of Peter and Paul stand side-by-side symbolizing the two faiths’ long and peaceful coexistence in the region. A concert of traditional Tatar music ends the Volga Dream tour in Kazan.

Passing the Zhigulevskie Mountains offers wonderful views from the sundeck before touring the city. One of the key attractions is the fascinating Space Museum, which offers a revealing glimpse of how the Soviet Union pursued its ambitious journey to the cosmos. The town is also noted for its beautiful esplanade, perfect for a relaxed stroll beside the Volga river. This in turn leads to the Samara State Art Museum. Founded in 1897, it is home to a collection of more than 16,000 works of art.

This city is best known for its close associations with cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The Russian hero who achieved worldwide fame as the first man in space lived and studied here. Saratov used to be home to a large German community, a heritage that can still be seen in the local architecture. The Volga Dream tour visits the Radishchev State Art Museum, the first picture gallery in Russia outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Originally called Tsaritsyn, the city was renamed Stalingrad from 1925 to 1961 in honor of the USSR’s leader. During World War II, the city’s residents put up a heroic defense, repelling an advancing Nazi invasion. The battle for Stalingrad has gone down in history as a pivotal moment in the bloody conflict on the eastern front. The most ferocious and deadly fighting took place on Mamayev Hill, where an imposing memorial now stands close to the excellent Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Saint Petersburg

If Moscow surprises, then St Petersburg delights. Peter the Great founded the city to showcase Russia’s newfound enlightenment. He wanted to show the modern world a cultured and advanced society. In short, he built the city to impress and in that he succeeded splendidly! The striking buildings were designed by some of the finest architects Europe had to offer and even now, the ‘Venice of the North’ never fails to enchant with its spectacular buildings and impressive canal network. It is a city of true grandeur.

Cocktails with the Captain

Commanding any ship is a complex role that calls for a long list of skills. Captains know their vessels inside out as well as well as the routes they sail and when things don’t go to plan, they have to make instant decisions. Above all though, the most important part of the job, underpinning everything they do, is to keep the ship and everyone aboard safe. The Captain’s cocktail party is a great and a wonderful opportunity for passengers and crew to get acquainted as the gets underway.

Matryoshka doll painting

There is nothing more typically Russian than a Matryoshka. It embodies the fact that there’s always something deeper to be found in every aspect of Russian life. Learning the traditional designs and techniques used to decorate these iconic dolls offers a pleasant diversion and some cathartic creativity!

Superb Service & Dining

Our restaurant serves the highest standard of international cuisine, freshly made by our Cordon Bleu Chef. Choose either a sumptuous buffet or set menu for lunch while dinner is always four or five courses with full service. High praise for the exquisite quality of meals is yet another constantly recurring feature in feedback from our guests.

Meet the Professor

From the Mongol hordes to Soviet times, Russia’s history is, like all of Europe’s, a complex web of political intrigue, war and peace, trade and treaties, as well as heroes and villains. Academics devote whole lifetimes to studying Russia’s long past and one of them presents a series of lectures shedding light on everything from Gorbachev to Chekhov, Khrushchev to Ivan the Terrible and of course, contemporary Russia. Our Professor is on board throughout the river cruise for informal conversation.

Beginner’s Russian

The Russian language can be rather beautiful and poetic and we know that many seasoned travelers enjoy trying their hand at different languages. Our onboard teachers provide an introduction to the riches of Russian, so guests can try out a few useful words and phrases on real Russians during the exciting river tours from Moscow to St. Petersburg or from Moscow to Volgograd!

Russian tea tasting

The drink we tend to associate with Russia is vodka, but tea, in fact, is the much more universal beverage of choice throughout the country. Guests will get acquainted with the Russian tea etiquette, a fundamental component of the country's social culture, and enjoy the traditional tea ceremony while cruising from St. Petersburg to Moscow or taking a Grand Volga river tour.

Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting

All our dining is international but for Russian Dining night, the Chef includes a selection of traditional Russian dishes: Chicken Kiev, Kulebyaka and no Russian table is complete without Borsch. To add to the ‘Taste of Russia’ optional Russian dress, or at least a touch of Russian style, is provided along with enthusiastic help from our staff!

Russian Cooking Class

A plate of pelmeni might not look like much to the untrained eye, but it forms the heart of Russian cuisine and culture. Basically, it's a type of dumpling: small portions of meat and onion wrapped in a thin sheet of unleavened dough and boiled, a little like ravioli. Guests can join a Russian cooking class onboard the MS Volga Dream to learn how to cook this delicious Russian dish.

Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Piano Recital

Some of the greatest classical music ever written comes from Russia. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting stage for a virtuoso solo recital by our resident concert pianist than the mighty Volga or a better backdrop than the heart of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov’s own serene homeland.

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Why Volga Dream

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Family Owned & Operated

MS Volga Dream is Russia’s only family-owned river cruise ship. She can accommodate up to 100 guests, far fewer than most other cruise ships on the river making for a uniquely friendly and intimate atmosphere aboard.

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Five-Star Central Hotels

We at Volga Dream are completely convinced that, our guests should stay in great 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg within comfortable walking distance of all the major attractions, theaters and restaurants, rather than having to waste time in traffic.

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Luxurious Accommodation

The MS Volga Dream is the most intimate and elegant 5-star cruise vessel in Russia. She boasts 56 cabins, all river facing, ranging from comfortable Standard Cabins to spacious Junior Suites and the luxurious forward facing Owner's Suite.

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Russian Cultural Experience

Explore Russia's past with the help of professional tour guides. Our on-board program includes fascinating talks on Russian history and politics, Russian language lessons, a festival of Russian cuisine (including vodka tasting!), and much more.

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Gourmet Dining

Our on board restaurant serves international cuisine to the highest standard, all freshly made by our Cordon Bleu Chef. For Russian Dining night, he prepares a selection of traditional Russian dishes: Chicken Kiev, Kulebyaka and Borsch.

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Tailored Service

All our service crew members are native Russians who are fluent in English and handpicked by the Owner. Proudly, the Volga Dream is famous for her hard working and very hospitable personnel who take care of every aspect of your life aboard.

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Escape the hassle and bustle and add a satisfyingly informative element to your trip and bring together a colorful mosaic of people, history, traditions,  religion, music and art. These are the many strands that time has woven into what is known today as Russia.

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Cruising the Moskva River: A short guide to boat trips in Russia’s capital

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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