Cape York Cruise


Looking for a Cape York cruise?

This is a good one, and interesting.



It is done on a cargo ship, no big luxuries - so Cape York style :-)


And that said, the food is very good and there is too much of it!

seaswift green container

It starts from Cairns where everyone gather,

... the luggage goes on trolley and you are given a safety vest.

seaswift ship

Once onboard there is afternoon tea and you are shown around,

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... and given a safety briefing before the ship takes off.

seaswift safety

Cape York Cargo Cruise - Cairns Area

There are some good views on Cairns,

seaswift cairns harbour

... Trinity Inlet,

cape york cruise trinity inlet

... and the Marina,

seaswift cairns marina

... before it goes past where you can see the road to Yarrabah.

cape york cruise yarrabah

After that, very soon is dinner time, and it's a yummy one!

seaswift dinner

Seafood buffet on the first night :-) Oysters, prawns, Moreton bugs, crabs and lobsters, but steak and vegies were also available.

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After the dinner, almost on dark, the last thing we saw was Port Douglas,


seaswift port douglas

... but the timings can vary on different trips depending on their load and tides.

seaswift cabin

Coast of Cape York

In the morning, there were good views of the boulders of Cape Melville.

cape york cruise cape melville

The cooked breakfast was huge and yum!

seaswift breakfast cape york cargo cruise breakfast
torres strait cargo cruise breakfast cape york cruise breakfast

And after leaving Cape Melville, there is no land in the sight while passing the Princess Charlotte Bay.

cape york cruise princess charlotte bay

The second day is the day on the sea, but it doesn't mean there is no entertainment.

seaswift bridge tour

Captain is giving a bridge tour, followed by morning tea and watching informative videos on the area, its history and culture.

seaswift tv watching morning tea

Back deck is also a good place to be, watching other ships passing.

seaswift back deck

The lunch is both hot and cold, and is again in buffet style, as are all meals.


seaswift lunch cape york cruise lunch

The lunch was round about Cape Sidmouth and we started to see some land again.


cape york cruise old lockhart river

And the next thing we passed Old Lockhart River,

cape york cruise cape direction
 
... and Cape Direction, before turning into the Lockhart River Bay,

cape york cruise lockhart river

... and enjoying the watch of containers being loaded.

seaswift loading lockhart river

The dinner was very nice again - steak and spicy chicken with roast pumpkin, ratatouille, and a risotto/cuscus type of thing.

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seaswift cruise steak and chicken dinner cape york cargo cruise dessert

And the darkness fell as we were leaving Lockhart River.

seaswift cruise sunset

Cape York Cruise - Torres Strait Islands

In the morning, we went through Albany Passage and got to Horn Island (where most people joined tours).

seaswift horn island

The afternoon was spent on Thursday Island,

cape york cruise thursday island

... with a few drinks at the Grand Hotel (by now we were like a big family),
 
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... before getting back to the ship, for some dinner :-)

seaswift thursday island

Very yummy duck and lamb with mashed potatoes, vegie stir fry and mushroom and bacon ravioli.

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seaswift duck and lamb dinner cape york cruise dessert

Tip of Cape York - Seisia

And after that it depends on the load and tides whether the ship goes to Seisia that night or the following morning :-)

seaswift seisia

You can do either one way or a round trip - full information about this Cape York cruise is in the Destination Guide.





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