Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise Review

Being greeted with a glass of champagne is always a great way to start any evening, and so it was with the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise. This is absolute waterside dining and calm water cruising in one great package, where you can wine and dine while you watch the sun go down and the sparkling city lights come to life. During the 2.5 hour dinner cruise you can wander the exterior decks, which provide perfect views of the marina, rainforest mountains and Cairns’ waterfront precinct, and relax in the air conditioned interior. The vibe is relaxed, the crew are friendly and the buffet has something for everyone.

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Your waterside table awaits, with allocated seating on the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise.

Spirit of Cairns Sunset Cruise On The Waterfront

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise takes you to and from Cairns’ Marlin Marina, into Trinity Inlet and the shipping channel, providing panoramic views of the Cairns waterfront precinct and rainforest mountains. The cruise is casual and relaxed, a bit like our wonderful city. The exterior decks are a delightful place to enjoy the views and sea breeze, while the air-conditioned interior is spacious and comfortable. Boarding is from 6pm, the boat departs at 6.30pm and returns at 9pm.

“If you want waterfront dining with benefits, then the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise has you covered. There’s no rush, just relaxation and an ever-changing array of scenery as the boat cruises around the calm waters of the Cairns waterfront. The hot and cold buffet caters to most tastes and ends with a selection of sweets. The crew are attentive and friendly, it’s just a delightful way to end the day.” – Julie Johnston

Spirit of Cairns The Food & Drinks

It’s a dinner cruise, so I’m sure you want to know about the food. It’s a hot and cold buffet which has something for everyone. There’s fresh prawns and oysters and a selection of cold meats and salads, as well as an array of hot dishes including herb-crusted barramundi, harissa chicken, vegetable and noodle stir-fry, moussaka, potato bake and salt and pepper squid. There was more than ample food for everyone, with many guests making return visits to the buffet during the cruise.

The spread of sweet treats was a delicious way to end the dining experience. I loved the selection of local cheese and crackers, with a fruit platter adding some freshness, Ethan loved the mini pavlovas and Richard rated the mini white chocolate and Kahula cheesecakes. In addition to the complimentary drink on arrival, the crew provide table service throughout the cruise, or you are also welcome to visit the on-board bar, which was stocked with a selection of beers, wines and softdrinks – they also do cocktails.

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Cairns Sunset Cruise City Lights

It’s not often you get to see this perspective of the Cairns waterfront, which is so pretty at night with all of its sparkling city lights.

Questions About The Spirit of Cairns Dinner Cruise

Is the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise worth it?

Yes – the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise is worth it and is a lovely way to end your day in Cairns. The buffet has a great selection of foods, the 2.5 hour cruise is relaxed with great vibes, we think it’s really good value for money.

When does the Cairns dinner cruise operate?

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise operates every night of the week. Boarding is from 6pm at Cairns’ Marlin Marina. The boat departs at 6.30pm and returns to the Marina at 9pm.

Where does the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise go?

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise remains in the protected waters of Trinity Inlet and the Cairns shipping channel. It’s a calm water cruise. It does not go out to sea.

How long does the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise take?

The Spirit of Cruise dinner cruise takes 3 hours – with 2.5 hours of actual cruising time.

What do you get to eat on the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise?

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise has a hot and cold buffet with something for everyone. The cold dishes include 3 x different types of salad, a selection of cold meats and bread rolls, chilled prawns and oysters. For the hot dishes, there’s grilled harissa chicken, herb crusted barramundi, salt and pepper squid, moussaka, potatoes au gratin, and vegetable stir-fry noodles. Dessert includes mini pavlovas and cheesecakes, mango mousse, cheese and crackers, fruit and a selection of cakes. It also has a selection of vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free dishes.

What should I wear on the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise?

You should wear comfortable clothes and boat friendly shoes. There is no requirement for jackets and formal attire, dress for the tropics to enjoy the ambience of the open-air deck. It might be cool in winter, so perhaps bring a light jacket during these months.

Is the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise family friendly?

Yes – the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise is family friendly. We took our son with us and there were several other families on board.

Can I take my child on the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise?

Yes – you can take your child on the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise. There were several families on board, the night we travelled.

What’s included in the Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise?

A welcome drink on arrival. Hot and cold buffet. 2.5 calm water cruise with waterfront views.

Are there toilets on the Spirit of Cairns boat?

Yes – the Spirit of Cairns boat has toilets for your comfort and convenience.

Spirit of Cairns What You Need To Know

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise operates every day. Boarding commences at 6pm, the boat departs at 6.30pm and returns to Marlina Marina at 9pm. You can take in the views from the outside decks and dine in the air-conditioned interior. It has allocated table seating and a hot and cold buffet, including dessert. A complimentary beverage is included in the ticket price, with additional drinks available for purchase from the on-board bar. It’s a calm water cruise, that stays within the protected waters of Trinity Inlet and Marlin Marina area, it does not go out to the open ocean. Suitable for people of all ages, with reasonable mobility.

  • Suitable for most people
  • 2.5 hour Dinner Cruise
  • Calm water cruise
  • Family friendly activity
  • Operates Every Day
  • Hot & cold buffet
  • Welcome drink

About the Author

Julie was born in Cairns and grew up running around in the cane fields south of the city. She has explored, breathed and loved everything about our amazing Cairns region her whole life. Excited to be able share this wonderful place with our son and see it all again through ‘new’ eyes. Watch this space for more info on the people, places, destinations and things you can do up here.

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