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Compass Cruises

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Cairns, Australia
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About Compass Cruises
Compass Cruises is delighted to be the cheap Great Barrier Reef Tour a full day on the Great Barrier Reef for $115 includes 2 spectacular Outer Barrier Reef locations Enjoy a wonderful reef day trip with Compass Cruises. Travel on the basic package and tailor your day by selecting the additional activities you wish! It’s the best outer Great Barrier Reef tour for value on the market. Your day includes: - Snorkeling Equipment- 5 hours on the Great Barrier Reef at 2 Outer Reef locations- Free scuba diving demonstration- BBQ Lunch prepared fresh daily at the reef- Boomnetting (weather permitting)- Wine & cheese on journey home- Tea and Coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary), Our ultimate goal is that our friends feel like they have been on the reef with friends not a number on a manifest
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Gallima wrote a review Feb 2020
29 contributions37 helpful votes
The Cruise was in general ok however we were transferred to reef experience the night before. The compass cruises site lists the glass bottom boat on the itenary and doesn't state that you have to pay $15 more for it so it's a bit misleading. The coffee on the ship could be far better especially if they had a coffee machine. For the price it was ok but next time I would consider booking a different company/boat. Food could be better as well. The glass bottom boat could be better it's more like a boat with Windows in the bottom than a boat where the bottom is Glass.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Hello gallimas, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to chat with you more about this. Please shoot us an email on info@compasscruises.com.au. Regards, Reservations
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Melissa R wrote a review Feb 2020
63 contributions18 helpful votes
My friend and I had a great time! We booked them to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. It was a full day tour which was well worth the price. The ride was a bit bumpy and I felt a little sick but they provide motion sickness tablets for sale. We only booked snorkeling but we could have added scuba diving if we wanted to while we were on the boat. I’d assume that is subject to availability though. We went to two different spots to snorkel which I liked so it gave us an opportunity to see different sea life and they offer guided tours with a professional for an additional cost if you choose to do so. They provide lunch which was yummy and filling too. I’d definitely recommend this company for Great Barrier Reef tours!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Hi Melissa R, Thanks for writing us an awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a great time aboard Compass Cruises. We hope to see you in beautiful Cairns again soon! Warm regards, Reservations
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LondonSalem wrote a review Feb 2020
London64 contributions36 helpful votes
There are myriad Great Barrier Reef packages available so finding the right one for you is a nightmare. Happened to walk past the Compass office and as we were looking for a reef trip went in. The staff in the office were very efficient, knowledgeable and fun. The rep took us through what was available and the ups and downs of the various trips. We selected the trip that best suited our needs and got a great price. Went to the harbour next morning and boarded the vessel for the trip. On board staff were young and fun but with sufficient knowledge and experience to cover all aspects of safety. The trip we chose was to the outer reef with a glass bottom boat trip available when we got there at extra cost. On the trip there were safety briefings from the crew with special attention paid to advising all on the trip the importance of not causing damage to ant part of the reef in any way. We had the opportunity to catch some sun on deck whilst getting to the reef. On arrival we tied up and prepared to go snorkeling having donned our lycra sting suits (it was jellyfish season) issued free of charge. The water at the reef was only a few metres deep and the marine life was astonishing. After a couple of hours we moved to another part of the reef and went snorkeling again. More shallow water and great marine life. At both places there were people scuba diving although we chose not to participate. The lunch was very acceptable and we had a very pleasant trip back to port. I would recommend going to the agent shop directly when you get to Cairns as it is difficult to make a decision without the knowledge of the staff to help. Great trip which will stay in our minds for many years. Cannot recommend it enough.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Hi LondonSalem, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review. Our staff are certainly passionate about our jobs on the reef & in the office to ensure all our passengers have the most memorable time. We hope to see you aboard again soon! Warmest Regards, Reservations
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vexe wrote a review Feb 2020
Zagreb, Croatia2 contributions
I had wonderful day at Great Berrier Reef with Compass Cruises. This was the first time I was snorkeling and it was amazing. The ride to and from the reef was pleasant. Very professional, very friendly and helpful, young staff. They are conscious about safety and see that you follow the rules, and yet make certain that you enjoy.There was fruit, tea, coffee, sunscreen, and motion sickness medicine available to everyone. The food was delicious and there was a good selection for people with dietary restrictions. They also provided us with cheese, crackers and WINE for the trek home after a long day in the sun. Would highly recommend this company for a great all round, relaxed experience! Loved it!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Hi vexe2019, Thank you for taking the time to write us a great review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your day on the Great Barrier Reef and all your expectations were met. We hope you kicked back & relaxed with your wine on the ride back to Cairns. See you next time! Kind regards, Reservations
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JenayMelv13 wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Australia23 contributions11 helpful votes
Seeing the Great Barrier Reef was a milestone for us all & it did not disappoint. We were first time snorkelers & when we first put our head under the water we were blown away by the view. I remember lifting my head several times just to say wow and re-experience it again. We saw plenty of different types of coral, saw hundreds of sizes & species of fish, also got to see turtles! As for compass cruises they were amazing! Very informative of the boat rules, snorkeling gear and just general safety. Lovely staff who were very accommodating and chatty. Delicious food served for morning tea, lunch and arvo tea. Loved every bit of our experience & would definitely recommend and do again and again!!! Thank you Compass Cruises & thank you Great Barrier Reef!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Karen-HotGetaways, Guest Relations Manager at Compass Cruises
Responded 16 Feb 2020
Hi JenayMelv13, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a special response. We certainly don't take the amazing views & incredible ocean life for granted and are delighted you loved the experience just as much as we do. Our crew work extremely hard in order for our passengers to have the best possible day on the Great Barrier Reef, so it gives us great pride to hear you rate them so highly. We cannot wait to welcome you aboard one of our vessels again soon. Warmest regards, Reservations
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