The "Apollo III" is a 55ft ocean racing that has campaigned in most of the major yacht races around the world . Catering for a maximum of only 12 guests her flat decks and full headroom throughout offers comfort with the excitement of fast sailing. You too can become part of the crew of this performance racing yacht...
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"Apollo III" is a 55ft ocean racing that has campaigned in most of the major yacht races around the world . Catering for a maximum of only 12 guests her flat decks and full headroom throughout offers comfort with the excitement of fast sailing. You too can become part of the crew of this performance racing yacht. Set the sails, grind the winches or take a turn at the helm.
* Sailing instructions
* Snorkeling equipment
* Skipper and cook/hostess
* All onboard meals during cruise
What to Bring:
* Soft soles shoes for the beach
* Hat, sunglasses, beach towel, sunscreen
* Swimmers and casual clothing
* Soft luggage only - no suitcases
Note: There is no bar on-board. Guests should bring their own drinks (NO GLASS PLEASE). Beer in cans and wine in casks.
During the two days you will visit spectacular Whitehaven Beach, go snorkelling amongst some of the most amazing coral fringed coves of Hook Island, and do some awesome sailing in between. The evening will be spent in one of numerous sheltered bay unders the stars of the southern sky.
Airlie Beach, Blue Pearl Bay, Border Island, Butterfly Bay, Cataran Bay, Chance Bay, Cid Harbour, Daydream Island, Great Barrier Reef , Hamilton Island, Langford Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, Nara, Shaw Island, Shute Harbour, South Molle Island, Stonehaven, Tongue Bay, Turtle Bay, Whitehaven Beach,
|Vessel: Apollo III||Type: Sail|
|Length: 55ft||Crew: Supplied|
|Hull type: Monohull||Beam: 14.00ft|
|Draft: 10.00ft||Cruising speed: 8kn|
|Cabins x 7||Free use of snorkelling equipment|
|Linen included||Onboard meals included|
Old racing yachts never die, they simply sail off into a tropical sunset. Just such a fate was awaiting Alan Bond's former America's Cup training vessel, "Apollo III", when she finished her racing career.Vessel Features:
* Open plan accommodation
* Double and single berths
* Hot water shower
* Max. 12 passengers
In 1988, after years of chartering in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, my wife Cathie and I returned to Australia, pioneering Whitsunday sailing adventures. The vision was to create an interesting, fun filled holiday that would appeal to those with a sense of adventure. The Whitsundays was the perfect location for sailing and Barrier Reef cruises.
The Operator now operates a fleet of unique sailing and cruising vessels, each with it's own distinctive character and history. The Operator is a small boutique cruise company who cater for comfort adventurers seeking a unique and quality experience. The Operator personally owns and operates all of the vessels and has gained reputation from the high standard of maintenance and presentation of these vessels, as well as the excellent customer service and attention to detail.
The Operator continues to meet the ever-changing trends within the travel industry and now offer the most diverse range of Barrier Reef cruising and Whitsunday sailing holidays. The Operator has been providing visitors to the Whitsundays with a truly memorable holiday experience since 1988.
Tourism Awards - Over this time the Operator has received numerous state and regional tourism awards and in February 2005, the Operator received its greatest tribute yet, the National Tourism Award for Unique Accommodation. These awards are the industry's highest accolade and recognise the commitment and professionalism of Australia's Tourism Industry. The Operator was very proud to receive this award and to be recognised for the unique and very special experience the Operator offers guests.
The Operator does not offer pre or post cruise transfers. Taxis are available and can pickup from all accommodation houses.
How to get from Whitsunday Coast airport to the vessel
There are shuttle bus and taxis services that operate between Proserpine airport and Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.
Cost of transfers from Whitsunday Coast airport
Shuttle bus cost: Airlie Beach $16.50 each way. Shute Harbour $19.50; Time: 45 -60 Min. No pre booking required. Taxis are also available at a cost of approx $55.00 each way to Airlie Beach and $70 each way to Shute Harbour. Time: 30 Minutes. No pre booking required.
What to do if arriving into Hamilton Island for Apollo III departure
There is a resort shuttle bus that departs from the airport to the marina. Cost is $5 per person. Shuttle meets every flight that comes in.
How to get from Hamilton Island to meet Apollo III
Fantasea Cruises offer a ferry service to Shute Harbour. Tickets can be bought at the airport. Cost $60 one way (includes transfer from airport to marina). Taxi and bus services operate from Shute Harbour to Airlie Beach. Approx 10 minutes by road.
Onboard meals are included in your rates during the cruise.
On purchasing your tickets all guests accept the conditions of travel as follows:
Prior to departure you will be required to sign a travel agreement. Here is a summary of the terms and conditions:
The following definitions apply for the Terms and Conditions for this vessel.
- The Supplier or Operator means the operator who supplies this vessel to you on arrival.
- The Client is also referred to as the renter (s) or hirer (s)
The Operator (the carrier undertakes to use its best efforts to carry the passengers and baggage with reasonable dispatch and care.
Times shown in timetables or elsewhere are not guaranteed and form no part of this contract. The carrier may without notice substitute alternative carrier or vessel and may alter the itinerary or destination of the voyage shown on the ticket. Schedules are subject to change without notice. The carrier assumes no responsibility for making connections.
The carrier will not be responsible for loss or damage to any passenger (including consequential loss) as a result of delay in completion of any voyage, occasioned by cause whatsoever.
The carriers liability for damages to any passenger in respect of loss or damage to luggage or other chattels of a passenger shall be limited to five hundred ($500.00) Australian dollars.
The carrier shall not be liable for damage or accidental personal injury or death of a passenger in any circumstances whatsoever.
No servant agent or representative of the carrier has authority to alter waiver any provision of the conditions of this contract.
The passenger will acknowledge having read and understood these conditions of travel and will agree to be bound by them.
The laws of the state of Queensland shall govern in all respects, the relationships between the carrier and the passenger. The courts of the state of Queensland shall be the only courts of competent jurisdiction to determine disputes between the carrier and passenger.
Payment & Cancellation Policy
A deposit is required upon confirmation.
The balance payment is required 24 days prior to departure.
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges also apply:
- Cancellation made 24 days before departure there will be a $100 cancellation fee per person.
- Cancellation made within 24 days the full fee will be forfeited.
The operator and it's agents accepts no liability for any loss or damage either in contract or in tort, or for any additional expenses or inconveniences caused by the cancellation by the operator, due to insufficient numbers or any events outside of our control. It will be indemnified by you in respect to any such loss or damage.
The operator reserves the right to alter itineraries due to insufficient number of guests, natural disasters, weather conditions, government regulations or any other circumstances beyond our control.
With insufficient number of guests we do not know until 6pm day prior to travel. The minimum number required is 6 and if a trip is cancelled there is a full refund.
The area is subject to sub-tropical weather conditions and sudden inclement weather could arise at anytime, the Operator reserves the right to cancel the vessels without notice. The Operator recommends you take out travel insurance to cover any costs and disruptions caused by such events. The Operator takes no responsibility for policies offered by insurers that do not cover for such events. When taking out travel insurance you need to check their terms and conditions to ensure you have the correct cover.
Please note that there is a Great Barrier Reef Marine and National Park entry & service fee of $25 per person payable on board.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does the Operator offer transfers?
A. No the Operator does not offer pre or post cruise transfers. Taxis are available and can pickup from all accommodation houses.
Q. How do I get from the Whitsunday Coast airport to the vessel?
A. There are shuttle bus and taxis services that operate between Proserpine airport and Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.
Q. What is the cost of transfers from Whitsunday Coast airport?
A. Shuttle bus cost: Airlie Beach $16.50 each way. Shute Harbour $19.50; Time: 45 -60 Min. No pre booking required. Taxis are also available at a cost of approx $55.00 each way to Airlie Beach and $70 each way to Shute Harbour. Time: 30 Minutes. No pre booking required.
Q. How do we get from Hamilton Island to meet Apollo III?
A. Fantasea Cruises offer a ferry service to Shute Harbour. Tickets can be bought at the airport. Cost $60 one way (includes transfer from airport to marina). Taxi and bus services operate from Shute Harbour to Airlie Beach. Approx 10 minutes by road.
Q. Are all meals provided on board?
A. All meals are provided on board including morning and afternoon tea. For those boarding Reef Odyssey at Hamilton Island on Day 1 lunch is included. For those boarding Coral Trekker and Windjammer on Saturday, lunch is not provided. All other meals are included.
Q. Do we need to dress for dinner?
A. No. Dinner is a casual affair. Smart casual wear is fine.
Q. Can you cater for special diets?
A. Yes. Please notify the Operator of any special requirements at last one week prior to departure.
Q. Can I still book if I am traveling on my own.
A. Yes. You can book a single berth.
Q. Do we need to bring our own snorkelling?
A. No. All equipment is provided on board. However it is a good idea to bring your own snorkelling mask if you have one.
Q. Do you provide snorkeling vest or flotation devices?
Q. Can we go fishing?
A. The Operator does supply had lines on board Reef Odyssey. Fishing is limited to areas approved by the Great Barrier Reef marine Park Authority.
Q. What do we need to pay for on board?
A. Drinks are not included in the cost. There is also a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park levyIf you wish, you may bring your own equipment with you, however the Operator has full snorkelling and dive equipment available onboard at all times. Snorkelling is free of charge.
Q. Do you cater for children?
A. Yes. The Operator can accommodate children.
Q. What do we pack?
A. You will need swimwear, hat, sunscreen and smart cool casual clothing for the evening. You will not require any formal attire onboard.
Q. Do we need cash on board?
A. No. The Operator has credit card facilities available. All purchases are put to your room account and can be paid for at the conclusion of the cruise.
Q. What can we do with excess luggage?
A. Extra luggage can be stored at the office.
Q. Can we bring our own alcohol?
A. There is no bar on-board. Guests should bring their own drinks.
Q. Can you do something special for birthdays, anniversaries etc?
A. Yes. Please inform the Operator at least one week prior to departure of occasion.
Q. Can we charge cameras etc on board?
A. Yes the Operator has 240v power available. If traveling internationally you will need the appropriate adapter.
Pets are not allowed onboard.
Smoking is not accepted on board.
All Public Holidays.
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Our total liability to you in relation to your use of this website and the information contained on this website will not exceed the dollar amount of the deposit we have received from you in relation to your booking/rental. Refunds will not be made for bookings cancelled due to inclement weather. Again, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance. Your use of this website is governed by the laws of New Zealand and the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
To make a booking, you must complete our no-obligations reservations enquiry form which is easy to follow and secured with the latest encryption technology. Once we receive your enquiry, we will contact you via phone or email, to advise of availability and confirm the final price is correct - and discuss payment options. A booking is confirmed when you have been emailed a confirmation notice and at this stage the deposit is processed on your credit card and becomes non-refundable and any cancellation fees stated in the terms apply. Upon receipt of your confirmation, please check your details carefully and notify us immediately if there are any incorrect details, as it may not be possible to make changes at a later date.
Please note we accept Visa and Mastercard and the credit card fees are:
1) 1.75% for the deposit amount.
2) 1.75% for the balance of payment.
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Under no circumstances are you permitted to carry more passengers than the vessel you charter is legally registered to carry, and if you do your insurance may be invalidated. The number of passengers allowed is indicated next to each vessel on this website. It is your responsibility to choose a journey that is within your capabilities. A boat or trip supplier can refuse to hire a vessel to any person who is in their opinion unfit to skipper or does not meet eligibility requirements. In such circumstances we will have no further liability to you.