Fun and Informative, this cruise was amazing value for money. The New Horizon is a 21 meter traditional sailing vessel that mixes old world charm with modern comforts and accessories.
With a maximum of 32 passengers there are plenty of people to have fun with and you are sure to find a few new mates. As well as having masts and sails which gives you a bit of a pirate adventure feel, you have air-conditioning in the cabins and hot showers so there are modern luxuries as well. They give you fresh sheets, pillows and blanket along with stinger suits and snorkelling equipment, and you can bring your own alcohol on board. There is even an experienced dive instructor among the crew so you can go scuba diving if you want.
After orientation we hoisted the sails and departed around 2:30pm. There really is nothing like sailing around in a traditional sail boat and watching the wind filling the white sails and fish racing along beside the ship. There was plenty to do that afternoon, the New Horizon has a giant waterslide that is an awesome thrill to slide down into the beautiful clear waters. Stand up paddle boards were also an option. They even had a massive spotlight so we could see the fish at night. It was so much fun socialising as we got to know the crew and our ship mates.
The next morning we went to visit Hill Inlet lookout. There were awesome views of Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet. At low tide the inlet looks like a huge turquoise snake on the white sand. That view is the fourth most photographed place in Australia so there was one item ticked off the bucket list. The sand on Whitehaven Beach is so pristine, white and soft because it is very fine. We got to hang out in this wonderful place for a few hours before heading back to the New Horizon.
We went snorkelling at some of the best reefs the Whitsundays have to offer and once the ship anchored for the night we went sliding and paddle boarding again until dinner was ready. The crew did a chart read about the flora and fauna as well as underwater life. We learned so much about the animals, fish, coral and rainforest plants we had already seen and might see the next day. That evening we kicked back with a few cold ones and relaxed under the stars.
Early in the morning the crew woke us up to watch the sunrise and eat breakfast. It really was paradise being out there on the waters of the Whitsundays. After breakfast we made our way to another snorkelling and dive site. This time the scuba dive was longer and deeper so more suited to experienced diver or people who have dived at least a few times before.
Then it was time to leave and sail back to Airlie Beach after that and for those who wanted to enjoy the experience a little longer there crew and some passengers went to an optional free didgeridoo lesson then drinks and a meal at one of the local venues.
If you want to enjoy your own Whitsunday experience on board the New Horizon then contact Gypsy Travel to book now.