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1. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Hi guys,

I wonder if you would mind giving me your opinion. I intend to cruise the whitsundays for 3 days when im in Oz. Theres a company i found that sounds really good, its a cruise (as opposed to sailing) and i was thinking of booking it before i go - as they said it gets booked up weeks in advance.

However, a lot of the rooms on the boat - i think around 8 rooms and an a small for shared peeps - are double/twin rooms and im worried that it might be a bit 'couple'ish. I suppose it doesnt matter but im backpacking alone and dont want to feel like the odd-one-out

So basically should i book this in advance or wait till i get there? I think a lot of the whitsunday tours are sailing rather than cruising (which i guess doesnt really matter). I really want a young fun crowd rather than couples, if that makes sense, but then again the cruise might have that and be great, but im just not sure.

What do you think please?


2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

I reckon if you have a specific boat in mind and you don't mind paying the asking price then you should book it before you get there otherwise you run a serious risk of not being able to do it.

If you're not so bothered about doing a specific trip then turning up is definitely a better option 'cause they discount places on boats that aren't full - sometimes quite heavily.

3. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Hi Magykal

I've heard that there's not usually a shortage of places for the whistundays cruises and that i could probably just turn up. What i was more so worried about was who to go with, as the cruise that i saw looked really good but i wanted to be with a lively crowd rather than a quiet 'couples' kinda of thing and i wasnt sure what it was like.

I think you're right though, if i dont pre-book the specific cruise then i may not get on that particular one at all. Have you by any chance done the cruise with Powerplay company and what was the mix of crowd?

Thanks :)


4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

My feeling would be that the cruise would be more for oldies and honeymooners, whereas a sailing trip would be more for the young and adventurous. Have a look at:,GGLG:2005-25,GGLG:en&q=sunsail+whitsundays

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

I actually did sailing on a tall ship, 'Alexander Stewart' - the mix was quite young but was quite coupley but that was OK 'cause I was in a couple. The sailing was fun though, if you are at all active I would go for that rather than a cruise - you don't have to pull ropes about if you don't want to.

6. Posted by rhiannon (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

Hi there,

we did a catamaran called powerplay on the whitsundays, it was brilliant, can't fault it. there were some double/twin rooms, but also had a section on the main deck where all the single/young one's slept.

I would highly recommend this boat, it was brilliant, and the crew were ace. Lot's of photo's etc, and the chance of introductory dives.

Hope this helps


7. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Hey guys,

Thanks a lot for your replies and help. I am considering powerplay as it sounds good, but friends are telling me that sailing might be more fun and more of a younger crowd. But im just not sure (i never was very decisive! ).

Rhiannon could you please tell me what kind of crowd was on Powerplay and how many please? Was it mainly a young group, or couples, or older crowd?

Yes sailing does sound fun too, but i also heard that you get to spend less time at destinations when sailing rather than with a cat.

Any more info would be great, thanks a lot!


8. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 11y

hi, a lot of it depends on luck....i did the whitsundays as part of an east coast package and the ppl i got on my boat were a mix, some couples, mainly singles, but there was a large group that were travelling 2gether and they kinda stuck with their own, so there was two halves of the boat...them and every1 else. on the other hand, my friend booked the same thing, and she got a much better crowd, it was on the same boat, even same crew i had, so as i said at the start, its kinda down to luck at the end of the day

9. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Thanks for your post Amy,

Yes i think your're right about luck, its probably just a case of who goes on the whitsunday boat on that particular day. I just thought i would see which boats/cruises more-than-often had either a party/mixed atmosphere and which was more quiet/relaxed/couply

Can i ask which boat/company you did your one with please? I just cant decide between a cruise and sailing really at the moment.


10. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 11y

I cant remember the company, but the boat was called Jade and it was a catarmaran, and it was part of a package up (or down for that matter!) the east coast. I booked the packages in Sydney with Wanderers Travel.
Sorry i cant be of more help!