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Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about:

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is not a single entity so much as a megalopolis of living systems. It’s 1,600 miles long, contains some 900 islands, and encompasses nearly 3,000 individual reefs. It’s also dynamic. The 400-plus types of corals are constantly built and rebuilt, and the reef hosts infinite species of sea life. But the reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a power that transcends the numerical. Swimming into all that colorful biodiversity can transform a cruise visitor. There are points of entry along the east coast of Australia, but Cairns is the most popular. Tour operators will typically take guests out to the reef in the morning and give them time to snorkel and relax before the return trip.

If you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, our fabulous 50-Day Australia Circumnavigation & Great Barrier Reef voyage would be the best way to see this beautiful part of the world!

Snorkelers in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of Captain Mercer.

Snorkelers in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of Captain Mercer.

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