REEF EMPRESS, THE VESSEL
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
THE MV REEF EMPRESS is our flagship vessel for Lady Musgrave Experience with day trips to the spectacular Lady Musgrave Island.
The beautifully appointed 35M luxury high speed catamaran, safely takes you to the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Surveyed for 220 persons over 3 levels, the Reef Empress has capacity for Day Tours of large groups of guests but equally feels to have a high level of space for guest comfort. With a service speed of 25 knots and top speed of 32 knots, the REEF EMPRESS safely navigates the seas in the shortest time possible to maximise your enjoyment on the Great Barrier Reef.
The main deck seats up to 172 passengers in air conditioned comfort with upholstered individual seating either around tables or in rows with maximum leg room for your journey. Our large flat screen TV’s, show educational Great Barrier Reef videos and keep you up to date on where we are located as we travel out to the reef.
We take pride in our coffee and have a barista style coffee machine destined to impress, a cold water station for water at your leisure and a well stocked bar/kiosk to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.
We have a range of merchandise or sea / reef / beach based goods in case you have forgotten anything for your trip. As well as locally made ice creams that are sure to have you coming back for more.
As part of our COVID-19 management guidelines we have increased the number of hand sanitisation stations on the vessel, however guests can rest assured – the REEF EMPRESS has and always has had the strictest of cleanliness standards. For comfort we have three toilets per side each for males and females as well as an additional 2 bathrooms on the aft deck outside.
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Upstairs from the main deck we have the upper deck which hosts the Captains Premium lounge. Our VIP area boasts 40 business class style leather reclining seats for maximum personal comfort during travel and floor to ceiling windows for maximum viewing of the ocean during the journey which is brilliant for dolphin, sea bird and whale spotting en route to the Lady Musgrave lagoon. VIP guests enjoy the benefits of a private upstairs bathroom, substantial flat screen televisions displaying Great Barrier Reef documentaries and smaller screens displaying the electronic chart plotter with the vessel’s course and speed. To the aft side of the Captains Lounge VIP seating we have shaded seating to take in the magnificent ocean views to the rear.
To soak in the beauty of our journey during travel or basking in sunshine once moored at the Lady Musgrave lagoon we have a superb open air sundeck on the 3rd level of the REEF EMPRESS. Stunning 360 degree views with a foredeck that seats up to 36 guests providing premium views of the coastline on departure and islands on arrival, you really are spoilt for choice on where to spend your time on the REEF EMPRESS.
Our world class catamaran has a Bauer Mariner compressor and 4 banks which ensure all diving cylinder refills are easily met to maximise guests time diving vs waiting for equipment. A desalinator makes up to 180 litres of fresh water and hour and supplies the three aft side warm showers after your snorkelling or diving experience. Our custom built rear of the vessel allows for excellent in water access via the duckboards and large in water steps for ease of access for all range of guest abilities.
We look forward to introducing you to the ‘Reef Empress’ – the Queen of the Sea on your next visit with Lady Musgrave Experience.