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November 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australia’s Coral Expeditions has opened bookings for the maiden voyage and first season of its spacious new 120-passenger, Norwegian-built expedition cruise ship, the Coral Adventurer.  

The new ship will offer 60 cabins and will be flagged as an Australian ship when it begins service in April 2019, Coral Expedition group general manager Mark Fifield confirmed in Sydney last week.

The Coral Adventurer will debut with a series of voyages themed ‘In the trail of Tasman’ that retraces the historic explorations of 17th-century Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the first man to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia. The voyages are designed to showcase the expedition capabilities of the Coral Adventurer, conceived and built to take guests to remote areas inaccessible to larger or less capable vessels.

Dining room

 

The first offering will be a 17-night cruise beginning in Singapore on 24 April 2019 and finishing in Darwin.  Apart from picking up the Tasman trail, the Coral Adventurer will disembark guests using its trademark ‘Xplorer’ tender mechanism directly on Anak Krakatau, the famed volcanic island emerging from the middle of the ocean in the Sunda Straits.

Other highlights include Komodo Island, home of the famed dragons and the coral gardens of remote Pulau Alor, which offers some of the best snorkelling in the region.

Suite

Following this inaugural voyage, the Coral Adventurer will undertake two more 11-night cruises, both departing from Darwin in May 2019 and following the trail of Tasman into the Gulf of Carpentaria, New Guinea and the Spice Islands and the Kimberley coast. Thereafter, the Coral Adventurer will slip into the regular Kimberley season between Broome and Darwin, which Coral Expeditions has been operating for 24 years.

Fifield said staterooms on the Coral Adventurer would be priced comparably to other Coral Expeditions trips, and would remain all-inclusive with daily excursions, meals and beverages including beer and wine at meals included in a single cruise fare, offering compelling value.

Prices for the maiden 17-night Singapore-Darwin cruise lead in at AUD 9690 (twin-share per-person).

The complete prices (twin-share per-person) for that cruise are AUD 22,940 for a Bridge Deck suite, AUD 11,690 for a Bridge Deck Stateroom, AUD 11,390 on Explorer Deck (AUD 17,085 single occupancy), AUD 10,490 on Promenade Deck (AUD 15,735 single occupancy) and AUD 9690 on Coral Deck (AUD 14,535 single occupancy). Single occupancy is limited.

Coral Expeditions, which rebranded from Coral Princess Cruises in 2015, began in 1984 operating Great Barrier Reef cruises from Townsville. It expanded to the Kimberley Coast in 2003 and now has two ships based there. Its first international voyage was to Papua New Guinea, followed by the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat.  It also operates to Tasmania.

Coral Expeditions also unveiled further details on the interior design of the new ship. Fifield said the company had turned to reputed interior design firm Arkhefield of Brisbane to stamp a distinctive tropical North Queensland identity on the vessel.  Arkhefield has combined Norwegian furniture and marine fixtures with wood, stone and fabric elements that reflect the colours and textures of Australia.

The 120 passengers aboard Coral Adventurer can look forward to elegant living spaces designed to show off the locations the ship will visit.  All cabins face out, with most having French windows and private balconies. Two spacious suites of 55 square metres will feature bathrooms with picture windows.  Indoor and outdoor bars offer lounge seating to let guests sit back and watch the panorama unfold outside. A guest observation lounge located in the bridge (a Coral Expeditions trademark) will allow guests to immerse themselves in the navigation activity.

Coral Expeditions group general manager Mark Fifield outlining the ship’s features last week

Coral Expeditions head of sales distribution, Elizabeth Webb, said Coral Adventurer and its sister ship to follow would allow Coral Expeditions to meet growing demand for the Coral Expeditions style of personalised cruising in coming years.

“Support from trade has been a cornerstone of the company’s growth for three decades.  We look forward to working on expanding our relationships with agents and wholesalers worldwide as we launch this remarkable expedition ship.”

Written by Peter Needham

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