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March 20, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sydney had a special visitor last week in the form of Coral Expeditions’ ship Coral Discoverer, making a brief visit into Sydney while heading north from Tasmania before continuing up to the Kimberley.

The visit gave the pioneering cruise line the chance to demonstrate the flair of the ship’s culinary staff, to show off accommodation aboard (light and airy single cabins go for just 150% of the per person twin-share rate).

Captain Gary Wilson, master of the Coral Expeditions fleet, joined Coral Expeditions general manager Mark Fifield to discuss plans, outline new itineraries and give updates on the line’s newbuild, Coral Adventurer.

Coral Discoverer has headed to Cairns for a re-stock, It is bound for Cape York and Arnhemland before continuing to the Kimberley.

Happy ship! Aboard Coral Discoverer last week

Commercial director Jeff Gillies said Papua New Guinea was providing highly popular and would develop into a feature of the annual itineraries.

Sales distribution manager Elizabeth Webb said Tasmania was a big hit with travellers. Flexibility was the key, with passengers able to choose daily walks and excursions that were challenging or easy – whatever they wished.

Coral Expeditions recently released a new brochure for its 2019 Kimberley and Cape York and Arnhem Land sailings with the inclusion of Coral Adventurer.

Entree on Coral Discoverer. East meets West. A trio of Wagyu beef, wallaby and Australian lamb

Coral Adventurer will cruise the remote and ancient areas of Northern Australia, showcasing its expedition capabilities. The state-of-the-art small ship, constructed with the latest shipbuilding technology, carries 120 passengers.

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 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.

Cape York

The 2019 Kimberley season will mark 23 years of expedition cruising in this region, Coral Expeditions having pioneered the Kimberley region in 1996. For the past 10 years, Coral Expeditions has operated two ships for an extended six-month season in the Kimberley, taking over 25,000 customers.

Sailing Australian flagged ships, Coral Expeditions has a unique advantage in that its ships can operate within the Kimberley without restrictions. They know this region better than most.

Angoram Sepik River

On daily expeditions in Xplorer tender and Zodiac vessels, guests are guided by experts, including guest lecturers with deep knowledge of, and expertise in, geology, history and ecology.

10-night Kimberley sailing highlights:

  • Witness the tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Marvel at the 80m high King George Falls
  • Sacred Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art
  • The Montgomery Reef’s falling tides
  • Possible wildlife sightings featuring humpback whales, green and sea turtles, crocodiles and rock wallabies
  • Optional scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls

The Coral Adventurer. How it will look

The Cape York and Arnhem Land itineraries incorporate Coral Expeditions signature Great Barrier Reef experiences, established over 35 years ago.

11-night Cape York & Arnhem Land sailing highlights:

  • Bathurst Island and the vibrant culture of the Tiwi people
  • The Coburg Peninsula and its vast diversity of wildlife
  • Elcho Island and Maningrida art centres
  • Cape York for a champagne sunrise
  • Snorkelling the Great Barrier’s Reef pristine sites
  • Thursday Island and the Torres Strait Islands

Suite balcony

Coral Expeditions will continue to offer a choice between the classic Coral Expeditions 1, just 44 passengers maximum, and the recently refurbished Coral Discoverer, which caters for 72 passengers, in addition to the custom-built Coral Adventurer.

The three expedition ships were built with Australian coastal cruising in mind, ideally suited to safely navigate the mighty rivers and scenic inlets of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land.

The 10 and 11-night itineraries depart between March to October 2019. Cape York sailings depart from Cairns on 17 March and 14 April 2019 and from Darwin on 4 & 18 October 2019. The Kimberley itineraries run between Darwin and Broome (v.v) on regular sailings from 29 March until 7 October. Prices start from AUD 8690 per person.

Written by Peter Needham

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