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Coral Discoverer is seen at anchor at one of the “Raja Ampat”
Introduction to Coral Expeditions:
Expeditions was established in 1983 and today is one of
Headquartered in Cairns, Australia, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the famed Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, as well as exotic Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the Islands of the South Pacific Tasmania, New Zealand and now as from 2016, South East Asia. Thus the choice of cruises to amazing places is vast and all in superbly appointed vessels!
and below: The amazing Coral Discoverer in
MV Coral Discoverer is an intimate, state-of-the-art 1,838-tonne Australian cruise ship and she has become a much sought after small cruise ship operating at a cruising speed of 14 knots. As from 2016 there is an exciting range of exiting new range of out of the way ports, and as usual many just can only be reached by small ships and as we have already learned, she will also be heading to South East Asia witch is very exciting. Details of the new 2016 - 2017 Asian itineraries are located further down the page!
MV Coral Discoverer Photo Gallery
Above & below: Her Lounge & Bar on Bridge Deck
Al Fresco dinning out on Deck, just aft of the Lounge on Bridge Deck
The Dining Room Lounge area on Main Deck
Above & below: The spacious and elegant Dining Room seen during dinner and with tables set ready for dinner
This exciting vessel was launched in 2005 and was purpose-built for cruising in the tropical regions of the southern oceans; whilst guests will enjoy a uniquely Australian atmosphere onboard with an all-Australian crew. As you step on board, you will discover a ship that offers stylish furnishings, generous decks and the latest of modern facilities. Coral Discoverer accommodates just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms and she has a cruising speed of 14 knots. Coral Discoverer’s shallow draught of just 3 meters allows her to access even the most isolated and remote locations of the many of the most exotic locations that are completely beyond the reach of other ships. The Coral Discoverer is fully SOLAS compliant is she is equipped with very latest-Technology Navigation and Communications Equipment and she is fully Stabilised to ensure comfortable cruising in open seas.
The Origins of Coral Expeditions:
The MV Coral Discoverer stands alone as being the very first Australian flagged, all Australian owned and Australian staffed passenger ship to attain full SOLAS compliance in over 50 years, which is an amazing feat.
it is interesting to look further back, for Coral Expeditions was originally
created from scratch by Mr. Tony Briggs, who was an Australian fisherman, and
as some will tell you, quite an entrepreneur, who had a passion for the sea!
Therefore he decided to commence a new cruise company in order to operate
cruises of the Great Barrier Reef, which he named; “Coral Princess
Cruises” based in
For the purpose, he purchased and converted a World War II submarine chaser (PT Boats) in 1983 and she became a comfortable passenger vessel and the Coral Princess. She had a capacity of 24 passengers and she was a comfortable vessel with a pleasant long narrow lounge that had a bar & dinning area. Her cabins were relatively small by today standards, but they were comfortable accommodations.
The Coral Princess was the beginning of a great Australia Expedition Cruise Company!
Princess initially operated five-day cruises through the Great Barrier Reef to
In due course the service and the company became so popular with the demand was growing for a superior product, that the company grew into a more up market expedition cruise operation, thus the original “Coral Princess Cruises” in due course renamed; “Coral Expeditions.” Two new 35-metre vessels were soon built the Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II.
Coral Expeditions I accommodates fifty guests in 25 rooms and offers a unique cruising
experience in the Australian coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as
Cape York & Arnhem Land and the
MV Coral Expeditions I sailing heading towards her next stop
Coral Expeditions II accommodates forty-four guests in
22 rooms in sheer luxury. She was fully refurbished early in 2015 and features facilities
and comforts found on much larger ships. Onboard you will discover the very
best of Tropical North Queensland in unrivalled style as she operates
year-round on the
Coral Expeditions II
MV Coral Expeditions IIAt one of the
MV Coral Discoverer Accommodations:
There are five grades of beautifully appointed Staterooms available on the Coral Discoverer, and each is tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and with original artworks. Of course there are all the comforts of a private Italian-style Bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning and ample cupboard space. All staterooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious toiletries.
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, there are five spacious Bridge Deck Staterooms that are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
The above image applies to both the “Bridge Deck Stateroom” and “Promenade Deck Category A Stateroom” below.
Promenade Deck Stateroom - A:
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, the twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) Staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Promenade Deck Stateroom - B:
Two Staterooms located forward of the ship, but encircled by the full-ship promenade, these Promenade Deck (Cat. B) Staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
Main Deck Stateroom - A:
Located close to the Dining Room, the six spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) Staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Image applies to both the Main Deck Category’s A and B Staterooms below.
Main Deck Stateroom - B:
Located close to the Dining Room, the six spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) Staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
Photo Gallery Continued
The Lounge Bar aft on the port side
Passengers relaxing out on deck just aft of the Lounge and Bar on Bridge deck
The Company Flagship the Coral Discoverer seen here in Papua New Guiney
Coral Expeditions New 2016 - 2017
Now in its
34th.year of operations, the inaugural
The new itineraries appeal to active and adventurous travellers who may have previously travelled through Asia but are now ready to explore in depth areas of the region that are only accessible by small ship.
Enjoy Countless South East Asian Adventures - See the main Map below
The first trip
of the season will begin with an eight-night itinerary from Kalimantan to
On arrival in
is truly reflective of the company’s expedition style and immersive
cultural and culinary experiences, charting the diverse coastlines of
Highlights in the itineraries include sailing up the Irrawaddy River to berth in the hustle and bustle of the old working river port at Yangon (12 nights Singapore to Yangon or v.v.) visiting the still-active Anak Krakatua volcano in Indonesia where guests can hike up the hillside ringed by the caldera (17 nights Singapore to Darwin, or 8 nights Kalimantan to Singapore).
also get an insight into a piece of war history during a local guided tour of
the Burma WWII Railway Memorial outside the town of
As with any Coral Expeditions cruise, the Xplorer tender is the key ingredient to accessing some of these remote and rare sights. Simply stepping aboard Xplorer from the Main Deck, the ship’s hydraulic platform gently lowers the excursion vessel into the water to set off on a new adventure. All shore activities and excursions are included in the cruise fare.
Itineraries and Voyage Highlights:
and lost tribes of the
8 nights -
Hike to the look of the active Caldera of Anaka Krakatua.
endangered wildlife (elephants, rhinos and Sumatran tigers) at
- Yangon to
days exploring the wonders of
Guided tour with local expert, learn about Burmese history with a visit to the Burma WWII Railway Memorial.
Embrace the rich cultural and culinary diversity of historic Melaka.
and snorkel the warm tropical waters of the
Experience Thai village life and learn the secrets of local flavours with a cooking demonstration.
Beaches, villages and temple-towns:
the waterfalls and beaches of Tioman and the
markets and cottage industries of Peninsula
Khmer Temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and
Kampot village life and local delicacies.
classic voyage through old
in and around the stunning limestone karst islands of
Embrace Vietnamese culture and culinary delights in Hoi An.
imperial history and old-world charm in
Uncover history and remnants of the Vietnam War at Vinh Moc tunnels and Demilitarization Zone.
An epic expedition through the Indonesian archipelago:
snorkel dive or view coral and sea life at numerous sites including the
Hike the still active Anak Krakatua.
the bustling hub of Java’s second largest city
Climb to the top of Kelimutu volcano to experience the tri-coloured crater lakes.
Map of South East Asian Ports and Islands to be Visited
full itineraries and pricing, download the Asian Brochure HERE (pdf file):
For full itineraries and pricing, download the Asian Brochure HERE (pdf file):
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