Coral Expeditions; small ship cruising beautiful remote regions of Australia, the Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Asia, and the Indian Ocean

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Coral Expeditions; small ship cruising beautiful remote regions of Australia, the Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Asia, and the Indian Ocean

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Coral Expeditions II

Coral Expeditions II:

At just 35 metres in length and hosting 42 guests, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. She is small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet the Coral Expeditions II is equipped with facilities of a much larger vessel, thus you can be assured that a cruise on the Coral Expeditions II will be a most memorable experience.

She was fully refurbished in 2015, and she became even better equipped to offer the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruise experience and she has long proven to be the ideal sizes ship to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Her 21 Staterooms feature traditional maritime styling with wood-panelled walls and furnishings, and you can choose between a double or a twin bedded Stateroom. All Staterooms have picture windows and each Stateroom is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and ample storage space. Also, all rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to have a view of the spectacular scenery that the Great Barrier Reef is so famed for.

Please Note: Details and photographs of Staterooms are located on the ships Deck Plan & Accommodation page.

Public Spaces:

The Coral Expeditions II provides an intimate cruising experience as she sails around the Great Barrier Reef. Thus she has for your comfort a beautifully appointed Lounge and a Dining Room as well as several Bars, where you will enjoy delightful times, drinks as well as many wonderful meals.

Topside and forward on Deck A or Sun Deck you will find the delightful Gallery Lounge and Bar that has spectacular views through the windows around its three sides.

The Gallery Lounge and Bar

This wonderful spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the beautifully timbered Cocktail Bar. It also features a reference library and plasma screens. It is also used as a lecture venue considering the best Reef experts are on board to provide all the information on every area you are about to visit!

The Gallery Lounge is seen set up as a lecture venue with a visual presentation

Outside, is Sun Deck where may also enjoy the opportunity to dine al-fresco under cover for lunch, or for a special dinner under the stars whilst the ship is at anchor somewhere on the World Heritage Listed “Great Barrier Reef”.

The spacious open air Sun Deck just aft is perfect for those who enjoy relaxing or spend a little time sun-baking, as there are some comfortable sun-lounges. Aft on this deck are the two zodiacs fitted on the starboard side.

It is good to enjoy some time in the sun with a good book and a drink

but remember not to stay in the direct sun for too long as it can be dangerous!

We now head down to Deck B or Upper Deck and far forward you will find the ships Bridge. Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his crew as the ship cruises the reef. Follow the progression of the ship, view the charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back on the starboard side sofa for passengers, and relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with the most modern technical and safety and navigation equipment possible.

The Bridge

Although narrow, Upper Deck is a walk-around deck and far forward is a viewing location as can be seen in the photograph below.

Aft of the Bridge are 5 twin bedded staterooms, after the amidships hallway and stairs there are 4 double bedded Staterooms, followed by 4 larger deluxe Staterooms.

The next deck down is simply called Deck C and forward there are 4 twin bedded Cabins, that have a fold away upper berth available if required. These are the economy rooms, only because they are located forward, but otherwise they are the same as all other twin bedded Staterooms. Next are two double Staterooms and two twin bedded Staterooms.

Please Note: Details and photographs of accommodations are located on the ships Deck Plan & Accommodation page. All Staterooms have en-suite bathrooms and of course ocean views.

Aft on Deck C there is the Dining Room and a Bar located in the aft starboard corner of the venue. The Dining room has space for all guests to dine during the one sitting and there is no assigned seating, thus you may dine with whoever you wish.

The ships Dining Room

The Chef’s approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients which sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible during the cruise.

Included in fare:

                    All excursions and sightseeing.

                    Use of Glass Bottom Boat and inflatable tender vessels.

                    Daily lectures and briefings.

                    All meals, chef-prepared on board.

                    Snorkelling and introductory scuba skills session, with equipment.

                    Post-cruise transfers to the Airport or CBD.

                    Coffee and selection of teas.

                    All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports^.

                    Tips and gratuities.

                    ^Please be advised a Government Environmental Management charge of AU$21.00 per person is to be paid onboard to visit the Great Barrier Reef.

Ships Facilities:

                    Large Sun Deck with sun lounges.

                    Glass-Bottom Boat and Kayaks for marine exploration.

                    Two fully stocked cocktail bars.

                    Dining Room.

                    Spacious lounge with plasma screen.

                    Reference library.

                    Small gift shop with souvenirs and personal items available for purchase.

                    Open Bridge.

                    Phone and fax facilities.

                    Scuba diving facilities, snorkelling equipment.

Ships Specifications:

                    Length: 35 m.

                    Max Breadth: 12 m.

                    Draught: 2.5 m.

                    Engines: 2 X Cummins QSK19 - 47KW.

                    Cruising Speed: 12 knots.

                    Passengers: 42.

                    Crew: 12.

A perfectly designed ship for the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Expeditions II

A Cruise Review Received:

“We spent 7 nights sailing around Australia’s amazing Great Barrier Reef on the delightful MV Coral Expeditions II. Most of the excursions are snorkeling the reef which was just so amazing. The ship was very comfortable with excellent sized cabins and spacious and a beautifully furnished lounge and a Bar. As well as the ever popular Dining Room. The food was excellent and each meal was beautifully presented and there was always more than sufficient to eat. The crew on board was simply amazing, always so friendly and they went out of their way to help. Whenever we were in the water they were very careful to keep an eye on everyone and were always at hand and ready to assist with your equipment. There were glass bottom boat rides as well as snorkeling at each reef. Getting on and off the boat into the tenders was so easy, the system employed was the best I have ever seen. This has been one of my favorite cruises to date, and the best thing we have done on our tour to Australia. I would come back to Australia just to do this cruise again. Everything went very so smoothly. MV Coral Expeditions II is highly recommended, thus we gave our cruise on her a 10 out of 10!” B.H. USA.

Brochure Available:

An online guide to the Coral Expeditions II is available online, including all of 2020 itineraries, including deck plans, voyage logs, destination maps & voyage highlights.

Enter the … Great Barrier Reef 2020 Brochure for your own online detailed cruise schedule, for 3,4 or 7 night cruises, or email; for a hard copy and/or further information and bookings.

Other Coral Expeditions Cruises destinations include: The small Islands of the Indian Ocean, Islands of Indonesia, Raja Ampat & Spice Islands, Exploring New Guinea, The Solomon’s & Vanuatu, New Zealand, Australian Circumnavigation, The Kimberley Cruise, Coastal Wilds of Tasmania, Cape York, Arnhem Land & Torres Strait, Australia’s West Coast on the Coral Adventurer and Coral Discoverer, and in November 2020 on the new Coral Geographer. 

Coral Expeditions II is seen at one of the many coral reefs


Enter the Coral Expeditions II Deck Plan and Accommodation Page


Page One Introduction to Coral Expeditions & their Fleet.

Page Two Coral Adventurer 2019 & Coral Geographer 2020.

Page Three Coral Discoverer 2005, refurbished in 2016.

Page Four Coral Expeditions II, refurbished in 2015.




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