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 are known for their beautifully appointed small exhibition ships, and offering some of the most unique itineraries that will take those who are looking for new and exciting destinations to many of the most beautiful and remote regions of Australia, as well as the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Asia, as well as Indian Ocean Islands.
These purpose-designed expedition ships have shallow drafts and high manoeuvrability that will allow you get closer on your expeditions of some of the most amazing places, as the ships are able to explore the sheltered bays and hidden inlets inaccessible to even a slightly larger ship.
On board a Coral Expeditions ship you will discover Coral Expeditions famed personalised style of cruising, with their ships carrying from just 44 to 120 guests, ensuring you a relaxed, convivial atmosphere shared with like-minded explorers. Without crowds to worry about, the ships chefs can prepare sumptuous small-batch meals made with finest Australian ingredients, and where possible, they will procure locally produced ingredients.
Please Note: This page includes an introduction to Coral Expeditions’ three fine small ships, as well as the new ship due late in 2020. Thereafter you will find a “News Update” section, followed by details on how to obtain a “Brochure”, concluding with an Index covering all of their ships.
The Coral Discoverer stands alone as being the very first Australian flagged, operated by an all Australian owned Cruise Company passenger ship to attain full International standard SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) compliance in over 50 years, which is an amazing feat.
However, it is interesting to
look further back, for back in the very early 1980’s the origins of
“Coral Expeditions” was created from scratch by
For the purpose,
The Coral Princess was the beginning of a great Australia Expedition Cruise Company!
MV Coral Princess initially operated five-day
cruises through the Great Barrier Reef to
Introducing the Coral Expeditions Fleet
Expeditions II is based in
As I continue with the “Coral Expeditions” fleet operating today, be assured that it now has a very different style of fleet from the days of the old PT Boat from back in the 1980’s, as today the “Coral Expeditions” operates some of the very best ultra modern technically advanced small expedition ships in the world! I will commence with the next ship added to the fleet.
Enter the Coral Expeditions-II Page HERE or use the Index at the bottom of this page.
Completed in 2005 the Coral Discoverer was purpose-built for cruising in the tropical regions of the southern oceans, she has a cruising speed of 14 knots. Coral Discoverer’s shallow draught allows her to access even the most isolated and remote locations regions she cruises, being beyond the reach of other ships.
Here we see the Coral Discoverer as built in 2005
Note; her Staterooms on Bridge Deck forward have windows
Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting
international Safety Of Life At
Sea (SOLAS) standards and specifications in
Following a complete refurbishment in 2016, an almost new looking Coral Discoverer provides a luxury style, intimate yacht-like cruising experience, accommodating just 72 Guests in 36 spacious staterooms all with en-suite bathrooms, and outside ocean views, whilst she now has six Bridge Deck Staterooms, and all have a private Balcony, all other staterooms have a large picture windows or two smaller windows, with just several rooms having two portholes.
A fine view of the refurbished ship, and now there are
six balcony Staterooms forward on Bridge Deck
The 1,779-tonne Coral Discoverer is
highly suited to cruising between
The Coral Discoverer continues to raise the bar to the highest levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.
Enter the Two Page Coral Discoverer Page HERE or use the Index at the bottom of this page.
The latest ship to enter service was the magnificent 5,599-tonne, 120 passenger ship the Coral Adventurer in April of 2019. This new ship set a brand new high benchmark for the Australian cruise industry as she is one on the most advanced small expedition ships in the world with countless new innovations. She has a Rolls Royce Azimuth Pod to power her along at a steady 13.8 knots, active stabilisers to dampen sea motion, a passenger elevator, Wi-Fi is available in all guest areas, and of course not to forget that she was constructed to meet the latest international Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) standards and specifications and she has the world finest satellite positioning equipments, etc!
Then Coral Expeditions announced
the construction of their next expedition ship, which will be the identical
sister to Coral Adventurer seen above. The new ship will be named Coral Geographer and she will
remain true to the Coral Expeditions pursuit of authentic expedition ships,
thus when designing their next generation of ships, they resisted the trend to
build a larger, or a more glitzy style of ship. Their ideal is for a luxury
ship to remain small enough to go to untouched places, focusing on bringing
small numbers of like-minded guests closer to nature and cultures with that
famed personal attention provided by highly professional Australian and
The Coral Geographer due in December 2020
The Coral Geographer will arrive late in 2020, and the 120-passenger ship will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features as her sister the Coral Adventurer, however due to popular demand, she will have an increased number of 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.
Enter the Two Page Coral Adventurer/Geographer HERE or use the Index at the bottom of this page.
December 2019: Coral Expeditions,
Sharing a rich heritage of exploration and a deep
commitment to conservation, the extension of this partnership celebrates the
success that comes from collaboration, respect and a shared passion for
This partnership encompasses four new special
Australian Geographic Society curated expeditions to
explore remote natural and cultural regions in the coastlines of
and Beaches: 75th Anniversary of WWII – a 13-night exploratory voyage
Wilds of Tasmania – a 10-night coastal odyssey from Hobart taking in the
Huon River, world heritage Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, Bruny Island, Maria
Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Port Arthur. Departing 17 January 2021 (Coral
Discoverer). Australian Geographic Society Host:
Outposts of West Australia - a pioneering 27-night voyage of the island
known Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef – a 7-night journey to the
outer edge of the
Joining these expeditions will be special guest lecturers representing the Australian Geographic Society who will impart knowledge and share stories through the expedition.
is a partnership that is greatly valued by our guests and crew as it brings
together two like-minded communities who share a great love and respect for the
world around us,”
share a passion for adventure and look forward to an exciting new series of
expedition voyages together, along with the chance to connect with and inspire
people from across the globe with our activities,”
In addition, Coral Expeditions is pleased to
support two major new initiatives which include the Talking Australia podcast
series broadcast through the Australian Geographic channel and collaboration
Coral Expeditions remains the presenting
partner of the annual Australian Geographic Society Adventurer of the Year
Awards and will continue support of the AGS Presents Speakers Road show planned
just returned from
“Small expedition ships are undoubtedly the best way to visit and interact with the small remote communities of this vast, wild island. We were warmly received everywhere we went and treated to genuine cultural experiences that left a deep and lasting impression on all who were there.”
friendly people of
“The expedition leaders and special hosts helped provide context and background to the wonderful people and places we visited, enriching the voyage enormously. We are thrilled to announce our new series of voyages and events with Coral Expeditions and anticipate great new adventures in the years to come.”
An all-inclusive brochure, a full 80-page online guide to Coral Expeditions is available, including 2020 itineraries, deck plans, voyage logs, menus, destination maps & trip highlights.
Enter the … for your own online brochure, or email; for a hard copy and/or further information and bookings.
Destinations include: The small
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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