Coral Expeditions aims to set new benchmarks in tropical expedition cruising
Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, is heightening expectations for its new expedition cruise vessel, Coral Adventurer, announcing new details of the maiden 2019 / 2020 season set to begin on April 22, 2019.
The progress of Coral Adventurer at shipbuilder Vard is on schedule, with all construction milestones on track, the ship’s steelwork completed, and major equipment successfully installed.
Build has commenced on the ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer expedition tenders. These open safari boats will extend the capabilities of the ship beyond current cruise industry benchmarks by allowing rapid deployment of all passengers in two small groups of 60 on shore excursions. Designed for fast transit with open views and resting on hydraulic platforms slung off the rear of the vessel, the Xplorers can cruise up rivers, land on beaches, and disembark at village piers, allowing the mother ship to venture far off the beaten path. The Xplorer tenders are a trademark feature of all Coral Expeditions ships, and their operation has been refined over the past 20 years of daily operations.
Following extensive testing and shakedown cruises in March and April 2019, Coral Adventurer will start service in Singapore with a traditional launch ceremony on April 22, 2019 before embarking on its sold-out maiden voyage – the first of a series themed “In The Trail of Tasman” bound for Darwin. The 18-day expedition cruise through the Indonesian Archipelago will retrace the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia in the 17th century.
The 120 passengers of the Coral Adventurer can look forward to elegant and vibrant living spaces designed by Brisbane-based design firm Arkhefield to show off the locations the ship will visit. All cabins are outside facing with the majority having French windows and private balconies. Two spacious suites of 55 sq m will feature bathrooms with picture windows. There are multiple indoor and outdoor bars with lounge seating inviting guests to 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. A new addition will include a special purpose room allowing guests to enjoy art workshops, photographic tutelage and scientific research projects that will be incorporated into the voyage experience. With a four-engine diesel electric configuration and advanced waste treatment capabilities, the Coral Adventurer is designed to visit and leave without a trace.
Drawing upon the company’s pioneering roots, the Coral Expeditions team has developed a diverse range of expeditions for its newest ship in the tropical region north of Australia. These voyages are designed to maximise the technology and expedition capabilities of the ship.
About Coral Expeditions
With a 34-year history of innovation, Coral Expeditions is recognised as Australia’s longest established and most awarded expedition cruise operator. Starting with environmentally-sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, the fleet has grown to four ships that include two 35-metre catamarans, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II, the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer and the brand new Coral Adventurer, scheduled to set sail in April 2019. All three ships are purpose-built in Australia for expedition cruising, with shallow draught, high maneuverability, and dynamic shore tender capabilities. Headquartered in Cairns, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Spice Islands & Raja Ampat and the Islands of the South Pacific.