Coral Expeditions to name new expedition ship Coral Adventurer

Coral Expeditions to name new expedition ship Coral Adventurer
Coral Adventurer will sail itineraries in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region when she debuts in 2019 (Image: Coral Expeditions)

Australian operator Coral Expeditions is to name its new expedition ship Coral Adventurer when she debuts in Australia in April 2019.

Currently under construction at Vard’s (a Fincantieri subsidiary) Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer has been developed by Vard Design to operate in remote areas in the Asia-Pacific region. The ship will have twin Xplorer tenders mounted on hydraulic platforms so passengers can embark and disembark for shore excursions without steps.

All 60 of her outside-facing cabins will have en-suite bathrooms, and more than half will have private balconies. Other onboard highlights will include a large dining room, facilities for lectures and briefings, and multiple indoor and outdoor bars.

Coral Adventurer will embark on a 17-night cruise from Singapore to Darwin in Australia on 14 April 2019, which will include calls at destinations such as volcanic island Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Straits, Komodo Island and the coral gardens of Pulau Alor.

Following her inaugural voyage, Coral Adventurer will sail two 11-night voyages from Darwin in May, which will take guests to the Gulf of Carpentaria, New Guinea and the Spice Islands, and Australia’s Kimberley coast. These cruises will retrace the historic explorations of 17th century Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was the first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia. The ship will then provide regular Kimberley cruises between Broome and Darwin.

Coral Adventurer will join the line’s flagship Coral Discoverer and its two oceangoing catamarans, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, November 3, 2017