In September of last year Australia’s pioneer of Kimberley cruises Coral Expeditions announced that a brand-new, state-of-the-art expedition ship will be joining their fleet on the Kimberley Coast from mid 2019.
And, with construction commencing with the traditional first steel cutting at Vard’s Shipyard in Vietnam in recent weeks, excitement is increasing ahead of her first cruise in April 2019.
Although she is significantly larger than her sister-ships Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions I, great effort is being put into the design to ensure that she retains the sense of adventure, intimate feeling and high levels of service for which Coral Expeditions is renowned. Importantly, the dining room will remain as a single-sitting restaurant with open seating, meaning that you don’t need to pre-book a table at a certain time. Likewise, the light-filled lecture lounge has been designed to accommodate all guests at one time, meaning you don’t need to miss a minute of the action.
Accommodating a total of 120 passengers in sixty spacious staterooms measuring between 17 and 55 square metres, travellers can select from five different grades of accommodation, with 32 of the 60 staterooms featuring a private balcony. For the ultimate luxury experience, guests can opt to travel in one of the ship’s two Bridge Deck Balcony Suites. Coming in a 55 square metres, these suites are equipped with a lounge area, complimentary minibar (replenished daily) and personal coffee machines. The king-size beds can be separated into two singles. An 8 square metre. private balcony has an outdoor daybed and two lounge chairs. A unique outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience.
One of the key selling points of the Coral Expeditions fleet is their flexible range of excursion tenders. Like most other expedition ships, the Coral ships travel with a fleet of inflatable zodiacs, but what really sets them apart is their unique Xplorer tenders, which are used to ferry guests to far off locations beyond the reach of zodiacs. Coral Adventurer will cruise the Kimberley with twin Xplorers, each accommodating 60 travellers in individually padded seating. To minimise boarding times, each Xplorer is loaded from a hydraulic platform at the stern of the ship, then lowered directly into the water, which also ensures guests don’t need to get their feet wet.
Coral Adventurer will be Australian flagged and crewed and is being built to full SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) compliance, meaning she can travel to any part of the world. Fortunately for us, she will be based in Australia on the Kimberley Coast for six months each year, between April and September. Like her sister-ships Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions I, Coral Adventurer will operate a series of ten-night Kimberley cruises between Darwin and Broome and vice versa. Highlights of the Kimberley adventure itinerary include:
· King George River and Falls
· Vansittart Bay DC3 crash site
· Jar Island Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion)
· Hathaway’s Hideaway Caves
· Optional Mitchell Falls Helicopter Flight
· Bigge Island Aboriginal Art
· Careening Bay Mermaid Boab Tree
· Prince Regent River and King Cascades
· Montgomery Reef
· Raft Point
· The Horizontal Falls and Talbot Bay
Coral Adventurer’s inaugural Kimberley cruise is scheduled for 24 May 2019, with a total of 12 Kimberley cruises on offer during the first season. Prices start at $10,695 per person, twin share in a Coral Deck Stateroom.
Coral Adventurer Kimberley Special Offers
Be one of the first to experience the Kimberley wilderness aboard the new Coral Adventurer and take advantage of our fantastic early booking bonuses. And, when you reserve an Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom, as an added treat you will receive a premium Australian cheese and wine experience to enjoy at sunset on your private balcony.