Coral Expeditions sails to
further faraway lands
Well established on the Great Barrier Reef and the Kimberley regions, this year brings bold and exciting changes for Australia’s pioneering expedition cruise line.
For over 30 years, Coral Expeditions’ small ships have been exploring a host of exotic and faraway destinations.
Captain Tony Briggs, an adventurous fisherman-entrepreneur with a passion for life at sea, launched the company as Coral Princess Cruises in 1984 with one converted Fairmile class submarine chaser. Today the company now operates three purpose-built ships, offering 3, 4 and 7 night year-round Great Barrier Reef cruises as well as longer expeditions to the Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Tasmania, Spice Islands, Asia and Papua New Guinea.
But with a passion for adventure and a thirst to explore the unknown, it’s Coral Expeditions’ pioneering spirit that drives the company to keep exploring the new and unknown.
“Doing things new and doing them differently runs through our veins and without this drive Coral Expeditions wouldn’t be the company it is today,” says Group General Manager, Mark Fifield.
Over the last 12 months significant and welcome changes have occurred including a name change, a total image refresh and the introduction of an exciting new itinerary exploring Tasmania’s most remote coastlines.
The new name stays true to the company’s origins as a small ship pioneer on the Great Barrier Reef while updating its image to reflect a natural evolution of its highly personalised itineraries for adventure cruisers of all levels.
The Tasmanian exploration makes Coral Expeditions the first to operate an extended itinerary in the region and the move has been received well with both repeat and new guests.
After a highly successful inaugural season the company recently announced that it would continue with a second season of nine departure dates.
“Our Tasmania itineraries have been a hit with both new and returning guests. We’re proud to be the only small ship expedition operator in the region, offering rare insight to the state and opening the door to one of Australia’s most breathtaking coastlines,’ says Fifield.
Tasmania’s pristine coast lines and its diverse weather conditions provided Coral Expeditions’ guests a taste of true expedition style cruising.
Denis McDowall, who has been an Expedition Leader with the company for over 22 years is excited by all that Tasmania has to offer: “It is such an ecologically fascinating area for us to explore. Like any of our cruises we have the flexibility to change and adapt our daily program and activities to suit our guests needs and also the changing environment, which is the beauty of small ship cruising; it’s a real adventure, ’
2016 will mark another milestone year for Coral Expeditions.
Earlier this year they announced one of their biggest itineraries yet: series of nine departures exploring South East Asia from November 2016 to February 2017 aboard their 72 passenger flag ship Coral Discoverer.
The jewel in this South-East Asian crown is a 12 day exploration from Singapore to Yangon (or reverse) of the enchanting coastlines of Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar, accessing places only Coral Expeditions’ small ship can.
Myanmar, fast becoming the most sought-after and talked about South East Asian destination, will become a key feature of this inaugural wave season.
Keeping with Coral Expeditions’ highly-personalised style, activities and off-shore excursions are suitable for guests of all ages and fitness levels, and slower-paced alternatives are always catered for.
Coral Discoverer will undergo a major refurbishment to add a new class of Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, a first for any Coral Expeditions vessel, upgraded room facilities and fittings, as well as a new Sun Deck bar-lounge.
While exciting changes continue to roll out on board their ships the company has also made significant changes to their online presence.
The relaunch of Coral Expeditions’ website means that visitors to the site will enjoy a more visually engaging experience and have the ability book and manage their cruise holidays online. Repeat guests who are part of the Xplorers Club can check the status of their memberships and receive exclusive deals and offers.
There is a buzz growing within Coral Expeditions and there’s no doubt guests will be treated to more exciting new announcements sooner rather than later.
Fifield offers just one travel trip: “Watch this space.”