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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

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Started in 1983, our company’s original vessel, Coral Princess, a converted World War II submarine chaser, pioneered and set the standard for small ship expedition cruising in northern Australia with 5-night cruises on the Great Barrier Reef.

Today, the Coral Expeditions’ fleet includes three purpose-built small ships that can be found anywhere from the tropical waters of Australia’s north to the rugged shores of Tasmania, from the coastal villages of Papua New Guinea and the Spice Islands, to sheltered sounds and glacial fiords of New Zealand.

While our range of cruise itineraries has expanded into new regions, we have maintained our home in Cairns and continue to be the only major operator of extended small ship cruises on the Great Barrier Reef.

There are many reasons why our guests return to Coral Expeditions for a truly authentic expedition.

A TRUE EXPEDITION ETHOS
At Coral Expeditions, we pride ourselves on getting our guests up close and personal with stunning landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant cultures. We have deep respect and a strong connection with the places we visit. We maintain flexibility in our planning to make impromptu stops if extraordinary opportunities in nature present. Our expeditions focus on truly experiencing the regions we visit.

OUR HOME TURF
When it comes to expedition cruising, there is no replicating experience. For 40 years, we have steadily accumulated a wealth of local knowledge and contacts in the coastal regions surrounding Australia. Our crew know the charts, the tides and the winds like no other to ensure you are in the right place at the right time. Whether you travel with us in the ancient Kimberley, Tasmania’s wilderness, the frontier lands of Papua New Guinea, or New Zealand’s majestic fiordlands, you will be assured a local perspective, with local guides, authentic interactions, and a true taste of local culture and cuisine.

OUR SMALL SHIPS
At the heart of the Coral Expeditions experience are our purpose-built small expedition ships and unique tenders. In an age of glitzy mega-vessels, our ships are truly intimate, carrying no more than 120 guests. This means that we can navigate into shallow bays, step ashore onto remote beaches and jetties, and visit small villages to make connections without overwhelming a community. We have designed the fleet to explore tropical waters with comfort and ease and to allow you to connect with the landscape we explore.

OUR CREW
Our crew live and breathe our destinations and the opportunity to show you a true expedition experience. We are the modern day seafaring pioneers of Australia, and we are proud to share our knowledge on coastal explorations with guests from around the globe. On our ships, we have no ‘back office’ roles. From our chefs to our engineers, our crew are here because they love to interact with people and show you their world. Join our engine room tours, view our chefs in our galley or chat with our officers on the bridge – they will be delighted to share company with you.

OUR RESPECT FOR COMMUNITIES
We have always made a determined effort to support the communities we visit. Our guests join in enthusiastically. We visit remote villages, participate in art and cultural traditions, and interact in local schools. We initiate and contribute to regional projects to support conservation, provide training and employment, and distribute economic benefit and relief supplies, all with guest support and involvement. It is an enriching and rewarding part of our expedition experience that leaves a lasting joy for us all.

THE FUTURE
As Coral Expeditions enters its fifth decade in existence, we remain true to our pioneering foundations. We have a new fleet of technologically advanced ships that provide many of the comforts of a large vessel, but without the crowds. We have embarked on a series of new adventures exploring the small islands of the world and broadening our footprint around our home shores of Australia. Yet, our purpose remains the same – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to beautiful parts of the world in our uniquely Australian style!

Ships

Coral Discoverer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 26 Jul 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 30 Jul 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Geographer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 31 Jul 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 05 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 09 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Geographer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 10 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 16 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 20 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Geographer, West Papua Raja Apat & Micronesia ex Darwin to Yap

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 21 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 16 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, Best of the Kimberley & Tiwi Islands ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 26 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 30 Aug 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Geographer, Journey to Japan ex Yap to Tokyo

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Yap Islands, Micronesia
  • Sailing Date: 06 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 14 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, Best of the Kimberley & Tiwi Islands ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 06 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, Kimberley Icons Ashmore & Rowley Shoals ex Darwin to Broome

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Sailing Date: 10 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 12 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, Ningaloo & Bluewater Wonders ex Broome Return

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 16 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 12 night(s)

Coral Geographer, Through the Heart of Japan ex Tokyo to Fukuoka

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Tokyo, Japan
  • Sailing Date: 21 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 14 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast ex Broome to Perth

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 22 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 12 night(s)

Coral Discoverer, The Kimberley Cruise ex Broome to Darwin

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Discoverer
  • Departure From: Broome, W A
  • Sailing Date: 28 Sep 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

Coral Geographer, Through Japan's Ryukyu Islands ex Fukuoka to Keelung

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Geographer
  • Departure From: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Sailing Date: 05 Oct 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 16 night(s)

Coral Adventurer, Whales & Trails of Western Australia ex Perth Return

  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
  • Cruise Ship: Coral Adventurer
  • Departure From: Perth (Fremantle), WA Australia
  • Sailing Date: 05 Oct 2024
  • Price From: Request Quote
  • Duration: 10 night(s)

All meals, morning and afternoon teas are included.

Dietary Needs and Special Requirements

Special dietary foods can be provided, however Coral Princess Cruises must be notified in writing of specific requirements at least three weeks prior to sailing, along with any special anniversaries or birthdays you may be celebrating while aboard.

Tipping not required

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On a Coral Princess Cruise, our crew has no other agenda than your delight, and tipping is completely optional.

DO YOU CATER FOR CHILDREN?

When joining a Coral Princess Cruise, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Coral Princess Cruises does not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children. Our itineraries are quite adventurous and we therefore recommend children aged above 12 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.


GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISES
For cruise around the Great Barrier Reef, Yes, We cater for children of all ages. We will also supply cots and highchairs, please note however 2 weeks notice prior to travel will be required.