New coastlines and extended journeys feature on Coral Expeditions
Australia’s Pioneer of expedition cruising, Coral Expeditions have released their 2021 domestic cruise season aptly named ‘Australia’s Coastal Wilderness’. The collection of voyages around Australia’s diverse coast include existing favourites of the Kimberley and Tasmania along with more departures on emerging destinations such as Cape York and Arnhem Land, the Torres Strait and Ningaloo and remote islands of the Western Australian coastline.
“We began pioneering the Australian coastline 35 years ago, so our knowledge and passion for this country is vast,” says Jeff Gilles, Commercial Director of Coral Expeditions. “Australian expeditions are in our DNA and these pristine shores and communities continually inspire our guests’ year in and year out. Exploring remote Australian regions is a rite of passage for the domestic adventure traveller and we are proud to be introducing new experiences in our collection of sailings around Australia for 2021.”
For its 25th Kimberley season from April 2021, Coral Expeditions will introduce its state-of-the-art, new build Coral Geographer to the region as part of its maiden season. The 120-passenger vessel, which is currently under construction, is on schedule to launch early 2021. Coral Geographer will be joined for the Kimberley season by sister ship Coral Adventurer and 72-passenger yacht-like Coral Discoverer. The company is also offering, for the first time, a tiered pricing schedule for the peak ( June -July) and shoulder seasons.
The Kimberley’s raw and rugged beauty is best seen by small expedition ship where striking landscapes, diverse nature, Indigenous culture and exploration history abound. Perfected over three decades, the Kimberley 10-day voyage takes explorers on an unforgettable journey between Darwin and Broome from early April until September 2021. “From 2021, we will be cruising the Kimberley region from early April allowing guests to be thrilled by the spectacular waterfalls immediately after the annual wet season. Our unique points of difference remain true as always with more time ashore, deep knowledge of the destinations and tides and the warmth of Australian hospitality” stated Gillies.
Coral Expeditions will continue with its new explorations of Western Australia’s Coral Coast traversing the extraordinary marine environments from Broome to Ningaloo and the Montebello Islands and the Rowley Shoals. The 10-night ‘Ningaloo’s Blue Water Wonders’ sailing, created in partnership with the Australian Geographic Society, will satisfy marine lovers as they discover untouched atolls, mega marine fauna and the rare sea bird colonies found in this pristine habitat. This sailing departs twice a year onboard Coral Discoverer.
In 2021, Coral Expeditions’ itineraries evolve to feature five Tasmania departures aboard Coral Discoverer as the company broadens its offering around the southern state. The ‘Coastal Wilds of Tasmania’ voyage will be extended to 10-nights to include further exploration time within the remote wilderness areas of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Other itineraries include the Coastal Treks, A Yachtsmen’s Cruise : Sydney to Hobart, a 16 night full Circumnavigation of Tasmania, and a one-off themed cruise to take in the Wooden Boat Festival, an exciting celebration of Australia’s rich maritime culture.
“In true expedition style, our experienced Masters and Expeditions Leaders are guided by the weather conditions. We’re at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide so the elements are raw and exposed. No two voyages are the same except guaranteeing the best of Tasmania’s flora, fauna and wild coastline along with the superb flavours of Tasmania fare and cool climate wines.”
The popular 11-night Cape York and Arnhem Land expeditions offer a rare opportunity to visit the remote communities and islands at the Top End of Australia. Along with featured visits to special places such as the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem land, Coral Expeditions will add four new expedition journeys that take a deeper dive into the lesser known culture and places of the Torres Strait and explore the Eastern coastline of Cape York and the Great Barrier Reef.
Meet world-renowned Indigenous artists and purchase genuine art at the source at remote art centres and experience warm hospitality, traditional welcome to country and cultural performances along the way. Snorkel the warm tropical waters of the northern Great Barrier Reef, observe migratory seabird rookeries and visit Lizard Island Research Station, Australian Museum’s island-based research reef facility.
For more details on the 2021 season of Australia’s Pioneering Cruise Line, please visit www.coralexpeditions.com or call 1800 079 545.
10-night ‘Ningaloo’s Blue Water Wonders’ sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departing 17th and 28th May 2021
The Kimberley 2021
10-night Kimberley sailing commences on the following vessels:
Normal rates (May to July)
Off peak rates (April/August/September)
Normal rates (May to July)
Off peak rates rates (April/August/September)
Normal rates (May to July)
Off peak rates (April 2012 only)
10-night Coastal Wilds of Tasmania sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departs 17 January / 27 January (Wooden Boat Festival) / 6 February / 26 February 2021
10-night Coastal Treks of Tasmania sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departs 6 February and 8 March 2021
6-night A Yachtsmen’s Cruise: Sydney to Hobart sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departs 26 December 2020
16-night Circumnavigation of Tasmania sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departs 1 January 2021
Cape York and Arnhem Land 2021
11-night Cape York and Arnhem Land sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Departs 11th April 2021
NEW EXPEDITIONS: Torres Strait and Cape York 2021
10-night Torres sailing onboard Coral Discoverer
Four departures depart 21st and 31st of October; 11th and 21st of November 2021
About Coral Expeditions
With a history of innovation spanning more than 35 years, Coral Expeditions is one of Australia’s longest running and most awarded expedition cruise operators. From its beginnings offering eco-friendly cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, the fleet has expanded to four – soon to be five – ships, including Coral Expeditions I and II, Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer, and coming soon, Coral Geographer, which will set sail in January 2021. With every ship purpose-built for expedition cruising, encompassing shallow draught, high manoeuvrability, and dynamic shore tender capabilities, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, The Kimberley , Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Spice Islands, Raja Ampat, New Zealand and the Islands of the South Pacific.
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