Australia circumnavigation to chalk up Coral Expeditions’ 35th anniversary

Map (click to enlarge) shows private jet flight path to Uluru for Christmas dinner under the stars Map (click to enlarge) shows private jet flight path to Uluru for Christmas dinner under the stars

On November 7, 2020, Coral Expeditions’ new flagship, Coral Adventurer, will sail from Darwin on a 60-day round-trip circumnavigation of Australia to chalk up the company’s 35th anniversary.

The Cairns-based company was founded by Capt. Tony Briggs in 1984 as Coral Princess Cruises. In 2014, Kallang Capital Holdings of Singapore became the majority shareholder and the expedition cruise line was rebranded Coral Expeditions.

Coral Adventurer makes four

 Coral Adventurer is currently being built at Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam and will become the company’s fourth vessel when she joins Coral Discoverer, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II in April next year. 
As previously reported, Coral Expeditions has partnered with Australian Geographic for voyages aboard Coral Adventurer. The120-passenger ship will have an Australian Geographic Research Room for live science, culture and research projects that aim to connect passengers with the destinations.

Winemakers' dinner and private jet to Uluru

Highlights of the circumnavigation include a private winemakers’ dinner at Leeuwin Estate when Coral Adventurer docks at Cape Leeuwin and a private jet flight from Cairns to have Christmas dinner under the stars at Uluru.
There are around 70% domestic and 30% international passengers on an average cruise, with the UK and United States as the major overseas markets.
The circumnavigation goes on sale to the general public tomorrow and fares range from A$38,860 per person twin-share.
Posted 28 November 2018

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent