Australia’s Coral Expeditions gets ready to welcome fourth ship

Mark Fifield with Chloe Chun of PEPR, Coral Expeditions' public relations agency, at the media lunch aboard Coral Discoverer in Sydney Mark Fifield with Chloe Chun of PEPR, Coral Expeditions' public relations agency, at the media lunch aboard Coral Discoverer in Sydney (Photo: Helen Hutcheon)

Coral Expeditions is looking to expand itineraries in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea for its new ship, Coral Adventurer, which is currently being built at Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.

 

As previously reported, the Australian-flagged Coral Adventurer, which will carry 120 passengers, will make her maiden 18-night voyage from Singapore to Darwin on April 24, 2019, following in the footsteps of the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

During the company’s 35th anniversary she will join Coral Discoverer, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II as the fourth ship in the fleet. Initially, she will join Coral Expeditions I cruising the Kimberley.

Itineraries in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are being expanded for the newcomer.

‘We can wriggle into the remotest areas with this flat-bottom ship,' said Capt. Gary Wilson, master of the Coral Expeditions fleet.

Wilson and Mark Fifield, gm of Cairns-based Coral Expeditions, talked about plans for Coral Adventurer when hosting frequent passengers, travel agents and media at functions aboard Coral Discoverer during her visit to Sydney en route from Tasmania, where she has been operating round-trips from Hobart, to commence a new season of Kimberley cruises between April until late September.

Elizabeth Webb, sales distribution manager, said the UK and the United States are the company’s major overseas markets, with more business coming from Nordic countries and Germany.

Webb, who revealed Coral Expeditions has just joined CLIA Australasia, said on an average cruise 70% of passengers are Australians and 30% are from overseas.

Posted 16 March 2018

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent

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