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Australia’s Coral Expeditions joins Expedition Cruise Network

Jeff Gillies aims to educate travel agents in Coral Expeditions’ key international market, the UK
Coral Expeditions, based in Cairns, Queensland, joined the UK’s Expedition Cruise Network.

The company was launched more than 40 years ago with a converted World War II submarine chaser which cruised around the Great Barrier Reef.

Today Coral Expeditions has a fleet of three purpose-built oceangoing small ships — the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer and the 120-passenger Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer.


In Australia they operate expedition cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, Tasmania’s wilderness coast, Cape York and Arnhem Land.

The company also operates expedition cruises further afield, including to New Zealand, New Guinea, Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, Japan, Borneo and the East Indies.

UK agents

‘We are delighted to welcome Australia’s pioneering brand Coral Expeditions, which further diversifies the product UK agents can have access to through ECN,’ co-founder and Chair Martin Johnson said.

‘Our thoroughly diverse and global product provides agents with unrivalled knowledge of adventure and expedition cruise product,’ Johnson said.

‘We see value in being a part of the network and helping to educate agents and connect guests seeking enrichment and immersive adventures from our key international market in the UK,’ Jeff Gillies, commercial director of Coral Expeditions, said.