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2019 voyages announced for Australia’s new cruise ship

Coral Expeditions gm Mark Fifield unveiled details of the Cairns-based company’s new ship and its maiden 2019 itineraries at a reception in Sydney on Thursday night.

Fifield said Coral Adventurer, under construction at Fincantieri’s Norwegian shipbuilder Vard, will join Coral Expeditions I, Coral Expeditions II and Coral Discoverer in mid-2019.

The Australian-flagged expedition ship has been designed for ocean cruising to remote tropical areas and will carry 120 passengers in 60 cabins.

She will have twin Xplorer tenders mounted on hydraulic platforms that allow passengers to embark and disembark for shore excursions without steps, stabilisers and a state-of-the-art lecture lounge.

All of her cabins have en-suite bathrooms and face outdoors and more than half will have balconies. The dining room will serve all passengers in one sitting and there will be multiple indoor and outdoor bars.

She will have a modern Australian-designed interior with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, where the company was launched as Coral Princess Cruises by Capt. Tony Briggs in 1984.

Coral Adventurer will explore the Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, the Spice Islands, Indonesia and the South Pacific.

She will make her maiden voyage from Singapore to Darwin via the Indonesian archipelago on April 24, 2019.

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