This follows the surprise announcement that CCC's purpose-built 150-passenger Reef Endeavour, which entered service in 1996 and underwent a refit in December, is to be sold.
The two Australian family-owned companies have joined forces to offer passengers booked to travel in Reef Endeavour after Feb. 25 alternative cruises aboard Coral Princess I and Coral Princess II.
A spokesperson for Captain Cook Cruises said the joint plans to consolidate operations in the Great Barrier Reef and build a luxury niche ship are the result of 'long-term discussions' between Capt. Trevor Haworth, who founded CCC in 1970 and Capt. Tony Briggs, who founded Coral Princess Cruises in 1984.