Coral Expeditions launches inaugural Asia sailings

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Australian cruise line Coral Expeditions has launched a series of new itineraries exploring South East Asia. Now in its 34th year of operations, the inaugural Asia season will involve a series of seven adventurous expeditions from November 2016 to February 2017.

The new itineraries appeal to active and adventurous travellers who may have previously travelled through Asia but are now ready to explore in depth areas of the region that are only accessible by small ship.

“Our Asia season will be one of the most exciting series of itineraries for Coral Expeditions. These are truly expedition style cruises that bring our signature sense of adventure, dining experiences and Australian hospitality that our guests have come to know and love,” said Group General Manager, Mark Fifield.

The first trip of the season will begin with an eight-night itinerary from Kalimantan to Singapore which includes visits to the Camp Leakey orang-utan sanctuary and rarely visited Way Kambas National Park in Indonesia. On arrival in Singapore, the Coral Discoverer will undergo a major refurbishment to add a new class of Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, a first for any Coral Expeditions vessel, and a new Sun Deck bar-lounge.

Each itinerary is truly reflective of the company’s expedition style and immersive cultural and culinary experiences, charting the diverse coastlines of Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Guests will also get an insight into a piece of war history during a local guided tour of the Burma WWII Railway Memorial outside the town of Mawlamyine, and uncover remnants of the Vietnam War at Vinh Moc Tunnels and the Demilitarization Zone.

As with any Coral Expeditions cruise, the Xplorer tender is the key ingredient to accessing some of these remote and rare sights. Simply stepping aboard Xplorer from the Main Deck, the ship’s hydraulic platform gently lowers the excursion vessel into the water to set off on a new adventure.  All shore activities and excursions are included in the cruise fare.

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