Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, is sailing back to Tasmania in 2018, with a new arrival to its shores: the recently refurbished Coral Discoverer.
The third Tasmania season will begin on 1 January 2018 on the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer which underwent a comprehensive refurbishment in November 2016.
The arrival of the Coral Discoverer brings an increased capacity of 72 guests to the company’s Tasmania sailings, a response to growing demand for the Apple Isle. In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary to enable the Captain to respond to their environment, ensuring that guests see the best parts of Tasmania in the best possible conditions. This allows an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.
The Coral Discoverer is an ideal vessel for an exploration of the diverse Tasmania wilderness as, despite its increased capacity, it retains the nimbleness to navigate through smaller channels and anchor in small bays. It also has the added benefit of a comprehensive and robust stabilising system so it can charter the coastlines and inlets of southern Tasmania.
Guests will have the opportunity to watch fur seals sun-baking on the Isles de Phoques and witness schools of dolphins from private stateroom balconies. All other rooms have received an upgrade of soft furnishings and offer spacious living, en-suited bathrooms and a complimentary turn down service every evening.
The new sun deck, Explorers Bar and outdoor furniture give guests the opportunity to enjoy their time on board and enjoy a beverage, after a morning of hiking at the Fluted Cape Trek, combining adventure and comfort as they journey to the furthest reaches of Tasmania’s coast.
This outstanding itinerary will offer guests the opportunity to explore Tasmania’s UNESCO recognised World Heritage Wilderness, enjoying hikes on tracks such as ‘Three Capes Trek’ and ‘Mt Beattie Track’, and kayaking the ‘Narrows’ at Bathurst Harbour.
At Port Davey, guests can amble through forests at the Button Grass Plain past the air strip built by Deny King, and explore the Orange Bellied Parrot conservatory. On the Eastern coast expeditions feature walks on the sands of Wineglass Bay, meeting local wombats and wallabies on Maria Island, and learning about the history of Port Arthur with a resident archaeologist on a ‘behind-the-scenes-tour’.
The knowledgeable expedition team and local Tasmanian National Parks and wildlife ranger will offer expert interpretation and commentary during excursions in the Explorer tender bringing nature and history to life, complimented by the onboard guest lecturer.
Epicurean experiences include Bruny Island oyster and wine tastings, cheese and vodka sampling at Grandvewe Cheeses as well as fresh local Tasmanian produce and Lark Single Malt Whiskey from the Barrel offered on board.
This seven night itinerary departs Hobart weekly from 1 January 2018 to 12 March 2018. Prices from $4990 per person, however there is an early bird discount of 10% for all 2018 bookings made before 31 March 2017.