Coral Expeditions celebrated the official launch of its fourth and largest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer, in Singapore on 23 April, 2019.
Coral Expeditions’ senior management, key stakeholders and global media guests joined on board to officiate the christening of the newest addition to Coral Expeditions’ Australian fleet of expedition ships. Mrs Quek Peck Lim was named godmother of the new vessel and blessed her launch.
Following a welcome by Senior Master Gary Wilson and Executive Director Paul Chacko from Coral Expeditions, guests were given a walk-through of the ship. While enjoying a menu of Australian food and wine, guests were taken for a sunset cruise along the Singapore coast to experience first-hand the new ship at sea. Renowned Indigenous leader and performer, Dr David Hudson, presented a traditional gift to welcome her to the Australian fleet and entertained with Indigenous music during the evening.
“It has been a rewarding journey from the initial conception of Coral Adventurer to now seeing her embark on open waters. The build process tracked ahead of schedule and on budget. We have stuck to our conviction of a true expedition product, with capacity limited to only 120 guests so we do not dilute the guest experience” said Mark Fifield, Group General Manager at Coral Expeditions.
“The future for Coral Adventurer is bright with unique itineraries planned to showcase her capabilities for extended expeditions in remote areas.”
The ship will set sail for Darwin today on its sold-out maiden voyage In the Trail of Tasman, an 18- day expedition cruise through the Indonesian Archipelago. The adventure will retrace the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was first to map the coastlines of New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia in the 17th century.
Following its inaugural sailing, Coral Adventurer will arrive in Australian waters for the first time with an official ceremonial welcome in Darwin on Sunday 12 May. That evening, she will commence a 10-night venture through West Papua on its second itinerary, Wildlife and Warriors, before returning to Darwin to resume the Kimberley season.
Coral Expeditions Senior Master Gary Wilson added: “Our itineraries are like no other as the combination of expedition cruising in remote coastal waters, matched with our warm Australian hospitality and decades of expedition experience ensure guests enjoy pushing the boundaries and taking travellers even closer to places that haven’t been explored before.”
The 120-passenger Coral Adventurer has been specially designed by Coral Expeditions and Vard shipyard with the latest technical advances and over 34 years’ experience building and operating expedition ships.
Its elegant and vibrant living spaces designed by Brisbane-based design firm Arkhefield embody the company’s Australian roots and the exotic locations the ship will visit. Guests will enjoy a wide selection of specially commissioned indigenous artworks in the ship’s common areas.
A guest observation lounge located in the bridge – a Coral Expeditions trademark – will allow guests to immerse themselves in the navigation activity and interact with crew along the way.
A multi-purpose space, the Barralong Room, will operate as part of an ongoing partnership with the Australian Geographic Society and institutional partners to host interpretive activities and projects that connect guests in an engaging format throughout their voyage experience.
The ship’s lightweight dual Xplorer expedition tenders, another trademark feature of all Coral Expeditions vessels, will extend the capabilities of the ship by allowing fast transit for all passengers with open views and deeper exploration on shore excursions. A small fleet of inflatable zodiacs allow for more intrepid exploration and personal experiences.