Coral Expeditions has welcomed a second new ship to its fleet in two years, with the arrival of Coral Geographer to the Australian cruise line’s headquarters in Cairns on Monday [15 March, 2021].
Coral Geographer is a sister-ship to Coral Adventurer that was delivered in 2019. Both vessels were built in Vietnam at the VARD shipyard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri.
Like her sister, Coral Geographer has been specially tailored for personalised expedition cruises to remote and exotic destinations in Asia and Oceania. Coral Geographer is 93.7 meters long in total, with a beam of 17.2 meters. It has an accommodation capacity for 99 guests.
The vessel features public areas with ample open deck space. Staterooms with generous, open balconies occupy over half of the total vessel area. Original artwork sourced from indigenous communities in Australia visited by the company’s fleet grace the interiors.
With a focus on intimacy, high quality and optimal passenger experience, the vessels enable guests to experience exotic regional locations at close hand. Featuring advanced expedition tender capabilities and accommodation across four decks – from Bridge Deck Balcony Suites, Bridge Deck and Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms, to Coral Deck Staterooms – the on-board environment is both comfortable and functional, allowing for relaxation, socialising, and daily shore expeditions.
“This is the second ship we are building with VARD. We are pleased with the result. We would like to place on record our deep appreciation for the professionalism and commitment of all the VARD staff involved in this project,” said Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expeditions.
Coral Geographer arrived in Cairns ahead of her christening ceremony and inaugural cruise departure on 31 March, a massive 19-night itinerary across the top of Australia, from Cairns to Broome. According to the cruise line’s website, there is still limited availability on the voyage.