Australian expedition cruise line, Coral Expeditions, has confirmed a fifth ship is currently under construction at the VARD Shipyard and will be on track for delivery in December 2020. Coral Geographer will be a sister-ship to Coral Adventurer which launched recently. The new ship will initially sail the waters of the Indian Ocean to destinations that include the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
The 120-passenger Coral Geographer will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications as the Coral Adventurer. However, in response to market demand, the new ship will have an increased proportion of bridge deck suites – up from two to six large suites – featuring horizon bathtubs.
Coral Expeditions spoke of the new ship order as an extension of the company’s overall plan for continued growth and the modernisation of its fleet.
“We’ve witnessed significant demand for our unique style of expedition cruising and the business has confidence to order a fifth ship only weeks after launching Coral Adventurer,” said Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expeditions.
“We are confident in the ongoing strength of the expedition sector along with the vessel’s size, her design and her capabilities. We classify ourselves as a ‘true expedition’ operator and are one of a small fraternity of global operators with the experience and focus to understand and deliver this style of adventure,” added Fifield.
In her maiden season, Coral Geographer will embark on an expedition series exploring the “Small Islands of the Indian Ocean”, which includes her launch voyage over 25-nights from Singapore to the Seychelles, visiting the islands of Sumatra, Sri Lanka and numerous remote atolls of the Maldives before ending in the Seychelles.
Her second sailing will be over 15 nights from the Seychelles to Mauritius, featuring an extensive exploration of the remote coastline of northern Madagascar, Reunion Island and Aldabra atoll.
The third voyage will see her complete an epic tour of the Indian Ocean, from Mauritius back home to Fremantle, Australia. This voyage is being planned as a 25 – 30 night research exploration and in conjunction with partners focused on scientific and natural environment content. Guest numbers will be strictly limited on this voyage.
Voyages 1 and 2 of the Coral Geographer maiden series are open for bookings from this week, whilst Voyage 3 across the Indian Ocean is open to expressions of interest at this time from individuals and associations.
The inaugural series of three voyages will set sail from Singapore on January 6th 2021 and the Coral Geographer will arrive in Australian waters in Fremantle in late March 2021.