Coral Expeditions will offer a full Australian domestic sailing schedule in 2022. This includes extended sailing dates in the Kimberley due to popular demand.
Also released are new additions to Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Series of itineraries to replace international voyages which remain uncertain with ongoing border restrictions.
To facilitate planning, the company has also made available for booking the April to September Kimberley season in 2023.
“We are pleased to finalise our plans with the decision to offer an Australian-led sailing schedule for 2022,” said Jeff Gillies, Commercial Director of Coral Expeditions.
“As we continue to see travel uncertainty, particularly across international borders, we want to provide confidence and early planning opportunities for our guests and travel industry partners. These newly released voyages provide more availability on classic voyages and the addition of some unique new travel options for Australians to enjoy.”.
A series of 10 new Kimberley Cruise dates in 2022 on Coral Geographer are a key feature of the program, adding over 1,200 new berths of availability through the popular period from April to June.
“We have seen a very strong demand over the past months with our successful restart in the Kimberley and it looks like being the hot destination for travel in 2022,” Gillies remarked. “This iconic cruise is a true bucket list for any Australian adventurer, and we will have three purpose-built expedition ships operating in the Kimberley in 2022 and 2023. Our expedition team have been exploring the region for three decades. In the vast expanses of the Kimberley, there is no substitute for experience.”
Other newly released expeditions include two new 18-night expeditions ‘Across the Top’ of Australia between Broome and Cairns (and vice versa) being released for January 2022.
Program highlights include:
- The Kimberley Cruise | 10-nights between Darwin & Broome. New dates in April and May 2022 aboard Coral Geographer are timed to coincide with the waterfall season. The full schedule of 2023 sailing dates from April to October is also now released and available for booking.
- Kimberley Icons, Ashmore & the Rowley Shoals | 12-nights between Darwin & Broome onboard Coral Geographer. This new itinerary combines the Kimberley’s highlights with the addition of remote Ashmore Reef, Adele Island, and Rowley Shoals Marine Park allowing guests to enjoy water activities including snorkel and dive.
- NEW RELEASE Across the Top | 18-nights between Cairns and Broome aboard Coral Adventurer. Originally created for Coral Geographer’s Maiden Voyage, this itinerary explores some of Australia’s most remote coastal regions including pristine offshore reefs and islands across the top of the Australian continent.
- NEW RELEASE Australia’ Great Southern Coastline | 14-nights from Melbourne to Fremantle on Coral Geographer. This expedition is a special Australian Geographic Society partner voyage. Experience the company of fellow explorers as we traverse the powerful Southern Ocean crossing the Great Australian Bight. Step ashore in rarely seen islands and national parks, sail past the towering sandstone cliffs of Bunda and visit the pristine marine outpost of the Archipelagos of the Recherche.
Coral Expeditions has sailed 51 incident-free voyages since restarting operations in October 2020.