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Cuisine & Wine

At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions. Our approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible.

Coral Expeditions’ cuisine has a distinctly Australian accent influenced by the culinary landscape of regions we visit. Wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance the eating experience, allowing the produce to speak for itself.

From Australia’s Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef regions through to the exotic Spice Islands, New Guinea and islands of the South Pacific, we foster a community of local providores, farmers and growers. Our regional menus champion seasonality, allowing us to adapt our menus and source local produce at its seasonal best.

We are also pleased to offer two Wine Packages that guests may purchase in addition to our new house selection of wines. Featuring Australian and New Zealand wines, and French champagne, these packages showcase contemporary choices of wine.




Start your day with a tempting choices from a fresh continental or hot breakfast a la carte daily changing options

Onboard our fleet of small expedition ships we offer a daily changing selection of plated and small sharing platter dining options that showcase the best of the region from your voyage

Lunches showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits both individual platted and small sharing plates

Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you onboard with a Seafood sharing concept dinner on the first night. Other evening meals over a three-course table d’Hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service from our friendly dining room staff.

All our expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where we serve sunset drinks and canapes, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list featuring boutique Australian and New Zealand wines, beers and ciders.

Each voyage our Captain hosts a Captains Table for invited guests and ship’s Officers will endeavour to host dinner guests on an evening when operational matters allow.


Meals: All meals are fresh and chef-prepared onboard

Tea & Coffee: 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station

Beverages: Selected wines, beers, juices, soft drinks and selected spirits are served complimentary with lunch and dinner. Drinks are available for purchase at other times.


Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list, and each evening sunset drinks are held on the Vista Deck (weather permitting) where guests relax or socialise before being invited into dinner. Each voyage the ships’ Captain hosts a welcome and farewell event with complimentary canapes and beverages.


*These menus are samples of each region and may differ whilst onboard due to access to fresh locally sourced ingredients and stock.


Across our fleet, we are continually looking for ways to improve our sustainability to reduce waste, partner with more Organic and Fairtrade suppliers, and deliver a food and beverage experience inline with our expedition roots and beliefs. We have successfully implemented measures to remove P.C plastics and reduce packaging waste in our food and beverage supply chain. In February 2020 we rolled out a new selection of Eco-Friendly, Fairtrade & Organic beverage products including:

  • Pukka Tea Range: 100% certified organic herbs, ethically-sourced.
  • Blackbird Espresso: 100% fair-trade & organic
  • Just water: Packaged in reusable recycled paper-based containers with a lid made from sugar cane in Far North Queensland. Made in Australia with water from Victoria.


In between shore adventures, our chefs will welcome you back on board with freshly baked treats or delicious canapes to accompany pre-dinner or sunset drinks. When local regulations allow, we make impromptu stops to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés in scenic locations.


Vegetarian, vegans, gluten and dairy-free items are included in all menus. Our chefs will happily cater to other special dietary requirements with advance notice.


All our vessels have galleys located adjacent to dining rooms and we operate a Meet the Chef policy where we welcome guest interaction between chefs and guests. Onboard Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer we have a galley window where guests can see the kitchen team at work.

Our chefs will come to the dining room to meet guests and can be seen manning behind the roast meat carvery or manning the hotplate on Carvery and BBQ Nights.

Chefs replenish stores with local produce whenever possible and like to share insights into local markets and cuisine highlights through Chef Discussion sessions and cooking demonstrations with tastings.

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