Our reservation staff are available between Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 5.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Our guests come to us because of our unique destinations and shore-rich programmes. Our shallow-draught ships can go where larger ships cannot. Our expedition cruises are coastal explorations rather than long ocean voyages. Every day typically has at least one stop for water or land-based activities. On each voyage, we will have a Trip Director or Expedition Leader, and on longer voyages, we have Guest Lecturers who are typically experts in the geology, history or flora and fauna of the region.
Our Trip Directors and Expedition Leaders come with marine or local expertise. Most of our shore excursions are included in the cruise price – only exceptional experiences operated by third-parties such as helicopter rides require a payment on board and participation is completely optional.
True to our Australian heritage, our ship environment is designed to be casual. There is no dress code or assigned seating at meal times. Our ship layout encourages mingling. Complimentary coffee and tea stations are open throughout the day in the lounge and dining areas.
There are no in-room televisions or room service, but there is plenty of common space. Also, we operate an open bridge policy and encourage guests to visit the bridge and observe ship operations. Our Captains enjoy the open interaction they share with our guests.
Our shore excursions are designed to promote local interaction and cultural exchange. One of the great benefits of travelling on a small ship is our ability to make impromptu stops, often away from heavily visited tourist areas. Our small group size ensures that our shore excursions are comfortable and enjoyable, but also have minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit.
Most activities are suitable for all fitness levels; when a higher than normal level of fitness is required for a particular excursion, your Expedition Leader will advise you accordingly. You can expect one or two shore or in-sea activities each day, all included in your cruise price.
We offer high standards of comfort and care, but without any formality or stuffiness. Our crew are trained to be attentive but are always open to a friendly chat. We maintain the highest standards of marine and passenger safety; we follow Australian standards in our staffing and operations.
One of the distinctive features of Coral Expeditions’ vessels is their tender capability. Each ship carries a tender vessel, which is hydraulically lowered and lifted, enabling guests to transfer for excursions right off the main deck. Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II carry glass-bottomed boats that allow guests to view the marine life below. Coral Discoverer’s tender vessel ‘Xplorer’ can carry all 72 travellers at the same time.
Our ships are small enough to allow us to board and disembark much quicker than larger vessels. There is minimal waiting. Their shallow draughts allow them to get to locations larger ships cannot.