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Indian Ocean Crossing | Zanzibar - Fremantle | 19 Nights

Navigational Voyage Crossing The Great Indian Ocean

19 Nights | Departing Zanzibar 06 March 2021 | Arriving Fremantle 25 March 2021

In times past, an Indian Ocean crossing was a sailor’s rite of passage, a truly daunting task on a wooden sailing vessel.  Create your own legends on the new state of the art expedition ship Coral Geographer as she sails east in a southern arc from the ancient spice island of Zanzibar off the African coast and arrives on Australian shores for the first time at Fremantle.  This is a classic 19-night ocean passage allowing you to settle into the rhythm of the sea and ship.

Featuring six suites with panoramic glass-enclosed baths, all outside staterooms and expansive deck areas shared with only 120 like-minded guests, you will enjoy tranquil comfort.  Onboard is a highly qualified expedition crew supported by warm Australian hospitality.

This epic Indian Ocean crossing offers a rare opportunity to navigate one of the world’s great oceans in the wake of famed explorers like Dirk Hartog and Willem de Vlamingh.  An extensive onboard program is offered, including Celestial Navigation lessons from Coral Expeditions’ Senior Master Capt. Gary Wilson, and an accompanying souvenir chart. Guest presenters and storytellers will be the only diversions as you share the waves with migratory seabirds and marine life.

If you are curious about the world and relish the adventure of an extended ocean crossing, join us onboard Coral Geographer for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Adjoining Cruise: Save 50% off the prices listed above when you combine this Ocean Crossing with our 17-night expedition from Mauritius to Zanzibar. T&Cs Apply.
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Expedition Highlights

  • Depart from Zanzibar with its rich spice route trading heritage
  • Learn the craft of Celestial Navigation, plotting your route across the Indian Ocean in real time with hands on lessons
  • Enjoy true freedom and space on an epic passage across one of the world’s great oceans
  • Spot marine life throughout your voyage, and star-gaze far away from light pollution
  • Be aboard for welcome celebrations as our new ship arrives home to Australian waters in Fremantle



Save 50% when you take adjoining cruise *

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $18,690 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $13,330 $19,995
Promenade Deck $11,320 $16,980
Coral Deck $9,980 $14,970

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available. 




Embark: Board at Zanzibar, Tanzania for 7:00pm departure 06 March 2021

Disembark: Arrive at Fremantle, West Australia at 8:00am and disembark at 9:00am 25 March 2021

Day 1: Depart Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Zanzibar Women

In the early evening we depart Zanzibar on our epic Indian Ocean crossing bound for Fremantle, West Australia.

Days 2 – 19: At Sea

Celestial Navigation

Spend 18 carefree days at leisure as we cross the Indian Ocean from west to east. As dusk falls each day, join your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for evening drinks and enjoy the freshly prepared cuisine and warm company of our renowned Australian hospitality team. Take time to socialise with fellow passengers, catch up on book
reading or simply relax as the Indian Ocean slips by. You will share the waves with migratory seabirds and marine life along the way. Guest presenters, storytellers and an extensive onboard program with hands-on practical lessons will be on offer throughout the voyage, including an instructed program teaching traditional Celestial Navigation.
In this age of GPS, autopilots and gyrocompasses, there is still a place for traditional navigation skills. Guests aboard Coral Geographer for her crossing of the Indian Ocean will be part of a unique experience – using only the instruments that were available to the navigators in Age of Exploration, they will learn the skills necessary to navigate across an ocean. Each guest will receive the following

• Basic training sextant
• Set of plotting instruments
• Blank plotting charts
• Indian Ocean chart
• Logbook

Over the first days of the voyage, guests will receive an introduction on the basic theory of navigation and instruction chart plotting, reading a compass and log, and taking astronomical sights. Using pro-forma tables and with the assistance of the professional navigators aboard, complex mathematical calculations are minimised, so that all participants can fully take part. Additional instruction will be available for anyone that desires a more indepth
course or already has some navigational experience. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments if they wish. The programme is intended to be run without any access to modern instruments. Participants will regularly read the magnetic compass and the traditional towed log that will be streamed over the stern and record these readings in the logbook. Using these figures, a dead-reckoning position will be plotted on the plotting ship and corrected when possible by sun observations using the sextant and chronometer. A daily noon position will then be
transferred to the Indian Ocean chart to track our progress. We will encourage no access to the modern bridge instruments (such as GPS, plotters or gyrocompasses) – and seek to compare our traditional results upon our arrival in Fremantle. The programme has been developed by Coral Expeditions Senior Master Gary Wilson, who has extensive experience instructing in traditional navigation methods. At the end of the voyage, you will have a unique record of your ocean crossing, recorded on the chart and in the logbook, and a set of instruments to take home.

Day 20: Arrive Fremantle (Australia)

We disembark at Fremantle at 9:00am.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

This trip is suitable for passengers of all fitness levels, though reasonable mobility is required to enjoy all it has to offer. For shore excursions, our hydraulic lowering Xplorer tenders permit easy boarding without climbing any stairs. Where possible we split groups to suit easy and moderate walkers. Guests are welcome to opt-out of any excursion and relax onboard.  As the itinerary covers remote regions, it is not suitable for passengers with serious medical conditions.

March 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
06 March 2021 06 Mar 2021 25 March 2021 25 Mar 2021 $9,980 to $18,690 $9,980 to $18,690 Coral Geographer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • One night accommodation pre-cruise, with welcome event
  • Pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours in tender vessels
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Charter flights
  • Post-cruise accommodation
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases


Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email

Travel Insurance

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.