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FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL

Throughout your cruise you will savour the attentive service of our professional Australian and New Zealand crew. Carefully selected for their engaging personalities, attention to detail and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service, our staff will ensure you receive a warm welcome aboard.

Your cruise will be led by a dedicated Expedition Leader or Cruise Director (Great Barrier Reef cruises) who will work closely with the Captain to determine our daily programme, ensuring that the best use is made of prevailing weather and tidal conditions. Your Expedition Leader will join all shore excursions and activities, provide daily recaps and briefings and is always on hand to answer any questions.

Our experienced Pursers are on call 24 hours a day to ensure your cruise experience is as comfortable as possible. Visit the Purser’s desk to find out more about the services and facilities on board, purchase internet and telephone cards, check your on-board account and seek advice about your onward travel arrangements. The Purser’s hospitality staff will service your stateroom each morning, turn down your room in the evening and assist during meal service in the Dining Room.

Gary Wilson, Master, Coral Discoverer

With over two decades at sea, Captain Gary is the Senior Master of the Coral Expeditions fleet. He has been commanding the Coral Discoverer for over four years. Gary is a consummate professional who not only enjoys bridge watchkeeping and ship handling but also mingling with travellers. Gary loves the open bridge policy of Coral Expeditions and sharing his passion for ships and ocean passages with guests.

Captain Gary lists Mesemta on the island of Misool in Raja Ampat as one of his favourite places because of its spectacular location and as it is a real challenge to get the ship into such a tiny anchorage. Gary is looking forward to taking his guests to new waters of South East Asia.

On occasion Captain Gary loves to provide a good history lesson to our office staff, crew and guests, so don’t miss out on one of these if your a huge history buff!

Frank Krone, Chief Engineer

As our Chief Engineer, Frank keeps everything running smoothly on our ships. After 6 years with Coral Expeditions, he knows the running’s inside-out.
While Frank loves all destinations, he says his favourite two are Biak and Melanesia. “Diving Toa Maru in Solomons is exceptional. Swimming with whale sharks in Indonesia is fantastic!” says Frank “I love my job because I get to go to all these exotic places . How many people have dived in Burma? Or watched land diving at Pentecoste island in Vanuatu”. We couldn’t agree more Frank!

Nathan Clark, Master, Coral Expeditions I

Now in his 7th year with Coral Expeditions, Nathan is an expert at navigating the waters of the Kimberley and Tasmania.

“Taking passengers to some the most remote and beautiful parts of the coast, with intimate group sizes and allowing us to be apart of the guests experience is a very rewarding aspect of role.” says Nathan “Along with the professional challenges faced on a day to day basis that we can encounter with sailing remote regions of the country , these combined are why I love my position as a ships Master.”

Charlie Bettini, Master, Coral Expeditions II

As Master of Coral Expeditions II, Charlie is an expert on the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Sailing with us for the past 6 years, he says “Since working at Coral Expeditions I have made so many bonds with very special people, many of the crew I have worked with over this period have become life long friends. I feel like I’m with my family when we’re at sea together.”. Charlie names some of his favourite destinations as Tufi Fjord in PNG, Nendo Is in the Soloman Islands, Tanner Is Vanuatu and Milford Sound New Zealand.

Sasha Dettori, Purser, Coral Discoverer

Beloved by past guests, Sasha is the Purser aboard Coral Discoverer. She’s travelled the world as part of Coral Expeditions since joining the company in 2015. Sasha’s favourite destinations are Borneo/Solomon Island & Raja Ampat. Why does Sasha love her job? “Watching guests excitement as they finally tick off items on their bucket lists. Engaging with passengers who are genuinely appreciative of their surroundings whilst on expeditions. Listening to their stories, Local hospitality, meeting unique people. Discovering new places and experiencing ‘once-in-a-life-time’ moments – like coming up close and personal with the Orangutans in the Borneo Jungle and watching Komodo Dragons make chase after crew on Rinca…the list goes on”.

Joshua Coxall, Master

Josh Coxall has been a Master at Coral Expeditions for 8 years. Sailing with the company, Josh has been able to explore many areas, and his favourite is Naturalist Island in the Kimberley Coast. “My job takes me to some amazing places” says Josh “and gives me the opportunity to share the coastal destinations I love with a liked mined group of people.”

Conal Rokstad, Purser, Coral Expeditions I

Conal has been the Purser onboard Coral Expeditions I for over 2 years, and has taken our guests on a number of exciting itineraries during this time.

“To pick a favourite destination is a tough one” says Conal, “Darwin to Biak with the amazingly scenic Raja Ampat and its kayaking, snorkelling, diving as well as rock climbing opportunities finishing off with the chance to swim with the Whale Sharks; Islands of the South pacific mixing in a variety of wonderful cultural experiences with trips up a Volcano at Tanna and more amazing snorkelling and diving; and finally the new Darwin to Kalimantan trip with the Komodo Dragons in Indonesia and finishing up with Orangutans in Kalimantan, Borneo.

Conal enjoys being a part of the Coral Expeditions team because he feels a deep satisfaction from seeing the smiles on the passengers faces, as well as receiving the gratitude of knowing they have been well looked after with top quality service, all the while doing it in some of the most scenic environments in the world.