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Coral Expeditions I

Our classic small ship

Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran designed for maximum stability and comfort. Accommodating a maximum of just 46 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers an intimate expedition atmosphere.  Australian flagged and crewed, the ship was purpose-built for coastal cruising and is able to access the very best parts of Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, the northern coastlines of Cape York and Arnhem Land and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

The 23 onboard rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a spacious private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space.  The ship’s forward lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery in air-conditioned comfort and features a reference library and plasma screens. The Sun Deck at the aft is another popular place to relax and take in the panoramic views.  Meals are served in the modern dining room, and with no assigned seating, mealtimes are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Coral Expeditions I operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions I is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment, and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Expeditions I Fact Sheet

Farewell Coral Expeditions 1

Join us on board for the final voyage of our much loved vessel Coral Expeditions 1, the ship that truly set the course for us here at Coral Expeditions. Our Cape York and Arnhem Land voyage on 13th September 2019 will be the last hoorah as we sail from Darwin to our home in Cairns on an 11-night trip.

Reflections on the ship: In 1986 we were featured in Jetset Travels international brochure as the only extended cruise operator on the Great Barrier Reef. It was then we realised – “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

In December 1987, we signed a contract with the Carrington Shipbuilding facilities in Newcastle for the construction of a 35-meter catamaran with a capacity for 54 guests and 12 crew – a big change from our vessel at the time which only held 24 guests in twin cabins with bunk beds and a crew of 5.

In June 1988 we welcomed Coral Expeditions I (or Coral Princess I as she was named back then) for our 5 days, 4-night expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef. It wasn’t long before we were operating at full capacity, and in these years we received numerous industry & tourism awards at a national level.

In 1995 we started thinking about new destinations and cruising across the top of Australia and over to The Kimberley coast. This was a major challenge with a thousand miles of uninhabited coastline, up to 10m tidal range, and inadequate navigational charts in existence. But we were persistent with our vision, and in 1996 we pioneered the first expedition of its kind in these areas with an expedition charter partner.

Since then, the ship has explored the mighty Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, the remote inlets of Tasmania and countless explorations of the Kimberley and Cape York and Arnhem Land. She is truly one of the hardest working ladies of the sea.

If you would like to be part of this historic farewell voyage, there are limited places still available. See itinerary & fares HERE.

Facilities on board

*Additional costs apply, service quality may vary on location and weather + Additional costs apply

deck plan

CE1 DECK PLAN post Oct 2016-01


Deluxe Stateroom

Our six Deluxe Staterooms are located across the top decks of the ship, in close proximity to the Bridge and the Sun Deck. With brilliant natural light and fresh modern decor, Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 17sqm (185 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).


Upper Deck Stateroom

Our eight light and airy Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. With modern decor and comfortable furnishings, Upper Deck Staterooms are a spacious 14sqm (151 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).



Our four Stateroom category rooms are located on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings. At 14sqm (151 square feet) in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).


Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings and are a compact 10sqm (108 square feet) in size. Cabins feature twin  circle portholes, air-conditioning, a private en suite bathroom, ample storage space and fixed twin beds.