Media Release: Thursday 27 October 2022

Coral Expeditions Expands Regional Partnership in Global Luxury Travel Group Virtuoso

Following two successful years as a regional partner serving Australia and New Zealand, Coral Expeditions has been invited to expand its relationship with  Virtuoso®, the leading global network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Coral Expeditions will now extend its offerings and exclusive benefits to Virtuoso’s travel agency membership throughout North America, UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, in addition to Australia and New Zealand. According to Jeff Gillies, commercial director of Coral Expeditions, inclusion in Virtuoso will present new sales and marketing opportunities to the network’s luxury travel advisors and their highly desirable clientele within those regions. Virtuoso agencies worldwide sell an average of (U.S.) $25–$30 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.

“Virtuoso’s acceptance process is incredibly selective, so expanding our presence to cover these important markets is a true honour,” said Gillies. “The reputation Virtuoso member agencies have for outstanding dedication to their clients is a perfect fit with our own bespoke approach to service. As a part of this renowned network, we look forward to offering Virtuoso advisors and their clients throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East the special amenities, values and experiences that will surpass their expectations.”

Coral Expeditions joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other travel entities, comprising over 2,200 preferred suppliers in 100 countries globally. These partners, which specialize in world-class client service and experiences, provide superior offerings, rare opportunities, and exceptional value for Virtuoso clients. These prestigious providers are able to market to Virtuoso clients via network vehicles and build relationships with Virtuoso agencies and advisors through multiple communications channels and regional events.

Coral Expeditions is the Australian pioneer of expedition cruise, with four decades of operating experience in the remote coastal realms of Australia’s Kimberley, Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania and the further reaches of Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, the East Indies and the Small Islands of the Indian Ocean and Japan. With a modern fleet of three purpose-built tropical expedition vessels, guests will find enriching expedition adventures. All Virtuoso-booked guests will receive a complimentary bottle of premium Australian wine and a personalized welcome card from their Virtuoso advisor in their stateroom upon arrival onboard.

For more information about Coral Expeditions, call +61 7 4040 9999 or visit

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For media enquiries please contact:

Jeff Gillies | Commercial Director
[email protected]
0418 415 581.

About Coral Expeditions
Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, has built its reputation with a unique style of immersive expedition cruising focused on nature and culture. Starting with offering environmentally sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef nearly four decades ago, the fleet now consists of 3 purpose-built blue water expedition ships – the intimate 72 guest Coral Discoverer and the 120 guest flagships Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer. Each ship is designed specially to take guests to remote locations that large cruise ships simply cannot access. With shallow drafts, multiple Zodiacs, and signature ‘Xplorer’ safari boats launched from a hydraulic platform, guests can expect daily village visits, river expeditions or beach landings. An expert Expedition Team providing interpretive commentary and the warm Australian hospitality onboard make for a very different cruise experience. Headquartered in Cairns, Australia, Coral Expeditions sails the outer Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley coast, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, New Zealand and further afield to the Small Islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Coral Expeditions’ industry leading SailSAFE program forged a pathway back to successful operation since October 2020.