Coral Discoverer is a contemporary ship built to offer an incredibly comfortable and rewarding small expeditionary cruising experience. Accommodating 72 guests, each of the 36 cabins offer exterior views with twin portholes or picture windows, and some with French windows leading to a private balcony.
The ships shallow draft allows manoeuvrability to access more remote locations and the tender vessel Xplorer can seat all guests onboard. The 24 crew are all Australasian and each voyage includes a mixture of full-time guides as well as guest lecturers with specific local knowledge. The open bridge, spacious sundeck and sociable communal areas all add to the appeal.
Why we like it
Coral Explorer is equipped with the latest technology active stabilisers ensuring an incredibly comfortable cruise, even in open waters. It is staffed by Australian and New Zealand locals and the open bridge policy means guests can chat with the captain and crew and get a bird’s eye view as they cruise. The Bridge Deck cabins with private balcony are pretty special too.
- Sundeck with shaded area
- Dining room serving buffet style lunch and table d’hote dinner
- Open bridge
- Small fitness area
Coral Discoverers onboard tender vessels include zodiacs as well as the Xplorer, a specially designed eco-friendly aluminium excursion boat with awning and onboard toilet, capable of seating all passenger. The shallow draft of the ship along with these tender vessels are perfect for getting up close to nature and accessing remote areas.
Daily shore excursions are included as well as time to further explore by kayak or relax onboard; recline on the sun deck, listen to one of the interpretive lectures or chat with the crew over a cup of tea or a cocktail at the bar.
Sustainable best practices
Coral Expeditions is accredited as an eco-tourism cruise operator with world-leading EcoTourism Australia. Ecotourism is defined as tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities. They have a policy of no plastic straws onboard any of their ships and are constantly seeking new ways to reduce plastic usage and be as environmentally friendly as possible.