Coral Discoverer Sets Sail from Tasmania in 2018

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, is sailing from Tasmania in 2018 with a new arrival to its shores: the recently refurbished Coral Discoverer.

The third Tasmania season will begin on January 1, 2018, on the state-of- the-art flagship Coral Discoverer, which underwent a comprehensive refurbishment in November 2016.

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The arrival of the Coral Discoverer brings an increased capacity of 72 guests to the company’s Tasmania sailings, a response to growing demand for the Apple Isle.  In true expeditionary style, the voyage offers guests a flexible itinerary to enable the captain to respond to weather conditions, ensuring that guests see the best parts of Tasmania in the best possible conditions.

This allows an element of discovery, as guests will be advised the day prior where their next journey lies.  The Coral Discoverer is an ideal vessel to explore the diverse Tasmania wilderness as, despite its increased capacity, it retains the nimbleness to navigate through smaller channels and anchor in small bays.

It also has the added benefit of a more comprehensive and robust stabilizing system so it can smoothly charter the rugged coastlines and inlets of southern Tasmania.

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Guests will have the opportunity to soak up the incredible views and watch fur seals sunbathing on the Isles de Phoques, as the Coral Discoverer offers new Bridge Deck Staterooms with private balconies. These new Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms also offer 20 square meters of space and are furnished for the utmost comfort. All other rooms have received an upgrade of soft furnishings and offer spacious living, en-suited bathrooms, and a complimentary turndown service every evening.

The new Sun Deck, Explorers Bar, and outdoor furniture give guests the opportunity to relax during their time onboard and enjoy a beverage after a morning of hiking at the Fluted Cape Trek, combining adventure and comfort as they journey to the furthest reaches of Tasmania’s rugged coast.

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This outstanding itinerary will offer guests the opportunity to explore Tasmania’s UNESCO recognised World Heritage Wilderness, enjoying hikes on pristine tracks such as ‘Three Capes Trek’ and ‘Mt Beattie Track’, and kayaking the ‘Narrows’ at Bathurst Harbour.

At Port Davey, guests can amble through ancient forests at the Button Grass Plain, past the airstrip built by Deny King, and explore the Orange Bellied Parrot conservatory. On the Eastern coast expeditions feature walks on the soft white sands of Wineglass Bay, meeting local wombats and wallabies on Maria Island, and learning about the history of Port Arthur with a resident archaeologist on a ‘behind-the- scenes-tour’.

Throughout the trip, the expedition team and local Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Ranger will offer expert interpretation and commentary during excursions in the Explorer tender, bringing nature and history to life, complimented by the engaging onboard guest lecturer.

Onboard, guests can enjoy a full range of marine facilities, including Zodiacs for expeditionary excursions, kayaks for paddling the calm waters of Bathurst Harbour and an Explorer Tender for comfortable day-trip sailings.

Epicurean experiences include Bruny Island oyster and wine tastings, cheese and vodka sampling at Grandvewe Cheeses, and fresh local Tasmanian produce offered on board.

This seven-night itinerary departs Hobart–the capital of Tasmania–weekly from January 1, 2018 to March 12, 2018. Prices from AUD$4,900 (approx. US$3800) per person. Book before March 31, 2017 for a 10% early bird savings offer.


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Dana Lawson
Dana Lawson
Dana Lawson is a writer and editor who lives in Parrish, Florida, with her husband and son. She has been on several cruises and loves to explore new destinations!

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