Coral Expeditions shows a different side to Tasmania.

Nine new expedition cruises circling the Tasmanian coastline have been added by Coral Expeditions as part of an expanded 2016/17 schedule after the company’s maiden cruising season in the Apple Isle wrapped recently.

The line says its first season of weekly seven-night round-trip sailings from Hobart, which began in November last year, was highly successful, highlighted by a completely sold-out run of voyages in February.

Travellers keen to explore Tasmania in great detail, including secluded bays and coves largely inaccessible to other modes of transport, can do so again from 14 November 2016 when the company’s 50-passenger Coral Expeditions I returns to the state. The brand’s second cruise season will run through to the final depature setting sail on 20 February 2017.

After departing Hobart, the ship spends a day in Bruny Island before spending two days in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area exploring the remote Port Davey and Bathurst Island. The next stops include Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park and Maria Island before a final stop in the historic town of Port Arthur precedes the ship’s return to Hobart.

Coral Expeditions visits the natural highlight of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania.
Coral Expeditions visits the picturesque Wineglass Bay. Image: Peter Bellingham

On each expedition, land tours are accompanied by an expedition leader, lecturer and a Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Ranger, all providing commentary for the destinations and attractions visited as well as the occasional onboard presentation. Other off-ship activities include the opportunity to paddle in the ship’s fleet of kayaks, inflatable zodiacs and and a specially designed excursion vessel which is able to cruise right up onto the beach.

Dining for guests onboard utilises locally sourced ingredients, with professional chefs dishing up nightly menus in the ship’s main dining room, which features an open-seating policy with a casual dress code. Australian and New Zealand wines are available with all meals, with the selection put together by a resident wine expert.

Cabins on the voyage are priced from $4,490 per person twin share and run through to $5,490 per person twin share for a Deluxe Stateroom on the Upper Deck. Most cabins are furnished with two single beds however some rooms in the higher categories are available with a double bed.

“It is such an ecologically fascinating area for us to explore. Like any of our cruises we have the flexibility to change and adapt our daily program and activities to suit our guests needs and also the changing environment, which is the beauty of small ship cruising; it’s a real adventure,” Coral Expeditions expedition leader Dennis McDowall said.

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