Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world can be found right here at home – more specifically in Tasmania – and demand for these sights has led Coral Expeditions to deploy its largest ship to sail its next season of cruises in the state from the beginning of next year.
Announced today, the 72-guest Coral Discoverer will venture south to sail the company’s week-long adventures around the Apple Isle, replacing the 50-guest Coral Expeditions I. The ship has just returned from the line’s maiden foray into Asia, where it sailed a variety of adventures between Singapore and Myanmar. Just prior to this, Coral Discoverer was the beneficiary of a major renovation and refurbishment.
Unlike many expeditions, one of the most beautiful elements of a Coral Expeditions itinerary in Tasmania is that the itinerary is completely flexible and very open to change. The only real certainties are that you will leave Hobart and return on time one week later. Between those two dates, the ship moves around the state’s southern coastline and islands, venturing where the weather conditions allow it to and exposing travellers to exciting new shores every day. This ensures guests see the best of Tasmania in the best possible weather conditions.
The upgrade to the larger Coral Discoverer also sees the introduction of stabilisers which will play a significant role in helping the ship more smoothly ride and navigate the typically unpredictable swell of the Southern Ocean, which can tend to make for a bumpy ride from time to time. The larger ship will still retain the ability to navigate smaller channels to ensure travellers can get right in and up close to the state’s innermost waterways.
Other features coming as a result of the ship change include the addition of private balconies and the new Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms – installed during the recent renovation. All cabins were upgraded at the same time, with new soft furnishings and ensuite bathrooms.
Like Coral Expeditions I, the new ship will also feature zodiac boats and kayaks to further expand the variety of ways guests can venture off the ship to explore their surroundings. It will also carry a narrow-draft Explorer boat, which is able to deliver guests right to the shore.
Coral Expeditions’ third season of cruising in Tasmania will begin from 01 January 2018 and run through to the 19th of March when the last seven-night journey returns to Hobart. The itinerary is priced from $4,990 per person twin share, with a 10% discount now available for bookings made before 31 March 2017.