Following the delivery of Coral Adventurer (sistership) in 2019, Coral Expeditions Australia (fleet) ordered a second newbuild from VARD Vietnam (shipbuilding company subsidiary of Fincantieri Italy).
VARD 601 ship design was developed by Vard Design in Norway in cooperation with the customer. It has been tailored for personalized expedition voyages to remote and exotic destinations in Oceania and Asia.
Coral Geographer has LOA length 94 m / 308 ft, width 17 m / 56 ft, 7 decks (5 passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins/60 total). The onboard environment is geared for daily lectures, briefings, shoreside and land expeditions.
The vessel boasts public areas with ample open deck space. Coral Geographer's staterooms with open balconies occupy more than 50% of the total ship area. Original artwork sourced from Australian indigenous communities visited by the fleet grace the interiors. Coral Geographer has interior and ventilation systems provided by Vard Accommodation and is equipped with Vard Electro’s state-of-the-art SeaQ product series for navigation systems, electrical systems, integrated systems, and marine electronics.
Coral Expeditions' sisterships Geographer and Adventurer have been customized to meet the expedition product requirements of Coral Expeditions in the Australian cruise market. With advanced expedition tender capabilities and accommodation across 4 decks – from Coral Deck Staterooms to Bridge Deck Balcony Suites, Bridge Deck and Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms – the onboard environment is both functional and comfortable, allowing for socializing, relaxation, and daily shore expeditions.