Coral Adventurer

Coral Adventurer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Coral Adventurer

Year built2019 new ship
Flag state Australia
BuilderVARD (Vaung Tau, Vietnam)
Building costUSD 75 million (EUR 67 million)
OwnerKallang Capital Holdings
OperatorCoral Expeditions Australia
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)94 m / 308 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5536 gt
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsCoral Geographer
Christened byQuek Peck Lim

Current itinerary of Coral Adventurer

Coral Adventurer current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome. Prices start from USD 6291 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 24 May, 2019 and ends on 04 Jun, 2019.

Date / TimePort
25 May    Departing from Darwin, NT Australia hotels
26 May    King George River, Kimberley, Western Australia
27 May    Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
28 May    Prince Frederick Harbour, Kimberley, Western Australia
29 May    Garden Island, Kimberley, Western Australia
30 May    Prince Regent River, Kimberley, Western Australia
31 May    Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia
01 Jun    Kuri Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia
01 Jun    Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia
02 Jun    Talbot Bay, Western Australia
02 Jun    Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia
03 Jun    Lacepede Islands, Kimberley, Western Australia
04 Jun    Arriving in Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia hotels

Review of Coral Adventurer

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship is the 4th fleetmate and the newest expedition vessel of the Australian cruise company Coral Expeditions. The boat was built in Vietnam (VARD shipyard in Vaung Tau) and delivered in March 2019. In May 2019, the company decided to use its option for building a second (same-designed) vessel - the sistership Coral Geographer (scheduled for launch in December 2020).

History - construction and ownership

The travel company Coral Expeditions (formerly Coral Princess Cruises) was established in 1984 by Captain Tony Briggs. His first ship was an ex-World War II Fairmile-class submarine chaser. The vessel was converted to carry up to 24 passengers on short overnight trips to the Great Barrier Reef from company's base in Cairns Queensland.

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship (Coral Expeditions)

All Coral Expeditions ships are Australia-flagged, Australia-based, and employ all-Australian crew. Coral Expeditions' regions of operation include New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Kimberley and Northern Australia, Tasmania and South Pacific Islands. The fleet also includes Coral Discoverer, and the two motorized catamarans (sister-ships by design) Coral Expeditions 1 (fka "Coral Princess I") and Coral Expeditions 2 (fka "Coral Princess II").

The ship Coral Adventurer was designed for ocean cruising to more isolated and shallower tropical destinations. The boat conforms to the highest maritime standards for operational redundancy, build quality, environmental compliance and safety.

One of the unique features on this shallow-drafted ship (4,5 m / 15 ft) is its tendering system, allowing passenger tendering (embarkation or disembarkation) within just 20 min. Through hydraulic lifts, tenders (aka Xplorer boats) are lifted out of the water, making boarding/deboarding operations more efficient, without the need of gangways, ramps or stairs.

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship (Coral Expeditions)

The ship also has dedicated to scientific research facilities and equipment. It has active stabilizers reducing roll in different sea conditions.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Coral Adventurer itinerary program is based on Asia-Pacific cruises to Kimberley region, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and South Pacific Islands.

Coral Expeditions itineraries feature cruises around deserted islands and pristine reefs in destinations not popular for day trippers and large liners. Company's Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea) itineraries depart from the Queensland ports Darwin to Cairns.

Ship's "Inaugural Cruise" was scheduled for April 22, 2019. The 18-day repositioning itinerary (from Singapore to Darwin) was followed by 11-day roundtrip from Darwin to Cairns, then 26-day Cairns to Darwin (with optional disembarkation in Wewak, Papua New Guinea). The ship also offered 18-day Australia to Asia cruise itinerary (from Darwin to Singapore), visiting in Indonesia Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), Karimunjawa Islands and Pulau Moyo Islands.

Ship's itinerary program for 2020 includes Spice Islands, Komodo and Krakatau (Indonesia), Pulau Alor. Two transition cruises leave from Darwin (17-day to Singapore, January 15) and the reverse from Singapore (18-day to Darwin, departure February 2).

Marking Coral Expeditions company's 35th anniversary in 2020, Coral Adventure offers World Cruise departing November 7 (2020). The 60-day itinerary is roundtrip from Darwin and visits 35 destinations (many of which hard to reach by land) with several overnights (including in Perth-Fremantle, Adelaide, Sydney, Cairns, also Hobart Tasmania).

  • From the docked in Cairns ship on Christmas Day, passengers disembark and fly by private chartered jet to Uluru for an under the stars dinner.
  • At Cape Leeuwin, passengers disembark for a private dinner at Leeuwin Estate vineyards.
  • In Sydney NSW, an afternoon harbor cruise is included via private sailing ship charter - on James Craig (3-masted barque).
  • Onboard enrichment program will be lead by Australian Geographic staff (guest lecturers and experts).
  • The anniversary voyage was open for booking on November 6, 2018. Prices started from USD 38,860 pp (double occupancy).


Coral Adventurer has only outside passenger staterooms (60), over 50% of which are with private balconies. Each cabin is fitted with en-suite bathroom. Stetarooms as sizes range from 17 m2 (183 ft2 / on Promenade Deck 4, with large windows) to Balcony Suites of 56 m2 (600 ft2). Balcony staterooms are sized 22 m2 / 230 ft2.

Suite cabins are with outside-facing bathrooms. Both Suites (named after the Australian port cities Cairns and Darwin) are elegant, with a separate lounge area, in-cabin coffee machine and minibar. Each suite has an 8 m2 (85 ft2) private balcony. The sleeping area is furnished with King-size bed convertible to 2 twins.

The Captain’s cabin is located forward on Deck 6, adjacent to The Bridge Observation Lounge.

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship (Coral Expeditions)

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The full-capacity, single-seating dining room restaurant is furnished with communal "wine table" topped with Australian stone. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and lunch, along with multi-course table d’hote dinners. The showcase galley visible to passengers allows for fresh small-batch cuisine with Australian produce and local ingredients. Dietary requirements or restrictions are catered to with 2 weeks notice. The winelist is an abbreviated selection which reflects the variety of Australian wine. Australian and New Zealand spirits are also offered, including barrels of slowly aging Tasmanian singlemalt whisky.

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship (Coral Expeditions)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The cruise ship features Australian (Queensland) themed interior and more than 1000 m2 of open deck space with wrap-around promenade deck. A couple of trademarked "Xplorer" tenders are located in the back of the vessel and seat all passengers (tendering capacity 60 seats each) to facilitate comfortable transportation between the ship and land. Six Zodiacs (large-capacity motorized boats) are used for landings and close to shore excursions.

An onboard reference library and a lecture lounge with multimedia capabilities are used for daily port talks, tour briefings and media presentations led by Coral Expeditions experts. The ship is operated with the traditional for smaller cruise vessels open bridge policy allowing passengers to visit the Wheelhouse (on Deck 5) and communicate with the officers on duty. The Observation Lounge (Deck 6) overlooks the Wheelhouse. Indoor and outdoor bars serve wines, beers, drinks. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all cabins and public areas.

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On December 8, 2018, the vessel was launched (floated out from drydock) at VARD's shipyard in Vaung Tau, Vietnam. It took 2 days to relocate the ship from the shipbuilding yard onto the floating dock for outfitting (machinery, stonework, wood paneling, public areas, staterooms).

Sea trials were conducted in February-March 2019. Ship's delivery was scheduled for April 2019. The official launch and christening were on April 24 (held in Singapore). The inaugural cruise (Singapore to Darwin Australia) was an 18-day itinerary themed "In the trail of Tasman" (April 24 through May 12). Vessel's godmother is Quek Peck Lim - one of the co-founders of Prime Partners Group (private equity investment firm investing in Asia-based food and distribution businesses).

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Coral Adventurer Itineraries

The below listed Coral Adventurer cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Apr 24 19 days, one-way from Singapore to Darwin Singapore $9641
2019 May 13 11 days, round-trip Wildlife & Warriors: West Papua Darwin $5700
2019 May 24 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Jun 03 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Jun 14 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Jun 24 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Jul 05 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Jul 15 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Jul 26 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Aug 05 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Aug 16 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Aug 26 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Sep 06 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome Darwin $6291
2019 Sep 16 11 days, one-way from Broome to Darwin Broome $6291
2019 Oct 31 13 days, one-way from Cairns to Madang Cairns $6641
2019 Nov 12 14 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea Madang to Cairns Cairns $6641
2019 Nov 25 26 days, one-way from Cairns to Darwin Cairns $12906
2019 Nov 25 13 days, one-way from Cairns to Wewak Cairns $6641
2019 Dec 07 14 days, one-way from Wewak to Darwin Wewak $7200
2019 Dec 21 13 days, one-way from Darwin to Pulau Biak Island Darwin $6641
2020 Jan 02 13 days, one-way from Pulau Biak Island to Darwin Pulau Biak Island $6641
2020 Jan 15 18 days, one-way from Darwin to Singapore Darwin $9112
2020 Feb 27 15 days, one-way from Darwin to Makassar Darwin $7053
2020 Mar 12 21 days, round-trip Sulawesi Circle Makassar $9994
2020 Apr 01 15 days, one-way from Makassar to Darwin Makassar $7053