Coral Adventurer

Coral Adventurer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Coral Adventurer

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderVARD (Vaung Tau, Vietnam)
Building costUSD 75 million
OwnerKallang Capital Holdings
OperatorCoral Expeditions
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)94 m / 308 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5536 gt
Decks with cabins4
Christened bytba

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 scheduled for delivery in March 2019. The company intends to use its option for building a second (same-designed) vessel.

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.

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").

MS Coral Adventurer cruise ship (Coral Expeditions)

The ship Coral Adventurer was designed for ocean cruising to more isolated and shalower 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 the its tendering system, allowing passenger tendering (embarkation or disembarkation) within just 20 min. Through hydraulic lifts, both tender boats are lifted out of the sea, making boarding / deboarding operations more efficient, without the need of stairs.

The ship also has dedicated to scientific research facilities and equipment. It has active stabilisers 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 sailing around deserted islands and pristine reefs beyond the reach of day trippers and larger ships. The company's Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea) cruise itineraries depart from the Queensland ports Darwin to Cairns.

The 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 cruise itineraries leave from Darwin (17-day to Singapore, January 15) and the reverse from Singapore (18-day to Darwin, departure February 2).


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.

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.

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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