Coral Expeditions

About coral expeditions

Coral Expeditions is a 34-year-old Australian expedition cruise company. We own and operate a fleet of small ships taking guests to some of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered regions of Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Our Australian-flagged ships are proudly managed by us to Australian maritime standards out of our office in Cairns, in beautiful far north Queensland.

At a time when cruise ships are getting ever larger, we have limited the capacity of our ships to a maximum of 120 guests. As a result, our guests enjoy a very different experience from larger cruise ships. Our onboard atmosphere is relaxed and convivial. There are no queues, waiting, or assigned seating. You get to know everyone by name. Our crew are personable. Our cuisine is regionally inspired and our wines are boutique. Lectures and briefings are interactive and educational. Our itineraries are immersive.

For True Explorers

Our expeditions appeal to the spirit of adventure in all of us, whether young or old. If you like being at sea, but don''t want to be herded around in a crowd, Coral Expeditions may be your cruise company.

A Different Kind of Cruising

  • We offer a daily programme of lectures, briefings and themed movies that enhance the expedition. You can enjoy snorkelling, sea kayaking and scuba diving*. A relaxed environment, without formal entertainment, is a treasured part of a Coral Expeditions adventure
  • Our chefs prepare high-quality small batch cuisine using local ingredients. We''re proud of the quality of Australian and local produce we use. Our dining environments are relaxed without all the glitz of larger cruise ships. And there is no tipping required.
  • You can come at ease and dine with whomever you please. It''s a wonderful way to share stories and adventures, without having an assigned seat or formal night. After all, you''re on holidays.
  • Our crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you prefer to eat in, even though we don''t offer room service. You''ll find the extra personal service will enhance your experience.
  • Our guests love to mingle over drinks on the sundeck or in one of our cosy lounges. So rather provide a mini-bar in room, we encourage guests to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Our Captains welcome you to the bridge to observe operations and have a chat at any time.
  • Our shore excursions^ are all included.
  • We welcome explorers young and old, singles, families and groups.
  • ^Excludes Kimberley helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls.

    *Available on Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat itineraries.

    Ships built to bring you closer

    Our ships are designed from the keel up as expedition vessels. With a shallow draft and high manoeuvrability, we are able to go closer to shore, into sheltered bays and inlets that larger vessels simply cannot access. With classic promenade decks, outdoor seating and plenty of communal space, our ships allow you to take in the surroundings at your own pace. A much-loved feature of all our ships is a guest Observation Lounge in the bridge, allowing you to take in the operations of the ship.

    A Focus on the Destination

    At Coral Expeditions, our destinations are our focus. All daily excursions and activities are included in your cruise fare. All our ships carry our exclusively-designed Xplorer tenders for easy excursions. These safari jeeps of the sea are designed for easy boarding, open views, and fast transit. In addition, all our ships carry multiple zodiacs for more intrepid exploration. Our expedition staff and lecturers are at the heart of our guest experience. They accompany you ashore from dawn to dusk, looking after you and your safety, and bringing the destination to life,

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