Coral Sea Expeditions
Departs Cairns Daily from The Reef Fleet Terminal
Check-in Time: 8:00 am
Check-out Time: 4:30 pm
Transfers to and from Cairns accommodation and from the Northern Beaches, are available at an additional charge.
Coral Sea Expeditions
Coral Expeditions is a 33 year old Australian expedition cruise company. We operate and manage a fleet of 3 small ships taking guests to some of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered, regions of Asia-Pacific. Over 5,000 travellers from all over the world come to us every year for our relaxed small ship atmosphere and itineraries which larger ships cannot replicate. Our operations are bespoke and sometimes not commercially justifiable, but result in a more personal product.
At a time when the cruise industry is moving to larger and larger ships, we have limited the size of our ships to maximise the expedition experience. Our cuisine is prepared small batch on board, and while the style is down to earth, it reflects high quality Australian produce and wine. We operate to Australian standards of safety with Australian senior crew wherever we go. We were the first to offer interpretive programmes on our cruises and to employ Expedition Leaders, Guest Lecturers, Marine Biologists, and SCUBA Instructors – a tradition that continues today.
Our guests come to us because of our unique destinations and shore-rich programmes. Our shallow-draught ships can go where larger ships cannot. We shy away from long ocean voyages. Every day typically has at least one stop for water or land-based activities. On each voyage we will have a Trip Director or Expedition Leader, and on longer voyages, we have Guest Lecturers who are typically experts in the geology, history or flora and fauna of the region.
Our Trip Directors and Expedition Leaders come with marine or local expertise. Most of our shore excursions are included in the cruise price – only exceptional experiences operated by third-parties such as helicopter rides require a payment on board and participation is completely optional.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
True to our Australian heritage, our ship environment is designed to be casual. There is no dress code or assigned seating at meal times. Our ship layout encourages mingling. Complimentary coffee and tea stations are open throughout the day in the lounge and dining areas.
There are no in-room televisions or room service, but there is plenty of common space.
Also, we operate an open bridge policy and encourage guests to visit the bridge and observe ship operations. Our Captains enjoy the open interaction they share with our guests.
With a strong focus on visiting places not often touched by tourists, our shore excursions are designed to promote local interaction and cultural exchange. One of the great benefits of travelling on a small ship is our ability to make impromptu stops. Our small group size ensures that our shore excursions are comfortable and enjoyable, but also have minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit.
Most activities are suitable for all fitness levels; when a higher than normal level of fitness is required for a particular excursion, your Expedition Leader will advise you accordingly. You can expect one or two shore or in-sea activities each day, all included in your cruise price.
Our ships are small enough to allow us to board and disembark much quicker than larger vessels. There is minimal waiting. Their shallow draughts allow them to get to locations larger ships cannot.
AT CORAL EXPEDITIONS, WE HAVE BUILT OUR REPUTATION ON A VERY DIFFERENT CRUISE EXPERIENCE!
Rates & Tariffs
2017/2018 Season – 1st Apr 2017 to 31st Mar 2018
|3 Night Cairns to Cairns Cruise||From $1425.00 per person||Book Now|
|4 Night Cairns to Cairns Cruise||From $1853.00 per person||Book Now|
|7 Night Ultimate Great Barrier Reef Cruise||From $2921.00 per person||Book Now|
* Child: aged 4-14years. *an additional $6.50 environmental per person is payable