At Kimberley Cruise Specialists we’re proud to work with only the very best small ship cruise lines operating on Western Australia’s Kimberley coast, and there’s no doubt that Coral Expeditions ticks all of our boxes.
For the first 32 years of its life Coral Expeditions – formerly named Coral Princess Cruises – was owned and operated by our very own Vicki and Tony Briggs, and today the company remains a true pioneer and innovator in Kimberley cruising. In 2021 they achieve yet another major milestone with the launch of their newest expedition ship, the 120-passenger Coral Geographer.
A sister-ship to the lauded Coral Adventurer (launched in 2019), the finishing touches are now being applied to this ‘next generation’ vessel by renowned Norwegian shipbuilder Vard ahead of her formal handover to Coral Expeditions later this year. Those fortunate enough to cruise aboard Coral Geographer will recognise many of the traits unique to the Coral Expeditions fleet, from the Australian-inspired décor and furnishings to onboard education spaces and the unobtrusive service from the professional local crew.
Travellers can expect some outstanding new features when cruising the Kimberley coast aboard Coral Geographer. As the second vessel in Coral Expedition’s fleet renewal program, the new ship incorporates all of Coral Adventurer’s design principles, while adding additional innovations and enhancements that continue to push the envelope in the development of expedition ships.
Step aboard Coral Geographer
One of the differences keen observers will note between Coral Geographer and her sister-ship is the increase in the number of Bridge Deck Suites available to guests. Coral Adventurer was constructed with just two of these spacious suites, and even though they are the most expensive accommodations aboard, they consistently sell out almost immediately upon release. With this in incredible demand in mind, Coral Geographer will offer six Bridge Deck Suites, measuring a spacious 37.50 square metres (403 sq ft) and featuring large balconies and an outside-facing bathroom with floor to ceiling windows and infinity bathtub with sky views.
In total, over half of the sixty staterooms will feature a private balcony and outside-facing bathrooms, with Coral and Promenade deck staterooms coming in at 17 square metres (183 sq ft) while Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms measure up at a spacious 21.40 square metres (230 sq ft).
There’s also a spacious dining room with panoramic views to accommodate all travellers in one sitting, multiple indoor and outdoor bars (making use of over 1,000 square metres of open deck space) and a light-filled lecture lounge for daily presentations by Coral Expeditions’ industry-leading interpretive team.
Flexibility in delivering shore excursions has always been key to the Coral Expeditions philosophy in the Kimberley, and Coral Geographer will be equipped with a fleet of zodiacs, along with two ‘Xplorer’ tenders, each accommodating over 60 expeditioners. These tenders are carried on twin hydraulic platforms at the stern of the ship, allowing easy boarding without having to get your feet wet.
It’s these high speed Xplorers that make it possible for Coral Expeditions guests to experience Kimberley icons such as the King Cascades on the Prince Regent River, impossible to reach for similar-sized ships employing inflatable zodiacs only.
To find out more or reserve your place aboard the new Coral Geographer telephone the expert team at Kimberley Cruise Specialists on 1800 90 20 80 today.
Coral Geographer Expedition Capabilities
> Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers and facilitate comfortable shore excursions
> Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration
> Lecture lounge for daily expedition briefings and expert presentations
> Small onboard library featuring books on destinations and wildlife
> Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems allowing access to locations closed to large cruise ships
> Navigator lounge in the bridge
> Over 1000 square metres of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views
> Engine room tours and a high level of crew interaction with guests
Food and wine features
> Single seating dining with communal table serves buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners
> Showcase galley with viewing window creating fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian and local produce
> Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks
> Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds
> All outside-facing guest cabins with en suite bathrooms; the majority have a private balcony
> Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion
> Well-equipped gym
> Passenger elevator
> Wi-Fi available in all guest areas