The new Coral Geographer Floated Out
Australia’s pioneer of Kimberley cruising – Coral Expeditions – marked another incredible milestone last week with the floating out of the Kimberley’s newest luxury expedition ship, the state-of-the art 93-metre Coral Geographer.
Having touched the water for the first time, a large team of ship builders and carpenters have now turned their attention to the internal fit-out of the vessel, which takes in décor, furnishings and onboard systems. Next will be the completion of the external areas of the ship and her amenities, followed by a series of rigorous sea trials and certifications leading up to the inaugural passenger expeditions.
Some of the Kimberley's largest Staterooms
When Coral Geographer commences operations on the Kimberley Coast in 2021 her 120 travellers will be accommodated in sixty stylish staterooms – over half featuring private balconies. Due to popular demand, Coral Geographer features six Bridge Deck Suites (sister-ship Coral Adventurer has just two), each measuring 37.50 square metres with spacious seating areas, large balconies and luxurious horizon bathtubs. Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms also feature private balconies, while Promenade Deck Staterooms offer panoramas through picture windows and Coral Deck Staterooms have views from portholes. At 17 square metres, the smallest of the staterooms offer ample space, individual air-conditioning, a well-equipped en suite and stylish furnishings.
An abundance of space
There’s over 1,000 square metres of deck-space aboard Coral Geographer (meaning you will never feel crowded) and multiple indoor and outdoor bars including the Xplorer Bar on the sundeck. There’s also a comfortable lounge / lecture theatre and an open-seat dining room featuring panoramic views for all 120-guests in one sitting. Dining is sure to be a highlight, with ‘small batch’ menus complemented by vintages from some of Australia’s best boutique vineyards.
Australian-flagged, Coral Geographer will be crewed by a team of up to 48. Guests will be able to see the Captain and his maritime crew in action in the open bridge. The engineering department will offer engine room tours for those travellers keen to experience the inner-workings of this state-of-the-art vessel.
Excursions made easy aboard Xplorer
It’s when it’s time for guests to head ashore that Coral Geographer really comes into her own. Excursions are made easy by a flexible fleet of excursion craft, comprising six heavy-duty Zodiac inflatables and two Xplorer tenders, a much-loved innovation unique to Coral Expeditions. Cradled at the stern of the ship on a hydraulic platform – making embarking and disembarking a breeze – these tenders feature individual seating, toilet, sun-roof and high-powered engines to take you deep into the Kimberley wilderness and up her majestic rivers.
Book now for 2021 & 2022
Scheduled to commence her inaugural Kimberley cruises season in April 2021, the new 120-passenger Coral Geographer will be joined on the Western Australian coast by her sister-ship, 2019’s Coral Adventurer, and the boutique Coral Discoverer. There’s still limited availability across the 2021 Kimberley season aboard the Coral Expeditions fleet for those who are quick. For travellers planning further ahead, the company’s 2022 schedules have now been released and are selling fast.