Coral Princess is a twin-hulled boutique catamaran that promises a unique small ship cruising experience in the Australian coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Cape York & Arnhem Land and Kimberley regions. Accommodating just 50 guests, Coral Princess offers the facilities of a larger ship, yet retains the atmosphere of a private yacht.
Coral Princess Review
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Designed for maximum stability and guest comfort, Coral Princess was commissioned in July 1988. Following a full $1 million refurbishment during 2012, guests cruising aboard Coral Princess enjoy the modern comforts of small ship cruising in a unique, relaxed atmosphere. Since reentering service in late March 2012, Coral Princess has received some of her most glowing reviews yet thanks to modern stylings and an improved ride.
Australian flagged, registered and staffed, the ship was purpose-built for cruising in Australia and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, the northern coastlines of Cape York and Arnhem Land and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Common Areas Aboard Coral Princess
The ship’s forward lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The Sun Deck at the rear of the top deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and a large spa pool adding to the feeling of relaxation. A gift shop, limited laundry facilities, phone and fax facilities, and a SCUBA diving department on select itineraries are also available.
Coral Princess operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as you cruise. Follow your trip's progression on the ship’s charts and chat with Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Princess is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigation equipment, and wireless internet facilities.
Dining Aboard Coral Princess
Meals are served in the modern dining room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, and dinner is a combination of buffet and table service. Coffee and tea is available on a 24-hour basis. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins. Coral Princess strives to accommodate guests with special dietary requirements; however a minimum of two weeks notice is required. Please note that liquor licenses do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol aboard. The ship's bar stocks a range of Australian and New Zealand wines, and a fully stocked coktail bar is available.
Cabins Aboard Coral Princess
The 25 onboard rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. You can choose between double- and twin-bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a spacious private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. Enjoy the comforts of the spacious en suite bathroom, featuring hairdryer, international power outlets, shower, vanity unit and toilet facilities. Rooms also feature picture windows for expansive ocean views (except some Cabin category rooms featuring portholes), ample storage space and air-conditioning. All rooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Six Deluxe Staterooms are located across the top decks of the ship, in close proximity to the Bridge and the Sun Deck. Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 185 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Upper Deck Stateroom
Eight light and airy Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. Upper Deck Staterooms are a spacious 151 square feet in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Five Stateroom category rooms are located on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and the Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings. At 151 square feet in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the Dining Room and the Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings and are a compact 108 square feet in size. Cabins feature twin circle portholes, air-conditioning,a private en suite bathroom, ample storage space and twin beds.