- year built
- crew members
- 207 feet
- 43 feet
- 10 feet
- cruising speed
- 10-12 knots
The Coral Discoverer, formerly known as Oceanic Discoverer, sets the benchmark for small ship cruising in Australia. She continues to raise the bar in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere. Accommodating just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms and with a cruising speed of 10-12 knots, her shallow draft allows access to the most isolated and remote locations of Australia (including the Great Barrier Reef), beyond the reach of other ships. Guests enjoy a uniquely Australian onboard atmosphere, with stylish furnishings, generous decks and the latest of modern facilities.
Coral Discoverer Review
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Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications by NQEA shipyard in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind: to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience in the southern hemisphere. Australian flagged, and staffed by an Australian crew, Coral Discoverer is equipped with modern navigation technology and is actively stabilized to ensure comfortable cruising in open seas. Her efficiency at getting passengers off the ship exploring remote areas and world-renowned reef is unparalleled as she offers a diverse choice of expedition vessels, including two Zodiacs, five kayaks (four double and one single), a glass-bottom boat and an Xplorer tender with a water-activity platform for easy entry into the water for snorkeling and kayaking.
Common Areas Aboard Coral Discoverer
Onboard facilities of this small ship rival that of larger vessels: satellite wireless internet facilities (at an additional cost), comprehensive reference library, gift shop, limited laundry facilities, phone and fax facilities, lecture lounge with large plasma TV screens and a SCUBA diving department on select itineraries. The large Sun Deck is the hub of onboard community living, with a covered area, round “Explorer Bar” with bar stools, inviting lounge chairs and an open-air gym with exercise equipment. Coral Discoverer 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 the captain, take a guided engine tour or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Dining Aboard Coral Discoverer
Meals are served in the spacious, modern dining room. With no assigned seating and space for all guests to dine during one sitting, there are no queues or long waits. There may also be the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars. Enjoy buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and various options of plated dinners. Prepared with great care by an executive chef and sous chef, the food is a mix of international favorites and Australian specialties, including an Australian BBQ. Local produce and fish are procured along the way, ensuring fresh ingredients. Coffee and tea is available on a 24-hour basis. Coral Discoverer strives to accommodate guests with special dietary requirements, based on advanced notice. Please note that liquor licenses do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol aboard. The Coral Discoverer has three fully stocked bars, including the Explorer Bar on the Sun Deck.
Activities Aboard Coral Discoverer
Coral Discoverer is equipped with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, along with the Xplorer, a unique, specially designed excursion vessel. Xplorer is equipped with high horsepower engines and comfortable padded seating accommodating all 72 guests, ensuring that you don’t miss any of the region’s highlights. Xplorer is also fitted with an awning to provide protection from the weather and an onboard toilet. Selected itineraries, such as the Great Barrier Reef Cruises, make use of the ship’s glass-bottom boat and SCUBA diving department.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Coral Discoverer
The Coral Discoverer offers five different grades of spacious staterooms, sized between 161 and 215 square feet. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a private en suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. Serviced daily, staterooms have either a French-windowed balcony, picture windows or portholes.