Coral Expeditions I

capacity
46 guests
year built
1988
remodeled
2016
crew members
14 members
length
115 feet
beam
43 feet
draft
8 feet
cruising speed
8-10 knots
flag
Australia

Coral Expeditions I, formerly known as the Coral Princess I, is fully equipped for the ultimate expedition cruising experience in Australian coastal waters. 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-renowned Great Barrier Reef. AdventureSmith offers many small expedition-style ships similar to the Coral Expeditions I and many ships that travel Australia, learn more about all of our small ships.

Coral Expeditions I Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Coral Expeditions I review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Australia experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in Australia. Please read our Coral Expeditions I review below then contact our Australia cruise experts to compare the Coral Expeditions I with other small cruise ships and yachts offering Australia cruises and New Zealand cruises.  

The Coral Expeditions I is a twin-hulled classic catamaran designed for maximum stability and guest comfort. Accommodating a maximum of just 46 guests, Coral Expeditions I offers an intimate expedition atmosphere. Responding to feedback from past guests, the outdoor area on Deck A was refurbished in November 2016 to offer extended shade cover and discreet lighting. Guests now enjoy the outdoor bar area with protection from sun and wind. Updated furniture inside the dining room provides improved comfort and a refreshed environment. Choose the Coral Expeditions I if you are seeking a smaller vessel to explore Australia’s off-the-beaten-path locales.

Common Areas Aboard Coral Expeditions I

The ship’s forward lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery in air-conditioned comfort. The lounge features a comprehensive reference library and plasma TV 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. The ship’s bow offers open space to view wildlife. A gift shop, limited laundry facilities, phone and fax facilities (at an additional cost), and a SCUBA diving department on select itineraries are also available. Coral Expeditions I 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, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions I is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigation equipment, and satellite wireless internet facilities (at an additional cost). 

Dining Aboard Coral Expeditions I

Meals are served in the modern dining room. With space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know fellow travelers. 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 Expeditions I 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 ship’s bar pours a range of Australian and New Zealand wines, and a fully stocked cocktail bar is available.

Activities Aboard Coral Expeditions I

The Coral Expeditions I is equipped with a fleet of excursion tender vessels to simplify traveling ashore and enjoying water-based activities. Designed with flexibility and guest comfort in mind, inflatable Zodiacs and the unique excursion tender Xplorer ensure that all guests can travel to shore or explore hidden bays and inlets safely. The unique Xplorer excursion tender allows guests to board directly from the ship’s main deck, before the hydraulic platform gently lowers passengers and the boat into the water, avoiding the need to clamber aboard or get your feet wet. The Xplorer is equipped with two twin 75-horsepower engines, which can accommodate all 46 guests in one sitting. The craft features padded seating, microphone and speakers for guides to share commentary along the way, a canopy overhead to protect guests from the sun and a toilet for additional convenience. Inflatable Zodiacs provide another exciting option for shore excursions and navigating narrow inlets and waterways. They are also used by the crew to meet with local officials and when planning shore excursions and activities.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Coral Expeditions I

The 23 onboard rooms are bathed in natural light, with a fresh and modern decor creating a breezy feel. Each room is fully equipped with a private en suite bathroom, air conditioning and ample storage space. Enjoy the comforts of the spacious en suite, 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). All rooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious toiletries.