Coral Adventurer arrives home in Australian waters
Yesterday pioneering Australian cruise line Coral Expeditions welcomed its new flagship Coral Adventurer into home waters for the first time.
The state-of-the-art expedition ship arrived into Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin after completing her 18-day maiden voyage ‘In the Trail of Tasman’, retracing the historic explorations of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman around the Indonesian archipelago from Singapore.
The Coral Adventurer was officially welcomed by Northern Territory Minister, the Honourable Lauren Moss, national media and travel trade partners who gathered to commemorate this historic moment in the company’s history and signal the beginning of a new era of growth for the Australian marine industry.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss said tourism was an important sector to the Northern Territory economy, injecting $2.3 billion every year, with the cruise ship sector contributing an estimated $171.9 million of this.
“That’s why we are investing an additional $62.8 million into tourism over the next two years,” Minister Moss said.
“We look forward to welcoming the Coral Adventurer to home port in Darwin, which will provide a significant economic injection into the Top End economy year-round. Darwin’s geographic location and close proximity to Asia make it a popular cruise ship port which is unique for its close proximity to the CBD,” she added.
All guests enjoyed a welcome function dockside followed by inspections of the vessel prior to her evening departure on her second voyage, ‘Wildlife and Warriors’, through the West Papua and Indonesian islands. Upon her return, she will commence on a 5-month season in the Kimberley where she will join Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions 1 on the company’s 24th season of operations. This is a milestone year in the Kimberley with the company carrying over 3,500 passengers on their 10-night voyages and cementing their position as the pioneers of the Kimberley cruise industry.
“Today marks a major milestone in Coral Expeditions’ history,” said Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expeditions. “It is an exciting day to finally have our newly built vesselCoral Adventurer in Australian waters. After completing her successful sea-trials in March, she performed exceptionally well on her maiden voyage where loyal guests enjoyed her unique and also familiar expedition capabilities.”
Fifield adds that “Coral Expeditions, with its focus on the Kimberley, Papua New Guinea, the Indonesian Islands and Arnhem Land sailings, is proud to be able to contribute substantially to developing both the capability and the economic value through tourism to the northern Australian tourism economy and the communities we visit on our voyages.“
The future is bright for Coral Expeditions which will celebrate its 35th Anniversary year in 2020. Coral Adventurer will undertake her most ambitious expedition ever with the sold out “Circumnavigation of Australia” voyage departing Darwin on November 6th. The 59-night voyage will make 35 stops at significant historical places that have shaped Australian history in what will be an epic adventure.
Remaining true to its expedition style roots, Coral Adventurer is designed to take travellers to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships and not often touched by tourists. Working harmoniously with the communities along the way, shore excursions are created to promote genuine local interaction and cultural exchange.
The Barralong Room, in partnership with Australian Geographic and institutional partners, will provide a multi-purpose space for daily expedition briefings, expert presentations and interpretive activities that connect guests in an engaging format throughout their voyage experience.
While the largest vessel in the fleet, Coral Adventurer remains intimate and compact. All 60 en-suite staterooms have an outward aspect, with 32 featuring private balconies. Its elegant and vibrant communal spaces embody the company’s Australian roots. Guests will enjoy a selection of specially commissioned indigenous artworks from communities visited by the company in the ship’s common areas.