Coral Expeditions orders newbuild
CORAL Expeditions has signed a deal with shipbuilder Vard for a new-build expedition cruise ship due to be delivered in mid-2019.
The 120-passenger vessel will be the line’s fourth expedition ship and will be Australian flagged and crewed.
It will be specially designed for small ship expedition cruises to remote and exotic destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The vessel will join the Coral Expeditions fleet exploring the Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, the Spice Islands, Indonesia and the South Pacific.
Coral Expeditions has promised the new ship will have a modern Australian-designed interior with “the colours and textures of tropical Queensland”.
Accom will range from 17m2 outside staterooms to 43m2 suites with outside-facing bathrooms and the ship will be equipped with a gym and active stabilisers.
It will also have two “Xplorer” tenders mounted on hydraulic platforms, a natural lightfilled lecture lounge for daily presentations, facilities to host scientific research missions, a dining room which seats all guests at one time, all outsidefacing cabins and multiple bars.
Delivery is scheduled from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam in 1Q 2019 and bookings for the ship will open next month.
Coral Expeditions said it intends to follow the new ship with another vessel.