Co­ral Ex­pe­di­tions or­ders new­build

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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.

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