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With a total value of US$73 million, Coral Expedition­s’ latest addition, Coral Adventurer, is the largest of the fleet and represents a new direction in design, facilities and passenger comfort for the cruise line. Welcomed into Darwin last month amid pomp and ceremony, the 160-passenger, 5,600 tonne vessel has 58 staterooms and two suites with guests at the ceremony taking a tour of the ship ahead of her onwards departure to East Indonesia and the Spice Islands.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expedition­s said “it’s an exciting day to finally have our newly built vessel Coral Adventurer in Australian waters.

“After completing her successful seatrials in March, she performed exceptiona­lly well on her maiden voyage where loyal guests enjoyed her unique and also familiar expedition capabiliti­es.

“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,“Fifield added.

Coral Adventurer remains true to her expedition roots and is designed to take travellers to unspoilt destinatio­ns not accessible to large ships and not often touched by tourists.

The cruise line is committed to working harmonious­ly with communitie­s with shore excursions created to promote local interactio­n and cultural exchange.

Upon her return from East Indonesia, Coral Adventurer will homeport in Darwin for a fivemonth season cruising the Kimberley region.

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