Mariner Boating's preferred Small Ship partner is Coral Expeditions.
Coral Expeditions is a 35-year-old Australian pioneering expedition cruise company, who operate and manage a fleet of three small expedition ships taking guests to some of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered, regions of Australia, Asia-Pacific, South-Pacific and Indian Ocean islands. Over 8,000 travellers from all over the world travel with Coral Expeditions every year, attracted by our relaxed small ship atmosphere and itineraries which larger ships cannot replicate.
At a time when the cruise industry is moving to larger and less personal ships, they have limited the size of their ships to maximise the expedition experience. Small-batch cuisine is freshly prepared onboard with a simplistic and generous approach to quality and freshness, accompanied by quality Australian wine.
True to their Australian heritage, Coral Expeditions ship environment is designed to be casual. There is no dress code or assigned seating at mealtimes. Each ship layout encourages mingling and convivial conversation with fellow passengers. Complimentary coffee and tea stations are open throughout the day in the lounge and dining areas. There are no in-room televisions or room service, but there are plenty of comfortable common spaces. The open bridge policy encourages guests to visit the bridge and observe ship operations. The Captains enjoy the open interaction they share with our guests.
We recommend Coral Expeditions because of their unique destinations, diverse shore excursions and expert-led programs. Their shallow-draught ships can go where larger ships cannot. Every day typically has at least one stop for water or land-based activities. Each voyage will have a Trip Director or Expedition Leader, and on longer voyages, Guest Lecturers who are experts in the geology, history or flora and fauna of the region. Trip Directors and Expedition Leaders come with marine or local expertise. Most of the shore excursions are included in the cruise price – only exceptional experiences operated by third-parties such as helicopter joy flights require a payment on board and participation is completely optional.
COASTAL WILDS OF TASMANIA HOBART - HOBART - 10 NIGHTS
Dates: January to February 2022
From $7,200 per person
Explore Australia’s island state poised at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide. Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness and national parks teem with native wildlife, where rugged mountain ranges meet the sea with soaring coastal cliffs and crescent-shaped beaches carved by the elements.
THE KIMBERLEY BROOME - DARWIN - 10 NIGHTS
Dates: March 2021 to September 2022
From $8,250 per person Join a 10-night Kimberley cruise on an unforgettable journey from Broome to Darwin. Board a Zodiac and touch the spray from the magnificent King George River and its towering 80-metre twin falls. Witness waterfalls cascading off Montgomery Reef as it rises out of the ocean on the ebbing tide, whilst discovering the reef’s diverse marine life.
CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF TASMANIA HOBART - HOBART - 16 NIGHTS
Dates: January to March 2022
From $12,790 per person
Board the Coral Discoverer for a full circumnavigation voyage around Tasmania, showcasing the best of the remote parks, islands and harbours of this pristine island at the edge of the world. Highlights include a visit to the Josef Chromy Vineyard, hiking through the Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island, cheese tasting at King Island Dairy, and more than two days exploring the rarely-visited world heritage wilderness of Port Davey.