Australia’s Coral Expeditions took delivery of their largest vessel.
The 120pax purpose build expedition ship was built in Vietnam at VARD. The ship takes its inspiration from the North Sea vessels that VARD has had decades of experience designing in Norway.
The ship is expedition centric carrying six zodiacs as well as two Xplorer tenders cradled to the back of the vessel. A neat feature of the ship are a lot of the technical areas are accessible to the passengers. These include a navigation lounge off the wheelhouse, engine room tours as well as an emphasis of all crew interacting with guests.
Passenger areas span across 4 decks of the 310ft ship. The bottommost accessible deck to passengers is Deck 03 Coral Deck. There are 12 porthole cabins in the forward section. Off the stern is the marina and tender boarding area.
The next deck, Promenade deck, features 16 outside staterooms in the forward end.
Amidships is the reception area. When the vessel is alongside, this is where you board via the gangway. There’s also a small gift shop off the reception.
Toward the aft is the singe seating restaurant and the outdoor dining areas. All meals, a buffet breakfast, lunch and multi-course dinner are in this area. The highlight of the room is the ‘communal wine table’.
The next deck up is deck 05, Explorer Deck. This features 28 balcony cabins. There’s also a small gym amidships.
The topmost deck, Bridge Deck, houses, you guessed, the bridge at the front. This is where the observation lounge is. Just off the bridge is the Expedition room. This is a multipurpose room that enables her to host marine research missions.
There’s two suites behind that as well as two balcony cabins.
Aft of that is the lounge.
At the very back is the Bridge Deck Bar.
Above this deck is a shaded outdoor area. There’s also the storage area for the zodiacs here as well.
The ship will spend her time cruising the South Pacific. Destinations include New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef. These voyages range from 11 to 26 days with most cruises starting and/or ending in Australia.