Coral Expeditions to refit for inaugural Asia season
The ship, which will dry dock in Singapore, will receive a multi-million-dollar facelift, incorporating the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, the first on any Coral Expeditions vessel. The remaining 30 staterooms will receive full upgrades to bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork. The intimate expedition character of the ship that guests have come to love, will be maintained.
Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager said, ‘Our inaugural Asia season will be the perfect opportunity to welcome guests to a new chapter for our company. The Coral Discoverer was built to very high standards in Australia and this refit will ensure she remains the most comfortable small expedition ship afloat today.’
The 20sqm balcony rooms will feature double or twin beds, ensuite, a couch, writing desk, and ample wardrobe storage. The rooms will provide coveted indoor-outdoor living spaces with the private balcony opening out from French doors. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding and all feature compact private ensuite, outside view, iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. Bridge Deck Balcony rooms are priced from $12,395 per person for 10 nights Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore and $16,695 for 12 nights Singapore to Yangon or vice versa, inclusive of all meals on board and beer and house wines during lunch and dinner service, off-shore excursions, ground transport and use of on board facilities.
The refurbishment will also extend to common areas including the dining room, deck lounge and the sun deck, which will become the social hub of on-board community living. The sun deck will be converted into an undercover deck area complete with a circular bar, alfresco dining area, cabana chairs and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.
Coral Expeditions’ Asia season features nine itineraries exploring unseen small towns and islands of South East Asia including Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia normally not accessible to road or large cruise ships.
With a 33-year history of innovation and guest service, Coral Expeditions is recognised as Australia’s longest established and most awarded expedition cruise operator. Starting with environmentally-sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, the fleet has grown to three Australian-flagged ships that include two 35-metre catamarans, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II, and the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer. All three ships are purpose-built in Australia for expedition cruising, with shallow draught, high manoeuvrability and dynamic shore tender capabilities. Headquartered in Cairns, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to largely unseen parts of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Islands of the South Pacific, Tasmania, and now South East Asia.