Nature & Soft Adventure Tours
Australia, New Zealand & Pacific tours and travel
Small Ship Adventure Cruising
Princess Cruises has
been operating small ship expeditionary cruises in Australia for more
than 23 years, and is Australia's longest-established adventure cruise
operator. Coral Princess started crusiing the Great Barrier Reef in
1984, and has been exploring the Kimberley since 1996. With the launching
of the purpose-designed Oceanic Discoverer in 2005 Coral Princess
Cruises has ventured further afield, adding Papua New Guinea, New
Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to its destinations.
Their three ships, Coral Princess, Coral Princess II and Oceanic Discoverer
have carry between 48 and 72 passengers only, ensuring personal service
and no crowds. In addition to the normal crew and guides, each voyage
includes a naturalist lecturer who both leads excursions and gives
informative talks on board. Of course, cruising is not just about
learnig, but also relaxation, enjoyment and fun, and the on-board
facilities and spacious, comfortable cabins ensure your journey of
discovery will be complete in every way. The cruise from Cairns to
Darwin is a wonderful way to explore the top of Australia.
THE TOP • CAIRNS TO DARWIN
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Coral Princess as she cruises from Cairns up the Great Barrier Reef,
across the top of Australia and on to Darwin
Cairns as she makes her way up through the Great Barrier Reef to the
very tip of Australia, Cape York. Enjoy a glass of champagne as the
sun rises; you'll have the Coral Sea on one side and the Arafura Sea
on the other. Cross over to discover the unique culture of the Torres
Strait Islanders, then sail the Gulf of Carpentaria to Nhulunby on
the eastern edge of restricted-access Arnhem Land. Here you'll meet
Aboriginal artists and see their work. Further west, on the Cobourg
Peninsula you'll see and learn of the fate of northern Australia's
earliest settlement. Finally you'll arrive in Darwin, the gateway
to the Northern Territory and Kakadu World Heritage Area. This journey
will take you to some of the least visited and remote parts of the
Australian continent, in comfort and accompanied by expert crew and
naturalists to guide your way.
just 50 passengers, and a crew ratio of one crew for every four passengers.
Travelers have a choice of Cabins or Standard, Deluxe, & Upper
Deck Staterooms. A number of Staterooms have extra divans or Pullman
berths, and others have connecting doors. All accommodation is spacious
and air-conditioned with private ensuites and the choice of single
or double beds. All rooms are serviced daily. There is a full deck
plan at the end of the itinerary.
All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
are usually served the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are
buffet-style. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Standard hours
are breakfast from 7:00-8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm
however meal times may vary according to the day's activities. Meal
times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.
is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority
of our excursions.
This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers
at one time. The "Explorer" will be used for landings and
for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added
convenience and comfort, the "Explorer" is equipped with
an awning and toilet. The ship also carries two inflatable landing
craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty
infla tables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain
a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boats damaged. The flat bottom
design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect
nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.
include what you would expect of a much larger cruise ship
- Two modern
and Spa Pool
reference library featuring videos and books on the reef, islands
- Phone and
- Fully stocked
- A range
of souvenirs and personal items is available for purchase
here for a Day to Day Detailed Itinerary
Princess Cruises is
proudly an Eco Certified company offering unique, intimate environmental
experiences incorporating soft adventure and expedition style encounters.
Looking after our world is extremely important to us and protecting
our environment, National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef is one
of our top priorities. This is especially important to us as we are
Australian owned, flagged and crewed. Our world-wide reputation is
testament to the professional crew, purpose-designed ships and thoughful
Princess offers other great Australian, Papua New Guinea and near
Pacific itineraries, including the Kimberly and Townsville to Cairns
along the Great Barrier Reef. Call us for complete information.
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