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       Small Ship Adventure Cruising

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Coral 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.


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Join Coral Princess as she cruises from Cairns up the Great Barrier Reef, across the top of Australia and on to Darwin



Sail with Coral Princess from 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.

Coral Princess accepts 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.

coral princess dining roomDining
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.

Shore Excursions
The "Explorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our explorer shore boatexcursions. 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.

Onboard Amenities include what you would expect of a much larger cruise ship

  • Air-conditioned dining room
  • Two modern air-conditioned lounges
  • Sundeck and Spa Pool
  • Comprehensive reference library featuring videos and books on the reef, islands and outback
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Security Safe
  • Fully stocked cocktail bar
  • Comprehensive dive shop
  • A range of souvenirs and personal items is available for purchase


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eco certified logoCoral 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 itineraries.



Coral 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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