Australia’s pioneering cruise line Coral Expeditions set sail on a series of new itineraries exploring South East Asia.
Now in its 33rd year of operations, the inaugural Asia season incorporates series of five adventurous expeditions running through to February 2017.
The new Asia itineraries appeal to the active and adventurous travellers who may have previously travelled through the region but are now ready to explore in depth areas that are only accessible by small ship.
“Our inaugural Asia season is one of the most exciting series of itineraries for Coral Expeditions. These are truly expedition style cruises that bring our signature sense of adventure, immersive shore programmes and Australian hospitality that our guests have come to know and love,’ said Group General Manager, Mark Fifield.
Each itinerary is truly reflective of the company’s expedition style and immersive cultural and culinary experiences, charting the diverse coastlines of Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Highlights in the itineraries include sailing up the Irrawaddy River to berth in the hustle and bustle of the old working river port at Yangon (12 nights Singapore to Yangon or v.v.) visiting the still-active Anak Krakatua volcano in Indonesia where guests can hike up the hillside ringed by the caldera (17 nights Singapore to Darwin, or 8 nights Kalimantan to Singapore).
Itineraries and Trip Highlights
12 nights – Singapore to Yangon | 25 November 2016
12 nights – Yangon to Singapore | 31 December 2016
Spend two days exploring the wonders of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago
- Guided tour with local expert, learn about Burmese history with a visit to the Burma WWII Railway Memorial
- Journey through the Irrawaddy River Delta and the Yangon River
- Embrace the rich cultural and culinary diversity of historic Melaka
- Wade, swim and snorkel the warm tropical waters of the Andaman Sea
- Experience Thai village life and learn the secrets of local flavours with a cooking demonstration
12 nights – Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi | 22 January 2017
Manoeuvre in and around the stunning limestone karst islands of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay
- Embrace Vietnamese culture and culinary delights in Hoi An
- Discover imperial history and old-world charm in Hue
- Uncover remnants of the Vietnam War at Vinh Moc tunnels and Demilitarization Zone
17 nights – Singapore to Darwin | 26 February 2017
Swim, snorkel, dive or view coral and sea life at numerous sites including the Thousand Island, Karimunjawa and Palau Moyo National Parks
- Hike the still active Anak Krakatua
- Embrace the bustling hub of Java’s second largest city Surabaya
- Visit heritage-listed Komodo Island for dragon viewing
- Climb to the top of Kelimutu volcano to experience the tri-coloured crater lakes
Coral Expeditions’ flagship Coral Discoverer has just completed a refurbishment ahead of its inaugural South East Asia expeditions, commencing 25 November 2016.
The ship, which has concluded its dry dock in Singapore, has received 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 have received full upgrades to bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork. The intimate expedition character of the ship that guests have come to love, has been maintained.
Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager said, ‘Our inaugural Asia season is 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 has ensured she remains the most comfortable small expedition ship afloat today.’
The 20sqm balcony rooms now feature double or twin beds, ensuite, a couch, writing desk, and ample wardrobe storage. The rooms 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. All Coral Expeditions voyages are inclusive of all meals on board with beer and house wines during lunch and dinner service, off-shore excursions, ground transport and use of on board facilities.
The refurbishment has also extended to common areas including the dining room, deck lounge and the sun deck, which will now serve as the social hub of on-board community living. The Sun Deck has also been converted into an undercover deck area complete with a circular bar, alfresco dining area and contemporary cabana chairs.
Coral Expeditions’ Asia season features five itineraries exploring unseen small towns and islands of South East Asia including Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia normally not accessible by road or to large cruise ships.
Guests will also get an insight into a piece of war history during a local guided tour of the Burma WWII Railway Memorial outside the town of Mawlamyine, and uncover remnants of the Vietnam War at Vinh Moc Tunnels and the Demilitarization Zone.
As with any Coral Expeditions cruise, the Xplorer tender is the key ingredient to accessing some of these remote and rare sights. Simply stepping aboard Xplorer from the Main Deck, the ship’s hydraulic platform gently lowers the excursion vessel into the water to set off on a new adventure.
For full itineraries and pricing download the Asia brochure here: https://www.coralexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/150734-Coral-Expeditions-Brochure-Asia-2016_AUD_08.03.pdf
To book call 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com