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Coral Discoverer

Why cruise on this ship?

Our flagship vessel; designed for the open seas.

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Dining

Our chefs prepare high-quality small batch cuisine using local ingredients. We’re proud the quality of Australian and local produce we use. Our dining environments are relaxed without all the glitz of larger cruise ships. And there is no tipping required.

You can come at ease and dine with whomever you please. It’s a wonderful way to share stories and adventures, without having an assigned seat or formal night. After all you’re on holidays.

Our crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you prefer to eat in, even though we don’t offer room service. You’ll find the extra personal service will enhance your experience.

Dining

We take advantage of our small guest numbers to shine a spotlight on fresh Australian ingredients and boutique breweries and wineries. We make all our meals onboard in small batches, with light and healthy options always available. Mealtimes on all our ships are convivial affairs. We have no assigned seating or fixed time-slots. Dine with new friends, or if you wish to have a quiet table for two, just let our purser know.

Start the day with your choice of a continental breakfast, complete with cereals, fresh fruits and yoghurts or enjoy a fully-cooked breakfast – we offer a buffet complemented by daily made-to-order specialties.

Our lunch buffet showcases a variety of hot and cold dishes; from salads and cold cuts to lighter soups and fresh local seafoods and tropical fruits. Reflect on your day over dinner, which is usually a three-course meal from our table d’hôte menu. There is always a choice of main course options. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be catered for.

Most of our expeditions feature a welcome seafood buffet night and an Australian style barbeque either on a deserted beach or the sundeck – allowing you to soak in the natural environment. When local regulations allow, we make impromptu stops for sunset drinks and canapés ashore.

Lunches and dinners are accompanied by a carefully curated wine list featuring artisanal Australian and New Zealand wines. Selected wines and beer during meal service are included on all expeditions, except our shorter Great Barrier Reef cruises.

Barista-style coffee and tea are complimentary and available 24 hours. Our chefs are known to bake scones or cakes for tea, always a welcome treat after an excursion.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Regional

Entertaining

In November 2016 a significant upgrade and refresh of facilities aboard Coral Discoverer was completed, this brings her amenities to an even higher level.

The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorers Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and on Promenade Deck an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Explorers Bar

This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Features

  • Bar

Bridge Deck Lounge

Features

  • Lounge

Sun Deck with Lounges

The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Features

  • Sun Deck

Enrichment

We offer a daily programme of lectures, briefings and themed movies that enhance the expedition. You can enjoy snorkelling, sea kayaking and scuba diving*. A relaxed environment, without formal entertainment, is a treasured part of a Coral Expeditions adventure

Excursions & Lectures

We employ a renowned Australian team of our own Expedition Leaders and Guest Lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge of the unique landscapes, flora and fauna and indigenous cultures of the regions we visit Many of our senior expedition staff have been with the company for decades. They come from a range of backgrounds – some of them are expedition guides, others are historians, marine experts, or anthropologists. Whatever their background, they bring a passion for the places we visit. Daily lectures and presentations are always enjoyed by guests. It is during these occasions that you hear about your next explorations.

The Expedition Leaders and Lecturers also accompany you on every shore excursion, providing assistance and interpretation along the way. All our ships carry advanced photography equipment, and where permitted and licensed drones. The Expedition Leaders’ pre-dinner photo recaps, complete with photo and video footage presented in the lounge, are popular events. We keep an expedition log and photo journal of our journey and we gladly give these to you after your trip so you can share your adventure with friends and family. Plus they are a beautiful memento.

Features

  • Excursions
  • Lectures

The Xplorer

Our small ships are equipped with a fleet of excursion tenders to make travelling ashore as simple and comfortable as possible. Designed with flexibility and guest comfort in mind, our inflatable zodiacs, glass bottom boats and unique excursion tender ‘Xplorer’ ensure that even the least intrepid adventurer can explore ashore with ease. Our excursion boats board directly from the ship’s main deck, before the hydraulic platform gently lowers into the water, avoiding the need to clamber aboard or get your feet wet.

On most days during your adventure or expedition cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in two included shore excursions or activities (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), along with onboard briefings and presentations. The vast majority of excursions are included in your cruise price and in key locations, you will have the opportunity to enhance your experience through participation in optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the Kimberley’s spectacular four-tiered Mitchell Falls.

Features

  • Zodiacs

Health and fitness

There is a small workout area on the Promenade Deck.

Kids and teens

There are no dedicated children's facilities on board, however children and families are welcome.

Accommodation

Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms.

Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries.

All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our six spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 20sqm (215 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Available now, and brand new, Bridge Deck Staterooms offer guests private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor-outdoor living.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Promenade Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our 19 spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Promenade Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Main Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our three spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Sun Deck

  • Sun Deck & Loungers
  • Explorer Bar
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Bridge Deck

  • Bridge Deck Bar
  • Lounge
  • Balcony Staterooms
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Promenade Deck

  • Workout Area
  • Promenade Deck Category A & B Staterooms
  • Captain's Cabin
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Main Deck

  • Xplorer Boarding
  • Main Deck Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Galley
  • Purser's Office
  • Main Deck Category A & B Staterooms
Ship facts
Passengers
72
Crew
24
Launched
2005
Last refit
2016
Tonnage
1779t
Length
63m
Width
13
Speed
12kts
Decks
4
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
AUS