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Coral Expeditions II

Why cruise on this ship?

At just 35 metres in length and hosting 42 guests, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship, yet equipped with the facilities of a much larger vessel, your cruise aboard Coral Expeditions II will be truly memorable.

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Dining

Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

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

The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sun Deck

The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings.

Features

  • Sun Deck
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Lounge

The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens.

Features

  • Lounge

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

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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 & Zodiacs

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

Snorkelling

Just 35 metres in length, Coral Expeditions II is the ideal small ship for discovering the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef and small enough to allow snorkelling directly from the ship

Features

  • Wildlife & Nature

Health and fitness

There are no health and fitness facilities on board.

Kids and teens

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

Accommodation

The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private ensuite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.

Choose from four grades of stylishly appointed rooms, each tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings and original artworks. Enjoy the comforts of the spacious en suite bathroom, featuring hairdryer, international power outlets, shower, vanity unit and toilet facilities. Rooms also feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, ample storage space, air-conditioning and personal music device. All rooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious toiletries.

Deluxe Stateroom

Our four Deluxe Staterooms are located at the stern of B Deck, in close proximity to the Bridge and the full length Sun Deck. Decorated in a traditional maritime style with wood panelling, Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 15sqm (162 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availa

Features

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

Upper Deck Stateroom

Our nine Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. Decorated in a traditional maritime style with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings, Upper Deck Staterooms are 14sqm (151 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).

Features

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

Stateroom

Our four Stateroom category rooms are located midship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass Bottom Boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature a traditional maritime decor with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings. At 14sqm (151 square feet) in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds (subject to availability).

Features

  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Cabin

Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located close to the bow of the ship on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Glass Bottom Boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature traditional maritime decor with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings and are sized from 10.50sqm to 14sqm (141 to 151 square feet) in size. Cabins feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, air-conditioning, ample storage space and fixed twin beds.

Features

  • Twin
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Deck A

  • Lounge
  • Sun Deck
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Deck B

  • 4 Deluxe Staterooms
  • 9 Upper Deck Staterooms
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Deck C

  • Dining Room
  • 4 Staterooms
  • 4 Cabins
Ship facts
Passengers
42
Crew
12
Launched
1985
Last refit
2015
Tonnage
729t
Length
35m
Width
12
Speed
12kts
Decks
3
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
AUS