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Cape York and Arnhem Land (Coral Adventurer)

A journey through ancient culture and underwater worlds, the Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition voyage takes you to some of Australia’s most remote communities on Australia’s North Coast.

Commencing in Darwin, this journey takes guests to some of Northern Australia’s most incredible galleries – including Maningrida – where traditional artists create pieces that help to preserve their unique and ancient culture.

As expeditioners travel East, the journey takes in the rich culture of the Tiwi Islands, and the endemic wildlife of the Cobourg Peninsula, before continuing to Elcho Island. Guests will sail through the “Hole in the Wall” and cruise across the Gulf of Carpentaria.
As you journey continues to Far North Queensland, explore remote Thursday Island and Forbes Island, as well as Davie Reef and the Flinders Group of Islands, before continuing to Lizard Island and Cairns.
18 October, 2019 to 29 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Cape York and Arnhem Land (Coral Adventurer), departing on 18 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Coral Deck Stateroom £ 6096 GBP pp
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom £ 6609 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom £ 7179 GBP pp
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom £ 7407 GBP pp
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. French windows opening to a balcony with seating for two gives you a private perch to watch the panorama unfold outside. These staterooms are located on the bridge deck with superb views and adjacent to the Cairns and Darwin suites.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite £ 8547 GBP pp
Our two Cairns and Darwin suites are spacious and elegant retreats after a busy day ashore. Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 8 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two. A unique outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.
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Coral Deck Stateroom Sole £ 9144 GBP pp
Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole £ 9914 GBP pp
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole £ 10769 GBP pp
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and arm chair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Cape York and Arnhem Land (Coral Adventurer) itinerary:

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DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN
coral-discoverer-cape-york Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 5:00pm ahead of our 6:00pm departure. Spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners
DAY 2: TIWI ISLANDS
tiwi-islands-indigenous Visit Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of their unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre to peruse wonderful screen-printing, art, woodcarvings and pottery. Witness a smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and billy tea.
DAY 3: COBOURG PENINSULA
tiwi-islands-art-centre-coral-expeditions On Cobourg Peninsula, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington and explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers. We also visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point
DAY 4: LIVERPOOL RIVER AND MANINGRIDA
coral-expeditions-xplorer Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local ’boutique’, where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Join the Expedition Team on an Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining the ship.
DAY 5: ELCHO ISLAND ARTISTS
torres-strait-islands-coral-expeditions The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the Louvre. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ on one of the beautiful islands as we toast the sunset over the Arafura Sea.
DAY 6: HOLE IN THE WALL AND WESSEL ISLANDS
coral-expeditions-cape-york-peninsula Today we sail through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ to the Wessel Islands. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ and watch the sun spectacularly set over the Arafura Sea.
DAY 7: CRUISING THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA - CORAL DISCOVERER
coral-discover-at-sea-coral-expeditions Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.
DAY 8: THURSDAY ISLAND
Australia's-northern-point-cape-york-coral-expeditions Embark on a short tour of Horn Island prior to our transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where we rejoin Coral Discoverer. During the tour of Thursday Island, we learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets and observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes. Following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and champagne at the ‘Tip’ of Australia.
DAY 9: FORBES ISLAND AND REEF
Snorkelling-with-coral-expeditions Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island and take advantage of the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
DAY 10: DAVIE REEF AND FLINDERS GROUP
At Davie Reef and Cay, we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery > go ashore at Stanley Island where our Expedition Leader and guides will escort you to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery depicting sailing ships of the last century. This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location.
DAY 11: LIZARD ISLAND
Cooks-look-Lizard-Island Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast. Climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a beach walk. Subject to availability, we may be invited as special guests to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where we learn more about the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
DAY 12: CAIRNS
Arrive in Cairns and disembark at 8:00am
Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Cape York and Arnhem Land (Coral Adventurer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.
DAY 12: CAIRNS *
Arrive in Cairns and disembark at 8:00am
DAY 11: LIZARD ISLAND *
Cooks-look-Lizard-Island Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast. Climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a beach walk. Subject to availability, we may be invited as special guests to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where we learn more about the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
DAY 10: DAVIE REEF AND FLINDERS GROUP *
At Davie Reef and Cay, we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery > go ashore at Stanley Island where our Expedition Leader and guides will escort you to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery depicting sailing ships of the last century. This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location.
DAY 9: FORBES ISLAND AND REEF *
Snorkelling-with-coral-expeditions Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island and take advantage of the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
DAY 8: THURSDAY ISLAND *
Australia's-northern-point-cape-york-coral-expeditions Embark on a short tour of Horn Island prior to our transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where we rejoin Coral Discoverer. During the tour of Thursday Island, we learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets and observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes. Following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and champagne at the ‘Tip’ of Australia.
DAY 7: CRUISING THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA - CORAL DISCOVERER *
coral-discover-at-sea-coral-expeditions Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.
DAY 6: HOLE IN THE WALL AND WESSEL ISLANDS *
coral-expeditions-cape-york-peninsula Today we sail through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ to the Wessel Islands. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ and watch the sun spectacularly set over the Arafura Sea.
DAY 5: ELCHO ISLAND ARTISTS *
torres-strait-islands-coral-expeditions The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the Louvre. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ on one of the beautiful islands as we toast the sunset over the Arafura Sea.
DAY 4: LIVERPOOL RIVER AND MANINGRIDA *
coral-expeditions-xplorer Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local ’boutique’, where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Join the Expedition Team on an Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining the ship.
DAY 3: COBOURG PENINSULA *
tiwi-islands-art-centre-coral-expeditions On Cobourg Peninsula, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington and explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers. We also visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point
DAY 2: TIWI ISLANDS *
tiwi-islands-indigenous Visit Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of their unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre to peruse wonderful screen-printing, art, woodcarvings and pottery. Witness a smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and billy tea.
DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN *
coral-discoverer-cape-york Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 5:00pm ahead of our 6:00pm departure. Spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners
* = Indicative
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Coral Adventurer, the ship servicing Cape York and Arnhem Land (Coral Adventurer)

Coral Adventurer

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 93.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)

Launching in 2018, nd making her maiden voyage in 2019, Coaral Adventurer has been designed and built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising.

BIGGER IS NOT BETTER

At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So Coral Adventurer has just 60 spacious cabins.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel.

BUILT FOR DISCOVERY

The Coral Adventurer features the trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with a renowned expedition team, this new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat.

BUILT FOR COMFORT

With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients.

BUILT FOR PERSONAL SERVICE

The Coral Adventurer will continue a proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  The onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour.

Food and wine features

* Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners

* Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce

* Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including the Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views

* Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds.

Guest comfort

* All outside guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony

* Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion

* Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills

* Passenger elevator

* Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cabin layout for Coral Adventurer
• Stand on Australia’s northern most tip at Cape York

• Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands and learn of traditional Tiwi culture

• Discover the Arnhem Land coast, once the trading ground of the Macassan people from Sulawesi

• Enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ as the sun sets over the Arafura Sea

• Take in the Cobourg Peninsular during a full day of exploration

• Visit Thursday Island; learn about the cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders

• View indigenous art on Elcho Island

• Explore Lizard Island and the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef
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