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A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart

Experience the nautical tradition that is the 73rd Sydney to Hobart international yacht race! Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from the Coral Discoverer’s vantage point off Sydney Heads. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from our on-board lecturer, John Longley AM, a celebrated veteran of five Australian America’s Cup campaigns.

We sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet. Once across the Strait enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast with the opportunity to join our expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions to Tasmania’s Parks.

Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, join the festivities of race presentations and the week-long Taste of Tasmania festival. Return to the Coral Discoverer for Captain’s farewell drinks and New Year’s Eve celebrations before disembarking on the 1st January at Macquarie Wharf 2.

Join Coral Discoverer this December on an exciting journey following the iconic yachting race.
26 December, 2018 to 01 January, 2019 Make a booking request for A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart, departing on 26 December, 2018

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.

Main Deck B £ 2437 GBP pp
Located close to the Dining Room, our six 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.
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Main Deck A £ 2682 GBP pp
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.
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Promenade A £ 3072 GBP pp
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty 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.
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Promenade B Single Use £ 3510 GBP pp
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.
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Bridge Deck Balcony £ 3561 GBP pp
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck Balcony staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart itinerary:

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Please Note:
Embark: 0900 – 26th December 2017. Complimentary coach transfers are offered from Sydney Central or North Sydney to arrive at Coral Discoverer’s embarkation point in Palm Beach, Broken Bay. You will be met by the ship’s tender and transferred to the Coral Discoverer for a 1000 departure. This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the views and weather windows of the mercurial southern coast.
Day 1 - SYDNEY: NORTH HEAD
Join your fellow travelers on an included coach transfer from a Central Sydney pick-up point. Embark Coral Discoverer at 9am ahead of a 10am departure. Settle in onboard and enjoy lunch while the Captain navigates us to a race vantage point off Sydney’s North Head. From the Explorer Bar on the sundeck celebrate the race start as the fleet turns and heads south. Later, join the Captain for welcome drinks.
Day 2 - SCENIC CRUISE
Cruise the scenic coastline from Jervis Bay to Twofold Bay. Soak in the southern summer on the sundeck while the Coral Discoverer follows the yachts of the Sydney to Hobart race. As we settle into a more relaxed cruising rhythm, John Longley will present intriguing commentary on the Sydney to Hobart race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.
Day 3 - TWOFOLD BAY
Re-live the bygone days of whaling and the fascinating relationship between man and whale during your guided tour of the Killer Whale Museum. The bay is also known for the “Killers of Eden”, the killer whales which helped a group of whalers in their search for other whales. Later, cross the bay to visit Davidson Whaling Station and learn about the Davidson family’s unique partnership with ‘Old Tom’ the Orca. Time and conditions permitting we will further explore the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park.
Day 4 - BASS STRAIT CROSSING
As we cross the Bass Strait, enjoy presentations by John Longley on his yachting experiences, or relax with a book on deck as you savour Coral Expeditions hospitality. Attend a lecture by our Tasmanian specialist and enjoy a delicious Tasmanian specialty dinner as we cruise down to the Apple Isle.
Day 5 - MARIA ISLAND
Walk among the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet more than a few incredible creatures. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Expect sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict Trail of Australia”, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk takes in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs.
Day 6 - ADVENTURE BAY AND FLUTED CAPE
Rich history, spectacular scenery, close-up wildlife and a variety of walking opportunities make Bruny Island a wonderful destination. Stretch your legs on the spectacular Fluted Cape walk. Located within the South Bruny National Park, the Fluted Cape walk leaves from Grass Point and allows a circuit walk with impressive cliff and ocean views. Visit the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration to gain insight on maritime history.
Day 7 - HOBART
Arrive in Hobart in time for the race winner presentations and celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Soak in the atmosphere at the Taste of Tasmania Festival at Princes Wharf. Ring in the New Year at the Captain’s Farewell drinks, whilst enjoying a fireworks display over the Derwent River. Disembark at Macquarie Wharf 2 at 9am, 1st January 2018.

A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart reverse itinerary:

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Day 7 - HOBART *
Arrive in Hobart in time for the race winner presentations and celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Soak in the atmosphere at the Taste of Tasmania Festival at Princes Wharf. Ring in the New Year at the Captain’s Farewell drinks, whilst enjoying a fireworks display over the Derwent River. Disembark at Macquarie Wharf 2 at 9am, 1st January 2018.
Day 6 - ADVENTURE BAY AND FLUTED CAPE *
Rich history, spectacular scenery, close-up wildlife and a variety of walking opportunities make Bruny Island a wonderful destination. Stretch your legs on the spectacular Fluted Cape walk. Located within the South Bruny National Park, the Fluted Cape walk leaves from Grass Point and allows a circuit walk with impressive cliff and ocean views. Visit the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration to gain insight on maritime history.
Day 5 - MARIA ISLAND *
Walk among the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park, and you can expect to meet more than a few incredible creatures. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Expect sightings of native pademelons, Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict Trail of Australia”, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk takes in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs.
Day 4 - BASS STRAIT CROSSING *
As we cross the Bass Strait, enjoy presentations by John Longley on his yachting experiences, or relax with a book on deck as you savour Coral Expeditions hospitality. Attend a lecture by our Tasmanian specialist and enjoy a delicious Tasmanian specialty dinner as we cruise down to the Apple Isle.
Day 3 - TWOFOLD BAY *
Re-live the bygone days of whaling and the fascinating relationship between man and whale during your guided tour of the Killer Whale Museum. The bay is also known for the “Killers of Eden”, the killer whales which helped a group of whalers in their search for other whales. Later, cross the bay to visit Davidson Whaling Station and learn about the Davidson family’s unique partnership with ‘Old Tom’ the Orca. Time and conditions permitting we will further explore the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park.
Day 2 - SCENIC CRUISE *
Cruise the scenic coastline from Jervis Bay to Twofold Bay. Soak in the southern summer on the sundeck while the Coral Discoverer follows the yachts of the Sydney to Hobart race. As we settle into a more relaxed cruising rhythm, John Longley will present intriguing commentary on the Sydney to Hobart race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.
Day 1 - SYDNEY: NORTH HEAD *
Join your fellow travelers on an included coach transfer from a Central Sydney pick-up point. Embark Coral Discoverer at 9am ahead of a 10am departure. Settle in onboard and enjoy lunch while the Captain navigates us to a race vantage point off Sydney’s North Head. From the Explorer Bar on the sundeck celebrate the race start as the fleet turns and heads south. Later, join the Captain for welcome drinks.
Please Note: *
Embark: 0900 – 26th December 2017. Complimentary coach transfers are offered from Sydney Central or North Sydney to arrive at Coral Discoverer’s embarkation point in Palm Beach, Broken Bay. You will be met by the ship’s tender and transferred to the Coral Discoverer for a 1000 departure. This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the views and weather windows of the mercurial southern coast.
* = Indicative
Map for A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart
Coral Discoverer, the ship servicing A Yachtsman's Cruise: Sydney to Hobart

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005

Onboard Accommodation

Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.

Onboard Facilities

What you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:

  • Large sundeck
  • Spa Pool
  • Guest computer
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Lecture lounge with large plasma screen
  • Limited laundry facilities
  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Boutique and dive shop
  • Air-conditioned public areas

 Coral Discoverer is equipped with the latest technology active stabilizers and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigational equipment and is the only Australian passenger ship registered with full SOLAS compliance allowing opportunities to explore a multitude of international voyages.

Dining

All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style while dinner is table d’hote. 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.

Excursion Boats And Zodiacs

The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Xplorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables 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. See photo below (right)

 

Oceanic Discoverer loungeXplorer on beach

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
• Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race as the leaders come tearing through Sydney Heads

• Trail the yachts on a coastal cruise while you enjoy a drink at Coral Discoverer’s sundeck Explorer Bar

• Learn about technical aspects of ocean yacht racing from our on-board lecturer John Longley

• Hear about the partnership between ‘Old Tom’ the Orca and local whalers at the Killer Whale Museum in Twofold Bay

• Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape walk

• Sample Tasmania’s finest produce on disembarkation at Hobart at the Taste of Tasmania festival

• Ring in the New Year onboard and enjoy Captain’s farewell drinks
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