Discovering Tasmania is made easier when you book a 7 Night cruise with Coral Expeditions. This cruise will take you to sites not able to be accessed by larger vessels. The purpose built vessels provides travellers with the convenience and luxury of a larger ship, but is intimate with only a small amount of passengers. Highlights of this cruise include Bruny and Maria Island, historical and World Heritage listed sights such as Port Arthur and Darlington and the photographic Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet National Park.
Taking advantage of the Tasmanian long summer days, the expedition team actively welcomes guests to the bridge where they can chat with the Captain and watch the dedicated team navigate through the pristine rivers and inlets. Also on board making up the expedition team, is a guest lecturer and ranger from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife. They provide expert commentary and guided on shore excursions to compliment your cruise experience.
Onboard, the accommodation is made up of Cabins and Staterooms. All offer air-conditioning, private en-suite facilities, ample luggage storage and are serviced daily. Other facilities on board the vessel include a sun deck, a reference library, gift shop and cocktail bar.
With so much to see and do, experience Tasmania's remarkable heritage and beautiful wilderness on board Coral Expeditions, Hobart to Hobart cruise.
Please note the 7 night cruise is offered for travel dates in 2020. From 2021, this will be replaced with a 10 night cruise.
Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms.
All Cabins Feature: Air-conditioning, Private ensuite bathroom, Wardrobe, Suitcase cupboard, Windows or Portholes, Speaker, Hairdryer
Main Deck B: Size is 17-18m² (190-200sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Main Deck A: Size is 18m² (195sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Promenade B: Size is 13m² (137sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 1 Adult.
Promenade A: Size is 16-17.5m² (172-190sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Bridge Deck: Size is 17-18m² (180-195sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed OR 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style and dinner is a combination of buffet-style and table d' hote. Morning and Afternoon Tea are also included. House wines and beer are complimentary during lunch and dinner service. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are available 24 hours. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.
Your itinerary will include a combination of the below destinations, which are dependent on prevailing conditions. The team on board Coral Expedition will review daily and make the necessary changes to ensure the best possible guest experience is achieved. Guests will be informed daily of the schedule.
Hobart to River Derwent
As you leave Hobart cruising down the mighty Derwent River beyond Tasman Bridge, enjoy some Tasmanian cheeses and Bruny Island oysters at the Captain’s welcome drinks. Cruise through the picturesque D`Entrecasteaux Channel before mooring over night near Bruny Island.
Woodbridge & Huon
Visit the family-operated Grandvewe Cheeses. Learn how the mother and daughter team produce their award-winning cheeses. Explore the Woodbridge Marine Discovery centre with exhibits including sharks, rays and touch tanks. Cruise the South East Cape, Tasmania’s southernmost point before traversing the Huon river to the historic township of Franklin. Visit and learn about the craft of wooden boat building.
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Explore the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area of Port Davey, the Narrows and Bathurst Harbour. Port Davey is so remote that it is only accessible after completing a 7 day trek or by boat or aircraft. With some of the most pristine landscapes on earth the ranges are made up of bony quartzite ridges jutting up sharply from the southern ocean.
Breathe the refreshing clean air. For those wishing to be a little more active enjoy an optional kayak through the reflective waters and watch the towering mountains surround you. Hike the Balmoral Hill track visit the home of the endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot for a possible sighting at the village of Melaluca.
Bruny Island – Adventure Bay
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the picturesque coastline of Bruny Island. See the Cape Bruny Lighthouse which was first lit in 1838 and is now Australia’s 2nd oldest and longest continually staffed extant lighthouse. Learn about the inhabitants of The Frairs which includes Australia Fur Seals and an abundance of breeding seabirds. Enjoy a kayak or swim in the sheltered Adventure Bay or perhaps relaxing on the beach is more your style. Whist in the region you will also have the opportunity to join a guided walk to Fluted Cape and explore the 19th century whaling station as well as enjoy some of the local winery produce.
Freycinet National Park
Explore the beautiful Wineglass Bay. Choose a guided early morning hike to the look out for spectacular views over the Freycinet National Park or make foot prints in the sand as you combe the beach.
There is so much to see and experience on Maria Island. This natural wildlife sanctuary is also home to historic convict ruins and the World Heritage Listed – Darlington. Take a tour of the restored convict penitentiary and see the Painted Cliffs at Hopsground Beach. The islands residence include Bennetts wallabies, Forester Kangaroos, pademelons and Tasmania Devils.
Tasman National Park
With some of the most spectacular coastline in Australia, discover the many interesting rock formations and towering sea cliffs that are home to a wide range of marine and bird life, land animals and rare flora with Tasman National Park. Highlights include Cathedral Rock, The Candlestick and the natural bridge - Tasman Arch.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Located on the Tasman Peninsula, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a must see destination on any Tasmanian tour. World Heritage Listed site housed some of Australia’s and Britain's worst convicts during the 18th and 19th centuries. The resident archaeologist hosts a private behind the scenes tour. See private collections and enter historical buildings that are not accessible to the general public. The evening concludes with the Captain’s farewell drinks at Port Arthur's Asylum building.
** Please note that this is an expedition cruise, visiting remote coastlines and regions rarely visited by larger vessels.
Coral Discoverer underwent a full refurbishment at the end of 2016 and carries 72 passengers, but still maintaining the accessibility that larger cruise ships cannot afford. This 1800-tonne luxury cruising vessel offers 5 different grades of Staterooms over a number of decks, all featuring a window or porthole. Coral Discoverer is equipped with the latest technology stabilisers and carries the latest in safety and navigational equipment, including full SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) compliance.
Facilities: Large sundeck with bar and BBQ area, cabana lounges and exercise equipment; Wireless satellite internet broadband access (fee applies); Reference library for guest use; Lecture lounge with large plasma screen; Laundry facilities (limited); Three fully stocked cocktail bars; Gifts shop; Air conditioned public areas.
Expeditions: The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion (tender) vessel used for the majority of the excursions. It has eco-friendly 4-stroke engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" is 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.
2020 - 7 Night Cruise
January - 27
February - 03, 10, 17, 24
March - 02, 09
2021 - 10 Night Cruise
January - 17, 27
February - 06, 16, 26
March - 08
Boarding commences at 4.00pm at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf, with departure scheduled for 5.00pm. Vessel arrives back to Macquarie Wharf - Hobart on day 8 around 8.00am where you will disembark.
Children: Under 12 years of age are not recommended
Excludes: Pre and Post flights and transfers; personal items such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges, WiFi charges, travel insurance
Cancellation Fees: Apply for cruises cancelled inside 90 days of travel. Change fees may also apply.
Operated By: Coral Expeditions