Discovering Tasmania is made easier when you book a 7 Night cruise with Coral Expeditions. This cruise will take you 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.
Travel up to 31 December 2017 will be aboard Coral Expeditions I. Travel from 01 January 2018 will be aboard Coral Discoverer.
Coral Expeditions I
Select from 4 types of accommodation - all spacious and elegantly appointed. The choice of accommodation on board the Coral Expeditions I includes Staterooms, Upper Deck Staterooms and Deluxe Staterooms, while the more budget conscious may select a Cabin.
All Cabins Feature: Air-conditioning, Private ensuite, Hairdryer
Cabin: Size is 10m² (108-140sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Stateroom: Size is 13m² (140sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Upper Deck Stateroom: Size is 14m² (151sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Deluxe Stateroom: Size is 17m² (183sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Double Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Select from 5 types of Staterooms, all spacious and elegantly appointed. The choice of accommodation on board the Coral Discoverer includes Main Deck and Promenade Deck Staterooms as well as the stunning top deck Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom.
All Cabins Feature: Air-conditioning, Private ensuite, Hairdryer, iPod dock.
Main Deck B Stateroom: Size is 17.5-18.5m² (190-200sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Main Deck A Stateroom: Size is 18m² (195sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Promenade Deck B Stateroom: Size is 13m² (137sqft). Bedding is 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 1 Adult.
Promenade Deck A Stateroom: Size is 16-17.5m² (172-190sqft). Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom: Size is 17-18m² (180-195sqft). Located on the top deck with private balconies opening out from French windows. Bedding is 2 Single Beds OR 1 Junior King Bed. Maximum room capacity is 2 Adults.
All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually served the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style. Coffee and tea is 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, sparkling wine 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.
Cruise the beautiful Recherche Bay. Learn about the failed 1791 French expedition to locate a missing explorer. Board the tender vessel “Explorer” before hiking the scenic South Coast Track to Australia’s most southerly point accessible by motor vehicle. A photo opportunity waits at Cockle Creek where the bronze southern right whale statue proudly stands commemorating the regions whaling past.
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 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 & 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 Expeditions I is a custom-made vessel and is 35 metres in length and carries just 46 passengers.
Details: Length 35 metres, Beam 13 metres, Speed 13 knots, Draught 2.5 metres, Tonnes 730, Cabins 27, Passengers 46, Crew 12
Facilities: Air-conditioned public areas, Sundeck, Comprehensive reference library, Wireless internet (limited & quality may vary from location and weather conditions) , phone and fax facilities (additional fee), Lecture lounge, Limited laundry facilities, Fully stocked cocktail bar, Gift shop, Open Bridge.
Expeditions: The "Explorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of the excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Explorer" is used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Explorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.
The Coral Expeditions I also carries 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 boat is damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect none-the-less to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.
Coral Discoverer underwent a full refurbishment at the end of 2016 and is a slightly larger vessel than the Coral Expeditions I, carrying 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 stabilizers 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.
January - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
February - 06, 13, 20, 27
November - 20, 27
December - 04, 11, 18, 25
January - 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
February - 05, 19
March - 05, 12
Boarding commences at 3.00pm at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf, with departure scheduled for 4.00pm. 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 & internet charges, laundry, bar charges, & travel insurance.
Cancellation Fees: Apply for cruises cancelled inside 60 days of travel (up to 31 March 2017) and 90 days of travel (from 01 April 2017).
Operated By: Coral Expeditions