Coral Expeditions has completed the first Australian cruise for 2021 with a highly successful restart voyage circumnavigating the pristine coastal waters of Tasmania. The popular voyage was sold out a year in advance, although several guests were not able to travel due to border restrictions at the time of departure on New Year’s Day. An intimate group of 45 guests enjoyed perfect weather and wide-open spaces over the 16-night adventure.
The Circumnavigation of Tasmania kickstarted Coral Expeditions annual summer season cruising Tasmania’s remote coastal islands and National Parks. These are voyages that focus on the natural environment, wildlife, history, and adventure to be found around each corner, with a splash of local characters and stories thrown in. Tasmania’s famous food, wine and spirits are also a feature, with onboard wine-tastings and a menu that is inspired by produce sourced locally.
The Circumnavigation featured a diverse range of experiences, from walking amongst the curious wildlife on Maria Island to indulging in a winemaker’s banquet at Josef Chromy Wines and cheese-tasting direct from the factory at King Island Cheeses. The voyage also visited some of Tasmania’s most remote coastlines, with a cruise along the west coast and several days spent exploring the World Heritage South West wilderness at Port Davey with kayaking, hiking, scenic flights, and birdwatching enjoyed.
As with the successful Great Barrier Reef series in October last year, the proven and tested SailSAFE medical protocols were strictly applied, with guests and crew undertaking pre-cruise health screening, a COVID-19 PCR test, and completing Tasmania’s mandatory e-pass prior to entering the state. Guests were then able to relax onboard a breath in the clean air and striking natural beauty of the region.
Commercial Director Jeff Gillies adds “We were blessed with a fantastic weather window for our first voyage of the new year and our guests were thrilled to escape into nature. The success of this voyage augers well for the year ahead and continues to build our confidence in what remains uncertain times. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community and authorities in Tasmania who worked very closely with us in the planning. Tasmania never fails to impress”