Coral Expeditions welcomed their newest bluewater expedition vessel to the fleet with an intimate ceremony in Cairns yesterday.
Sister ship to last year’s successful Coral Adventurer, she has the same specialised design for rugged extended expeditions to remote areas. This new class of expedition ships is designed around the unique Xplorer fast aluminium tender boats, which are launched off the back of the ship to facilitate rapid shore excursions. With expansive open deck spaces, relaxing lounge and bars, majority balcony staterooms and suites and featuring a collection of Indigenous Australian art, Coral Geographer is as comfortable as she is capable.
Having arrived in Australian waters in mid-March, the vessel has undergone an extensive fit-out and provisioning in preparation for her maiden voyage from Cairns. The arrival brings good news to the Cairns tourism industry with the employment of over 90 new ship and shoreside crew and the injection of millions of dollars into the region’s economy through supply chain and visitation.
The Maiden Voyage, departing Cairns on 31 March 2021, will take a small group of like-minded guests to explore Australia’s eastern seaboard, in full compliance with Covid-19 regulations. Guests will be guided by Coral Expeditions’ renowned expedition team as they enjoy the beautiful new ship.
The ship was christened in an official dockside ceremony on Tuesday, 30 March, which was attended by guests on the Maiden Voyage. In deference to Covid-19 concerns, there was no public ceremony. However, Coral Expeditions’ longest-serving employee, Purchasing Manager Gary Wun-Hym had the honour of christening the new vessel with a bottle of champagne. Mr Gary Wun-Hym has recently completed two decades of service with Coral Expeditions and has seen the evolution of the company from an operator of small catamarans on the Great Barrier Reef to a bluewater fleet capable of travelling the world’s oceans.