Explore the culture of remote islands on Australia’s doorstep
Aboard Australia’s newest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer
No solo supplement – Book by August 31, 2019
Media Release 14 June 2019
Australia’s newest expedition ship, Coral Adventurer, will take modern-day explorers on a rare, cultural immersion voyage this October to remote destinations in Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands just north of Australia.
A new, all-inclusive, 24-night ‘Customs and Craftsmen Expedition’ package has been released by Cruise Express for the inaugural itinerary, with solo travellers able to join the special voyage without a single supplement if booked by August 31, subject to availability.
Purpose-made for expedition cruising from Australia, the 120-passenger, state-of-the-art Coral Adventurer was launched in April this year for Coral Expeditions and offers a wrap-around Promenade Deck, an open guest lounge on the bridge, restaurant, lounge, deck bar, gym and hi-tech tenders and Zodiacs to take guests ashore.
Coral Expeditions’ first-ever art and culture expedition begins in Darwin on October 7, 2019, where Cruise Express has included a night’s stay before guests board Coral Adventurer for a 22-night journey to Cairns via rarely visited destinations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Visiting far-flung islands and villages, the unique itinerary aims to help guests interact with local craftsmen and artists, with villagers also performing colourful dances for passengers. New Guinea tribal art expert, Richard Aldridge, will also join the cruise as an art guide and lecturer.
The itinerary includes visits to 18 pristine destinations in Papua New Guinea, West Papua and the Maluku Islands – places unfamiliar to most Australians but rich in exotic culture and abundant coral reefs. Adventures ashore include a high tea at the Sultan’s Palace in Ternate overlooking the islands of the Molucca Sea and a traditional dinner under the stars at Fort Belgica in Banda while guests can also help search for giant whale sharks a Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua.
The voyage ends in Cairns with Cruise Express including a night’s stay before the flight home.
Including flights from and back to Sydney and beverages with lunch and dinner onboard, the 24-night package is available from $20,269 per person, twin-share. Fares from other Australian cities are also available. Solo travellers can join the voyage without paying a single supplement for the cruise – subject to availability – with solo fares from $20,540.
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