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News ISSUE 46 • JULY 2019



Following the successful launch and maiden expeditions of the Coral Adventurer, our momentum continues with the announcement of our new build vessel, Coral Geographer, due for delivery in December 2020. Construction of this new sister ship is well underway with more than 3 blocks completed. Her design will include some enhancements including the addition of 6 suites onboard which will feature horizon bathtubs. In a first for Coral Expeditions, Coral Geographer will embark on a Maiden Voyages Series which explores the ‘Small Islands of the Indian Ocean’ before coming home to Fremantle, Australia to be based on the West Australian coast. Our feature article explores the planned Indian Ocean sub-Antarctic crossing – a rare adventure opportunity. Your continued support and passion of the Coral Expeditions way of expedition cruising has allowed us to grow our fleet and explore new horizons together. I hope to see you on one of our many exciting itineraries soon.

Mark Fifield - Group General Manager


Close your eyes and imagine the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. Imagine sailing east and sensing the powerful currents surging around the hull. Imagine sharing space with migratory birds and whale song, and finding clarity of thought in the clean crisp air.

crew were tasked with bringing to life a vision to explore new shores and venture into an ocean less travelled. The inspiration was the voyage made famous by French explorer, Nicolas Baudin, who sailed the vessel Le Geographe from Mauritius to the Western Australian coastline in 1801.

The third voyage in Coral Geographer’s maiden series “Small Islands of the Indian Ocean”, will see us embark on an extraordinary crossing of the Southern Ocean from Mauritius to arrive in home waters in Fremantle, Australia. The small islands peppered in between are wild, strikingly beautiful, windswept and wave bitten; and defined by their profound remoteness.

“These islands are as remote as it gets,” says product specialist, Jennifer Mancinelli. “Visiting them requires careful planning and preparation and detailed collaboration with many parties. Access is a special privilege which requires permission to land from regulatory authorities and a clearly articulated focus on science, research and the environment from the company and guests. We are currently working through this process to obtain all the necessary permits to visit these extraordinarily remote islands.”

It is an ambitious undertaking for the company, and one which is relished by all simply for the opportunity it creates to be innovative, to pioneer and to keep the spirit of exploration Heading into a region that is renowned for the Roaring burning amongst the team according to Captain Gary Wilson. Forties and the Furious Fifties weather patterns, the expedition planning needs to prepare for all situations Riding high on the coattails of a successful launch and and contingencies, with the ultimate passage guided by maiden voyage of Coral Adventurer, Captain Gary and the conditions. And therein lies the allure for true explorers with

a need to travel in the pursuit of space and freedom, to find inspiration, and to return owning a tale to tell for the ages. The expedition experiences will cater towards avid mariners, birding enthusiasts, photographers and ‘bucket-listers’ who seek the seas less sailed. “Your shipmates may be research scientists and wildlife experts, photographers and seasoned explorers with a shared interest and respect for the world around us,” continues Mancinelli. “What excites me about this voyage is the rich and fascinating human history from the early 19th-century explorers and sealers through to modern-day scientists and conservationists. The subAntarctic islands are often called our worlds ‘forgotten islands’ because so few people know of their existence. “The Southern Ocean is a region where the cold polar waters mix and merge with the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, so the resulting Antarctic convergence is a very fertile region. Because of this mixing of waters, it’s where whales, seal colonies and migratory birds gather to feed on the nutrients that are upwelled from the deep. Penguin colonies thrive – indeed the Crozet Islands alone are home to half the world’s population of king penguin and around 2 million breeding pairs of the macaroni penguin, known for its distinctive yellow crest. “Biosecurity is probably the most important factor when visiting these remote islands. Penguin colonies are vulnerable and susceptible to disease and other introduced contaminants, so the strict biosecurity protocols in place help protect all the species from the spread of disease through human contact in the area. Strictly controlled access restricts visitors to fewer than those reaching the summit of Everest each year.” The Sub Antarctic is a harsh environment to work in but when you overcome all the challenges you realise how much of

a privilege it is to be able to visit these remote parts of our amazing planet. Perhaps the greatest gift of the Southern Ocean is a deep sense of connection with our world. We will be welcoming only a small number of intrepid explorers on this rare opportunity to be part of an Australian flagged expedition. The focus on a scientific and research-based journey will reveal the wonders of the Southern Ocean. Potential expedition visits include: •



Crozet Islands (France)

Kerguelen Islands (France)

St Paul and Amsterdam Islands



Coral Geographer’s Maiden Voyage Series: Small Islands of the Indian Ocean.


Singapore to Seychelles, 25 Nights, departs 6 Jan 2021 Seychelles to Mauritius, 15 Nights, departs 1 Feb 2021 Mauritius to Fremantle, 33 Nights, departs mid Feb 2021

Wild west




< Master Gary Wilson and his wife Wendy exchange gifts with the King of Saparua

Christmas with the king Earlier this year, guests onboard Coral Adventurer’s maiden voyage sailed through the Indonesian archipelago and stopped at the small island of Saparua, the site of an enchanted fragment of history. This is no ordinary touristfilled tropical island. This is one of the legendary ‘Spice Islands’ of the Moluccas.

It was on a voyage here in 2018 that the King of Saparua first emerged to meet us. The charismatic leader was interested in our small ship – after all, few tourists visit the small island and even fewer ships. A year later, Coral Adventurer returned and we fulfilled our promise to host the King onboard the new ship during its inaugural voyage. As guests stepped ashore, a welcoming committee of traditional dancers and a school choir led them to 17th Century Dutch fortress, Fort Duurstede, a commanding edifice built by the Dutch. The King sat before the Fort in a position that affirmed his status, overseeing the dancing and ceremony. Following a final dance and exquisite choral renditions, the King’s entourage complete with children’s choir boarded our Xplorer to join us for on board hospitality and an exchange of gifts. Captain Gary Wilson and his wife Wendy received ceremonial feathered head-dresses, and all enjoyed the warm sharing of culture and friendship. There was wild applause as the group departed, and hearing the children break out into spontaneous song one last time was a memorable moment. With a lasting connection forged,

plans were made to host the King once more on our return for Christmas in December. You can join fellow explorers on our voyages to Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands and back this December and January, enjoying extraordinary bucket list experiences. Highlights of the voyage include underwater explorations of the Four Kings of the East archipelago, retracing the travels of early explorers along the exotic Spice trail and swimming with the majestic whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay. Joining these expeditions is historian, author and geologist, Ian Burnet, who brings over thirty years of experience in the region to share with explorers. Along the way he will share his knowledge and reveal the personalities and idiosyncrasies of historical figures who shaped the region’s past.


The historic and welcoming Spice Islands with their aromas of nutmeg and cloves, and the breathtaking beauty and marine wonders of Raja Ampat.

> Charter flights available between Darwin and Biak > No sole supplement - limited availability remaining Call our Reservations team on 1800 079 545.


Raja Ampat & Spice Islands > 12 Nights > Darwin to Biak Departs 21 December 2019 Raja Ampat & Spice Islands > 12 Nights > Biak to Darwin Departs 2 January 2020


decks ^ Guests enjoy an engine room tour aboard Coral Adventurer

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE CORAL ADVENTURER The fuel storage tanks are capable of 31 days continuous free steaming, which amounts to 8000 nautical miles at a speed of 10.5 knots. A below decks warehouse, affectionately known as Bunnings, stores everything from spare knives and forks to mooring lines and deck equipment. Two decks beneath the passenger decks are for crew rooms and facilities including a crew mess, crew recreation lounge and gym, along an onboard medical zone. She has 2 anchors weighing 3 tonnes each. The biggest maintenance challenge for our marine engineers is caused by water build-up in the fuel tank due to condensation. There are ten outboard engines on board, and we use high tech electronic engines and unleaded outboards as they have superior power to weight ratio over a diesel outboard and operate more cleanly. A Marelli Motori electric motor is used for the propulsion drive She holds two large chiller units with two air conditioning compressors. Even with one system down, a single unit is enough to cool the entire ship. There are 15 sets of diving gear, with 12 bottles and unlimited refills as this is performed on board the vessel. Food waste is processed, treated and stored onboard for disposal on land or as allowed at sea. We are committed to the reduction of waste, including plastic, across our fleet.

The Coral Adventurer has been designed to bring together our 34 years of experience building and operating expedition ships with some of the latest advances in marine and environmental technology. Here are some fast facts for those curious about what is below the decks:

POWER AND PROPULSION Coral Adventurer is powered by two Rolls-Royce Azipull thrusters that enable the central propulsion of the vessel. The thrusters work as both propellers and rudders, which maintain excellent maneuverability at slow speed when anchoring in remote locations or coming into port. They offer both high hydrodynamic and fuel efficiency along with low noise and vibration levels.

WATER SUPPLY AND TREATMENT Two state of the art reverse osmosis water generators can produce more than 100,000 litres of fresh water per day. Approximately half of this volume is used daily when we operate with a full complement of passengers and crew, leaving excess fresh water to share with drought-affected village communities on our voyages. The vesselsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grey water is treated through a high-tech onboard processing plant.

HEATING Coral Adventurer has a modern heat recovery system installed that generates all the hot water onboard the vessel. Fitted to the two main engines, the system uses excess heat from the engines to heat water for the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domestic use.

DIESEL ELECTRO PROPULSION Three diesel generators are onboard. Two 1360 kW generators and one 940 kW generator are used in variable configuration to allow optimal operation and fuel efficiency throughout the voyage. In other words, the Coral Adventurer only produces as much power as is required at any time, and this is accomplished by having the configuration and output of the combined generators running at synchronised levels matching the needs at the time of day/night. For example, at anchor we can operate on the 940-kW generator at between 50-70% load. If we are steaming slowly, we can add one large generator to the small generator or run both large generators. This way, we can operate the engines at optimal efficiency of approximately 70%. The mechanical engine that runs the generator is a Caterpillar and the propulsion system itself is Rolls Royce.


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^ A warrior-dancer at Saparua

“In May this year, my partner and I joined around 100 people on the maiden voyage of Coral Expeditions’ new small ship, Coral Adventurer, through a string of welcoming eastern island communities across the Indonesian archipelago on our way to Darwin. A few days after leaving Singapore, we dropped anchor off the south-west tip of Java, near to Ujung Kulon National Park, an isolated sanctuary with the largest remaining area of lowland rainforest on the Javan Plain. On the morning of the second day, just before we weighed anchor en route to Jakarta, I left the main walking group to return to the beach accompanied by one of our local guides, Heri. He told me he lived in a village a few hours’ boat ride away along the Java coast. When I asked him how he had fared in the tsunami caused by a massive underwater landslide on nearby Anak Krakatau, a few days before Christmas 2018, he didn’t immediately reply. Then he looked at me and explained that he had lost everything: his wife, two children, both of his parents, his home and escaped drowning as he was swept inland by the wave. He showed me the scars on his body. And on top of that, his livelihood as a guide was under threat because tourists had stopped visiting the park as a result of the tsunami and a subsequent eruption by the volcano, within sight of his village across the Sunda Strait. The distance between our parallel lives had never seemed so great and yet the bond of friendship, albeit transitory, was real, genuine. It was a moment that defined the journey and the very nature of travel for me, reminding me of the world of privilege into which I was born.”

- Michael Meadows, Rochedale South, QLD

OUR SOLO TRAVELLER PROGRAMME IS EXPANDING WITH A VARIETY OF NEW OPTIONS AND OFFERS An expedition on one of our small-scale, nimble expedition ships makes for a sociable adventure with like-minded travellers. Solo travellers who prefer their own stateroom can save on select voyages departing in late season 2019.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No Single Supplement offers are available on all Great Barrier Reef departures year-round and on a growing range of selected itineraries in regions such as Raja Ampat and the Spice Island, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. They are selling fast, but limited staterooms remain available for solo travellers on the below itineraries.

Customs & Craftsmen 22 Nights from Darwin to Cairns, departing on 8 October 2019. Also available are half-segments, which arrive or depart at Vanimo. New Guinea Circle 25 Nights from Cairns to Darwin, departing 25 November 2019. Also available are half-segments, which arrive or depart at Wewak. A Passage to the Solomons 11 Nights from Cairns to Honiara, departing on 16 October 2019. A Passage to the Solomons 11 Nights from Honiara to Port Vila, departing on 27 October 2019. Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands Christmas Voyage - 12 Nights from Darwin to Biak, departing on 21 December 2019. Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands 12 Nights from Biak to Darwin, departing on 02 January 2020.

EXPEDITION DIARY > WILDLIFE & WARRIORS EXPEDITION > 20 MAY 2019 “We steamed into Sebakor Bay, a new destination for us, and while we enjoyed breakfast the Expedition Team scouted for diving locations. A beautiful beach was found, and with the local village’s permission, we swam, snorkelled, dived, and kayaked there. The reef was excellent, with a lot of diversity and both snorkellers and scuba divers returned with stories of the exceptional marine life that they found.” - Guest Lecturer Mike Sugden


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