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Media Release: Friday 17 December 2021

Tasmania welcomes local small ship cruising this summer

Coral Expeditions receives full approval for 2022 summer season in Tasmania

Following the Tasmanian government announcement permitting small domestic cruise ship operation on 15 December 2021, Coral Expeditions confirms the commencement of their seventh season in Tasmania with a series of 12 expedition voyages throughout January to March and December 2022.

The permissions allow the local small ship operator to deliver the season as planned with no more than 99 passengers on board and with fully vaccinated and tested guests and crew. All cruises will operate within Tasmanian waters. Having forged a reputation for exceptional explorations of the remote Tasmanian coastline, Coral Expeditions have created unique itineraries that delve into the landscape, rich history, unique wildlife, culture and tastes of our island state.

‘We are thrilled to have the permits for our season confirmed,’ says Commercial Director Jeff Gillies. ‘We have worked tirelessly and in close collaboration with local authorities in Tasmania to alleviate health concerns. Our proven recipe of thorough health screening, small group numbers and remote natural areas is the safest possible travel experience available in these times.’

The voyages available for the 2022 and 2023 seasons are:

Coastal Wilds of Tasmania – 10 nights departing Hobart
Onboard Coral Discoverer, these voyages showcase the rugged coastal beauty of Australia’s island state. Be surrounded by Tasmania’s breath taking National Parks from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay to the otherworldly remoteness of Port Davey and the wildlife refuge of Maria Island.
Departs: 27 Jan 2022, 06 Feb 2022, 16 Feb 2022, 27 Jan 2023 & 6 Feb 2023

Tasmania’s Bass Strait Islands – 13 nights departing Hobart 2022 & Launceston 2023
Onboard Coral Adventurer we will explore the outlying and rugged island groups of Tasmania’s east coast and the Bass Strait. Trek amongst tall eucalyptus forests and take in the sweeping ocean vistas from atop granite peaks. Visit wild coastlines forged by wind and ocean – true Australian outposts steeped in rich natural, Indigenous and colonial history.
Departs: 16 Feb 2022 (wait list), 30 Nov 2023 (coming soon, register your interest)

Coastal Treks of Tasmania – 10 nights departing Hobart
Hiking Themed onboard Coral Discoverer: Cruise and hike Tasmania’s scenic coast. The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania offer an experience of spectacular beauty. These special departures combine an expedition voyage with coastal treks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – a uniquely Australian back-to-nature experience.
Departs: 17 Jan 2022, 17 Jan 2023 & 16 Feb 2023

Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 16 nights departing Hobart
Onboard Coral Discoverer, this popular voyage is a full circumnavigation of Tasmania, showcasing the best of the remote parks, islands and harbours along the coast of this pristine island. We will visit the Josef Chromy Vineyard, hike through the Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island, enjoy a gourmet lunch and dairy tour on King Island with more than two days exploring the rarely visited World Heritage wilderness of Port Davey.
Departs: > 1 Jan 2022 (wait list) > 26 Feb 2022 (wait list) > 1 Jan 2023 > 26 Feb 2023

A Yachtsman’s Cruise – 6 nights departing Sydney (2023 only)
Experience the nautical tradition that is the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Be part of the action from the start of the race in Sydney, then sail the south coast and Bass Strait to enjoy the scenic Tasmanian coast. On arrival in Hobart, join the festivities of race presentations and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Departs: 26 Dec 2022

For more information, including full itineraries, please click here.

Coral Expeditions cultivates intimate and immersive exploration experiences by small expedition ship carrying under 99 passengers. Meeting all requirements in line with the Tasmanian travel policies, Coral Expeditions are committed to a safe and enjoyable experience. With their industry leading SailSAFE protocols, Coral Expeditions has successfully operated over 90 incident-free voyages since restart in October 2020.

Find accompanying imagery HERE

For more information about the SailSAFE Plan, click HERE

For media enquiries please contact:

Jeff Gillies | Commercial Director
commercialdirector@coralexpeditions.com
0418 415 581.

About Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, has built its reputation with a unique style of immersive expedition cruising focused on nature and cultures. Starting with a single catamaran offering environmentally sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef 35 years ago, the fleet now consists of 3 purpose-built blue water expedition ships – the intimate 72 guest Coral Discoverer and the 120 guest flagships Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer. Each ship is designed specially to take guests to remote locations that large cruise ships simply cannot access. With shallow drafts, multiple Zodiacs, glass-bottomed boats, and signature ‘Xplorer’ safari boats launched from a hydraulic platform, guests can expect daily village visits, river expeditions or beach landings. An expert expedition team providing interpretive commentary, and the warm Australian hospitality onboard make for a very different cruise experience. Headquartered in Cairns, Australia, Coral Expeditions sails the outer Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley coast, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, New Zealand and further afield to the small Islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Coral Expeditions’ industry leading SailSAFE program laid the foundation for a successful year of voyaging in 2020 where over 85 incident free expeditions hosting over 3500 guests operated.

Find Freedom in the farthest reaches with Coral Expeditions.

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