Coral Discoverer coral-discoverer

Our flagship vessel; designed for the open seas.

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.


Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. 

Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. 

All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.


Food & Drink

Our chefs prepare high-quality small batch cuisine using local ingredients. We’re proud the quality of Australian and local produce we use. Our dining environments are relaxed without all the glitz of larger cruise ships. And there is no tipping required. 

You can come at ease and dine with whomever you please. It’s a wonderful way to share stories and adventures, without having an assigned seat or formal night. After all you’re on holidays.

Our crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you prefer to eat in, even though we don’t offer room service. You’ll find the extra personal service will enhance your experience.


Life on Board

In November 2016 a significant upgrade and refresh of facilities aboard Coral Discoverer was completed, this brings her amenities to an even higher level. 

The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorers Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and on Promenade Deck an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Life on Board


Get a feel for life onboard the Coral Discoverer by browsing through the image gallery. Click on any of the images above to get started.

Coral Discoverer Cruises

May we present you with a small selection of the wide range of cruises available on Coral Expeditions' Coral Discoverer. For more details click on one of the links below.

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Deck Plans Coral Discoverer

Browse Coral Discoverer's deck plans to get a feel of her layout. Explore cabins, restaurants, entertainment and shared spaces at your leisure.

Coral Discoverer Deckplans

The Coral Expeditions Fleet

The fleet of three Australian-flagged and crewed ships were purpose-built for exploring. With no more than 72 guests, there are no queues. The cuisine is small-batch, wines are Australian artisanal, and the service is personalised. Come explore your world with Australias pioneering cruise line.

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