Coral Expeditions, has signed a contract today with Norwegian shipbuilder Vard to build its fourth expedition cruise ship due to be delivered in mid-2019, with a further vessel intended to follow.
This new ship is designed for ocean cruising to remote areas and draws on the latest technical advances as well as Coral Expeditions’ 34 years of experience building and operating expedition ships. She will carry a maximum of only 120 guests in 60 cabins, which range from outside staterooms of 17 sq m to suites of 43 sq m. She will also feature Active stabilisers to ensure guest comfort in the varied conditions found at sea.
Following a long maritime tradition, she will be Australian flagged and crewed, and conform to the highest standards of build quality, operational redundancy and environmental compliance. Vard is a Norwegian-headquartered company with nine shipyards globally and a 70 year history.
The ship will join the Coral Expeditions fleet exploring the Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land (The Top of Australia), Papua New Guinea, the Spice Islands, Indonesia and the South Pacific. And will be available for bookings in October 2017.