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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 state-of-the-art 1800-tonne vessel embarks on expedition cruises around Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South-east Asia and the island archipelagos of Melanesia. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with state-of-the-art 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 by NQEA shipyard in Cairns, Australia with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience in the South Pacific. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your cruise aboard Oceanic Discoverer will remain in your memory for a lifetime.

Excursion Boats

The ability to make landfall in out of the way villages, cruise shallow river tributaries and discover areas impossible to reach on bigger ships is a key ingredient of any successful expedition cruise. When you discover Australia, Asia and the South Pacific aboard Coral Discoverer you will travel ashore and explore in the most comfort possible aboard her flexible range of excursion boats.   Coral Discoverer is equipped with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, along with Xplorer, a unique, specially designed excursion vessel.

Xplorer is equipped with high horsepower engines and comfortable padded seating accommodating all 72 guests, ensuring that you don’t miss any of the region’s highlights.  Xplorer is also fitted with an awning to provide protection from the weather and an onboard toilet. On selected itineraries we also make use of the ship’s glass bottom boat.   Boarding of excursion vessels is safe and easy. Simply step aboard from the Main Deck and Coral Discoverer’s unique hydraulic platform will gently lower the excursion vessel into the water, ensuring that you don’t need to clamber aboard or get your feet wet.


A significant upgrade and refresh of facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing 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 ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of the other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.


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.




Dining room


Open Bridge



Stateroom, Oceanic Discoverer

Stylish Staterooms:

Choose from five grades of stylishly appointed staterooms, each tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and original artworks. Enjoy the comforts of a private, Italian-style en suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning and ample cupboard space. All staterooms are serviced daily and feature luxurious Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.

Bridge Deck Stateroom

Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Encircled  by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Promenade Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located in the bow of the ship and encircled  by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Main Deck (Category A) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Cat. A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck (Category B) Stateroom

Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Cat. B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.