Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)

Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)

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Tasman Coastal 16 day Small Ship Cruise from Launceston to Hobart aboard Coral Discoverer.

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Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 63 metres Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms) Built: 2005 / Refurbished: 2016 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. After the refurbishment, 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 our 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. The Coral Discoverer 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. FACILITIES ON BOARD > Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating > Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck > Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished > Forward lounge > Reference library > Gift shop > Open bridge > Workout Area > Wireless internet available for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer > Limited laundry facilities available > SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)


Day 1 - Day 1 Arrive Launceston
Arrive in Launceston, where we'll met you and transfer you to your hotel. Packed with a plethora of old country charm, delicious food and wine and elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia. After checking in, you'll be given the chance to explore this beautiful city on a late afternoon guided tour. Tonight, delight in a welcome dinner and drink with fellow APT travellers.Stay: Launceston, Peppers Silo Hotel
Day 2 - Day 2 Launceston, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Freycinet National Park
Today you’ll travel through the scenic wine-producing areas of northern Tasmania en route to Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Here, take a tour of the distillery and sample unique lavender-infused fare. Afterwards, you’ll traverse Weldborough Pass, past forested hills and farmland, and stop at East Coast Natureworld to meet a Tasmanian devil. This evening, enjoy a relaxed dinner.Stay: Two Nights, Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge
Day 3 - Day 3 Freycinet National Park
After breakfast this morning, you'll enjoy a guided tour along Cape Tourville, admiring the stunning coastal scenery. Tonight, savour a gourmet BBQ that showcases the finest regional produce, with views overlooking Coles Bay (weather permitting).
Day 4 - Day 4 Freycinet National Park, Ross, Richmond, Hobart
Visit the historic towns of Ross and Richmond on your way to Hobart. Later, arrive in Tasmania’s capital for a guided discovery which takes you through the city’s Botanical Gardens and the heritage district of Battery Point.Stay: Two Nights, Hobart, Hotel Grand Chancellor
Day 5 - Day 5 Hobart, Port Arthur or Bruny Island Traveller
Today, select your preferred sightseeing activity. You may like to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s most intact, evocative and notorious convict prison, on a guided tour. Alternatively, choose to explore the spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce of Bruny Island. This is a delicious day out where you’ll visit the homes of Bruny Island’s cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky.
Day 6 - Day 6 Hobart, Embark Ship
This morning, walk the Salamanca Market and peruse the treasures of Tasmania at more than 300 stalls. Wander through the array of goods, from hand-crafted jewellery and carved wooden trinkets, to tantalising Tasmanian gin. Later this afternoon, embark your ship, the Coral Discoverer. Prepare to meet your captain at tonight’s welcome drinks, and enjoy a Tasmanian Seafood welcome buffet.Stay: 10 Nights, Coral Discoverer
Day 7 - Day 7 Woodbridge, Huon, Recherche Bay
Today starts with a sampling at Grandvewe Cheeses, followed by a tour of the oceanic area overlooking Bruny Island. Then visit the historic Wooden Boat Centre and Franklin. This afternoon, cruise along Recherche Bay.
Day 8 - Day 8 Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour
Today, discover Port Davey before you embark on the first of two days of exploring the Tasman Wilderness World Heritage-listed area. Aboard your small ship, you can encounter the tiniest nooks of this untouched place – a feat only possible in a small-sized vessel. If you’re feeling active, perhaps experience kayaking in Bramble Cove, or explore Melaleuca, along with hiking and bird-watching.
Day 9 - Day 9 Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour
You will have an additional day to further explore this pristine part of Tasmania.
Day 10 - Day 10 Tasman Wilderness Area
Sheltered by beautiful mountain scenery, the Narrows is remarkably undisturbed. If you’re feeling energetic, you might like to embark on a hike along the Balmoral Hill Track or take in the surrounds of the Needwonee on a walk, before trying your hand at spotting the elusive orange-bellied parrot.
Day 11 - Day 11 Bruny Island
Your day begins with a scenic cruise along Bruny Island. Keep your eyes peeled for Australian fur seals lounging on their rocky home. Later, enjoy a moderate nature walk to the spectacular lookout on the Fluted Cape track. Tonight, savour a tasting of delicious Tasmanian wines on board.
Day 12 - Day 12 Maria Island
Walk among Maria Island National Park’s historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs. Be sure to keep an eye out for local endemic wildlife such as Forester kangaroos, Bennett’s wallabies and wombats.
Day 13 - Day 13 Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Schouten Island
Early risers can enjoy an optional guided hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout. From here, the crystal waters are on full display before you. This afternoon at Schouten Island, you can perhaps hike to Waterfall Lookout, or take a short stroll to the coal mines, or embark on a kayak adventure.
Day 14 - Day 14 Tasman Peninsula, Fortescue Bay
On the Tasman Peninsula today, gaze up at the 300-metre sea cliffs of Tasman National Park. In this area of astonishing natural diversity watch for Australian fur seals on the rocky shores and visit pristine Fortescue Bay.
Day 15 - Day 15 Tasman National Park, Port Arthur
Arriving in Port Arthur, your expert guide will paint the historic scene on a walking tour. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on board.
Day 16 - Day 16 Disembark Ship, Depart Hobart
We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.
Day 17 - Please Note:
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

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    • Australia's Convict Prison. Visit Port Arthur, once Australia's most notorious convict prison, and take a guided tour through this intriguing site.
    • Face to Face with a Devil. Visit East Coast Natureworld and meet APT's very own Tasmanian devil.
    • Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery and sample lavender-inspired fare including ice cream, fudge and cheese.