Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)

Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)

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Enjoy seven nights aboard the Coral Discoverer discovering wonders of Tasmania. Experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises.

Trip Name
Tasman Coastal Cruise (Coral Discoverer)
Days
15
Overview
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)

Itinerary



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.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Launceston, Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Freycinet National Park
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEToday you'll travel through the scenic wine-producing areas of northern Tasmania en route to the Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Here, take a tour of the distillery and sample unique lavender-infused fare. Afterwards, meet a rare Tasmanian devil at East Coast Natureworld.After visiting Bridestowe Lavender Estate, traverse Weldborough Pass, past forested hills and farmland, and stop at East Coast Natureworld to meet a Tasmanian devil. This evening, enjoy time at leisure.
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, Richmond, Hobart
Depart for Hobart this morning, via Ross and Richmond. After checking in, you'll be given the opportunity for a guided tour of Cascade Brewery or a chance to explore this beautiful and historic city at leisure.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Hobart, Port Arthur Or Bruny Island Traveller
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingYou may like to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia’s most intact, evocative and notorious convict prison, on a guided tour. See the famous sandstone Penitentiary then visit the Convict Church and Separate Prison. You'll then step aboard a cruise around the Isle of the Dead and hear haunting stories about the convicts who were transported here from across the world and eventually buried there. 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 home of Bruny Island's cheese, oysters, fudge, berries, wine and whisky to savour their produce and hear the stories behind the harvest.Today, select your preferred sightseeing activity. This evening, enjoy a dinner at Mures Upper Deck.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Hobart
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. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Hobart
Today, you'll see the charming 19th century cottages in the old maritime village of Battery point and explore more of Salamanca on a locally guided tour.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Hobart, Embark Ship
After a morning at leisure, you'll embark your ship, Coral Discoverer. You'll begin your journey by cruising along the River Derwent, with stunning views of Hobart’s city and the Tasman Bridge. While traversing the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, prepare to meet the captain at a welcome drinks, and enjoy a specialty Tasmanian Seafood welcome buffet.
Day 9 - DAY 9 Woodbridge, Huon
Today starts with a sampling at Grandvewe Cheeses, followed by a tour of the oceanic area overlooking Bruny Island. After, you will visit the historic Wooden Boat Centre and picturesque Franklin. This afternoon, you’ll cruise along Recherche Bay.
Day 10 - DAY 10 Tasman Wilderness Area
Today, discover Port Davey before you embark on the first of two days exploring the fascinating Tasman Wilderness World Heritage Area. Aboard your small ship, you can uncover the tiniest nooks of the untouched area – a feat only possible in a small sized vessel.
Day 11 - DAY 11 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 illusive orange bellied parrot.
Day 12 - DAY 12 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 13 - DAY 13 Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay, Maria Island
Early risers can enjoy an optional guided hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout. From here, the crystal waters are on full display before you. Continue to the town of Darlington and gain insight into the island’s intriguing past with a visit to the historic Darlington Settlement ruins. Afterwards, prepare to meet the native wombats at Maria Island.
Day 14 - DAY 14 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 15 - DAY 15 Disembark Ship, Depart Hobart
We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.
Day 16 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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Inclusions

    • 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.

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