Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Coral Princess heads to the Kimberley following $1million refurbishment


Coral Princess Cruises’ 35 metre catamaran Coral Princess has re-entered service following a $1 million upgrade. The small ship, which is currently en route to Darwin on her 11-night Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition, will commence the company’s Kimberley season on 6 April. 

The 50 passenger Coral Princess, which operates alongside the company’s flagship Oceanic Discoverer in the Kimberley between April and October each year, has received new, state-of-the-art engines, expansive teak decking and a completely remodelled dining room and lounge area as part of the full refurbishment. The new look dining room offers significantly more space, incorporates a comfortable lounge alcove, rejuvenated décor and modern furnishings. All accommodations aboard the ship have also been upgraded, with plush carpets and stylish artworks creating a warm and welcoming onboard atmosphere.

Coral Princess founder and Managing Director Tony Briggs said he “couldn’t be happier” with the ship’s new look and initial reaction from guests has been very pleasing. “This is a significant upgrade of Coral Princess and we’ve no doubt our guests will be very impressed by the high quality amenities, furniture and fittings throughout the ship when they step aboard” he said. “We’re pleased we’ve been able to incorporate modern stylings, whilst retaining the welcoming ambience and ‘home away from home’ feeling our guests are accustomed to.”

Coral Princess Cruises, an accredited eco-tourism operator, is committed to the concept of sustainable cruising, and the ship’s new “whisper quiet” engines have been developed to minimise emissions. Following recent sea trials off Cairns, Briggs said the ship’s new engines provide increased power and greater stability, along with significantly improved fuel efficiency.
Australian-owned Coral Princess Cruises pioneered small-ship expedition cruising on the Kimberley coast in 1996 and has 34 departures scheduled across the 2012 season, which runs between April and October. The company has rooms remaining available on several departures. Coral Princess’s fleet of three small ships also operate year round cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, and further afield to exotic destinations including Papua New Guinea, Melanesia and New Zealand.

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