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Darwin Becomes Home Port For The Coral Adventurer


In a significant win for the Top End’s tourism industry, the Coral Expeditions’ expedition ship Coral Adventurer arrived in Darwin Harbour today, where it will be home porting year round before visiting destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Singapore.

The 5599 ton Coral Adventurer has a passenger capacity of 120 with 48 crew and is designed to take guests closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety.

The Coral Adventurer joins the Coral Discoverer and Coral Expeditions 1 to continue the company’s 24-year history of Darwin visitation and their commitment to growing the visitor experience in our traditional low season.

As part of the 2019-20 season Coral Adventurer will have eighteen departures from Darwin carrying an estimated 2000 passengers during the season plus a further 222 crew.

With its tropical climate, Darwin enjoys year-round cruise activity, with larger ships visiting in the main season from October-March and a number of small, luxury expedition cruise ships using Darwin as a home-base to explore the remote Northern Australian coastline from April-September.

This season the Top End welcomes 82 cruise and expeditionary ships to Darwin, providing a huge tourism and economic boost.

According to Cruise Lines International Association Australasia’s Economic Impact Assessment 2017-18*, the cruise sector brings an estimated $171.9 million a year to the local economy, demonstrating the importance of the sector.