Coral Expeditions continues fleet growth

first_imgCoral Expeditions continues fleet growth David Li PhotographyCoral Expeditions continues fleet growthAustralia’s pioneering expedition cruise line, Coral Expeditions, continues to expand their Australian-flagged fleet announcing the order of a fifth ship, Coral Geographer, to be delivered in December 2020.The new build, which is currently under construction at VARD Shipyard, will be a sister ship to the company’s recently launched Coral Adventurer, which arrived in home waters in Darwin, Australia, earlier this month.The 120-passenger Coral Geographer will feature the same state-of-the-art specifications as the Coral Adventurer. However, in response to market demand, the new ship will have an increased proportion of bridge deck suites – up from two to six large suites – all featuring horizon bathtubs.The new ship order further extends the growth plans of the company and the modernisation of the fleet towards 2021. The fleet is designed for exploration with small passenger numbers, world leading proprietary expedition capabilities, and ability to access the farthest regions of the world with comfort and ease.“We’ve witnessed significant demand for our unique style of expedition cruising, and the business has confidence to order a fifth ship only weeks after launching Coral Adventurer,” says Mark Fifield, Group General Manager of Coral Expeditions.“We are confident in the ongoing strength of the expedition sector along with the vessel’s size, her design and her capabilities. She represents the perfect balance between being large enough for ocean voyaging yet having a small and intimate ship feel to maximise our guest experience. We classify ourselves as a “true expedition” operator and are one of a small fraternity of global operators with the experience and focus to understand and deliver this style of adventure,” said Mr Fifield.In a first for Coral Expeditions and drawing on the company’s pioneering tradition, in her maiden season the Coral Geographer will embark on an expedition series exploring the “Small Islands of the Indian Ocean”.In January 2021, Coral Geographer will set sail on her inaugural voyage over 25-nights from Singapore to the Seychelles including the islands of Sumatra, Sri Lanka and numerous remote atolls of the Maldives before ending in the Seychelles.Her second sailing will be over 15-nights from the Seychelles to Mauritius, featuring an extensive exploration of the remote coastline of northern Madagascar, Reunion Island, and Aldabra atoll, named by David Attenborough as “one of the wonders of the world” and as a “crown jewel” of the Indian Ocean.The third voyage will see her complete an epic traverse of the Indian Ocean from Mauritius back home to Fremantle, Australia. This voyage is being planned as a 25-30 night research exploration and in conjunction with partners focused on scientific and natural environment content. Guest numbers will be strictly limited on this voyage.Voyages 1 and 2 of the Coral Geographer maiden series are open for bookings from this week, whilst Voyage 3 across the Indian Ocean is open to expressions of interest at this time from individuals and associations.Celebrating 35 years of history in expedition cruising excellence in 2020, Coral Geographer will join the existing fleet, which at present includes the 120-guest Coral Adventurer and the 72-guestCoral Discoverer. The company also operates the 46-guest Coral Expeditions I, and 42-guest Coral Expeditions II.According to Mr Fifield, construction is currently well progressed and running on schedule, with all milestones on track for a December 2020 delivery. The inaugural series of three voyages will set sail from Singapore on January 6th, 2021 and the Coral Geographer will arrive home to Australian waters in Fremantle in late March 2021.For bookings and further information, please visit www.coralexpeditions.com, email cruise@coralexpeditions.com or phone 1800 079 545.Source = Coral Expeditionslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter ZUMA celebrating its

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterZUMA, celebrating its ninth anniversary in Hong Kong this year, has reinforced its position as an award-winning drinks destination by sweeping two of the top awards in the Asia region. In the first half of 2016, ZUMA’s bar and lounge was named number 39 on the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars List and was awarded Best Bar at the Asian Club & Bar Awards this spring.ZUMA’s Bar Development Manager Arkadiusz Rybak has also earned multiple awards since joining ZUMA in 2013 including Drinks World Asia’s 2015 top 25 bartenders in Hong Kong and Macau and Foodie Forks’ 2014 Master of Mixology Award. His passion for travel, books, experimentation and cooking has helped him to develop a sophisticated palate for unique ingredients and flavours, which he incorporates into his cocktail list. Arkadiusz ensures that not a single detail is overlooked behind the bar, right down to the 60 ice balls that are hand-carved at ZUMA each and every night.Arkadiusz’s unique summer-inspired cocktails incorporate the highest-quality ingredients handpicked from around the world. The Shoko Lada, a Japanese twist on the Pina Colada, is made with distilled rum with pandan leaves, homemade white chocolate liqueur, yuzu juice and fresh homemade pineapple puree served in a natural coconut shell from Hawaii. Arkadiusz created the Amazon-inspired “Nekuta” and The Venus Fly Trap after a trip to Brazil where he saw locals drinking water from fly traps. The resulting cocktail, made with coconut rum, clarified Japanese mango and yuzu, is served inside a real fly trap plant.Classic favourites at ZUMA include the Green Apple Fizz, made with Tanqueray gin, green apples, shiso and prosecco and the Zumanuka, a blend of Manuka honey vodka, basil, pineapple, lime and apple. Cocktail connoisseurs also love the Aged Cocktails, a unique offering in Hong Kong made from barrel-aged drinks from 2013.To ensure that the vibes at ZUMA are always right, the Hong Kong establishment has tapped the award-winning ZUMA Dubai’s resident DJ and group music director DJ Adrien Callier to create an energetic backdrop of fresh and funky beats.Later this summer, guests can expect a slew of new offerings including Japanese-inspired cocktails and an innovative selection of specially distilled low ABV martinis, giving guests another reason to see and be seen at the award-winning destination.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more