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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We originally wanted to go on the Kimberley cruise but it was booked up, so we chose this one. We are so glad we did. The whole trip was extremely well planned from start to finish - the cruise company had thought of everything, and more ... Read More
We originally wanted to go on the Kimberley cruise but it was booked up, so we chose this one. We are so glad we did. The whole trip was extremely well planned from start to finish - the cruise company had thought of everything, and more besides. From the food to the service to the friendly staff to the cleanliness and the informal nature on board, we were treated extremely well for the whole trip. Not only that, the staff clearly all loved their jobs and were all true professionals, never making you feel like they had done these things a thousand times. They were all passionate and enthusiastic about the activities and trips. The number of passengers (35) was great - everyone got to know each other, and yet there was always enough time and space to be alone or in your own couple if you wanted to. This is one of the best trips we have ever done and wo won't do our Kimberley cruise with anyone else! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
My wife and I took a 7-night Great Barrier Reef cruise on Coral Expeditions II from 27 May to 3 June 2016. We have cruised on large and small ships in the past, and we are both of the opinion that the Coral Expeditions II cruise was the ... Read More
My wife and I took a 7-night Great Barrier Reef cruise on Coral Expeditions II from 27 May to 3 June 2016. We have cruised on large and small ships in the past, and we are both of the opinion that the Coral Expeditions II cruise was the best cruise we have been on. The cabins are very comfortable, and the bathrooms are the most spacious we have ever encountered on a cruise ship. The ship has excellent dining and lounge areas, and the sun deck has both an open and covered area. The beauty of the ship is that it is able to get very close to the reef, and it is fitted with a moving platform on the stern that means passengers who want to snorkel or dive can get into the water from the platform and you are only a matter of metres from the coral. We have snorkeled quite extensively in various places around the South Pacific, and the sights visited by the Coral Expeditions II offered some of the best snorkeling we have ever seen. The variety of coral and fish life was outstanding. While there were some small areas of coral bleaching, on the whole the reef was magnificent. The crew was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, and their enthusiasm for the beautiful environment of the reef was very evident. The quality of the food was consistently very high. My wife has a specific dietary requirement which was well and truly catered for throughout the cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise from start to finish, and would definitely recommend it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The service, the food, the crew, the accommodations, the Great Barrier Reef Queensland, AU, it doesn't get any better than this for an active fit adult experience. We did the 7 day which is the 3 and 4 day combined of north and ... Read More
The service, the food, the crew, the accommodations, the Great Barrier Reef Queensland, AU, it doesn't get any better than this for an active fit adult experience. We did the 7 day which is the 3 and 4 day combined of north and south cruises out of Cairns, pronounced Cans, and loved it. There is a bit of a shakeup when you lose shipmates and pick up new crew and passengers after 3 nights, but the new were just as friendly as the ones who left. We happened to pick the shoulder season so with a crew of 11-12 and 11 passengers on each of the passages the service was fantastic. But pictures of crystal clear water with depths of 100-120 feet wasn't what we saw. Our only disappointment was our first stop for snorkeling at Fitzroy Island. When we got back on board from snorkeling, we looked at each other and said what a waste of money if this is what we came to see. Yes, it was overcast, but the coral was brown and there were very few fish. Surely there is a better introduction to the GBR than this stop. And perhaps everything else wouldn't have been as good if we hadn't been so disappointed in Fitzroy Island. Pre dinner cocktails every evening in the top lounge with a preview of tomorrow's activities and then to exquisite dinners in the dining room. Tonight it was a seafood buffet with bugs (AU lobsters), oysters, smoked salmon, heads on prawns, a fish similar to whole red snapper assorted salads and sides. Saturday we arrived at Nuggin Reef for scuba and snorkeling. I was the only certified diver which was awesome. Ricci, the dive master, and I had an incredible dive. Lots of fish and soft coral. The afternoon we anchored at Nathan Reef which was just as beautiful as the prior one. the engines started at 7 am and breakfast at Saturday we rose to a beautiful sunrise anchored in the Hinchinbrook Channel. We took a glass bottom boat tour through the mangroves looking for croks, dolphins, turtles, birds and other wildlife. Although there were none of the above, it was a beautiful tour and a nice diversion. I jut realized how much I've done and only touch on the trip. Needless to say, it was amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. There are beach bar bqs, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, great presentations on the reef and history, amazing people, fantastic food, unbelievable fish and soft corals snorkeling and diving. I couldn't have spent my 60th birthday in any better place with any better people. Thanks to my wonderful husband, Richard, and our new friends. But it is NOT for people with limited mobility. There are steep stairs that cannot be avoided. The activities do not require Olympians, but they do require good knees, hips and feet. Meals are about as good as they get on any large or small cruise line. The accommodations although smaller than large cruise ships are more than adequate with good storage. You only need a few bathing suits and shorts and casual shirts. A carry on is more than enough clothes. Suntan lotion of SPF 50 and insect repellent are provided. When you go to the beach, the crew sets up chairs and shade and brings water and drinks. Access to the water is unbelievably easy with the hydraulic lift for boat rides and snorkeling access. I would add this cruise to your bucket list. I crossed it off mine and couldn't be happier. The crew is outstanding. Eliza, purser, Evie, marine biologist, are the best - I miss you guys. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
Recommended by our travel agent Kyah Rook at Escape Travel Shellharbour. We cannot speak too highly of our cruise,personnel, food,cabin, organisation, exploring the Barrier Reef at our age (78 & 75) we were so well looked after, ... Read More
Recommended by our travel agent Kyah Rook at Escape Travel Shellharbour. We cannot speak too highly of our cruise,personnel, food,cabin, organisation, exploring the Barrier Reef at our age (78 & 75) we were so well looked after, snorkling for the first time.It was good the time taken to give some training for us oldies so we could enjoy our time in the reef as initially it was a bit daunting but after training we felt quite safe. What can we say about the reef itself ? spectacular,it was a real privilege to see this fantastic "wonder of the world" and the commentary by the crew was informative and entertaining with some good humour thrown in from the cox. The embarkation and disembarkation couldn't be bettered. Even though the weather wasn't very good we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and would recommend it to anyone as we already have.Keep up the good work as you are great ambassadors for Australia. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The boat accommodates 22 people, (only there were only 13 on this cruise), so this suited us as we don't like touring with lots of people. There is a lounge area with big screen TV for presentations, bar and relevant books to borrow. ... Read More
The boat accommodates 22 people, (only there were only 13 on this cruise), so this suited us as we don't like touring with lots of people. There is a lounge area with big screen TV for presentations, bar and relevant books to borrow. We spent a lot of time with the fish ID book. There is also a sundeck and another bar in the dining area downstairs. You can call in at the wheelhouse any time the door is open and this was very interesting, seeing all the instruments. I watched the docking procedure on our return to Cairns. The cabin had 2 double wardrobes and other storage space, so all our stuff was out of the way. The food was excellent throughout and chef made me vegetarian meals, even though I was the only one eating them. All the crew were professional and friendly. I hate water and had never snorkelled before, but was made to feel confident that I could take it at my own pace and someone would be there to help if I needed them. I subsequently snorkelled 5 times and loved the experience. Similarly, my partner scuba-dived for the first time. We were kept informed of potential choppy seas so we could take medication before the event if needed, and staff were always available to help people move around the ship. The on-board marine biologist was excellent, giving presentations beforehand so we knew what to look for and information on the glass-bottomed boat tour which preceded each snorkel. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
We could not fault this cruise. Weather obviously plays a big part in the enjoyment of a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were friendly, helpful and altogether amazing. Nothing was a problem. We were given plenty of information ... Read More
We could not fault this cruise. Weather obviously plays a big part in the enjoyment of a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were friendly, helpful and altogether amazing. Nothing was a problem. We were given plenty of information on the reef and the life on the reef. The food was restaurant quality with plenty for all. A highlight was the scones one afternoon, the best we have ever had and my mother was English and cooked great scones. The cruise has two sectors, a four day and a three day sector. We did both. If you are specifically travelling to do the diving on the coral, whether snorkelling or scuba, the four day northern sector is the highlight. They travel the outer ribbon reefs and the reef is opposite rain forest on the mainland. The water quality and underwater scenery is generally better. However there is more for the non divers in the southern three day sector. however on the last day we swam with turtles and had good visibility on Fitzroy Island just off Cairns. The accommodation was very acceptable and the upper lounge area was a pleasant relaxing area with amazing views. As we were disembarking my wife and I said we could easily have turned around and walked back on board for another seven days. We travelled in May which was a good time because the water was still warm (28 degrees) and the vessel was not full as June and on wards is their busy time however the water begins to cool down. The age group was over 50s mostly with the occasional family or couple in there 40s. We are 62 years old but very active. An amazing trip!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
What a delight! With only 18 passengers aboard and a crew of 14, we had lots of personal attention. All crew members worked to make us feel like family with them and each other. Rooms are small and basic but there is good storage ... Read More
What a delight! With only 18 passengers aboard and a crew of 14, we had lots of personal attention. All crew members worked to make us feel like family with them and each other. Rooms are small and basic but there is good storage (cabinet and under the bed), a big window, lots of hot water and towels replaced twice each day. This is a live aboard type so it is definitely a water activity ship. So stairs between decks are steep. Rooms on Deck 1 & 2. Dining on Deck 1 and Lounge on Deck 3. The food was very good. Hot breakfast and hot lunch served buffet style. Dinner was sit down service and varied. We had seafood buffet, BBQ on the outdoor deck and grilled steak. The staff knew our names and anticipated our food and drink desires. Water activities are the main feature here. Our cruise had two dive instructors. So their one-on-one attention got me diving again for the first time in 30 years. It was incredible! My husband, as a certified diver, had even better dives including one pre-dawn dive. They also had four glass bottom boat tours for passengers not wanting to get wet. On the beach of Lizard Island, they set up chairs, snacks, wine and drinks for a beach sunset viewing. Days on the cruise are very busy. Breakfast is at 7 am. Followed by hiking (Captain Cook lookout), touring (Cooktown) and beach, diving, snorkeling stops. We had two different stops every day. One of the best tours we've done! The reefs are straight off the boat's back deck -- which lowers for easy access to the water. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise to experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef on a live-aboard. Embarkation on April 1st went smoothly, although there was a slight wait in getting onboard, during which we were advised to go and have ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef on a live-aboard. Embarkation on April 1st went smoothly, although there was a slight wait in getting onboard, during which we were advised to go and have breakfast at a coffeshop within walking distance. Once we'd all boarded - about 30 of us on a ship with a capacity of 44 pax - there was a presentation in the lounge on the 3-day cruise ahead and we were assigned our cabins. This is where our problems began, which I will describe in more detail below. The high points of the cruise were the friendly crew and the outstanding food. The meals were truly wonderful, with plenty of fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, prepared with imagination and taste. Windy weather at this time of year meant we couldn't quite follow the planned itinerary and the water was not as clear as one might hope, but that was no one's fault. Presentations and videos on the Great Barrier Reef, which were held in the comfortable ship lounge, were informative and interesting. We had plenty of time in the water, which is what we were most interested in; shore excursions were pleasant, including one free sunset cocktail and one where drinks had to be paid... a bit unexpected, so not many of us had brought any cash onshore with us. Now to the one big problem we encountered, which was compounded by very poor customer service and has led to the poor rating of this cruise: the pricing and classificication of accommodations onboard. We had booked and paid for a 'cabin' for our son and his girlfriend, and for a 'stateroom' for my husband and me - a category that cost nearly $400 AUD more. When we arrived onboard, we found, to our surprise, that the 'cabin' and 'stateroom' were carbon copies: identical in every respect, with absolutely no difference in size or comfort. Both were on the Lower Deck - in fact, our higher-priced 'stateroom' was located right by the galley! The purser very kindly moved us to the Upper Deck, into another 'stateroom', once again IDENTICAL down to the last detail, to our son's cheaper cabin. After the cruise, when we took this matter up with Coral Expeditions , no one bothered to reply at first. By sending repeated emails, we had the answer that the considerable price difference between 'cabin' and 'stateroom' was due to the superior position of the 'stateroom' category. Really? Our initial 'stateroom on the Lower Deck by the galley hardly seemed a prime location. Our advice is NOT to spend extra money booking a 'stateroom', and stay with the 'cabin' category. On a boat which houses just over 40 people, location hardly matters and besides, you hardly spend anytime in your room except to dress and sleep. The crew gave us to understand that the company is undergoing restructuring and the family who founded Coral Expeditions and built its good reputation is no longer at the helm. That may explain but does not excuse the poor customer service Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We chose the particular trip because we love snorkeling and that was the focus of the cruise. It was the best snorkeling of our lives---and we've been a LOT of places including Bora Bora Tahiti on the Paul Gaugain. The coral, fish, ... Read More
We chose the particular trip because we love snorkeling and that was the focus of the cruise. It was the best snorkeling of our lives---and we've been a LOT of places including Bora Bora Tahiti on the Paul Gaugain. The coral, fish, color, clarity of water were all A+ (not at every snorkel site but overall.) The boat would just be there at these incredible ribbon reefs off shore. They had a lift on the back so it was super easy access to the water. They carried a glass bottom boat to entertain the non-snorkelers and haul us in to shore when we did island snorkels. The big surprise was the boat, crew and food. Udo was the purser and he just made things work for everyone. The food was excellent and there were not too many people so you got to know each other. Mostly they were British or Australian and we're Americans so lots of interesting conversations. We were not traveling with children but there were a few and the crew really made them feel welcome. (They were great kids..engaged and enjoying the adventure.) We would definitely go again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We traveled as a multi-generational family and everyone had a wonderful time. The food and service were top notch. We have a vegetarian in our family and the staff went overboard cooking a special meal for her. We were amazed at the ... Read More
We traveled as a multi-generational family and everyone had a wonderful time. The food and service were top notch. We have a vegetarian in our family and the staff went overboard cooking a special meal for her. We were amazed at the wonderful meals. The snorkeling was the best in the world and the two in our family who dove also had a wonderful time. Special thanks to our purser, Udo, who went above and beyond in making our dining experiences so wonderful! Captain Kent was also awesome in helping when we needed medical attention and in making our grandson's experience special with a bridge tour, time in the captain's chair, and '1st mate' badge. This is an expedition ship and the cabins were basic, but you don't spend much time in them. With the small size of the ship you got to know your other cruisers. We met some wonderful people onboard both staff and other cruisers, and have awesome memories of this trip! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
My cruise on board 'Coral Expeditions 11" gave me some of the most magical moments of my life - and at age 71, widely traveled and with many years at ownership level in the hospitality, retail and commercial boating industry, I ... Read More
My cruise on board 'Coral Expeditions 11" gave me some of the most magical moments of my life - and at age 71, widely traveled and with many years at ownership level in the hospitality, retail and commercial boating industry, I do not say this lightly. The whole experience was a product of the most amazing synergy of crew professionalism and relaxed, true, caring camaraderie. The itinerary could not be faulted - a wondrous combination of snorkeling and diving over some of the best reefs on Earth; excursions to Cooktown, Orpheus, Lizard and Fitzroy Islands; and above all, the informed flexibility of the crew who maximised every opportunity to gain the utmost from the weather and tide conditions with an eye always to the comfort and interests of their passengers. I was unashamedly self indulgent in that I gloried in the luxury and space of a deluxe state room but at no stage did I hear of any dissatisfaction from any of the other passengers who enjoyed other levels of cabin accommodation. The food and service? Absolutely beyond criticism. It is nearly 3 weeks now since I disembarked in Cairns and not a day goes by that I do not reminisce on so many separate and sublime occasions of my time on board and ashore. Foremost in my memories is most definitely the expertise, friendliness and caring shown by the crew. We were always kept totally informed via the communication direct to our cabin - a marvelous touch! For sure there are many other ways to see and enjoy our magnificent Great Barrier Reef but to be privileged to be one of the guests aboard "Coral Expedition 11" is something I do not take lightly. I thank you all. Yasmin - our magnificent Purser - I owe you a humble apology. In addition to giving us your cheery voice coming into our cabins and your professional service at meal times, you also were responsible for the wonderful "Coral Seas News" which appeared on our bed at night. I left the cruise with my only, very slight criticism that we were not given more historical or geographical information. I'm sorry! My brain was "out to lunch" on board - far too relaxed and if I had had a brain operating it would have been lonely! Only on arrival home when I stapled together all these newsletters as a keepsake did I realise that you had given SO much information on the reverse of the sheets! So - just a hint so that others as clueless or as relaxed as I was: mark the sheet "PTO" or something similar. To all the crew: Bec (your knowledge, friendliness and patience was unparalleled), Lex, Charlie, Sharlene (you have a wonderful 'people person' gift!), Roberto the maestro in the galley - and to you others who completed such a professional and friendly crew - I thank you. I am already looking at cruises with Coral Expeditions to Asia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. But perhaps I just might also repeat this very same cruise to the Great Barrier Reef! I could not give high enough recommendations and praise to the company and crew of "Coral Expeditions 11". Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We had a fantastic time from start to finish and the crew could not have been more helpful friendly knowledge and extremely keen to make sure you had a great time on board. The quality of the food was amazing given the size of the galley ... Read More
We had a fantastic time from start to finish and the crew could not have been more helpful friendly knowledge and extremely keen to make sure you had a great time on board. The quality of the food was amazing given the size of the galley and you could even ask for something other than what was on offer if you didn't like the menu. It's a small vessel so you may sometimes become aware of the sea conditions but it's a fabulous way to see the Great Barrier Reef. The hands on attitude of the crew ensured that everyone got the absolute most from the trip including snorkelling for the very first time We would thoroughly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
I had the opportunity to travel to the Great Barrier Reef with my partner for 3 nights in November 2015. This is only my 2nd time on a cruise ship (the other being a large ship experience) but am comfortable in saying that the small ship ... Read More
I had the opportunity to travel to the Great Barrier Reef with my partner for 3 nights in November 2015. This is only my 2nd time on a cruise ship (the other being a large ship experience) but am comfortable in saying that the small ship experience definitely surpasses that of the larger. The smaller guest numbers meant that I got to meet and share the experiences of the trip with almost all of the other travellers. So by the end of the trip it felt like I had really connected with everyone and made some good friends. The staff were brilliant, with special thanks to Roberto in the kitchen, who continually amazed with the variety and flavour he was able to deliver. The fresh scones and cake were great after the snorkelling / diving (if you hadn't guessed I loved the food, still the most important part of any trip in my opinion). Yasmin and Bec were both excellent in their knowledge, helpfulness and professional attitude. They were still friendly very late one night when my partner and I couldn't work out how to change the air conditioner settings and needed to wake them up. Kristy was very patient with us when she took us diving and I will forever be greatful with the effort she went too to show us the various corals and coloured fish. Overall very happy with the experience and will definitely be adding it to my yearly plan. Coral Expeditions, 5 thumbs up. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Let me start this review by saying that I really do not like writing poor reviews,but there are times that the general public need to be aware of problems they are likely to encounter,which are perhaps not well publicised. I booked a 7 ... Read More
Let me start this review by saying that I really do not like writing poor reviews,but there are times that the general public need to be aware of problems they are likely to encounter,which are perhaps not well publicised. I booked a 7 night cruise on this vessel for my wife and I, as part of a very special around the world retirement trip. We have cruised a number of times before on both large and small vessels and have never before other than the odd very rough day had problems with motion sickness. Coral Expeditions 2 is a catamaran and as we found out, this and quite possibly other similar vessels are not user friendly as far as motion sickness is concerned. Let me start at the beginning however. We arrived at the Cairns cruise ship terminal about an hour and a half before the scheduled embarkation time of 4.00pm to find that the terminal uninhabited and looking like an empty warehouse. On Walking outside we noticed what can only be described as a little lean too type of affair at the far end of the vessel with a young lady standing there. Another older couple probably in there late seventies had arrived at the same time. We both approached the young lady and she duly confirmed that we could leave our luggage there but could not board the ship yet. She suggested that we walk approx 300 yds to the end of the marina where there was a cafe and could get a drink and waste some time. Then if we came back a little nearer embarkation time, we could probably by that time board and go into the lounge. So we started walking towards the cafe, but the older gentlemen could not walk very well and we had to leave him resting on a mooring,whilst his wife accompanied us to the cafe, where she purchased a drink and then walked all of the way back to where he had had to stop to give it to him. It is true that the ship had arrived back from its previous cruise at around 1pm that afternoon,but with just a little bit of though they might just have taken the time to Vac out and prepare the lounge area first, so that early arrivals could have parked themselves there, rather than being told to hike to a cafe 300 yds away. We were not expecting a champagne reception, but having experienced previous receptions, this was to say the least poor! The vessel was scheduled to leave port at 5 pm that evening and duly did. It became very evident to my wife and I very quickly that this was going to be very different to our previous cruises, as despite the fact that conditions were relatively calm the vessel presumably because it is a catamaran, began to seriously rock & roll from side to side. So by 7 pm that evening when we were due to go down to dinner,my wife had already taken to her bed feeling unwell. I was not feeling wonderful but managed whilst stumbling around the cabin to get dressed for dinner but having done that decided that I really was not able to enjoy a dinner, feeling as I did. That was the end of the first evening for us, which we spent in our bunks. Day two was more enjoyable. The vessel moved very little and we both managed to enjoy the snorkeling off of Lizard Island, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were looking forward to doing some walking on the islands and there was one arranged for the second morning on Lizard island. For some reason that was scheduled for some unearthly hour that meant leaving the vessel at 5.00am!! We were on holiday not at a boot camp, so regretfully decided to miss that one. Then, the fun and games really started to kick in! On days 3 and 4 the vessel is scheduled to move from one ribbon reef to another during the luncheon period and then the motors start up again at 5 pm in the evening (similar to the first day) so that meant that the boat was in motion during both lunch and dinner!!! With the unstable nature of the craft, we, plus a number of other passengers were missing for both lunch and dinner on both days due to the constant rocking and rolling of the vessel. I manged a little bit of lunch on day 4, but other then that my wife and I survived on breakfast alone on both of those days. By the afternoon of the 4th day the relatively calm conditions had disappeared and as a result the vessel had difficulty mooring at the final reef as a result of the increasing wind. But never the less, rather then wait until late in the evening before starting the engines after passengers had been able to enjoy their dinner and most were comfortably tucked up in bed, the vessel moved off again at 5pm and another evening was ruined by motion sickness. After 5 hours of laying in my bunk that evening with the vessel rocking and rolling from side to side and crashing down with shuddering bangs I was literally praying for it to all end. My wife by that time was drugged up with sea sickness medication an was fortunately for her out of it. We unfortunately had no other option but to leave the vessel in Cairns the next morning and abort the final 3 days as we just could not face another 3 days, like the 4 we had just experienced. After this terrible experience, we have made a number of suggestions to Coral Expeditions as to what they should endeavour to do to increase 'ALL' of their passengers experience. The first one being that they should be honest and tell potential guests that this type of craft is basically unstable and as such if they do not have cast iron stomachs then this cruise is really not for them. There were a number of people on this vessel who were cruising for the first time and no doubt think that what they experienced is the norm. Being seasoned cruisers we know that that's not the case. Secondly they should not move the vessel at meal times, when with a little bit of thought they could arrange the schedule to avoid that as much as possible, especially from 7pm to 10 pm when passengers were trying to enjoy there dinner and drinks afterwards. Moving the vessel during the late evening or even early hours as I have mentioned earlier when meal times are out of the way and people are not having to move around the boat is the way forward on that. That's what other cruise operators try to do for obvious reasons. The response I received to these suggestions from the company was basically that they have been running cruises for a number of years and and they don't need to be told how to do so. They justify moving the vessel during meal times, so as to give their passengers the best experience possible. I reminded them that being unwell in bed for the best part of 3 days and not being able to eat our lunches, evening meals and enjoy after dinner drinks was no special experience! That's not what we paid all of that money for! The snorkeling was nice, but theres much more to any cruise than just the snorkeling. So you have now been warned. if you do not have a 100% cast iron stomach, don't go on this vessel or anything like it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
My 8 year old and I took the Coral Princess II out to the GBR last month; and, it was one of the best experiences my life. The reef is such a beautiful and majestic place; and, I felt as if we had it all to ourselves. As remarkable as ... Read More
My 8 year old and I took the Coral Princess II out to the GBR last month; and, it was one of the best experiences my life. The reef is such a beautiful and majestic place; and, I felt as if we had it all to ourselves. As remarkable as the ocean is, however, it was the people working on board that made this trip so amazing. From the moment we stepped on, the crew made us feel as if nothing would bring them more pleasure than to make sure we were happy. Everyone worked so unbelievably hard- half the time we couldn't tell whose job was whose because anyone would help us with anything. The food was absolutely wonderful- we looked forward to every meal. Our room was kept so neat and tidy. Bec was very knowledgeable on marine life. My kid is still talking about all the stuff she learned. The First Mate, Charlie, was awesome enough to let her "drive" the boat. She had some fears before getting on the boat (too much "Titanic" and "Ocean's Deadliest"); but, we felt so safe and relaxed the whole time. I need to give two very special shout outs to the two people that truly made our trip a once in a lifetime. The first is to Captain Kent. He encouraged me to get back in the water, when I was freezing, because I hadn't seen all that he wanted me to see. He taught me tricks to stay warm- who knew you could wear two wet suits? This may not seem like a big deal; but, I hate being cold. I can't thank him enough. Now, to the Purser, Nat. I had an unfortunate encounter with a rouge marsupial a couple hours before boarding the boat... so I wasn't feeling very well. She was great in looking after me. She was most amazing, though, with my kid. She took her to get ice cream, played Monopoly, and guided her on two little private snorkeling tours of the reef. This woman never stopped working (I'm still not convinced she slept at all); and, spent what little free time she had showing my kid how to dive for sea cucumbers. She felt so personally honored to be invited to dine with the Captain. She was a little scared to get on the boat, initially; but, literally cried when we got off. Thank you so much, Nat, for giving her such wonderful memories. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I have travelled throughout the world on many different cruises and I would have to say the itinerary for the four night cruise from Cairns to Cooktown and the Great Barrier Reef was very well organised. The deck crew were an absolute ... Read More
I have travelled throughout the world on many different cruises and I would have to say the itinerary for the four night cruise from Cairns to Cooktown and the Great Barrier Reef was very well organised. The deck crew were an absolute pleasure and special mention needs to go to Charlie and Kristy who provided us with very entertaining and informative glass bottom boat tours. Bec who was in training also provided a great wealth of knowledge not to mention Captain Josh who does a brilliant job. To say I was disappointed with the hotel side of things would be an understatement. The food as exceptional and the staff were lovely but I couldn't help but notice the disorganisation of this area and hotel side of things from the moment we boarded to our departure. The purser seemed very disorganised and the crew didn't seem too sure of what was going on. A special mention to the wonderful Hannah and Anna who served us breakfast on the last day of the trip when it seemed as though know one knew what was going on. It was a disappointment that this sub par service was aloud to happen on what was a great trip let down by the hotel side of things. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Spent 4 nights cruising the Great Barrier Reef on the Coral Princess 2. My cabin was very comfortable, clean, quite spacious and well laid out. Lounges and dinning area were very usable. Food was magnificent as was the service. With ... Read More
Spent 4 nights cruising the Great Barrier Reef on the Coral Princess 2. My cabin was very comfortable, clean, quite spacious and well laid out. Lounges and dinning area were very usable. Food was magnificent as was the service. With great support from the crew I enjoyed snorkelling at Lizard Island, and 2 of the Ribbon Reefs. I was quite uncertain as to whether I would be able to snorkel however with their (Brad and Beat) assistance I felt very safe, had a great time and saw the beauty and the diversity of the reef. It was great to have experts on board to provide information about the reef. The regular lectures were both enjoyable and informative. All of the crew are to be congratulated for their caring, professional approach. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
I've just had the most amazing holiday on the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Princess Cruises. We've been retired for 12 years and have been on many holidays both in Australia and overseas but this one was the best of them all! ... Read More
I've just had the most amazing holiday on the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Princess Cruises. We've been retired for 12 years and have been on many holidays both in Australia and overseas but this one was the best of them all! The program allowed ample time for snorkelling or scuba diving over this beautiful part of the world, the meals provided by Roberto, the on-board Chef, were excellent, the accommodation on the ship was all we could ask for with every cabin having a view of the ocean and the service from the crew was outstanding. All the crew gave 150% towards the comfort of the passengers and this all added up to an unforgettable holiday. I will certainly be going again! Many thanks to all those involved in providing such an experience for us to enjoy. Robyn Hawkins, Ballarat Vic Read Less
Coral Expeditions II Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 2.0 4.4
Public Rooms 3.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 2.0 4.8
Family 2.0 4.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.8
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.5

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