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The boat is adequate - no luxury but it was clean and we had all we needed for the week. We were often tired after the long walks so there was no call for evening entertainment. The crew were superb - friendly and helpful - they worked extremely hard for the passengers throughout the cruise. The guest lecturer and guide could not have been more generous with their time and knowledge. How the chef managed to produce such delicious fare in the rough conditions in such a small kitchen was truly a wonder? The boat was simply was not designed for the Southern Ocean and it was uncomfortable during the rough seas. Many passengers spent much of the week feeling sea sick. We were advised that there was no lift but there was no mention that the stairs were almost vertical - together with the large ocean swells, these factors made moving around the ship almost impossible for some of the less mobile passengers - even the crew struggled on occasions. There had to be changes to the published itinerary owing to the unpredictable weather in the Roaring 40s - conditions did not favour some of the proposed ports of call. The onshore walks were quite strenuous and many of the passengers could not participate. We were lucky that we are good sailors, reasonably fit and coped with most of the challenging walks. The places we did get to visit were outstanding and most enjoyable - Tasmania is an untouched beauty and worth seeing. All in all, we enjoyed the week but it is not a cruise I would want to repeat nor would I recommend to anyone else unless a larger boat with stabilisers was offered.

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Coral Expeditions I Cruise Review by wdbentley

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The boat is adequate - no luxury but it was clean and we had all we needed for the week. We were often tired after the long walks so there was no call for evening entertainment.

The crew were superb - friendly and helpful - they worked extremely hard for the passengers throughout the cruise. The guest lecturer and guide could not have been more generous with their time and knowledge. How the chef managed to produce such delicious fare in the rough conditions in such a small kitchen was truly a wonder?

The boat was simply was not designed for the Southern Ocean and it was uncomfortable during the rough seas. Many passengers spent much of the week feeling sea sick. We were advised that there was no lift but there was no mention that the stairs were almost vertical - together with the large ocean swells, these factors made moving around the ship almost impossible for some of the less mobile passengers - even the crew struggled on occasions.

There had to be changes to the published itinerary owing to the unpredictable weather in the Roaring 40s - conditions did not favour some of the proposed ports of call.

The onshore walks were quite strenuous and many of the passengers could not participate. We were lucky that we are good sailors, reasonably fit and coped with most of the challenging walks. The places we did get to visit were outstanding and most enjoyable - Tasmania is an untouched beauty and worth seeing.

All in all, we enjoyed the week but it is not a cruise I would want to repeat nor would I recommend to anyone else unless a larger boat with stabilisers was offered.
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Cabin 401
The more you pay the more you sway we were told as we battled the 5 metre swells of the Southern Ocean. The cabin was adequate with plenty of stage space - no luxury but it was comfortable. One night we were given sides to our bed to help us stay in as the boat pitched and tossed us around. The lower decks in the middle fared much better as they do on all sea-going vessels.