Disappointing itinerary as the Coral Expedition 1 was unable to attempt to reach Port Davey due to rough seas. This was to be the highlight of the cruise and the main reason for taking the trip.
The offered changes were not promulgated prior to the trip and appeared to be organised Ad Hoc by the Captain and Expedition leader. If this was all we were going to see on our cruise, we would not have booked but chosen an alternative method to get to the Wilderness area of SW Tasmania.
It appears that the Coral Expedition 1 is not the type of vessel to sail the Southern Ocean particularly when the seas are rough and a poor choice by the company for this routes.
Our cabin was adequate but the bathroom was far from comfortable with a rather slippery tiny shower (when the ship was rocking and rolling) in a moulded compartment and a tiny washbasin that you had no room to wash your face in.
Rooms were serviced each day and toiletries provided for passengers' use.
Meals were of very good quality and staff provided a friendly efficient service. Open dining where you could meet other passengers throughout the trip was a plus and the chance to gather as a group for pre dinner drinks and nibbles was a good chance to socialise.
Unfortunately the weather meant that the upper deck outdoor area was rarely used and the one occasion when we all gathered there for pre dinner drinks provided a challenge for some to negotiate the stairs given the ship's motion.
Shore excursions were adequate but limited and walks could have been more strenuous than they were reputed to be. Having the tender take us ashore meant we could access beach landing areas to reach the shore.
The system of getting on and off the Coral Expedition 1 was very well designed and meant everyone was able to leave the ship if they desired; even one passenger who needed a walking frame was able to go ashore.
While the service and staff were very good, I think the vessel chosen let us down and led to my disappointment with the trip.
Cabin was adequate and servicing of rooms was very good.
Bathroom was too small and it was difficult to shower with ease. Washbasin was too small to wash your face in and shower floor was slippery when wet and soapy.
Being on top deck, the rolling was more exaggerated than on lower levels which led top some mattress movement during the rougher parts of the trip.
Stairs to lower level were extremely narrow and steep internally so anyone who was not as nimble as us would have found them difficult. I preferred to use the outside stairs to move about when it was possible as they were less steep. However, when it was windy and wet, this was not a good option.