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Coral Expeditions II Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Down Under the Great Barrier Reef

Coral Expeditions II Cruise Review by rapjjp

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  • Sail Date: Apr 2016
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

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.

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