(9.45 a.m. AEST) – Zanzibar, Madagascar, and the Cocos and Christmas Islands will feature in three new itineraries on Coral Expeditions’ Coral Geographer. These itineraries will mark the first time the cruise line has visited this region.

The collection of Indian Ocean expeditions will take place in February, March and April 2021 during the new ship’s maiden season. Historians, anthropologists, destination experts and guides will be onboard to lead immersive activities and excursions featuring the fascinating histories, flora and fauna of these islands.

“We are releasing these new voyages following strong market reception to the recently launched Singapore to Seychelles 25-night maiden voyage of Coral Geographer,” said Jeff Gillies, commercial director, Coral Expeditions.

With a maximum of 120 passengers, Coral Geographer is a sister ship to this year's new Coral Adventurer, with some additional innovations for guest comfort such as six suites with panoramic glass enclosed baths, expansive deck areas, and four indoor and outdoor bars.

'Small Islands at the Edge of Africa' is a 17-night voyage taking in the coastlines of Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania. Departing Mauritius on 17 February 2020, the cruise concludes in Zanzibar on 6 March 2021.

'Navigating the Indian Ocean' is a 19-night classic ocean passage from Zanzibar to Fremantle. An extensive onboard program is offered, including guest lecturers and celestial navigation lessons from a Master Mariner.

'Island Outposts of Australia’s West Coast' is a 27-night expedition from Fremantle to Darwin via the Abrolhos Islands, where passengers can swim with sealions, as well as Shark Bay, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef. Rare seabird habitats and extraordinary marine life will also feature in this voyage.