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Coral Expeditions awarded ‘Best Australia and New Zealand Small Ship Cruise Line’ by Cruise Critic

Coveted number 1 consumer trophy in Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards



Coral Expeditions, Australia’s leading expedition cruise company, picked up the Australian and NZ number 1 award in the ‘Small Ship’ category as voted for by consumers on the influential Cruise Critic platforms.

Cruise Critic is the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering over 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports.

Cruise Critic  today announced the winners of its third annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on Cruise Critic over the past year. New in 2018, the awards also highlight the best cruise lines to visit each region with Coral Expeditions winning ‘Best Small Ship Cruise Line’ in Australia and New Zealand. The specific first-hand feedback from cruisers themselves makes this award amongst the most coveted in the industry.

Coral Expeditions are the pioneers of small ship expedition cruising and have been operating to remote destinations around Australia, PNG and the Indonesian archipelago, New Zealand and the South Pacific for three decades. Its purpose-built Australian-flagged ships, expedition focus, and friendly Australian crew create a distinctive guest experience.

Mark Fifield, Group General Manager at Coral Expeditions said: “I am speaking on behalf of the entire Coral Ex

peditions team when I say how delighted we are with this particular trophy.

“This award validates our main goal for the past three decades – to provide excellent expedition experiences for our guests.  “Coral Expeditions will be entering a new era with the arrival of its new vessel Coral Adventurer in 2019. Mark Fifield: “We are smaller, more personal and we take guests closer to nat

ure, culture and history than any other line. The Coral Adventurer builds on this tradition.”

“Our data regularly shows that whether you’re a first-time cruiser or you’ve sailed dozens of times, destination is a top consideration when shopping for a cruise,” explains Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic. “While tropical destinations will always be popular among cruisers, what’s really exciting to see is the rise in esteem of destinations more known for their immersive and experiential offerings.”





About Coral Expeditions

Recognised as Australia’s longest established and most awarded expedition cruise operator, Coral Expeditions offers a unique style of immersive expedition cruising in small ships purpose-built to take guests closer to nature and cultures. Starting with environmentally-sensitive cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, 34years later the fleet has grown to four ships that include two ocean-going classic catamarans, Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II, the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer and the brand-new Coral Adventurer, scheduled to set sail in April 2019. Headquartered in Cairns, Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the World Heritage- listed Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley region, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Spice Islands & Raja Ampat and the Islands of the South Pacific.


About Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 350,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world’s largest online cruise community where travelers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.