Where she cruises: North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
Coral Princess prides itself on its low-key expedition-style ships which can access sites that bigger ships can’t get to. At just 35 metres long, and with a draught of only 2.5 metres, Coral Princess II is one of those vessels which can back up right onto a coral reef where you can literally take the plunge off the back.
Who Should Go?
Couples, families with older children.
Things You Might Not Know
Coral Princess II travels with its own glass bottom boat for those who want to experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet.
There are four types, from basic cabins at 10.5 square metres, to deluxe staterooms at 15 square metres, all of which have ocean views, en-suite bathrooms. Some staterooms have extra divans or Pullman berths. The decor across the categories is simple but elegant, with white quilted bedspreads, warm wood, tawny carpets and contemporary artwork.
Facilities and Entertainment
Divers love Coral Princess II because it takes you right out into the reef, and there’s a dive shop on board which has everything you could need. As this is an expedition-style ship, on board entertainment tends to be a bit on the quiet side, but if you’re looking to relax on board there’s enough to keep you entertained.
The top deck has a sun deck and spa pool and there’s a good reference library with videos and books with information the Great Barrier Reef, the islands and the outback. There are also two air conditioned lounges if you just want to escape the heat and chill out.
One restaurant handles all meals without table assignments, and the cuisine is generally mod Oz in style. There is full table service for dinner with an a la carte menu, and popular weekly highlights include a lavish seafood buffet.
The Low Down
If you really want to explore parts of the Great Barrier Reef that very few other people will experience, and you want to do it in a bit of comfort and style, then this is the right ship for you. Even if you’re on a budget, the cabins are a good option – they’re small but you get the same Barrier Reef experience as everyone else.