New Zealand: Wellington to Milford Sound

South Island Expedition Aboard the Coral Geographer

Coral Geographer

The Coral Geographer was launched in 2021 and designed with both exploration and comfort in mind. Her shallow draft and advanced navigation systems allow access to locations that are off-limits to large cruise ships, and she carries two trademark “Xplorer” tenders that can seat all guests at once for shore excursions, plus six Zodiacs for smaller group adventures. One of the unique features on this shallow-drafted ship is its tendering system, allowing passengers to embark or disembark within just 20 minutes—both tenders are lifted out of the water by hydraulic lifts, making boarding efficient, without the need of gangways or stairs. Her 60 cabins are all outside and more than half have private step-out balconies. She has single-seating dining, and wine connoisseurs are welcomed to visit the curated wine cellar to taste boutique Australian wines. There is over 10,500 square feet of open deck space, including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views, and multiple indoor and outdoor bars including the Explorer Bar on the sun deck—a beautiful spot to watch sunset.  Also featured are a lecture lounge for expedition briefings, a navigator lounge on the bridge, a library, gym, passenger elevator, and Wi-Fi in all guest areas. The Coral Geographer hosts 120 guests and has a crew of 48.