Tasmania luxury small ship cruise
Description of Tasmania luxury small ship cruise
The fact that every luxury small ship cruise of Tasmania is different is testament not only to how much there is to see and do along the Tasmanian coast, but also how well your expedition leaders and the crew of these comfortable vessels know the island. Decisions on where to go and what to do are taken depending on weather conditions to ensure you see the absolute finest of Tasmania’s magnificent landscapes and cultural attractions.
Known fondly as ‘the Apple Isle’, a nod to its superbly fertile soils, Tasmania is home to some of the world’s last great wildernesses, pristine landscapes full of amazing wildlife. You might pause to do a few short walks, perhaps spotting wombats, wallabies or even the endangered Tasmanian Devil. Bruny Island, Maria Island and the stunning Freycinet are all likely stop-offs.
Other activities might include cellar door wine tasting sessions (Tasmania boasts some of Australia’s great wine regions); foodie tours taking in prize-winning cheeses and succulent seafood; relaxed beach days; exploring historic sites perhaps tracing the lives and experiences of convicts or early settlers, and tours of Aboriginal communities that respectfully pay tribute to their role as custodians of the land.
As these are small ships there’s no hanging around endlessly every morning to disembark and start the day’s activities. Which means no remote communities being swamped by crowds of visitors either. A luxury small ship cruise of Tasmania carries no more than 120 passengers so that by the end of the trip you’ll be familiar with pretty much everyone aboard including your all-Australian crew, and no doubt friendly with several of them. Travelling aboard a small ship also means you can reach harbours that larger vessels cannot, giving you an unique take on Tasmania and helping sometimes far-flung communities share the financial benefits of tourism.
You can expect Australian cuisine prepared from ingredients sourced from local markets wherever possible. There are wraparound decks and passenger lifts for easy promenading, a choice of indoor and outdoor bars for your sundowner cocktails, Indigenous Australian artworks on the walls, and infinity bathtubs with floor-to-ceiling windows for outstanding views.
Adventure. Culture. Breathtaking scenery. Expert tour leaders. A sense of discovery throughout. Everything, in fact, that you would hope for from an expedition cruise, with a healthy splash of luxury too.
PlanetOur trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing.
Marine Friendly SPF50+ Sunscreen is available onboard all vessels for all guests to use, and to avoid harming the unique marine environment.
The fact that, by travelling on a smaller vessel with fewer than 100 passengers, and by using local guides & Australian crew, they ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
Coral Expeditions donates to the Bare Sands Turtle Sanctuary, a valuable research project, and offers logistical support to transport staff, equipment, and turtles.
Coral Expeditions is proudly accredited as an ecotourism cruise operator with world-leading EcoTourism Australia. Some of the initiatives they have been a part of include parting ways with plastic straws in 2018, bringing water and supplies to drought stricken small island communities, providing on board education to all guests and they have also been involved in coral species collection for the world’s largest Coral Biobank.
Across the Coral Expedition fleet, they are continually looking for ways to improve their sustainability to reduce waste, partner with more Organic and Fairtrade suppliers, and deliver a food and beverage experience in line with their expedition roots and beliefs.
Coral Expeditions have successfully implemented measures to remove P.C plastics and reduce packaging waste in their food and beverage supply chain. For example, water provided on board is packaged in reusable recycled paper-based containers with a lid made from sugar cane in Far North Queensland. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
Coral Expeditions rely on a community of local providers, farmers and growers and use locally-sourced food (as much as possible) which has not been transported long distances. This ensures each regional menu champions seasonality, whilst creating delicious dishes sustainably wherever possible.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available and included on all cruise menus, meaning passengers can opt for meals with a lower carbon footprint.
PeopleThe use of local guides and Australian crew, means customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
Coral Expeditions acknowledges the First Nations people of Australia as traditional custodians of the lands on which they work and travel, and pay respects to elders past and present.
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