Coral Discoverer

quick facts with Bruce

Bruce Connell Length: 63m Passengers: 72
Accommodation: 36 Staterooms, all with Ensuite
Kimberley Season: Apr-Oct
Features: Recently re-furbished in November 2016! Sundeck, Spa pool, 2 Lounge areas, Dining room
Fantastic value. Great for nature lovers, with specialist crew and lecturers. The large shaded tender vessel is great for shore expeditions. Winner of numerous tourism awards.


Coral Discoverer (formerly named Oceanic Discoverer) offers the ultimate in adventure style cruising for the discerning traveller and delivers a Kimberley cruising experience never to be forgotten. Launched in 2005 and recently re-furbished in November 2016, Coral Discoverer’s design, amenities and facilities are comparable to larger cruise vessels. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot.

Experienced, highly informative Expedition Leaders and Guest Lecturers supervise the expedition itinerary, maximising the experiences offered on shore excursions.

With the features of a larger cruise ship:

  • Limited wireless internet available. Service quality may vary on location and weather
  • Sun Deck with sun lounges, shade cover and cabana area
  • Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
  • Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
  • Forward lounge
  • Reference library
  • Gift shop
  • Open bridge
  • Limited laundry facilities available
  • Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew


We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of facilities aboard Coral Discoverer. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.



The “Explorer” is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The “Explorer” will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the “Explorer” is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.

The unique hydraulic platform at the stern allows absolute ease of access for all passengers embarking from the main deck.



On your trip you will savour small batch, modern-Australian cuisine created by your talented chefs using fresh, locally sourced produce. The small size of the ship enables Coral Discoverer to make last minute changes based on what is available locally. The Dining Rooms offer open-seat dining without the need to reserve a table, allowing you to dine with old or new friends on each occasion.

The cocktail bars and lounges are fully stocked with a selection of Australian and New Zealand wines, beers and a variety of artisan spirits, soft drinks and juices. Complimentary tea and barista style coffee are available 24 hours a day.


See bottom of page for deck plan

Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

Main Deck: Category B Staterooms

coral-discoverer-main-deck-b Located close to the Dining Room, These six spacious staterooms are approx. 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes, a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Main Deck: Category A Staterooms

coral-discoverer-main-deck-a Located close to the Dining Room, these six spacious staterooms are approx. 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Promenade Deck: Category B Staterooms

coral-discoverer-promenade-deck-b Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade (not accessible from your stateroom), these two staterooms are approx. 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.

Promenade Deck: Category A Staterooms

coral-discoverer-promenade-deck-a Encircled by a full-ship promenade (not accessible from your stateroom), these staterooms are approx.. 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms

coral-discoverer-bridge Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, these six spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are approx. 20sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Bridge Deck Staterooms offer guests private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living.



*Please note: You can request to have a particular cabin number, but this is on a request-only basis and is not guaranteed. Cabins are allocated (and room numbers confirmed) 30 days prior to travel and requests are served on a first in best dressed basis.