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Vard to build second ship for Coral Expeditions

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Coral Adventurer

Australian expedition cruise operator Coral Expeditions has placed an order with Vard for a second 93.4 m, 120 passenger ship. This follows the April delivery of its first Vard ship, the Coral Adventurer, from Vard’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.

Built to Vard 6 01 design, the Coral Adventurer has commenced operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Vard says its “on-time delivery, high quality finish and excellent feedback” have resulted in the contract for the second vessel, Coral Geographer.

Coral Adventurer and Coral Geographer have been tailored to meet growing demand for Coral Expeditions’ expedition product in the Australian cruise market.

Featuring advanced expedition tender capabilities and accommodations on four decks – ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Suites, Bridge Deck and Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms, to Coral Deck Staterooms – the ships’ environment is both comfortable and functional, allowing for relaxation, socializing, and daily shore expeditions.

Coral Geographer will be delivered in fourth quarter 2020, and is already well advanced in production at Vard Vung Tau. Following market feedback, she will feature an increased proportion of Bridge Deck Balcony suites – up from two to six suites, each featuring a spacious horizon bath.

Coral Adventurer is the first expedition cruise vessel built entirely at Vard Vung Tau.

The shipyard constructed the Coral Adventurer hull, while also carrying out all outfitting, installation, testing and finalizing. Vard Accommodation delivered the interior.

The 1271 dwt ship was designed by Vard Design in Norway with a high focus on environmentally friendly solutions.

Coral Adventurer float out at Vard Vung Tau
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