Monday 17 June 2019

Coral Expeditions expands solo traveller program as fleet grows


Coral Expeditions, Australia's pioneering cruise line, is expanding its solo traveller program with a variety of new options and offers that cater for the varied circumstances and expectations of the contemporary solo traveller.

"We are seeing a building interest and demand from solo travellers in the expedition sector in recent years," says Jeff Gillies, Commercial Director of Coral Expeditions. "We understand guests are choosing to travel on their own for many different reasons, so we are motivated to ensure we are offering attractive and suitable options for explorers to consider."

Gillies cites a growing presence of solo travellers on Coral Expedition cruises and more so on expeditions offering themes and special interest content where like-minded travellers are gathering together. It is a dynamic and enjoyable mix of guests who share the adventure experience, take part in engaging programs onboard, and share the spirit of friendship in this small community.

"Our ships hold no more than 120 passengers at one time, which is a deliberate decision to ensure the experience is intimate and the onboard atmosphere is warm and welcoming. All guests dine together, swapping stories and making new friends as they take in the ever-changing vistas on our expedition sailings.

"We've had many instances where travellers have initially met on an expedition voyage and now choose to cruise together every year. That shows us true friendships and bonds can be made on our adventures."

The suite of options available for the single traveller on the Coral Expeditions fleet:

No Single Supplement

For those who desire to have their own space, No Single Supplement offers are available on all Great Barrier Reef departures year-round and on a growing range of selected itineraries in regions such as Raja Ampat and the Spice Island, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon's and South Pacific.

For 2019, limited spots are available on the below itineraries:

New Guinea Circle

35-nights departing Darwin 2 October 2020. 17-night half-segments available.

Customs & Craftsmen of New Guinea

22-nights departs 8 October 2019. Half segments available.

A Passage to the Solomon's, The South Pacific

11-nights departs Cairns to Honiara departing 16 October 2019; or Honiara to Cairns 11-nights departing 27 October 2019.

Raja Ampat & Spice Islands

12-nights departs 21 December 2019.

Single Occupancy fares

Single Occupancy fares are for guests who would like a confirmed booking on a voyage in a private cabin. Single Occupancy fares apply to designated single cabin categories on each ship. These fares give the certainty of a double cabin to the single traveller.

Standby Single fares

Travellers who enjoy spontaneity or are happy to patiently wait for a saving can take Coral Expeditions' Standby Single fares. This option is suitable for guests who are flexible in their travel times but would like to have a private cabin without paying a single supplement. Standby Single fares are applicable to limited cabin categories and guests can pre-register to be placed on a standby list for their desired trip. Should there be availability, they will be contacted 30 days prior to departure to confirm their travel. Although this fare does not guarantee a place on the ship, there is not cost involved and travellers can receive the no single supplement and their preferred cabin category.

Single Guest Match

Solo travellers looking to buddy up with someone during their sailing can be matched up with another likeminded single. Single Guest Match, like the Standby Singles fare, is suitable for guests who are flexible in their travel times but are willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same sex. Unlike the Standby Singles, it is possible to receive a confirmation well ahead of departure if the reservation team can match up single travellers. Successful matches are introduced to each other prior to ensure a rapport is built up before sailing.

For more information on solo travelling options, visit or call Coral Expeditions' Reservations team on 1800 079 545.

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