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Chase the Race: Sydney to Hobart

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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Experience the nautical tradition that is the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race! Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from the Coral Discoverer. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from the onboard lecturer Skip Lissiman. Sail the south coast and Bass Strait with the trailing fleet. Once across the Strait enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast with the opportunity to join your expedition team on a number of guided shore excursions to Tasmania’s Parks. Scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Year’s Eve, it’s time to enjoy the buzz of the race and New Year’s Eve celebrations before disembarking on the 1st January at Macquarie Wharf 2.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sydney | Embark
Day 2 : Scenic Coastal Cruise
Day 3 : Bass Strait
Day 4 : Bruny Island | Adventure Bay
Day 5 : Maria Island
Day 6 : Hobart
Day 7 : Hobart | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a grandstand view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race
  • Trail the yachts while you enjoy a drink at the ship's sundeck Explorer Bar
  • Visit Adventure Bay and stretch your legs on the Fluted Cape walk
  • Ring in the New Year onboard and enjoy Captain’s farewell drinks

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exterior image of the Oceanic Discoverer. On deck aboard the Coral Discoverer Bridge Deck Bar aboard the Coral Discoverer Coral Discoverer Sun Deck Bar
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Day 1 Sydney | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark at 8:30am for a 10am departure, and enjoy lunch while the ship positions off North head. From the Explorer Bar, celebrate the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and watch the fleet round the heads and sail south.

Day 2 Scenic Coastal Cruise

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the scenic coastline from Sydney. Dependent on weather, stops may include Jervis Bay and/or Twofold Bay. As you cruise, your guest lecturer will present commentary on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and lectures on yachting and maritime history.

Day 3 Bass Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail through the Southern Ocean, enjoy presentations, spot yachts, or relax on deck and enjoy the vastness of the Bass Strait.

Day 4 Bruny Island | Adventure Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience the rugged beauty of the Fluted Cape as you walk along the sheer coastal cliffs or cruise for a closer look around Penguin Island. Learn about the rich maritime history of Adventure Bay as you meander past the ruins of old whaling stations on the way to Grassy Point.

Day 5 Maria Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The historic ruins, secluded bays, and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park are home to a local population of wildlife that includes Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, and wombats. Since the 1960s, several endangered species have been introduced here in a bid to protect them. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington, part of the “Convict Trail of Australia”, and gain an understanding of the life of the early settlers in a restored 17th century convict penitentiary. An adventurous walk to the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs take in the history and beauty of this island.

Day 6 Hobart

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Hobart in time for the Sydney to Hobart race celebrations on New Year’s Eve. Stroll Hobart’s historic wharf. Enjoy farewell drinks with the Captain, and welcome the New Year with a view of the fireworks display over the Derwent River.

Day 7 Hobart | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning at Macquarie Wharf 2 after breakfast.
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First Time Guest Savings - Book until December 31, 2020 and save $500 AUD per new guest. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after January 16, 2020. Contact us for details.

Please Note: Promotion rate is posted off of current exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current exchange rates.
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Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings made until September 30, 2020, in the event that you are unable to travel on the cruise originally booked due to Covid-19 related restrictions, you will be able to transfer your deposit to another future cruise at no additional fee. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
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Flexible Deposit Policy
New bookings are assured, with 30 days to finalize deposit payment. Some restrictions may apply. Policy does not apply to Kimberley routes Darwin - Broome or reverse. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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Main Deck B
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
Solo cabin occupancy is limited and based on availability in Promenade Deck B cabins only. Single supplement is an additional 50%.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

This itinerary is designed to capture the best moments of the first few days of the Sydney to Hobart race and highlights of the Tasmanian coastline. The Captain will vary the itinerary to make the most of the views and weather windows of the mercurial southern coast.

YOUR CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES
  • 6 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Expert Expedition Team, including guest lecturer
  • Guided excursions on the Xplorer, Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • Small batch local dining, prepared fresh onboard
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Pre-cruise transfer
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
YOUR CRUISE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Pre and post cruise flights, transfers or hotels
  • Entry visas or travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases.
  • Internet services (available at a cost)
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