Coral Expeditions, the Australian small-ship cruise line, has officially opened its UK office in Aldwych House as begins to further target the British market.
The company held a launch event at Australia House in the presence of travel trade, media and destination partners, which was attended by commercial director Jeff Gillies; senior master Gary Wilson; international sales manager Elizabeth Webb and UK Sales manager Amy Sharpe.
“This week is a milestone in the growth story of Coral Expeditions,” said Gillies. “The UK is one of our leading international markets and it is a very proud moment for our entire team to be establishing a permanent presence after many decades of hosting UK guests on our voyages.
“Now heading into our 35th year of operations, we attribute our success to our singular focus on understanding and delivering on the promise of this style of travel with purpose-built expedition ships. Our mission is simple; we take like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality”.
At the event, Wilson shared details of new vessel Coral Adventurer and new itineraries including a series of circumnavigation voyages of Australia, New Guinea, Sulawesi (Indonesia) and Tasmania.
The 60-day round Australia sailing, which will celebrate 35 years of Coral Expeditions with 35 ports of call, will include a flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for Christmas dinner under the stars.
The UK office was officially launched at a gathering of past passengers and members of the company’s Xplorer’s Club at historic Trinity House in London
Wilson said: “It is wonderful to see we have over 2,000 past passengers here in the UK and we have had a fun week of banter sharing travel adventures to far-flung destinations, maritime history, life at sea and also the odd cricket reference not surprisingly. The camaraderie and spirit that exists between the Australians and Brits is always healthy and something we cherish when on board and exploring.”