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Spice Islands with Stanford University


DURATION:14 Days/ 13 NightsREGION:AsiaSHIP:Coral Discoverer

This is a unique opportunity to discover Indonesia's Spice Islands in conjunction with leading American university, Stanford. Cruise aboard the intimate, nimble, state-of-the-art expedition vessel, Coral Discoverer, enjoying quick and easy access into and out of Indonesian waters via the ship's hydraulic lifts. Take in tropical treasures, snorkel, dive or enjoy glass-bottom boat tours to view the amazing marine life that dwells amid colourful coral in the reefs. Stop at the tiny Lucipara Islands, an exquisite, isolated group of islands and atolls in the middle of the Banda Sea. 

Travelling in a small group of just 55 expeditioners, you will also be joined by two Stanford University Faculty Leaders; Rob Dunbar and Bill Durham, while sailing among the Maluku Islands and the 1,500 islands of the extraordinarily biodiverse Raja Ampat archipelago, home to more than 75 percent of the earth's coral and fish species.

Limited spaces are available on this Stanford Alumni Association travel program so don't delay!


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Ship Details

Coral Discoverer

Coral Discoverer

Operated by: Coral Expeditions

The state-of-the-art Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, the pioneers in Kimberley cruises along with expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South-east Asia and the island archipelagos of Melanesia. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities. 

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications by NQEA shipyard in Cairns, Australia with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience in the South Pacific. Following a major modernisation and refurbishment in December 2016, Coral Discoverer has enhanced its reputation as one of the leading expedition ships operating in Australia and the Pacific. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your cruise aboard Coral Discoverer will remain in your memory for a lifetime.

Key Facts

207 Feet / 64 Metres
43 Feet
14 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades


  • 2 nights of deluxe hotel accommodation in Darwin
  • 11-night cruise aboard the Coral Discoverer
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities
  • All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days
  • Charter flight from Tual to Darwin on 21 April
  • Port fees and embarkation taxes
  • Educational program with lecture series and pre-departure materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information
  • Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program



  • Meals and beverages other than those specified as included
  • Diving fees
  • Independent and private transfers
  • Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal items such as internet access, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for non-group services
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD

Deposits, Payments and Cancellations 
Final payment is due date 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $2,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to optional baggage and trip-cancellation insurance. Information offering such insurance will be mailed with your confirmation materials. The product offered includes special benefits if you postmark your insurance payment within 14 days of the date listed on the welcome letter. 

The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability. 

California Seller of Travel Program Registration #2048 523-50


Spice Islands with Stanford University