P&O Cruises Ventures Into Papua New Guinea
Next season, Pacific Dawn will sail from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea for the first time, on two special itineraries. P&O Cruises has added a new destination for Australians, with new cruises set to visit the remote islands and towns of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.
Departing from Brisbane, Pacific Dawn will call at the local capital Alotau as well as the white-sand beaches of Doini Island and the Trobriand Islands, also known as the Islands of Love, along the northern straits of the bay.
The maiden cruise to Milne Bay in October 2013 is timed to coincide with the Canoe and Kundu Festival, where local communities compete in canoe races, costume display and cultural performances.
Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia said that P&O Cruises was excited to be offering its first dedicated cruises to this "exotic" country. Papua New Guinea is one of the most remote and untouched corners of the world - it's so close to Australia geographically, but a million miles away in terms of culture and scenery," Sherry said.
"We're very very excited to be able to take Australian holidaymakers from their doorstep and show them this region from the comfort of a superliner for the first time. Cruising really is the perfect way to explore Papua New Guinea's idyllic beaches and scenery and discover its ancient customs and history."
On sale from 23 April, P&O Cruises new 2013-14 program also features 73 departures across 22 different itineraries, with Pacific Dawn sailing from Brisbane and Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl sailing from Sydney.
Other highlights of the next season include more weekend getaways and short breaks, ranging from 3 to 6 nights. Several itineraries are based around lifestyle themes as well as Melbourne Cup and Australia Day cruises.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Thursday 12 April 2012
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