AURORA EXPEDITIONS will stage a special commemorative voyage to Papua New Guinea next April, to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in PNG during World War II.
The voyage will encompass visits to historical sites from Alotau to Rabaul, ending with a special dawn Anzac Day service in Rabaul.
Lost in Paradise – Our Fallen Heroes will depart Alotau on 14 April landing at key historic sites such as Samarai, Linden Harbour, Jacquinot Bay, Tol and Rabaul.
An onboard historian will interpret the significance of these areas and shine a light on the courage and tragedy of Lark Force in the Battle of Rabaul, and the ensuing loss of troop and civilian life on the Montevideo Maru.
The cruise will include opportunities to snorkel pristine reefs, witness traditional singsings and simply take in the natural beauty of PNG.
Prices for the 13-day expedition start from $5,690 per person quad-share, including all meals on board, shore excursions and lectures. Aurora Expeditions can also organise all flight, accommodation, transfer and pre and post touring in PNG.
A proportion of the profits from the voyage will be given to the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial Society for a memorial which it is hoped will be constructed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra next year.
Source: Aurora Expeditions