ELIZABETH ROBINSON | Cruise & Ferry
SYDNEY - P&O Cruises Australia is to sail six itineraries to Papua New Guinea in 2019, taking guests to destinations such as Alotau, Kitava Island, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island and the Conflict Islands.
The line will offer five 10-night ‘New Guinea Island Encounter’ cruises from Brisbane. The sixth cruise will be an 11-night round trip from Sydney onboard Pacific Aria in mind-November, which will include a call at the Conflict Islands, one of the most remote locations in the Coral Sea.
P&O Cruises became the first cruise line to ever visit the islands in 2016, allowing guests to explore the group of 21 islands that surround a lagoon and are home to one of the world’s most bio-diverse reef systems.
“The Conflict Islands continue to prove extremely popular two years on from our first voyage and we’re pleased to offer this stunning corner of the world up to guests with a new itinerary from Sydney,” said Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises.
They include an 18-night ‘Australia and Southeast Asia Discovery’ cruise departing Adelaide, Australia in March 2019 and calling at Port Kelang, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia, as well as Phuket in Thailand.
P&O Cruises will also offer 38 cruises to the South Pacific Islands, which will last between seven and 12 nights and depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.
“In our latest program we continue to offer cruises from more Australian homeports than any other cruise line in the market with round trip itineraries from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland,” said Myrmell.
“During this season we have scheduled dry docks for Pacific Explorer and Pacific Dawn in Singapore, which has provided an opportunity to offer a choice of new cruises of 13-nights or more to the Far East.”