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PNG welcomes additional cruise ship programs

ETN | Global Travel Industry News

Image - uniquegrouptravel.comCURRENTLY ONE IN EVERY EIGHT package holidays booked in the United Kingdom is a cruise, which makes cruising the fastest growing sector of the holiday trade.

Nowhere is this increase more prevalent than in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea, which is seeing a steady increase in the number of cruise operators offering expeditions to its magnificent shores.

PNG is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity and boasts incomparable biodiversity in its surrounding waters. Cruise enthusiasts will be rewarded with unforgettable sights and sounds both on-board and when enjoying the various excursions and water sports on offer.

In a first for P & O Cruises, PNG will feature in two dedicated itineraries, both on Pacific Dawn the fabulous cruise ship designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.

PNG Discovery 10 night cruise departs from Brisbane and visits the beautiful beaches of Kitava Island and the amazing Canoe & Kundu Festival before continuing on to exquisite Milne Bay and the culturally rich Trobriand Islands.

PNG Explorer is a similar 14 night experience with emphasis on water sports, marine wonders and cultural experiences, visiting Madang, Kavieng and Rabaul, amongst other scenic destinations.

Coral Princess Cruises operate several programs aboard a purpose built small ship, Oceanic Discoverer. Cruises depart either from Cairns or PNG. A fully comprehensive 25 night New Guinea Circle encompasses the scenic coastline of West Papua, the Sepik River and Trobriand Islands.

Noble Caledonia offer an expedition cruise from Port Moresby to Guam on MS Caledonian Sky. The ship carries Zodiacs which have the capability to land on otherwise inaccessible beaches and lagoons.

Orion have been cruising the waters of PNG for the past few years but are now extending the length of the cruises for their 2014 programs to 21 and 19 nights respectively. Orion is a purpose built expedition ship carrying a maximum of 102 passengers with 75 crew including a specialist expedition team, guest lecturers, scuba diving, underwater remote operated camera and Zodiacs.

Paul Gaugin Cruises’ MS Paul Gaugin has an 11 night Fiji to Australia voyage visiting Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and Rabaul and a 12 night Australia to Fiji voyage.

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John Edgar

It is all very well for outsiders to judge the demerits of cruise ship excursions to small island communities.

How do the inhabitants view them?

Visitors could be made very unwelcome, if that is their wont, and struck off the itinerary of any visiting vessel.

Peter Kranz

There is another side to this. Local traditions and people being paraded as museum exhibits for the entertainment of fat rich white tourists. Traditional culture being debased, local economies being distorted. Dependency on the foreign dollars.

I invited my son on a cruise to PNG. He had lived and worked in the Caribbean for some years. He said, "No way. I've seen the effects of cruise ships on local people, and I want no part of it."

We didn't go.

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