While some cruise lines focus on breaking itinerary records, P&O Cruises is looking at ways to individualise its product and give guests a truely one-of-a-kind experience at sea.

Among these ways is introducing an exclusive cruise around Papua New Guinea, which visits destinations rarely visited by other brands.

The 11-night round trip from Sydney on Pacific Aria departing mid-November 2019 explores the most remote locations in the Coral Sea, the Conflict Islands, where P&O became the first line to cruise to in 2016.

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On Conflict Islands, cruisers can lay on pristine white sand beaches, explore World War II history, and see lush flora and exotic animals of Papua New Guinea.

“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.”

Sture Myrmell, P&O Cruises President

In 2019, P&O is offering five 10-night New Guinea Island Encounter cruises departing Brisbane with an option for families to take advantage of the two Papua New Guinea cruises taking place during the school holidays.

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There’s also an exotic line-up of six new one-way cruises to or from Singapore including an 18-night Australia & Southeast Asia Discovery cruise departing Adelaide in March 2019 and calling at Port Kelang, Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia and Phuket in Thailand.

“Each year we aim to provide unique shore experiences at the destinations we visit,” Myrmell said.

“From traditional cooking classes in Alotau, the capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province to discovering the ancient volcano in Rabaul on Papua New Guinea’s north-eastern tip – there is something for everyone to enjoy in Papua New Guinea.”


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