P&O’s latest program release offers six dedicated cruises to the relatively unexplored tropical paradise of Papua New Guinea, calling at Alotau, Kitava Island, Rabaul and Kiriwina Island.

But for many cruisers, the highlight will be the new 11-night round-trip voyage to one of the most remote locations in the Coral Sea; the fascinating Conflict Islands in south east Papua New Guinea.

The exclusive itinerary on Pacific Aria departs Sydney mid-November 2019 and calls at the group of 21 islands which are home to one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems and one third of the world’s species of marine fish.

In 2016 P&O made headlines when it became the first cruise line in the world to offer calls to the Conflict Islands, bringing the pristine white sand beaches, World War II history, lush flora and exotic animals of Papua New Guinea – which were previously only accessible by helicopter or a treacherous local boat ride – within reach of Australian holidaymakers. Today, they have an exclusive port in Conflict Island, making them the ideal line for anyone wanting to explore the archipelago.

Guests can enjoy the picturesque area with kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, and glass bottom and outrigger tours.

P&O’s latest program also has five 10-night New Guinea Island Encounter cruises departing Brisbane, including two itineraries during the school holidays that families can enjoy.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the new program offered an exciting selection of unique longer cruises to Papua New Guinea as well as the existing popular shorter voyages to the South Pacific.

“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,” Mr Myrmell said.

“Each year we aim to provide unique shore experiences at the destinations we visit. 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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