P&O’s Pacific Dawn was escorted by traditional war canoes into Milne Bay late last week as she made her inaugural call to Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Alotau.
The visit was part of the line’s first dedicated PNG cruise – a nine-night sailing departing Brisbane late last month. It included stops in Townsville, Alotau, Kiriwina Island, Kawanasausau, Milne and Doini Island.
For the inaugural visit, locals celebrating the Kenu and Kundu Festival greeted Pacific Dawn’s guests with cultural performances and canoe races.
PNG Prime Minister Peter Charles Paire O’Neill also held a ribbon cutting to officially open the new wharf at Alotau.
According to Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry, the dedicated PNG cruise offers Australians cruisers that chance to see the region with the comfort of cruising.
Ms Sherry said: “Cruising really is the perfect way to explore Papua New Guinea’s idyllic beaches and scenery and discover its ancient customs and history and I’m pleased to say that from next year, we’ll also offer cruises from Sydney as well as Brisbane so more Australians can visit.”
Pacific Dawn will return to PNG on a second cruise in November this year. She will also sail to the region four times in 2014 from Brisbane and Sydney.