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Join the Pacific Dawn for 10 exciting nights aboard the PNG Discovery Cruise through the waters of Pacific - South. Your ship starts out from Brisbane, the cruise will take you to 5 ports in 2 countries before returning to Brisbane. This 3.5 star voyage from P&O Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

BONUS up to $100 onboard cabin credit for this cruise!
(excludes instant purchase promotional fares)

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Sat 16 Nov 2013 Brisbane, Australia 2:00 PM
PNG Discovery Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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2 Sun 17 Nov 2013 At Sea
3 Mon 18 Nov 2013 At Sea
4 Tue 19 Nov 2013 Trobriand Island, Papua New Guinea 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
PNG Discovery Cruise The Trobriand Islands (aka the Kiriwina Islands) are an archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province. Most of the population of 12,000 live on the main island of Kiriwina, and the archipelago is considered to be an important tropical rainforest eco-region in need of conservation. Traditional culture is very strong and this is primarily due to the fact that family lineage is traced through mothers instead of fathers. You will be treated to the most elaborate and breath-taking dances performed by men, women and children of all ages.

Perhaps you may get to watch a very different game of cricket, consisting of 40 or more players, with dances and chanting, modified bats and balls, and where the home team always wins. Make sure you do your own trading for the many artefacts, including beautiful ebony carvings inlaid with mother-of-pearl, masks, and shell jewellery, which will be on display. From slow, emotive, Polynesian-style hula dancing to the legendary and hilariously ritualised 'different' cricket, the vibrant and unashamedly sensual culture of the Trobriand Islands will be on show.



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5 Wed 20 Nov 2013 Trobriand Island, Papua New Guinea 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
PNG Discovery Cruise The Trobriand Islands (aka the Kiriwina Islands) are an archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province. Most of the population of 12,000 live on the main island of Kiriwina, and the archipelago is considered to be an important tropical rainforest eco-region in need of conservation. Traditional culture is very strong and this is primarily due to the fact that family lineage is traced through mothers instead of fathers. You will be treated to the most elaborate and breath-taking dances performed by men, women and children of all ages.

Perhaps you may get to watch a very different game of cricket, consisting of 40 or more players, with dances and chanting, modified bats and balls, and where the home team always wins. Make sure you do your own trading for the many artefacts, including beautiful ebony carvings inlaid with mother-of-pearl, masks, and shell jewellery, which will be on display. From slow, emotive, Polynesian-style hula dancing to the legendary and hilariously ritualised 'different' cricket, the vibrant and unashamedly sensual culture of the Trobriand Islands will be on show.



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6 Thu 21 Nov 2013 Milne Bay (Alotau), Papua New Guinea 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
PNG Discovery Cruise Milne Bay is home to almost five hundred islands, ranging from typical tropical islands and atolls through to huge volcanic and continental islands. It is situated at the easternmost inlet on the coast of Papua New Guinea, and gives good access to coral reefs and diving. With no roads connecting it to the rest of the world, it truly is a quiet piece of paradise. It has some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world, and is fast becoming an established mecca for divers, as well as a destination for game and sports fishermen. Alternatively, one can hire a boat and explore the nearby islands, or take a local cultural cruise.

The provincial capital, Alotau, is a busy port with fascinating markets, and amazingly friendly people who widely speak English. Due to a well-known battle fought there during WWII, the bay is of interest to historians, who can examine a range of war relics. No matter what you enjoy, from bird-watching to simply soaking up the natural beauty of the bay, where stunning rain forest meets the water's edge, you will thoroughly enjoy Milne Bay, a 'World within a world'.



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7 Fri 22 Nov 2013 Milne Bay (Alotau), Papua New Guinea 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
PNG Discovery Cruise Milne Bay is home to almost five hundred islands, ranging from typical tropical islands and atolls through to huge volcanic and continental islands. It is situated at the easternmost inlet on the coast of Papua New Guinea, and gives good access to coral reefs and diving. With no roads connecting it to the rest of the world, it truly is a quiet piece of paradise. It has some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world, and is fast becoming an established mecca for divers, as well as a destination for game and sports fishermen. Alternatively, one can hire a boat and explore the nearby islands, or take a local cultural cruise.

The provincial capital, Alotau, is a busy port with fascinating markets, and amazingly friendly people who widely speak English. Due to a well-known battle fought there during WWII, the bay is of interest to historians, who can examine a range of war relics. No matter what you enjoy, from bird-watching to simply soaking up the natural beauty of the bay, where stunning rain forest meets the water's edge, you will thoroughly enjoy Milne Bay, a 'World within a world'.



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8 Sat 23 Nov 2013 Doini Island, Papua New Guinea
PNG Discovery Cruise Doini Island is located in the heart of Milne Bay on the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. This privately owned island is home to a plantation that was originally surveyed by a government surveyor in 1900, and consists of 1,100 hectares of coconut trees and beautiful rainforest. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and pristine turquoise waters teeming with myriads of exotic fish, the island is inhabited by warm and friendly local caretakers. A huge bird aviary full of of exotic birds is well worth visiting, though many take the opportunity to lie on the beach in bliss or snorkel in the warm waters.

On the other hand, the belief of the inhabitants that their ancestors watch over them has resulted in visits to mysterious caves littered with skulls. Other activities on offer include kayaking, horse riding, bush walking, or even a game of tennis or a round of golf. Discover WW II relics, battle sites, and memorials. Cultural tours based in Alotau are only a short journey by boat from Doini Island.

Nearby islands offer a range of different experiences. These include opportunities to join turtle watching in season on Tuam Island, learn about the Colonial and Missionary periods, as well as visit the well known magnificent church at historic Samarai and Kwato Island. If time permits visit the Giant Mantaray Cleaning Station at Gunebalabala Island.

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9 Sun 24 Nov 2013 At Sea
10 Mon 25 Nov 2013 Townsville, Australia
PNG Discovery Cruise Townsville is a city on the NE coast of Queensland, Australia. Adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, the city has direct access to the beach. It lies in the dry tropics region, with old gold mining towns, rainforest waterfalls and a relaxed Queensland ambience that add up to 'life in Townsville'. A couple of notable 'must-dos' include viewing the city and Magnetic Island from Castle Hill that overlooks the CBD. Many also visit the preserved World War II bunkers on Castle Hill. Take a stroll along The Strand, the city's beach-front promenade. Stroll by cafes and shops in the mall, and perhaps visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland with its fascinating relics.

Many types of day trips and adventures are available. In town view the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world's largest living-coral reef aquarium. Visit the surrounding rural townships to learn about their historic gold mining origins. The nearby national parks include some amazing sights such as the Wallaman Falls (Australia's tallest sheer drop waterfall), Australia's youngest dormant volcano, World Heritage listed rainforest, and a ‘who’s who’ of native Australian animals. If you like your fish bigger, tastier, and preferably at the end of a line, you’re going to love Townsville. Adventurers may even wish to try white water rafting, go reef diving at the Lady Bowen Dive Site at Mission Beach, or take a scenic flight and try skydiving.

This is a city that offers cosmopolitan sophistication with the sights and sounds of the pristine wilderness areas fringing its borders. A range of centres showcase natural and cultural attractions sponsored by local indigenous Australians. If you have the time, a day’s trip takes you to the heritage buildings of the old gold-mining centres of Charters Towers and Ravenswood. Eight kilometres off shore is the animal sanctuary on Magnetic Island with koalas in their natural habitat.

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11 Tue 26 Nov 2013 Brisbane, Australia 8:00 AM
PNG Discovery Cruise Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton, up-river and 6 km from the CBD, is accessed by ships that clear the twin Gateway Bridges. Pacific Dawn sails year-round from here to the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, and PNG, and in 2014 she will be joined by Pacific Jewel and Sea Princess. Larger vessels berth at the Port of Brisbane where the river enters Moreton Bay, 20 km from the CBD. In early 2014 Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, P&O’s Aurora, and Dawn Princess depart from here on World Cruises to the UK, with sectors to Asia, the Middle East, Mediterranean and South Africa. The semi-tropical city of Brisbane, situated on the Brisbane River, is the capital of the Sunshine State.

A day’s trip away are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with their beautiful hinterlands, and the famous Australia Zoo. In the CBD take a free bus around past heritage landmarks, such as the historic Windmill and the Old Commissariat Store, some built by convicts in 1828. Do visit the newly-restored City Hall. Across the river from the CBD is South Bank, with its sandy beach and eateries, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum & Science Centre, Piazza and ferry terminal. Take a CityCat upstream to view river-side parklands, the University of Queensland, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (a world top-ten zoo). Feed and handle the animals, home to koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and reptiles. Be photographed cuddling a koala or a python. Climb the Story Bridge at dusk, it’s fantastic.

Take a bus to Mount Coot-tha and take in a 300 degree view of the entire city, while visiting the interesting cafes. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a great vantage point to see the Brisbane River and city buildings, while those wanting ‘action’ can go rock climbing and abseiling with the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Meet with the local aboriginal tribe, Mirrabooka, and share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point.

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P&O Cruises Australia operates the Pacific Dawn out of Brisbane, Australia. Most of her cruises are 7-night sailings to the South Pacific (New Caledonia and Vanuatu), and the Great Barrier Reef (Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Willis Island in the Coral Sea). Venture further to the South Pacific over 9 or 12 nights. Already been there? Take one of the new PNG cruises over 10 or 14 nights. These are new itineraries, and introduce you to remnants of WWII history and the present-day culture of PNG’s islands. If you’re unsure how you will handle sea life, try a 3- or 4-night ‘Lifestyle Cruise’ to Airlie Beach or the Hunter Valley. A 7-night Melbourne Cup cruise beckons 31 October 2015, with 2 full days and an overnight stay. Pacific Dawn was most recently refurbished in April 2012, and at 70,310 GT carries 2020 passengers.

Accommodation
Staterooms come in five categories – Suite with balcony, Mini-Suite with balcony, Outside with balcony, Outside and Inside – and 24 price levels (higher decks costing more). Many cabins have a third or even a fourth bed available. All cabins are spacious, with wardrobes, ensuites, and twin beds mostly convertible to queen size. Facilities include flat screen TV, fridge, personal safe, bathrobes and toiletries, and an interactive video system. The décor is neat and attractive. Outside cabins having a large window (or porthole in the case of a few). Interconnecting cabins for families and groups allow quad-quad, twin-quad, triple-triple, and twin-twin bedding.

Food and Dining
Dining-wise, there are four eateries onboard Pacific Dawn. Dining is where and when you like: “Your Choice Dining” at the main The Waterfront Restaurant or the buffet Plantation Restaurant. Expect big ship banquet catering. The décor is bright and very colourful. Dress up for the formal dinner/s. There are two alternative (pay extra) restaurants. The line has recruited its first ever celebrity chef, Luke Mangan, who has added his touches to the menu in the Salt Grill restaurant, a steak and seafood venue. La Luna is a casual restaurant serving Asian-style cuisine. The crew have a name for friendliness and the food selection is plentiful and varied.

Entertainment
The main attraction is sailing to the South Pacific or the tropics of the Great Barrier Reef! You will have two to five sea days, and there’s plenty of activity day and night to keep you entertained. The two-deck Marquee Theatre is the main venue for production shows and major cabaret acts. View all the action and latest movies on the Big Screen day and night on the pool deck. P&OEdge arrives sometime in 2014, a floating adventure playground for children to adults. It will offer 20 activities, including high rope swings, laser tag, slack lines, Segway obstacle courses, flying fox lines, funnel climbs and many more designed around the ship’s existing architecture. Other entertainment includes laser light shows in the Atrium, circus and acrobat performances, game shows, adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club, and forward on the top deck is The Dome with dance floor. There are five bars and a casino, much live music and karaoke.

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Cruise summary

Cruise: PNG Discovery Cruise
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: Pacific Dawn
Star rating:
Departs: Brisbane
Returns: Brisbane
Ports of call: 5
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Shops duty-free
  • Shore Tours
  • No tipping, AUD
  • DINING
  • Restaurants, cafes (7)
  • Main dining room
  • Flexible dining, kids menus
  • Room service menu (pay)
  • Specialty restaurants (pay)
  • Lounges, bars, clubs (9)
  • Ice cream bar (pay)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Main Theatre shows
  • Poolside Screen (movies, sports)
  • Live music, nightclub, comedy
  • Theme & Cocktail nights
  • Casino, game shows
  • Trapeze, Laser shows
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swim pools
  • Whirlpools
  • Adult retreat
  • Health Spa Sauna Salon Fitness (small)
  • Cooking, activity classes (some pay)
  • Deck, board games
  • Jogging track
  • Ceremonies, weddings, group events organised
  • Photo, video gallery
  • Library
  • UNDER 18
  • Group centres for 1-2, 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-17 y
  • Group child minding (late night, 3-13 y, pay)
  • OTHER
  • Internet, Wi-Fi areas (pay)
  • ATM on board
  • Mobile (Int’l roaming; pay provider)
  • Laundrette, laundry service (pay)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevators
  • Medical centre
  • Smoking outdoor areas
  • Power 3-pin 220/240V
  • Daily newsletter
  • Advise dietary, medical, mobility needs at booking

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Gratuities - tipping is neither expected nor required
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea, milk & hot snacks
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Open/anytime or traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Valet, laundry & concierge services (Suites, Mini-suites)
  • Weddings, ceremonies, group events options
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items
  • Workshops, classes & programs
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

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