Australia & New Zealand Cruises
(Papua New Guinea Cruise)
Voyage the South Pacific aboard a luxurious mega yacht, exploring the sunny shores of Australia, the islands of Melanesia, and Indonesia. Departing from Cairns in Queensland, Australia, you'll sail to Alotau, the first of five consecutive stops along the coast of Papua New Guinea. The green jungle of Papua New Guinea stands in sharp contrast to the Australian desert. Discover indigenous culture and step foot upon what is thought to be one of the least explored countries on Earth. The final stretch of this voyage brings you to unique port stops in the Indonesian islands, including Komodo Island, home of the protected Komodo Dragon, a large reptile with a fearsome reputation. End your voyage in renowned resort area and tropical tourist haven, Bali, awarded "Best Island" by Travel and Leisure 2010. Shipboard gratuities are conveniently included in your cruise fare.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
A private transfer between Cairns airport and your hotel accommodation, or vice versa, is provided for today.
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, one of the most distinguished hotels in Cairns, sets the standard for contemporary luxury and service in one of Australia’s most beautiful seaside destinations.Cairns' premier hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, provides a haven of unsurpassed luxury in a tropical city setting. The hotel is magnificently positioned within the cosmopolitan Pier complex, overlooking the Marlin Marina and the Coral Sea. Shangri-La's special blend of service and attention to detail, combined with the ultra-chic guestrooms, make for memorable stays, and guests aspiring to return. It is a fresh modern hotel with appealing decor, offering all the creature comforts that well travelled guests anticipate. The spectacular waterfront location is renowned as Cairns’ premier dining precinct, hosting some of Cairns’ most acclaimed restaurants and bars.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail this evening.
Port charges and shipboard gratuities are included in your itinerary pricing.
SeaDream’s twin, luxury mega-yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II were designed as prototypes for the ultra-luxury yachting experience. Teak decks, inviting seating and lounging areas with plenty of room to stroll or simply relax and watch the world go by with your favorite libation. With all the comforts of home and more, SeaDream yachts reflect a passion for style, quality and casual perfection.
Spend a full day relaxingly at sea.
Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province, a province of Papua New Guinea. The town is located within the area in which the invading Japanese army suffered their first land defeat in the Pacific War in 1942, before the Kokoda Track battle. A memorial park at the old battle site commemorates the event. Alotau is the gateway to the Milne Bay Province which contains some of the most remote island communities in the world. The whole of Milne Bay is noted for its coral reef and scuba diving experiences.
The Trobriand Islands (today officially known as the Kiriwina Islands) are an archipelago of coral atolls off the eastern coast of New Guinea. They are situated in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. The group is considered to be an important tropical rainforest ecoregion in need of conservation.
The Tami Islands are a small island group part of today's Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. In the days before European contact, its natives were known throughout the Solomon and South Sea islands for their distinctive wooden bowls, their cult figure carvings, and their ceremonial masks.
The Sepik is the longest river on the island of New Guinea. The majority of the river flows through the Papua New Guinea (PNG) provinces of Sandaun and East Sepik, with a small section flowing through the Indonesian province of Papua. The tribes living along the river are noted for their magnificent carvings and elaborate manhood initiation ceremonies involving scarification of designs of a crocodile on a riverbank.
Jayapura City is the provincial capital of Papua, Indonesia. It is located on the island of New Guinea, situated on Yos Sudarso Bay.
The Banda Islands are a group of ten small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea, and part of the Indonesian province of Maluku. Until the mid 19th century the Banda Islands were the world's only source of the spices nutmeg and mace, produced from the nutmeg tree. The islands have become popular destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, an island arc with an estimated area of 14,300 km² extending east from the Java island of Indonesia. The population was 1,831,000 in the 2010 census and the largest town is Maumere. Flores is Portuguese for "flowers".Flores is located east of Sumbawa and Komodo and west of Lembata and the Alor Archipelago. To the southeast is Timor. To the south, across the Sumba strait, is Sumba and to the north, beyond the Flores Sea, is Sulawesi.
Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that compose the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named for the island. Komodo contains a beach with pink sand, one of only seven in the world. The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand and red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.
Upon arrival to Benoa, in South Bali, you'll disembark from your ship and bid farwell to your fellow cruisemates.
A transfer between the harbour and your hotel with a private vehicle and English speaking guide is provided.
The Grand Hyatt Bali set on a magnificent beachfront in the Nusa Dua Peninsula, close to Sanur, Kuta and downtown Denpasar, The hotel was designed to reflect a Balinese water palace. It comprises a cluster of four villages set against interlinking cascading waterfalls on 40 acres of lush greenery and provides 659 guestrooms, showcasing 39 suites and two villas. Guests have many excellent dining options available, including Japanese, Indonesian, and Italian cuisine, along with a unique food market with food stalls providing all kinds of food. The Bay club fitness and Health centre at this resort offers a broad range of facilities including pool and sun deck, squash courts, aerobic studio, gym, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and plunge pool.
A transfer between the airport and your hotel in South Bali with a private vehicle and English speaking guide is provided.
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