Recently, APT, the leaders in Luxury River Cruising and touring, announced their new one off, Papua New Guinea expedition cruise in 2019. With white sand beaches, lush landscapes, traditional villages and rich history, the fascinating adventure from Cairns to Port Moresby is ideal for the adventurous traveller.
Papua New Guinea might not be the first place that springs to mind when travellers are looking for an intrepid expedition cruise, but it’s one of the few remaining places where you can truly get off the beaten track. You’ll discover ancient cultures unchanged, pristine coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, and the largest rainforest in the Asia-Pacific region while enjoying the backing of an Australian, family owned company with 90 years’ experience.
APT’s exciting new 13-day Papua New Guinea by Small Ship cruise starts at $13,995 pp, twin share (NZ$15,795) and includes a private charter flight from Cairns to Rabaul. The journey is made possible thanks to APT’s very own boutique expedition ship, MS Caledonian Sky, which was recently awarded a ‘Star Performer – Top Ten’ rating in the 2018 Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide. When it sets sail in October 2019, MS Caledonian Sky will take just 95 APT guests between small ports, isolated islands and seldom explored regions of Papua New Guinea in the spectacular style for which APT is renowned.
All-inclusive dining and beverages, a high crew-to-passenger ratio, included Wi-Fi and fantastic excursions with an Expedition Team, means you can relax knowing that everything has been taken care of. Plus, special guest and naval expert, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN (Rtd) will join the journey to illuminate the rich Australian war history throughout the region.
A privately chartered flight takes guests from Cairns to Rabaul, where MS Caledonian Sky awaits. From here, highlights include a cruise around Duke of York Island, the site where Australia’s HMAS AE1 was found on the ocean floor 103 years after it disappeared during World War 1, snorkelling at Garove Island, a walk through the rainforest at the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area, and an excursion to the hot springs and bubbling mud pools on Fergusson Island. The final day of the journey plays out on a section of the Kokoda Track.
To learn more about the one-off Papua New Guinea by Small Ship expedition with APT or to request a brochure please call 1300 196 420 or visit www.aptouring.com.au.