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Australian company to start new cruise in the South Pacific

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Papua New Guinea has undergone a resurgence in popularity as a cruise destination thanks to its astounding marine life and fascinating cultural experiences.

Australian family-owned company APT is catering to that niche with a one-off cruise to PNG next year in partnership with small-ship operator Noble Caledonia, The Australian reports.

The adventure starts on October 2 in Cairns, where you board a charter flight to Port Moresby and transfer to the 110-passenger, 75-crew Caledonian Sky. Highlights of the 11-day trip include cultural experiences in local villages, immersion in World War II history at Milne Bay, snorkelling in PNG’s pristine waters, and visits to the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area and Madang, regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the South Pacific.

“Carnival Australia has established a strong relationship with the government of Papua New Guinea and is proud to have included nine destinations in Papua New Guinea on its itineraries from Australian-based ships since 2013,” said Carnival Australia’s executive chairman Ann Sherry.

Carnival Australia incorporates several cruise brands in the Australian and New Zealand market, including Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, P&O, Princess and Seabourn.