The Experience

The former capital of New Britain has a history of destruction and resurrection – the city rebuilt after a massive 1937 volcanic eruption only to be destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II. In 1994, the eruption of Mt. Tavurvur dropped hot ash and rock on Rabaul, leading to its partial abandonment. Since that cataclysm, the city has slowly returned to life – hotels have resumed operating, the market continues to trade, and the harbor remains one of the most impressive in the entire Pacific basin.

During World War II, Rabaul served as a forward operating base for the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy. Allied bombing forced the Japanese defenders underground, into a complex system of bunkers and tunnels on the Gazelle Peninsula.

Day Port / Date Arrive Depart
Day 1
Sydney, Australia
Tuesday, June 23
4:00 PM
Day 2
At Sea
Wednesday, June 24
Day 3
Brisbane, Australia
Thursday, June 25
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 4
At Sea
Friday, June 26
Day 5
At Sea
Saturday, June 27
Day 6
Doini Island, Papua New Guinea
Sunday, June 28
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 7
Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea
Monday, June 29
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 8
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 9
At Sea
Wednesday, July 1
Day 10
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Thursday, July 2
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 11
At Sea
Friday, July 3
Day 12
Guadalcanal (Honiara), Solomon Islands
Saturday, July 4
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 13
At Sea
Sunday, July 5
Day 14
At Sea
Monday, July 6
Day 15
At Sea
Tuesday, July 7
Day 16
Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, July 8
7:00 AM

The Route

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