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
Sunday, August 31
4:00 PM
Day 2
At Sea
Monday, September 1
Day 3
Brisbane, Australia
Tuesday, September 2
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 4
At Sea
Wednesday, September 3
Day 5
At Sea
Thursday, September 4
Day 6
Doini Island, Papua New Guinea
Friday, September 5
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 7
Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea
Saturday, September 6
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 8
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
Sunday, September 7
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 9
At Sea
Monday, September 8
Day 10
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Tuesday, September 9
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 11
At Sea
Wednesday, September 10
Day 12
Guadalcanal (Honiara), Solomon Islands
Thursday, September 11
7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 13
At Sea
Friday, September 12
Day 14
Luganville, Vanuatu
Saturday, September 13
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 15
Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Sunday, September 14
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 16
Vila, Vanuatu
Monday, September 15
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 17
At Sea
Tuesday, September 16
Day 18
Noumea, New Caledonia
Wednesday, September 17
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 19
At Sea
Thursday, September 18
Day 20
At Sea
Friday, September 19
Day 21
Sydney, Australia
Saturday, September 20
7:00 AM

The Route

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