Cruising Melanesia

Coral Princess Cruises of Cairns, Australia, will operate an annual 13-night cruise from Noumea, New Caledonia, to Papua New Guinea, via Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Departures are scheduled from Noumea on 24 March 2006 and from Papua New Guinea on 4 November 2006.

The 72 passengers will travel aboard the 63-meter mini-cruiseship Oceanic Princess, the first Australian-flagged cruiseship to sail internationally in over 50 years. This 1,838-ton luxury vessel was launched at Cairns in April, 2005. Throughout the year, it cruises across the top of Australia and to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Tasmania.

In Melanesia, the Oceanic Princess calls at remote locations like Hienghene, Ouvea, Tanna, Pentecost, Luganville, Ureparapara, Utupua, Santa Ana, Malaita, Ghizo, the Treasury Islands, and Rabaul. The price to join this unique expedition begins at A$13,635/18,180 single/double including tax, with flights, transfers, and laundry charged extra.

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