PNG WW2 History Cruise

By July 2, 2019 Travel Stories

Papua New Guinea WW2 History Cruise

Launched in response to demand from intrepid, history-loving Australians the 10-night Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise will take place aboard P&O Pacific Dawn as part of her round-trip Brisbane sailing on 26 August 2020.

Designed to be an exclusive and immersive experience featuring a tailor-made program of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and shore excursions to key Papua New Guinea World War Two sites – all hosted by acclaimed historians and led by Mat McLachlan. Numbers for the inaugural cruise are limited to two hundred cabins.

Discussing the new cruise, leading historian and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, Mat McLachlan, said: “No other nation embraces its war-time history like Australians. The Anzac legend inspires across generations and we are seeing a growing interest to learn about and visit lesser known and harder to reach battlefields, such as those in Papua New Guinea.”

Cruise holidays have opened up new destinations and new holiday experiences for travellers. Themed cruises in particular are growing in popularity and we are very excited to partner with Australia’s leading battlefield tour company to launch the Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise, which we expect to be very popular among cruisers and non-cruisers alike!

Onboard, the immersive war history itinerary includes a cocktail welcome party, three special group dinners and three sea days of informative and engaging conferencing as well as free time to enjoy the amenities and services on board. The conference program includes keynote presentations, panel discussions, Q&A’s and more relaxed interactive workshops covering subjects such as how to research a lost relative.

“We are focused on providing a personalised and enriching conference-cruise experience. Our historians will be on board for the cruise duration, providing plenty of opportunities for one on one time. We are also inviting all guests with ancestors who fought in New Guinea to advise us, so that our historians can identify sites of personal significance – such as the battlefield where a grandfather fought or a grave where a loved one is buried,” said Mat McLachlan.

On shore, the WW2 History Tour includes two incredible highlight tours; The Battle of Milne Bay Tour and War and Colonial History Tour in Rabaul.

The Battle of Milne Bay was a turning point in the Pacific War as it was the first time the Allied forces decisively defeated a Japanese offensive on land. This battle largely marked the beginning of the end for World War Two in the Pacific.

Rabaul was famous in both world wars – it was the scene of Australia’s first battle of the First World War (the Battle of Bita Paka) and during the Second it was captured by the Japanese and in 1942, turned into a fortress.

Fares for this fabulous and interesting cruise start from $2599 per person, twin share, interior room. Contact Travel Centre Coffs Harbour, your exclusive Cruiseco agent for more deals.