WW2 History Cruise - Australian Battlefields of Papu New Guinea

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Australian owned and operated

WW2 History Cruise

6 October 2021 - 10 nights

Hosted aboard P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer, this 10 night holiday will provide an experience like no other. Connect with like minded travellers for a first hand exploration into the war history of the islands of Papua New Guinea. Join a range of exclusive workshops, shore excursions and seminar discussions all hosted by renowned historians and led by Mat McLachlan.

The holiday will take you on a journey both on and off the ship. Sea days will be characterised by thought provoking and engaging sessions peppered around plenty of free time to enjoy Pacific Explorer’s amenities and services. Shoreside, a series of exclusive tours will include first-hand monumental sites such as Milne Bay and Rabaul.

Package Inclusions and Historians

Pacific Explorer

  • 10 night cruise on board P&O’s Pacific Explorer
  • Hosted by Mat McLachlan
  • Exclusive 3 day WW2 conference with leading historians (two sessions each day)
  • Exclusive shore tours accompanied by select conference historians at Milne Bay and Rabaul
  • Exotic cultural destinations including Kitava, Kiriwina and Conflict Islands
  • All meals including three private group dinners with historians and other guests
  • Welcome cocktail party

Historian Host:
Mat McLachlan
– A leading battlefield historian, author and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours. Mat has spent more than two decades following in the footsteps of Australian troops around the world.

Supporting Historians:
Dr Karl James – A historian at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra since 2006.

Gary McKay – Served 30 years as an officer in the Australian Army, is a best selling author and freelance historian.

David Howell – A Melbourne based historian, author and tour guide. David has made 50 crossings of the famous Kokoda Track.

Keiko Tamura – A Japanese born anthropologist/historian whose research focuses on Australia-Japan relations.

Chris Masters – One of Australia’s best-known, most successful and most influential investigative journalists.

Staterooms & Suites:

Single travellers pay a single supplement of 200%


from $1,999* pp – twin share


Single travellers pay a single supplement of 200%


from $2,799* pp – twin share


Single travellers pay a single supplement of 200%


from $3,599* pp – twin share


Single travellers pay a single supplement of 200%


from $4,299* pp – twin share

Single travellers pay a single supplement of 200%


from $5,499* pp – twin share

Stateroom images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.

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WW2 History Cruise

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*Prices are per person in AUD, based on twin share accommodation in each of the specified cabin categories. Prices are inclusive of port charges, government fees and are correct as at 25 August 2020. Pricing is subject to change with currency fluctuation, surcharges and taxes. Offer is subject to limited availability. Package includes cruise, welcome cocktail party, shore excursions at Rabaul and Alotau, and dedicated conference seminars. Cabin numbers are limited and subject to availability. Deposit: $500 per person upon confirmation. Final Payment: 09 July 2021. Cabins are on a guarantee basis and will be allocated only 48 hours prior to sailing. Single travellers must pay a single supplement of 200%. 3rd & 4th person pricing $1799 per person. Cancellations: Immediately to 08 July 2021: $500 per person non-refundable. 09 July 2021 to 22 August 2021: 50% of total booking cost non-refundable. 23 August 2021 to sailing: 100% of total booking cost non-refundable. Passengers are bound by the full P&O Cruises Australia terms and conditions. Main meals are included in select restaurants. Gratuities are not included and are payable onboard. Offer is valid for sale unless sold out prior. Promotion may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice.

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