Day 1 Monday 17 February, 2020 Embarkation – Depart Sydney
This afternoon, board Queen Elizabeth for this fantastic cruise to exotic Papua New Guinea. Be up on deck as we depart Sydney Harbour and sail out through Sydney Heads.
Day 2 Tuesday 18 February, 2020 At sea
Our first day at sea. A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This evening join us for welcome drinks to celebrate the beginning of our fabulous cruise.
Day 3 Wednesday 19 February, 2020 Brisbane, Australia
This morning we have a sightseeing tour of Brisbane. We will visit the area along the Brisbane River, which has been very attractively developed. On our tour we will see City Hall, the Treasury building and Parliament House. There will be time to explore the city at leisure.
Day 4 Thursday 20 February, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the many facilities of the ship. This afternoon we will have a fun game of Scattergories with prizes for the winners.
Day 5 Friday 21 February, 2020 At sea
Another day at sea to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon we have a fun session of Bingo.
Day 6 Saturday 22 February, 2020 Alotau, Papua New Guinea
This morning we arrive in Alotau, PNG, which is home to beautiful capes, coves and beaches. Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay and there are several memorials and relics. We begin our guided tour at the Top Town Lookout, and discover the connection between Alotau and the original provincial capital, Samarai. During our tour, we will find out how the Battle of Milne Bay changed the world as they knew it and why the whole town was moved to Alotau. Next, we visit Cameron Secondary School, the provinces first established high school in 1967. Receive a warm welcome from the students and have the chance to chat with them for an authentic insight into daily life. Heading back towards the town centre and the main market we will have time to wander through the bustling markets as our local guide points out the many varieties of fresh local produce and crafts available.
Day 7 Sunday 23 February, 2020 Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands,
Papua New Guinea
We arrive in Kiriwina this morning, the largest of the Trobriand Islands. Kiriwina is home to the tiny district capital of Losuia and an airstrip. We will have a morning tour of the local area visiting the local church and the market. Kiriwina is relatively flat, with a rim of low hills (uplifted coral reefs) along the eastern shore. The central plain is intensely cultivated, since most villagers are subsistence farmers who rely on their crops of yam, sweet potato, taro and cassava.
Day 8 Monday 24 February, 2020 Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Rabaul is a township located on the edge of a flooded caldera, which is part of a large volcano. It was the base for the Japanese in Papua New Guinea during WW2. We will have a half-day sightseeing tour in this interesting little port. We will visit the war memorial and see the graves of the many Australians who died in the conflict.
Day 9 Tuesday 25 February, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Perhaps indulge yourself with a visit to the Cunard Health Club and Spa.
Day 10 Wednesday 26 February, 2020 Conflict Islands, PNG
The Conflict Islands sit about 80 kilometres from the nearest point in Papua New Guinea and are one of the most remote locations of the Coral Sea. Due to their isolation they are home to one of the world’s most biodiverse reef systems. We will enjoy a walking tour of the area and learn about the fascinating history of the islands including the Battle of the Coral Sea that once raged overhead. There will be time to enjoy the spectacular beaches and crystal clear water.
Day 11 Thursday 27 February, 2020 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon we will have a fun game of Trivia with prizes for the winners.
Day 12 Friday 28 February, 2020 Cairns, Australia
Today we arrive in Cairns, famous for the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of Cairns. Also, enjoy a spectacular trip on the Skyrail cableway (travel in cable cars, above the canopy of the rainforest) before visiting Kuranda Market, in the hinterland near Cairns.
Day 13 Saturday 29 February, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the many facilities of the ship. This afternoon we have a fun session of Bingo.
Day 14 Sunday 1 March, 2020 At sea
Our final day at sea to enjoy the many facilities of the ship.
Day 15 Monday 2 March, 2020 Disembarkation – Sydney
Tour members arrive back in Sydney. The tour concludes.