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Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise (MMBT2021)

Hosted aboard P&O Pacific Explorer, this 10-night holiday will provide guests an experience like none other

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Tour Departure: Oct 6, 2021


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Inside $1,999
Outside$2,799
Balcony$3,599

Highlights



Inclusions:

  • 10 night cruise on board the 4-Star Pacific Explorer
  • Hosted by Mat McLachlan
  • Exclusive 3-day WW2 conference with leading historians (2 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

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Package Details

Explore the military history and fascinating culture of Papua New Guinea on this exclusive 11-day WW2 History cruise. You will be accompanied by some of Australia’s leading WW2 historians, who will bring the history of the Pacific War to life with a program of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops during our 3-day conference. And on shore you will walk the ground in the footsteps of the Anzacs at Milne Bay and Rabaul, accompanied by our historians. This cruise group is being organised exclusively by Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours.


Day 1 Wednesday, 6 October 2021 | Embarkation in Brisbane

Welcome to the inaugural World War 2 History cruise. Make your own way to the Port of Brisbane to embark the Pacific Explorer. The ship will depart at 4.00pm so aim to be aboard at least two hours prior. This evening you will meet with our historians and the other passengers who are taking part in the history cruise at a cocktail party from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. (L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Welcome Cocktail Party
 
Day 2 Thursday, 7 October 2021 | At Sea – History Conference

Our history conference begins today, with two separate sessions (8am-10am and 1pm-3pm). This evening will be at leisure. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Conference sessions
 
Day 3 Friday, 8 October 2021 | At Sea – History Conference

The second day of our history conference, with two separate sessions (8am-10am and 1pm-3pm). This evening will be at leisure. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Conference sessions
 
Day 4 Saturday, 9 October 2021 | The Battle of Milne Bay

Today we are in port from 8.00am – 5.00pm. This is the first of our exclusive shore excursions to discover some of Australia’s key battles in New Guinea. Beginning at the Cross Roads where the John French Victoria Cross action took place and the site of his memorial. We will then continue on to the site of Robinson’s ambush at Cameron Springs. Your historian will bring to life the epic struggle to fight off the Imperial Japanese Naval Forces that were attempting to capture the vital Milne Bay airfields. As we head into the main part of town, we will make a short side trip to Hiwehiwe lookout, a vantage point that allows a magnificent view of the Bay. We continue with a visit to KB Mission and the Turnbull Memorial located on the original No.3 airstrip. Finally, we will hold a commemorative service at the Milne Bay Memorial, remembering all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during the campaign. This evening is at leisure. (B, L, D)
 

STAR INCLUSIONS   Cameron Springs  KB Mission  No 3 Strip  Milne Bay Memorial
 
Day 5 Sunday, 10 October 2021 | Kitava, Trobriand Islands

Today we are in port from 8.00am – 4.00pm. Here one of the world’s most intact island cultures resides on one the world’s most untouched islands, and you are among the select few who are lucky enough to experience them both. Tonight, join together with the historians and fellow passengers for a group dinner. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Group Dinner
 
Day 6 Monday, 11 October 2021 | Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Today we are in port from 8.00am – 6.00pm. This is the second of our exclusive shore excursions to discover some of Australia’s key battles in New Guinea. From the port, a short drive takes us to Kabakaul, the first amphibious landing and military operation of WW1 for the Australian forces. We then continue on to Bita Paka War Cemetery, home to over one thousand graves for Allied and Australian soldiers who died defending Rabaul from the Japanese during WWII, as well as some WW1 burials. Next, we will uncover the Japanese barge tunnels, still containing three barges. This was part of over 300 miles of underground pathways designed to conceal munitions stores, hospitals and more. We will ten go on to view the Lark Force-2/22nd & Montevideo Maru Memorial before visiting the Japanese Admiral Yamamoto’s Bunker. We will then make our way up to Namanula Hill, housing the remains of the old German Governor Haber’s residence. We will be able to see a magnificent view as we look out over the harbour. This evening will be at leisure. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Rabaul shore excursion  Bita Paka War Cemetery  Japanese barge tunnels  Lark Force-2/22nd & Montevideo Maru Memorial   Yamamoto’s Bunker
 
Day 7 Tuesday, 12 October 2021 | Kiriwina Island

Today we are in port from approximately 9.00am – 5.00pm. Here one of the world’s most intact island cultures resides on one the world’s most untouched islands. This evening will be at leisure. (B, L, D)
 
Day 8 Wednesday, 13 October 2021 | Conflict Islands

Don’t be fooled by the name, this is paradise in the Coral Sea! The Conflict Islands are made up of 21 untouched islands in Papua New Guinea. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home an incredible array of marine wildlife. Today you may have a day at leisure on the ship or you may choose to purchase a shore excursion. This evening we will come together with the historians and our fellow passengers for a group dinner. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Group Dinner
 
Day 9 Thursday, 14 October 2021 | At Sea – History Conference

The final day of our conference program, with two separate sessions (8am-10am and 1pm-3pm). This evening will be at leisure. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Conference sessions and panel interview with historians
 
Day 10 Friday, 15 October 2021 | At Sea

Today is a chance for you to relax and enjoy all the facilities on board Pacific Explorer. This evening join together with the historians and fellow passengers for a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
 
STAR INCLUSIONS  
 Farewell Dinner
 
Day 11 Saturday, 16 October 2021 | Disembarkation in Brisbane

We will arrive at the Port of Brisbane at approximately 6.00am and disembark the ship afterwards. (B)



Itinerary

Day 1:Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise 2021

Your Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise Exclusive Inclusions:


  • Welcome Cocktail Party
  • 6 Conference Sessions
  • 2 Shore Excursions - The Battle of Milne Bay Tour and War and Colonial History Tour
  • 3 Group Dinners


Tue 5 Oct 2021
Day 2:Brisbane Australia
Wed 6 Oct 2021
Depart 3:00 PM
Day 3:AT SEA
Thu 7 Oct 2021
Day 4:AT SEA
Fri 8 Oct 2021
Day 5:Alotau Papua New Guinea
Sat 9 Oct 2021
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day 6:Kiriwina Is Trobriand Islands
Sun 10 Oct 2021
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Day 7:Rabaul Papua/New Guinea
Mon 11 Oct 2021
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Day 8:AT SEA
Tue 12 Oct 2021
Day 9:Conflict Islands PNG
Wed 13 Oct 2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Day 10:AT SEA
Thu 14 Oct 2021
Day 11:AT SEA
Fri 15 Oct 2021
Day 12:Brisbane Australia
Sat 16 Oct 2021
Arrive 6:00 AM
Ports of Call may vary by departure date and subject to weather and other conditions.



Policies

Payment Conditions:
Deposit: $500 per person upon confirmation
Final Payment: 09 July 2021

Cancellation Policy:

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

Passports & Visa's:
Visas for Papua New Guinea and Vietnam will be issued upon arrival for all guests and the applicable fee will be charged to your onboard account. You can download the PNG Declaration form on the link below. Don’t forget, a passport is required and your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of the cruise return.  

https://www.pocruises.com.au/-/media/b2c/brochures/files/png-passenger-incoming-declaration-form.pdf?la=en 

Ship & Itinerary Changes
We will do everything We reasonably can to make sure everything goes according to plan; however, sometimes changes can happen that may affect Your holiday experience. This could include weather, mechanical difficulties, civil unrest or any other unforeseen circumstances.
In addition, We may charter all or part of the ship, or remove the ship from service where this becomes necessary. We may change the itinerary, ship or cancel the cruise due to operational or commercial requirements. We will notify You of these changes as soon as We can. If We are forced to cancel the cruise for any reason prior to departure We will provide a full refund. Since Your itinerary is not guaranteed, please do not make any important arrangements or meetings based on the proposed itinerary.

Changes outside our control
If it is necessary to change the itinerary due to safety, maritime law, severe weather, to protect human life or health or other factors outside our control, We will attempt to offer a revised itinerary as close as possible to the original itinerary. We will not provide any compensation in connection with the revised itinerary unless Consumer Laws require otherwise.

Travel insurance
We strongly recommend You purchase appropriate international travel insurance at the time You pay Your deposit. As Australian Medicare and New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation do not cover Your travel onboard, it is important that international travel insurance is purchased for all voyages (including domestic Australian itineraries which do not visit international ports). If You do not purchase international travel insurance You may not be able to recover any charges, medical costs, repatriation and other expenses that may be incurred if things do not go according to plan.