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Papau New Guinea Discovery - Brisbane to Singapore

2nd March 2023 FOR 23 NIGHTS | Crystal Serenity

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A cruise across Asia and the Indian Ocean is the perfect way to discover the wonders of the Far East: from the vibrant culture and bustling cities of Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, to the picturesque and secluded island destinations of the Maldives and Seychelles located in the vast Indian Ocean.

Wherever you travel across this diverse and beautiful part of the world, you are sure to encounter new and fascinating cultures and breath-taking natural landscapes alongside a host of historic monuments and famous landmarks.

A world of exciting possibility awaits throughout the captivating continent of Asia and across the Indian Ocean. Sail to tiny unspoilt islands to relax on a sun-drenched sandy beach or take a dip in the clear blue sparkling ocean waters. Experience the incredible and colourful culture of India in destinations such as Goa and Mumbai. Or head further east to Japan, Thailand and Vietnam amongst other wonderful nations to truly appreciate all the Asian continent has to offer.

Some of the best cruises to Asia and the Indian Ocean will travel throughout the entire region, from the stunning and remote islands of the Seychelles and the Maldives, across the legendary nation of India to Southeast Asia, where travellers can appreciate a host of spectacular and enchanting destinations across the Far East.

If you’d like to book your place on-board a cruise across Asia and the Indian Ocean, simply take a look at the range of exciting itineraries available to book now at SixStarCruises, with the world's finest luxury cruise lines. Call our expert Cruise Concierge team today.

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Brisbane, Queensland

Founded in 1824 on the banks of the wide, meandering Brisbane River, the former penal colony of Brisbane was for many years regarded as just a big country town. Many beautiful timber Queenslander homes, built in the 1800s, still dot the riverbanks and inner suburbs, and in spring the city's numerous parks erupt in a riot of colorful jacaranda, poinciana, and bougainvillea blossoms. Today the Queensland capital is one of Australia's most up-and-coming cities: glittering high-rises mark its polished business center, slick fashion boutiques and restaurants abound, and numerous outdoor attractions beckon. In summer, temperatures here are broilingly hot and days are often humid, a reminder that this city is part of a subtropical region. Wear SPF 30-plus sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat outdoors, even on overcast days.Brisbane's inner suburbs, a 5- to 10-minute drive or 15- to 20-minute walk from the city center, have a mix of intriguing eateries and quiet accommodations. Fortitude Valley combines Chinatown with a cosmopolitan mix of clubs, cafés, and boutiques. Spring Hill has several high-quality hotels, and Paddington, New Farm, Petrie Terrace, West End, and Woolloongabba are full of an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. Brisbane is also a convenient base for trips to the Sunshine and Gold coasts, the mountainous hinterlands, and the Moreton Bay islands.

02 Mar 2023

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Mooloolaba, Queensland

Situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is the resort town of Mooloolaba. Gifted with a white-sand beach and crystalline waters, this once quiet little fishing village is now one of Australia's most popular destinations. Its beachfront path is lined with outdoor cafés, juice bars, and chic boutiques. The Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary showcasing the creatures that make their home in Australia.

03 Mar 2023

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Gladstone, Queensland

Steeped in Down Under sun, Gladstone boasts Australia’s largest natural harbor and is a handy jumping-off point to watery adventure along mangrove-fringed waterways, on idyllic islands, and below the surface within the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Those in search of terrestrial activities can find walking trails, coastal cycleways, orchid-laced gardens, and Queensland heritage buildings to discover. Auckland Hill and Round Hill both sport 360-degree views of it all, and of distant Mount Larcom.

04 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Pacific Ocean

05 Mar 2023 - 06 Mar 2023

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Guadalcanal Island

Honiara, on the island of Guadalcanal, is the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Its buzzing Central Market sells local produce and handicrafts. Traditional frescoes adorn the conical National Parliament building. The National Museum has WWII relics and cultural artifacts. The Botanical Gardens includes an orchid house. Outside the city, the waters of the Mataniko Falls thunder down a rocky cliff into a canyon

07 Mar 2023

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Gizo

Gizo is the capital of the Western Province in Solomon Islands. With a population of 6,154, it is the second largest town in the country. It is situated on Ghizo Island approximately 380 kilometres west-northwest of the capital, Honiara, and is just southwest of the larger island of Kolombangara.

08 Mar 2023

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Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago

Rabaul, the former provincial capital, has quite a remarkable location. The town is inside the flooded caldera of a giant volcano and several sub-vents are still quite active today! The fumes of the volcano Tavurvur can be seen continually and the town suffered greatly during the last major eruption of 1994 when some 80% of the houses collapsed due to the ash raining down onto their roofs. Rabaul has a Volcano Observatory sitting atop the town’s center, monitoring the 14 active and 23 dormant volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. A small museum opposite the bunker used by Yamamoto during World War II shows exhibits relating to Rabaul’s local, German, Australian and Japanese past from the 19th century to Papua New Guinea’s independence in the 1970s.

09 Mar 2023 - 10 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Bismark Sea

11 Mar 2023

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Madang

The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the United Kingdom (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives. On the north coast of the island, we find colourful Madang, called the “prettiest town in the South Pacific”. Its peninsula-setting is a showplace of parks, waterways, luxuriant shade trees and sparkling tropical islands. Although small, the town has modern urban facilities, including hotels, department stores, markets and art shops. The people of Madang can be broken into four distinct groups - islanders, coastal people, river people and mountain people. These groups are similar in appearance except for the smaller Simbai mountain tribesmen from the foothills. The traditional dress consists mainly of traditional dyed multi-coloured grass skirts made out of either pandanas leaves or sago palm. The women from the mountain areas wear skirts that are colourless, narrow and stringy. Unlike the women, men wear meshy net aprons in front and a clutter of target leaves astern.

12 Mar 2023

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Wewak

Wewak is the capital of the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the northern coast of the island of New Guinea. It is the largest town between Madang and Jayapura. It is the see city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wewak.

13 Mar 2023

13

Cruising The Pacific Ocean

14 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Molucca Sea

15 Mar 2023

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Ternate Island

Clad in clove trees, boisterously seismic, and home to a famously contented populace, this small islet has long wielded outsized influence in the Molucca Islands. A powerful Sultanate based here lorded over the region for centuries before the Dutch brought an end to that, and both cultures’ heritage landmarks are well worth a visit. Ternate City is seeing robust development, but the rainforested slopes of volcanic Mt. Gamalama just outside town make it clear that nature is still firmly in charge.

16 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Molucca Sea

17 Mar 2023

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Komodo Island

Pink Beach earned its name for the way the beach can appear to have a rosy hue in certain lights. The color comes from small flecks of red coral mixed in with the fine white reef sand. With a few trees along the beach for shade, this stretch of coast makes a fine place to relax or enjoy a snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters. It is possible to spot a striped clown fish nestled among the protective tentacles of its sea anemone host, or to see a grouper lazily swimming by a flamboyant soft coral. The reef here is now protected by law and the maturing corals are a joy to behold.

18 Mar 2023

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Benoa, Bali

Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

19 Mar 2023 - 20 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Bali Sea

21 Mar 2023

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Semarang

Semarang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, situated on Java's north coast between the shore of the Java Sea and a small ridge of mountains. Ceded to the Dutch West India Company in 1677 by King Amangkurat I in payment of his debts, it became their headquarters and the seat of the Dutch governor of the northeast provinces. Semarang's usefulness as a port waned due to the gradual silting up of the harbor; by the 19th century, Surabaya had eclipsed Semarang as Java's premier port. With a population of over one million, a third of whom are thought to be of Chinese extraction, Semarang is the largest city in Central Java and its administrative capital. The city consists of two parts: the coastal lowland where most of the commercial activities are found; and the hilly residential area. Although more a business center than a city for tourists, Semarang serves as a popular gateway to the mountainous interior of Central Java and to fabled Borobudur.

22 Mar 2023

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Cruising The Java Sea

23 Mar 2023

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Singapore

The main island of Singapore is shaped like a flattened diamond, 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. It is at the southern foot where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most uninhabited, that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. To the east is Changi International Airport, connected to the city by metro, bus, and a tree-lined parkway. Of the island's total land area, more than half is built up, with the balance made up of parkland, farmland, plantations, swamp areas, and rain forest. Well-paved roads connect all parts of the island, and Singapore city has an excellent, and constantly expanding, public transportation system. The heart of Singapore's history and its modern wealth are in and around the Central Business District. The area includes the skyscrapers in the Central Business District, the 19th-century Raffles Hotel, the convention centers of Marina Square, on up to the top of Ft. Canning. Although most of old Singapore has been knocked down to make way for the modern city, most colonial landmarks have been preserved in the CBD, including early-19th-century buildings designed by the Irish architect George Coleman.

24 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023

(This holiday is generally suitable for persons with reduced mobility. For customers with reduced mobility or any medical condition that may require special assistance or arrangements to be made, please notify your Cruise Concierge at the time of your enquiry, so that we can provide specific information as to the suitability of the holiday, as well as make suitable arrangements with the Holiday Provider on your behalf).

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