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The Mystery of Melanesia

This Discovery Cruise (maiden voyage) offers rare opportunity to explore the acclaimed Louisiade Archipelago – one of the great island arcs of the South Pacific stretching some 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. Plus the mysterious Trobriand Islands, spectacular Bougainville and much, much more!

Return charter flights ex Cairns ARE INCLUDED in the cruise tariff.

12 December, 2019 to 22 December, 2019 Make a booking request for The Mystery of Melanesia, departing on 12 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Ocean Class - Twin £ 13164 GBP pp
Located on the lower deck – Ocean Class cabins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 12 square metres. Other features include 2 portholes, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
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River Class - Double £ 16242 GBP pp
Located on the middle deck – River Class cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and en-suite. Cabin size is similar to Explorer Class. Other features include large panoramic windows, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
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Explorer Class - Stateroom £ 18522 GBP pp
Located on the upper deck – Explorer Class cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and a twin basin en-suite. Cabin size is 15 square metres. Other features include large panoramic windows, amenities fridge, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
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The Mystery of Melanesia itinerary:

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Day 1 - From Cairns to Alotau
Charter jet flight from Cairns to Alotau for overnight cruise to the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago.
Day 2 - Deboyne Atoll, Panepompom & Panasia
Explore Deboyne Atoll. Snorkel over a fighter plane and join a village tour on Panepompom. Fly over the Calvados Chain and hike on exotic Panasia!
Day 3 - Rossell Atoll, “Fish City” & Rambuso
Discover Rossell Atoll and the aptly named “Fish City”. Visit the village at Rambuso and a nearby ‘beach waterfall’.
Day 4 - Egum Atoll
Egum Atoll offers spectacular fishing, snorkelling and diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks on your very ‘own’ palm fringed beach!
Day 5 - Trobriand Islands
Join the crew ashore at the mysterious Trobriand Islands. Discover unusual local customs and artefacts.
Day 6 - Woodlark Island
Woodlark Island is surrounded by coral reef and today there’s plenty of opportunity for fishing, snorkelling, diving and sightseeing.
Day 7 - Bougainville
Welcome to Bougainville – an island of jungle and volcanoes! Snorkel and dive in an area renowned for exceptional visibility. Fly over an active volcano and the largest ‘cavern’ in the world!
Day 8 - Bougainville
More Bougainville magic! And, the chance to join a ‘famous’ TRUE NORTH heli-picnic albeit one that is a little different to the norm! Land in a clearing midst dense jungle with a towering canopy and join a short walk to the nearby waterfall and picnic site.
Day 9 - Bougainville & Buka
North Bougainville and the bustling town of Buka. Circumnavigate this island and visit a Buka marketplace.
Day 10 - Bougainville
East Bougainville. Last chance for a snorkel and dive. Fly over colourful volcanic lakes and the infamous Panguna mine site.
Day 11 - Cairns
After a scrumptious breakfast, join the coach transfer to Buka Airport and your charter jet flight back to Cairns.
Please Note:
This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.

The Mystery of Melanesia reverse itinerary:

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This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
After a scrumptious breakfast, join the coach transfer to Buka Airport and your charter jet flight back to Cairns.
East Bougainville. Last chance for a snorkel and dive. Fly over colourful volcanic lakes and the infamous Panguna mine site.
North Bougainville and the bustling town of Buka. Circumnavigate this island and visit a Buka marketplace.
More Bougainville magic! And, the chance to join a ‘famous’ TRUE NORTH heli-picnic albeit one that is a little different to the norm! Land in a clearing midst dense jungle with a towering canopy and join a short walk to the nearby waterfall and picnic site.
Welcome to Bougainville – an island of jungle and volcanoes! Snorkel and dive in an area renowned for exceptional visibility. Fly over an active volcano and the largest ‘cavern’ in the world!
Woodlark Island is surrounded by coral reef and today there’s plenty of opportunity for fishing, snorkelling, diving and sightseeing.
Join the crew ashore at the mysterious Trobriand Islands. Discover unusual local customs and artefacts.
Egum Atoll offers spectacular fishing, snorkelling and diving. Finish the day with sunset drinks on your very ‘own’ palm fringed beach!
Discover Rossell Atoll and the aptly named “Fish City”. Visit the village at Rambuso and a nearby ‘beach waterfall’.
Explore Deboyne Atoll. Snorkel over a fighter plane and join a village tour on Panepompom. Fly over the Calvados Chain and hike on exotic Panasia!
Charter jet flight from Cairns to Alotau for overnight cruise to the beautiful Louisiade Archipelago.
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Map for The Mystery of Melanesia
True North, the ship servicing The Mystery of Melanesia

True North

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 50 metres/ 164 feet

Passenger Capacity: 36

Built/Refurbished: 2005

 

The TRUE NORTH allows discerning adventurers to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels. Guests are able to take advantage of a number of lavish vantage points including a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge and an alfresco bar. The ship’s naturalist presents interpretative information on plasma screens and, an internet café enables convenient communication with the outside world.

A popular venue on any North Star cruise, the lower deck dining room offers the ultimate in comfort and uninterrupted vista – large panoramic windows ensure that guests never miss any of the action, even when they are enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining’. All cabins feature stylish décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones. The Explorer Class staterooms and the River Class cabins offer king size beds that can be converted to singles and the Ocean Class twins feature roomy single beds.

Multiple expedition boats provide guests with greater opportunity to do “what they want, when they want” and, to add yet another dimension to adventure, most cruise options feature an onboard helicopter!The purpose built TRUE NORTH is able to explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems – guests need only step out of their cabins to experience wilderness and, the latest in computer controlled motion stabilizers ensures a comfortable ride.

True North Lounge Vista

Cabin layout for True North
• Visit the Louisiade Archipelago along the northern rim of the Coral Sea

• Enjoy some of the best snorkelling that Papua New Guinea has to offer

• Be invited by "locals" to stroll amongst their huts
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