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Oceanic Princess Heralds New Era in Australian Expedition Cruising PDF Print E-mail
Written by Coral Princess Cruises   
Friday, 04 November 2005

Oceanic Princess Heralds New Era in Australian Expedition Cruising

Cairns-based Coral Princess Cruises' Oceanic Princess has just returned from her maiden foreign voyage to Papua New Guinea and is currently the only Australian flagged cruise ship operating in international waters.

This is also the first time an Australian Flagged ship has operated expedition cruises to PNG and Oceanic Princess is the first Australian flagged ship to cruise internationally in over 50 years.

The highly successful debut expedition included visits to Milne Bay, the D'Entrecasteaux Group, Marshall Bennet Group, the fabled Trobriands, New Ireland, volcanic Rabaul as well as mainland ports at Sepik and Madang.

Passenger reports were unanimously favourable, boding well for further voyages to this fascinating and culturally rich region. . Guests reported being thrilled with the facilities offered on board, while still experiencing an exciting expedition style of cruising visiting remote areas usually inaccessible to larger ships.

Built in response to the growing international and domestic ‘expedition' cruise market, the 63 metre, 1838 ton Oceanic Princess was launched in Cairns in April this year and is now embarking on a glittering array of itineraries to our tropical near neighbours.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," says Coral Princess Cruises Managing Director, Tony Briggs, "we now have a fully Australian (SOLAS) registered vessel with an all Australian crew taking passengers to incredible destinations almost on our doorstep."

The vocally patriotic Briggs has good reason to be excited. Oceanic Princess launched amid great fanfare in April 2005 and immediately undertook sell-out cruises to the company's well-established Kimberley destinations. From now until May 2006, she sails the waters of Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, New Zealand and Tasmania before resuming duties on the Across the Top of Australia and Kimberley regions.

10 night expedition voyages are scheduled to Papua New Guinea in April and October annually. 10 night Expedition Cruises start from $6950 per person twin share and include spacious airconditioned Stateroom Accommodation, all meals, morning & afternoon teas, 24 hour tea/coffee, Services of Australian expedition staff and guest lecturers including Slide, Film, Powerpoint presentations, lectures & briefings, and guided expedition touring and walks, guided tours on our purpose built expedition vessel ‘Xplorer', Snorkelling equipment, Use of all onboard facilities, all port taxes and port charges.

Fly/Cruise packages available from $7650 pp ex Cairns, Brisbane or Sydney.
10 night Itinerary ex Cairns: Cairns - Alotau - D'Entrecasteaux Group - Egum Atoll - Gawa Islands - The Trobriands - Lusancy Islands - Pomio - Lamassa and Lambon Island - Rabaul.This operates also in reverse Rabaul to Cairns.
Second itinerary in October 2006: Rabaul - Kimbe Bay & Witu Islands - Bagabag Island - Sepik River - Madang - Tuam & Tami Islands - Lae - Tufi - Wagifa Island - Alotau.

Other Cruise Itineraries with Coral Princess I and II
3 night Great Barrier Reef Cruises onboard Coral Princess start from $1320 per person twin share and include air conditioned Accommodation, all meals, morning & afternoon teas, 24 hour tea/coffee, Presentations by our Marine Biologist, guided walks on islands, Use of snorkelling equipment, masks and fins, guided glass bottom boat coral viewing and snorkelling excursions, use of comprehensive range of library an d video resources and an introductory scuba experience for first time divers.

About Oceanic Princess: Custom built by NQEA in Cairns, Oceanic Princess displaces 1838 tons, is 63m in length and cruises at up to 14 knots. She can accommodate up to 76 passengers in 38 staterooms and carries 20 highly skilled all Australian crew.
Oceanic Princess' design incorporates excellent amenities and facilities comparable to much larger cruise ships, while at the same time allowing access to remote reefs and islands inaccessible to larger vessels. "Oceanic Princess will suit groups, charters and incentives." Our worldwide reputation is testament to our professional crew, they will ensure that your every need is met. Facilities onboard include a large sundeck and spa pool, comprehensive reference library, lecture lounge with large plasma TV Screens, presentations by expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide, film, powerpoint presentations, Internet booth, two fully stocked cocktail bars, boutique and dive shop.

Inflatable zodiacs and our purpose built excursion vessel ‘Xplorer" convey passengers on daily explorations, allowing guests to land and explore anywhere nature or curiosity dictates. During these excursions, you will share the knowledge of our experienced Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturers as we retrace the paths of famous explorers such as Torres, Cook, Bligh and Flinders.

About Coral Princess Cruises:Established in 1984, Coral Princess Cruises pioneered Australian expedition cruising with excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. With three multi-million dollar vessels, itineraries include the Kimberley, Across the Top of Australia, Cape York and now Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

For more itinerary information please visit the website at:


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