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THE ULTIMATE CRUISE GUIDE SPECIAL HOLIDAY FEATURE
AURORA Expeditions delivered hun-
dreds of school books to a secondary
school on Karkar Island, Papua New
Guinea, on its recent visit.
In return, passengers and staff were
treated to a magnificent spectacle of a
colourful sing-sing and feast in the
stunning tropical location. Passengers
agreed it was one of the most rewarding
of all the special days on the Papua New
The day began with a zodiac ride to the
island's black sand beaches to be greeted
by scores of smiling locals and inquisitive
One passenger described the island's
beauty as "bewitching, with a backdrop of
steep, jungle-covered volcanoes, while the
coastal plains are like something out of a
postcard with thousands upon thousands
of coconut palms".
Two of Aurora's past passengers, David
Keating and Barry Miller, were responsi-
ble for the books being taken to the school.
David founded the school on Karkar
Island in 1969 and received a hero's wel-
come when he returned with Aurora
Expeditions in 2008. Once back in
Australia he began collecting books for the
school's library and Aurora Expeditions
undertook to deliver them.
Expedition leader Gary Miller had the
privilege of nailing on the sign for the
newly-named David Keating Library.
Aurora Expeditions has two voyages
aboard the 72-passenger Oceanic
Discoverer in November, travelling from
Cairns to Rabaul and vice-versa. The voy-
ages explore some of the country's least
visited regions including the mighty Sepik
River, the eastern New Guinea coastline
and islands of the Bismarck Archipelago,
the southern coast of New Britain and the
tranquil isles of the Milne Bay Province.
The vessel's shallow draft allows it to
sail 70 nautical miles up the Sepik River
and moor there. Travellers will see every-
thing from jungle scenery and volcanoes
to coral atolls and remote villages, ventur-
ing ashore on a purpose-built excursion
vessel and zodiacs.
With a team of naturalists, anthropolo-
gists and historians, Aurora Expeditions
aims to provide authentic experiences
with the people of PNG and a genuine
insight into a lifestyle that has changed
little in centuries.
The 11-day cruises start from $8650 per
person twin share, including meals on
board, shore excursions and lectures.
treat in store
receive a warm
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South Pacific Plus 26 Oct -- 10 Nov 2010
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3 VERY SPECIAL THEMED CRUISE EVENTS
24 Feb 2011 New Zealand
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A Cruise for Collectors
A cruise experience highlighted by exclusive shore
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New Zealand Garden Cruise Tour
Cruise to the finest gardens in New Zealand. Inclusive
touring, hosted by local gardening identities featuring
gardens of significance in the New Zealand ports.
New Zealand Golf Cruise
An exclusive golf program including onboard golf
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program for non golf playing partners.
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3 --15 November -- Cairns to Rabaul
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Prices from $8650
Papua New Guinea 2010 Voyages
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