Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café. The Italian specialty restaurant was voted one of the “Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants” at sea. A cruise on board the Coral Princess promises to leave you fully entertained.
Peter started 'Springs Military History' in 2014, which offers family military research and personalised battlefield tour itineraries. His knowledge of military history and his many years of research make him the ideal person to lead the 2020 Military History Battlefield tour.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Thursday 27 January, 2022 Departure from Brisbane
This afternoon board Coral Princess for our fantastic cruise to Papua New Guinea. Be on deck for our departure, cruising into Moreton Bay and through to the Coral Sea, a spectacular sight alive with sailing vessels of all kinds.
DAY 2 Friday 28 January, 2022 At sea
Our first day at sea, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship. This afternoon join Peter for his first discussion on World War Two history. We’ll begin an examination of why Japan made the fateful decision to go to war. We’ll look at the beginnings of war in the Pacific, with emphasis on Australia’s reaction to what some saw as a possible invasion of Australia. At home, Prime Minister Robert Menzies in August 1941 resigned as Prime Minister after the Labor Party disputed Menzies returning to Britain to represent Australia’s interests. Six weeks later Arthur Fadden resigned and former unionist John Curtin advised the Governor-General that he had a majority in the House. On 7 October 1941, Curtin became Prime Minister. In this session we’ll also discuss the first Japanese bombing attack on Darwin on 19th February 1942, the first raid that killed 250 people. Timor and Darwin were the closest bases from which the Allies could launch an air or sea counter-attack.
DAY 3 Saturday 29 January, 2022 At sea
The talk this afternoon will begin with the Battle of Milne Bay on the southeastern tip of Papua, given that we will disembark at Alotau, the capital of the Milne Bay Province tomorrow. Milne Bay was a likely stepping stone for the Japanese towards Port Moresby. The battle took place in August 1942 when the Japanese Navy landed 1,200 men in an all-out assault on the Allies’ base. But Japanese marines couldn’t breach the Allies’ defence line. Peter this day will also talk briefly about the fabulous Conflict Islands, which we visit in two days’ time. There are 21 tropical islands in this chain forming a huge blue lagoon, said to be the only coral atoll in the world under private ownership. Peter will also discuss the beautiful Trobriand Islands, in the Solomon Sea, off the south eastern most extension of Papua New Guinea. The Trobriands are often called the islands of love. We visit Kitava on Monday 31st and Kiriwina on Thursday 3rd. The Trobriand island of Kiriwina is a raised atoll some 48 km long covered largely with swamp. The chief settlement is Losuia. It was a U.S. air and naval base from where the Allies bombed the Japanese at Bougainville and the Shortland islands in 1943.
DAY 4 Sunday 30 January, 2022 Alotau (Milne Bay), PNG
After cruising the Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay, today we visit sites of military interest at Alotau, provincial capital of the Milne Bay Province. The first Japanese landing took place on the north coast of Milne Bay on the night of 25 August 1942 when they were pushed back by Australians. After the Japanese defeat this backwater was turned into a large Allied base. Airfields were expanded and miles of roads were constructed. A destroyer repair base and a torpedo and patrol boat base were constructed by Australian and the American forces. The Army says the Battle of Milne Bay is one of the Australian Army’s most overshadowed battles with attention mostly drawn to the Kokoda campaign fought at the same time.
DAY 5 Monday 31 January, 2022 Kitava, Trobriand Islands
Another history talk on land today as we enjoy the famed and beautiful Trobriand Islands. We call today at the port of Kitava. With spectacular reefs, this is a snorkeler’s dream. The Allies used Kiriwina in an important island-hopping campaign during the Pacific War. Kitava is 30 km east of the largest island of the Trobriand group.
DAY 6 Tuesday 1 February, 2022 At sea
A free morning to relax aboard Coral Princess. This afternoon we will discuss the wartime trail also known as the Kokoda Track which rises to over 4,000 metres. The track begins 40 kms inland from Port Moresby which is on the Coral Sea. Peter will discuss the significance of this campaign for not only Papua New Guinea but Australia and the region. The discussion will follow the advance of the Japanese over the Owen Stanley Range through Kokoda and Isurava and the fighting withdrawal of the Australian troops. Then to the turning of the Japanese back up the track and the recapture of Kokoda. Peter will also speak into the oft over looked campaign to remove the Japanese from the beacheads of Buna, Gona and Sananada.
DAY 7 Wednesday 2 February, 2022 Rabaul
We enter Simpson Harbour and land at Rabaul near the twin volcanoes of Tavurvur and Vulcan. The Japanese invaded Rabaul in January 1942 and quickly over ran the Australian defenders. The Australians who were captured were killed at places such as Tol or shipped elsewhere. On the 1st of July 1942 the Montevideo Maru was sunk by a U.S. submarine with over 1000 prisoners on board. A memorial to those soldiers is located at Bita Paka cemetery, which we will visit. Also in the cemetery are the graves of the first Australians killed in the First World War when a small group of Australians attacked a German radio station. We will visit the military museum near the cemetery that contains many relics from the war. We will also see the Japanese-built tunnels of Rabual some of which contain WW2 era barges that are slowly rusting away.
DAY 8 Thursday 3 March, 2020 Kiriwina Island
Today we are back in the Trobriand Islands visiting Kiriwina island, the largest of the group. We’ll have a morning tour of the island and market. En route Peter will discuss the vital airstrip built on the island in mid-1943 for U.S. and Australian aircraft. Japanese aircraft attacked Kiriwina on five occasions. PETER SPRING Peter started ‘Springs Military History’ in 2014, which offers family military research and personalised battlefield tour itineraries. His knowledge of military history and his many years of research make him the ideal person to lead the 2022 Military History Cruise of the Pacific. CORAL PRINCESS Coral Princess, with more than 700 balcony staterooms, was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. Be sure to try the Bayou Café and Steakhouse, which features New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine, join friends for cocktails and Movies Under the Stars by the pool or try some decadent treats at the International Café. The Italian specialty restaurant was voted one of the “Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants” at sea. A cruise on board the Coral Princess promises to leave you fully entertained.
DAY 9 Friday 4 February, 2022 Conflict Islands, PNG
Today we will visit and talk about the stunning Conflict islands forming a beautiful large atoll. (Bring sun cream, snorkels and goggles.) During World War II US troops in these islands cut a swathe through Panasesa island’s coconut palms to create an important grass airstrip. Among the 21 islands, apart from Panasesa, there’s another five Conflict islands beginning with ‘Pan’. Paradise can be confusing at times.
DAY 10 Saturday 5 February, 2022 At sea
This afternoon we have our second last get together with discussions on wartime Japan’s midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour sinking the ferry Kuttabul, which was being used as a RAN depot ship. Kuttabul sank with 21 Allied naval ratings, including 19 Australians.
DAY 11 Sunday 6 February, 2020 At sea
As we arrive back in Brisbane tomorrow, at 3pm today we will examine wartime Australia with Queensland becoming a support base for the war effort in the South West Pacific. With the rapid capture of Singapore by the Japanese and the bombing of Darwin and Townsville, Queensland felt especially vulnerable. Brisbane soon became a major training centre for Australia’s armed services.
DAY 12 Monday 7 February, 2022 Brisbane
We arrive in Brisbane today and disembark the Coral Princess. Brisbane soon became a major training centre for Australia’s armed services. We have a Brisbane sightseeing tour of the city visiting, among other stops, the Shrine of Remembrance and the MacArthur Museum. We will check into our hotel and later enjoy a farewell dinner.
DAY 13 Tuesday 8 February, 2022 Departure
The tour concludes.
|Cabin||Cabin Category||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port and handling charges and cruise taxes||$630||$960|
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
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|91 days or more||$ 750|
|90 - 65 days||50% of full fare|
|65 days or less||100% of full fare|
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“All the sightseeing tours were interesting and enjoyable with excellent commentary by local guides.”
“Well organised, excellent tour group leaders and the museums visited were the best parts of the tour.”