The Sea Princess, is a premium quality cruise ship with every convenience and comfort built-in. There are eight restaurants and cafes, four pools, five whirlpool spas, seven bars and lounges. There is plenty of space to relax on this big ship with a small ship feel, as it is so spacious. There are waterfront tables where you can dine and a huge selection of choices including traditional fine dining, 24-hour room service, a delicious Pizzeria, sumptuous buffet selections and the specialty restaurant – The Sterling Steakhouse. Enjoy Broadway-style productions in the evenings, the scholarship at sea lectures during the day, or just relax in your luxurious stateroom. A voyage on the Sea Princess is an experience to be savoured and remembered.
Queensland writer Bob Wurth’s interest in the Asia-Pacific region goes back to 1970-72 when he lived in Port Moresby,travelling on assignment as a journalist throughout Papua New Guinea. He returned to Sydney in 1972, but travelled to Papua New Guinea frequently thereafter. Bob Wurth was a foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation based in Singapore between 1981 and 1985. He reported for ABC radio and television on major events in Japan, Singapore,Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and India. His assignments included the assassination of Benigno Aquino at Manila Airport in 1983 and Indira Gandhi in New Delhi in 1984. He was ABC Manager for Asia in 1984 and 1985 and acted in that position in 1988. He later became Manager for Queensland for ABC radio and television, before taking up writing on a full-time basis in 1999. He had also worked as an ABC broadcast news consultant to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, in the lead up to that country’s first democratic election, undertaking a major review of the SABC public information services. He also worked as a trainer-consultant to the National Broadcasting Corporation in Papua New Guinea. Bob Wurth is the author of five books to date, the most recent The Battle for Australia, published by Pan Macmillan in 2013.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Wednesday 31 March, 2021 Departure from Sydney
This afternoon board Sea Princess for our fantastic cruise to Papua New Guinea. Be on deck for our departure, cruising along Sydney Harbour and through the Heads, a spectacular sight alive with sailing vessels of all kinds.
DAY 2 Thursday 1 April, 2021 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 Bob for his first discussion on World War Two history. We’ll begin an examination of why Japan made the fatal decision to go to war. We’ll look at the beginnings of war, with emphasis on near regions and 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. As we visit Brisbane tomorrow, we will examine wartime Australia with Queensland becoming a support base for the war effort in the South West Pacific.
DAY 3 Friday 2 April, 2021 Brisbane
We arrive in Brisbane today. 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. We have a Brisbane sightseeing tour of the city visiting, among other stops, the Shrine of Remembrance and the MacArthur Museum.
DAY 4 Saturday 3 April, 2021 At sea
A free morning to relax aboard Sea 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. In 1977 Bob led a small team on the track from Moresby to inland Popondetta and down to the coastal villages of Gona, Sanananda and Buna where the Japanese landed from the Solomon Sea. We hiked back to Popondetta at the start of the Kokoda Track. There at Kokoda we met at his Mamba plantation the renowned planter and wartime officer, the late Bert Kienzle. He talked at length about the Japanese push towards Port Moresby. Kienzle was born in Fiji in 1905 of Samoan, English, German descent. In the First World War his family were imprisoned because of their German names. But in World War Two, Kienzle would play a vital role in the Kokoda campaign recruiting and leading thousands of native carriers for the Australians.
DAY 5 Sunday 4 April, 2021 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. Bob 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. Bob will also discuss the beautiful Trobriand Islands, in the Solomon Sea, off the south eastern most extension of Papua New Guinea which he visited many years ago. The Trobriands are often called the islands of love. We visit Kiriwina on Wednesday 7th and Kitava on Thursday 8th. 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 6 Monday 5 April, 2021 Alotau (Milne Bay)
After cruising the Kawanasausau Strait and Milne Bay, today we visit sites of military interest at Alotau, provincial capital of the Milne Bay Province. 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 7 Tuesday 6 April, 2021 Conflict Islands
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 8 Wednesday 7 April, 2021 Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands
We arrive in Kiriwina this morning, the largest of the Trobriand Islands. We’ll have a morning tour of the island and market. En route Bob 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.
DAY 9 Thursday 8 April, 2021 Kitava, Trobriand Islands
Another history talk on land today as we enjoy the famed and beautiful Trobriand Islands which Bob last visited in the early seventies. 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 10 Friday 9 April, 2021 Rabaul
We enter Simpson Harbour and land at Rabaul, close by the twin volcanoes of Tavurvur and Vulcan. They both erupted in 1994 burying much of Rabaulin ash. En route Bob will talk about the catastrophe which he saw that year. Today also we see the serene and moving Bita Paka war cemetery where 1,139 Australians were buried in WW2, with many others missing in action. Bob today discusses his coverage of the murder of District Commissioner Jack Emanuel at a plantation west of Rabaul in 1971.
DAY 11 Saturday 10 April, 2021 At sea
We will have a shipboard talk today to discuss the Battle for Guadalcanal as we arrive tomorrow at Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon. The Battle was the first major offensive and a decisive victory for the Allies in the Pacific theatre. US marines launched a surprise attack in August 1942 and took control of the Japanese air base then under construction. In this first major offensive on August 7, 1942, 6,000 US Marines surprised 2,000 Japanese. But the fight wasn’t over.
DAY 12 Sunday 11 April, 2021 Honiara, Guadalcanal
The Guadalcanal story continues en route today. Both sides poured vast numbers of troops into the island. Even with 36,000 troops, the Japanese failed to take the vital airfield and in 1943 the Japanese were forced to evacuate 12,000 troops from Guadalcanal.
DAY 13 Monday 12 April, 2021 At sea
This afternoon we will return to our earlier talk about the Japanese ambassador to Australia, Tatsuo Kawai, and the unusual friendship between the wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin and Kawai. Bob will talk of his discoveries at Kawai’s seaside home at beautiful Manazuru in Japan.
DAY 14 Tuesday 13 April, 2021 At sea
This afternoon we have our 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 15 Wednesday 14 April, 2021 At sea
A day at Sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship.
DAY 16 Thursday 15 April, 2021 Sydney, Australia
Tour members arrive back in Sydney. The tour concludes.
|Cabin||Cabin Category||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port & handling charges and cruise taxes||$805||$1,180|
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Sea Princess is operated by Princess Cruises and the fly, cruise and tour arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Princess Cruises brochure. All passengers must complete the Princess Cruises online check-in on www.princess. com as well as a Travelrite International booking form.
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Cancellation Charges:Number of days before sailing.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|91 days or more||$ 750|
|90 - 65 days||50% of full fare|
|65 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||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.”