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Papua New Guinea: Cruise offers the thrill of the exotic--in luxury

September 02, 2013|By Jane Engle
  • A Huli man in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. A SeaDream trip takes passengers to the South Pacific island nation during a trip from Australia to Bali.
A Huli man in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. A SeaDream trip takes passengers… (Douglas Erenberg )

Here’s a luxury trip that comes with bragging rights: The SeaDream Yacht Club has put remote Papua New Guinea on the itinerary of a two-week Australia-to-Bali cruise next year.

Passengers on this trip will board Zodiac boats with an expedition team to explore the rarely visited South Pacific island nation, known for its biodiversity and unspoiled local cultures. After hiking, visiting villages and other activities, they will “return to their comforts of Champagne and caviar” aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream II, said Pamela Conover, chief executive of the two-ship line. Did we mention that Komodo Island, home to the largest living lizards on Earth, also is among the 10 ports of call?

Date: Feb. 1-15.

Price: Brochure rates from $16,900 a person, double occupancy; discounts may be available. The price includes an ocean-view cabin; all meals; open bar; gratuities; selected shore excursions; and use of a variety of sports equipment, laptop computers, pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and more. It does not include airfare to Cairns, Australia, or from Bali; certain optional shore excursions; or government, port, document Issuance and handling and service fees of $910 a person.

Info: SeaDream Yacht Club, (800) 707-4911.

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