P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel became the first cruise ship to call at the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea on 21 June.
Owned by Australian conservationist Ian Gowrie-Smith and his family, the uninhabited Conflict Islands is one of the most remote archipelagos in the world and comprises 21 islands surrounding a blue lagoon with one of the world’s biodiverse reef systems.
The 2,000-guest Pacific Jewel anchored off Panasesa Island and has added the Conflict Islands to 11 of its 2016 Papua New Guinea itineraries. It is the only cruise line to have visited the destination to date.
“Even though they are close to Australia, many of Papua New Guinea’s picturesque islands are rarely visited because they are difficult to access,” said Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises. “Cruising really is the easiest way to see this stunning corner of the world so we’re thrilled to add the beautiful Conflict Islands to our great list of destinations.”
During their visit, Pacific Jewel’s guests were able to go kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding, and enjoy tours on a glass-bottom boat and outrigger canoes.