circumnavigation of australia 36 NIGHTS 2018 PAPUA NEW GUINEA in focus Papua New Guinea has always attracted adventurers, from Errol Flynn to Amelia Earhart – and now you. On your voyage you have the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating cities of Alotau and Port Moresby. Amidst a land of thriving tribal cultures and pristine mountainous rainforest, Alotau is located in the extreme eastern end of Papua New Guinea. The gateway to some of the most remote island communities remaining in the world today, this is a place that is enriched with age-old culture and traditions. For a taste of local life, visit the Town Market — a hive of activity, bustling with vendors of fresh produce and fish. Vendors from nearby villages sit among mounds of yams and taro, while by far the most popular item for sale is the betel nut. Then call on the capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, and tour the cultural exhibits at the National Museum. This superb museum offers a complete view of Papua New Guinea's rich indigenous culture divided by themes, such as musical instruments, body adornments, seafaring equipment, and more. 2018 CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA | 55 BALI, INDONESIA NEW YEAR’S IN BALI Ring in the New Year in Nusa Dua, Bali's premier resort area, where an unforgettable evening awaits. The theme of this uniquely-designed private event is a Balinese Night Market, highlighting all of the exotic elegance and joyful excitement of traditional Indonesian life, complete with musicians performing time-honored songs and a fascinating performance of the folkloric Kecak Dance, as well as local artists offering beautiful batik designs. Delight in an exquisite Royal Balinese Rijsttafel Dinner under the stars before enthusiastically counting down to 2019 in the company of your fellow luxury travelers. Interested in a shorter journey? Enjoy your favorite part of the world on a 16- to 19-night voyage. See pages 56 to 57 for itineraries.