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Cruises to Rabaul

Rabaul (Photo:Grey82/Shutterstock)

About Rabaul

Rabaul is an enthralling port for many reasons. There is copious war history from both world wars and a big angry volcano that has a habit of burying the old town under a thick layer of ash every few years. Once the capital of East New Britain, the administrative centre has now moved to Kokopo, the location of a new airport.

Kokopo is often used as a turnaround port or for expedition vessels, due to the availability of air links and the all-weather tarmac strip.

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Coral Princess
Coral Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

11 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

977 Reviews
Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Costa Deliziosa
Costa Deliziosa (Photo: Costa Cruises)

126 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

166 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 6, 2024
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Aug 12, 2023
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Costa Deliziosa
Costa Deliziosa (Photo: Costa Cruises)

114 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 12, 2024
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116 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 11, 2024
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16 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

Leaving:Cairns
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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17 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

Leaving:Lautoka
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Apr 26, 2023
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20 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

22 Reviews
Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Lindblad Expeditions
Oct 9, 2023
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114 Night
Cruise to RabaulDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 13, 2024
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Why go to Rabaul?

Pros:

War history buffs will find some interesting relics in Rabaul, which can be seen via organized tour or independently

Cons:

There's an active volcano here, which is almost always a threat to the town

Bottom Line:

Whether you're exploring the remains of a Japanese bomber or watching fire dancers, you're up for cultural experience

Rabaul Cruise Port Facilities?

Most times ships will dock at the wharf in the old town of Rabaul, where passengers may be confronted with the devastation caused by several volcanoes, the last of which almost finished off the town in 1994. The nearby market has been partly restored, and many of the WWII-era buildings are still in place, as they were designed to withstand the fierce Allied bombing while the town was occupied by the Japanese from 1942-45.


Rabaul Cruise Reviews
Informative talk and display on the seismic activity of Rabaul and Tanavurvur eruption. Guide was anxious to complete the tour to return for new clients at the dock.Read More
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Frances Gai
Most fascinating day (6 hours) of Japanese tunnels and war memorials with a snapshot of island life along the drive!Read More
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Frances Gai
Walked the volcanic area and mixed with the locals to discuss their experiences in living in a fragile environment.Read More
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Frances Gai
We just walked from the ship along the main street and the locals had their wares laid out on the grass. The roads were full of pot holes and it had been raining so full of water. People were friendly and we didn't fRead More
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