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Cruises to Rabaul

Rabaul (Photo:Grey82/Shutterstock)
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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108 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Southampton
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Cunard Line
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DAY 1: Sydney

44 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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DAY 1: Venice

126 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Venice
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Dubrovnik, Catania ...
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Costa Cruises
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97 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Fort Lauderdale
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Cunard Line
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13 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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Milne Bay, Alotau ...
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Princess Cruises
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59 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Sydney
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81 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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San Francisco
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Cunard Line
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15 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Princess Cruises
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113 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Barcelona
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Costa Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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Princess Cruises
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117 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Rome
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Costa Cruises
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115 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Genoa
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Costa Cruises
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119 Night
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Barcelona
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Costa Cruises
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20 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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25 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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15 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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Milne Bay, Alotau ...
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Princess Cruises
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19 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Apra
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Cruise Line:
Silversea Cruises
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26 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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15 Night
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Sydney
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Brisbane, Milne Bay ...
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Princess Cruises
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39 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Melbourne
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Cunard Line
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16 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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28 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Melbourne
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24 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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112 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Hamburg
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Cunard Line
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23 Night
Cruise to Rabaul

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Brisbane
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Mooloolaba, Gladstone ...
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Cruise Line:
Crystal Cruises
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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

Sea Princess
snowy61
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Booked independently with Rabaul Scenic Tours, was excellent.... Read More
Pacific Dawn
Cambo
Sail Date: May 2019
Great tour guide with an air conditioned van, very knowledgable, good value.... Read More
Pacific Eden
Marchfly
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Walked around the town and markets, had a chat with a couple of the local kids who wanted to practice their English.... Read More
Sun Princess
2903happy
Sail Date: Apr 2017
Again Rabaul was a very old and buzzing port. All the local roads were badly damaged from heavy rains prior to us arriving and this caused many tours to be cancelled. This Island has much WW2 history and many... Read More
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