On these 14-night itineraries, The Gauguin sails between Cairns, Australia, and Singapore, visiting less-traveled tropical ports of Australia such as Thursday Island, once a World War II military outpost, and Darwin, with its lively yet laidback ambiance.
Indonesian ports include Komodo Island, home of the Komodo dragon; beautiful Bali, a coveted destination for generations; and Semarang, with its fascinating history and gateway to the temples of Borobudur. Two departures are offered: June 25, 2014, and August 4, 2014, with cruise fares from $5,995 per person per voyage. Both sailings include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles.
Here are a few of the optional Shore Excursions they are offering.
• Darwin, Australia—Litchfield National Park: Explore the rainforest at Litchfield National Park, and view the Magnetic Termite Mounds and either Wangi or Florence Falls.
• Komodo Island, Indonesia—Komodo Trekking Tour: Trek through Tamarind Woods in search of Komodo Dragons, the largest reptiles on Earth.
• Benoa, Bali, Indonesia—Cooking Class at Four Seasons Resorts at Jimbaran Bay: Learn the secrets of Indonesian, Balinese, or Italian cuisine, as well as the use of the Balinese stone mortar and pestle.
• Benoa, Bali, Indonesia—Elephant Safari Ride & Monkey Forest: Acclaimed as one of the world’s best, the Elephant Safari Park is home to 29 of these gentle giants. Enjoy a 30-minute elephant ride, then travel to Sangeh Village to visit the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
• Semarang, Indonesia—Steam Train Ride & Plantation Tour: Ride through the historical sections of Semarang and make your way to Ambarawa Village. Visit the Ambarawa Railway Museum and board a unique steam train for a ride to the village of Tuntang and back.