Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill today joined Head of P&O Cruises Ann Sherry to celebrate the cruise line’s first dedicated Papua New Guinea cruise and its maiden visit to Milne Bay capital Alotau.

Traditional war canoes escorted P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn into Milne Bay for the inaugural visit this morning, with the superliner arriving during the sacred Kenu and Kundu Festival – an annual event with cultural performances, canoe races and vibrant costumes.