Introducing the Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise, a bespoke holiday experience designed to provide an immersive war history experience.

Hosted aboard P&O Pacific Dawn, this 10-night holiday will provide guests an experience like no other as they explore the history of neighbouring Papua New Guinea. A truly immersive experience, guests will enjoy a range of workshops, shore excursions and seminar discussions all hosted by renowned historians and led by Mat McLachlan.


Mat McLachlan is a leading battlefield historian, author and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours who has spent more than two decades following in the footsteps of Australian troops around the world.


Dr Karl James – a historian at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, since 2006, he has been Head of the Military History Section from May 2019. A graduate of the University of Wollongong, his research focuses on Australia’s involvement in the Second World War.

Gary McKay – spent 30 years as an army officer after being conscripted for national service in 1968. He served in South Vietnam in 1971 as an infantry rifle platoon commander where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and severely wounded in the last major Australian battle of the Vietnam War.

David Howell – is a Melbourne-based historian, author and tour guide. Growing up with the stories of the war in New Guinea by his grandfather, David has made over 50 crossings of the famous Kokoda Track along with visiting most of the major battlefields in Papua New Guinea.

What is the Deal?


Exclusive to Cruiseco Members | 10 Nights | 26 August 2020 | Departs Brisbane

Package includes cruise, welcome cocktail party, shore excursions at Rabaul and Alotau and dedicated conference seminars.

Interior from $2,599 pp*

Oceanview from $2,799 pp*

Balcony from $3,099 pp*

What you need to know

  • Price based on twin share
  • Mat McLachlan History cruise package is only available through Cruiseco.
  • Terms and conditions apply.

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