Rabaul is a port town, part of the East New Britain province of PNG. The town was the East New Britain's capital city until 1994 when it was destroyed by falling ash from the Rabaul Volcano. After the eruption, rain of ash caused the collapse of over 80% of the city's buildings. The capital was then moved to Kokopo (approx 20 km/12 ml) to southeast. Rabaul's population today is around 4,000. The town was first destroyed by the volcano in 1937.
- New Britain Island (aka Niu Briten) is the largest in the Bismarck Archipelago of PNG. The straits Dampier and Vitiaz separate it from the New Guinea Island (at distance of approx 60 km / 40 ml) and St George's Channel separates it from the New Ireland Island. With a total area of approx 36,500 km2 (14,100 ml2) the island is roughly sized as Taiwan (36,200 km2 / 14,000 ml2).
- The isle was named Neupommern while it was part of German New Guinea (1884-1919). During that period, Rabaul was known as Simpsonhafen.
- New Britain's indigenous people fall into 2 main groups: Papuans, who have inhabited New Britain Island for tens of thousands of years, and Austronesian people, who arrived 2,000 years ago. There are around 10 Papuan languages spoken and about 40 Austronesian languages, as well as English and Tok Pisin. The Papuan population is confined to island's eastern third and a pair of enclaves in the central highlands. In the south-east, at Jacquinot Bay, they live beside the beach and a beautiful waterfall crashes into the sea.
- In 2010 the population of New Britain was 493,590. Austronesians make up the majority on island. The major cities are Rabaul/Kokopo (East New Britain) and Kimbe (West New Britain).
- New Britain Island hosts complex and various traditional cultures. While Tolai of Rabaul area, East New Britain, have matrilineal society, several other groups feature patrilineal structure. There are many traditions which still remain active, such as dukduk secret society (tubuan) in Tolai area.
Highlights: New Britain, Volcanoes, WW2 sites
New Britain Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to New Britain Island PNG dock (anchor) at Rabaul - port town on the northern coast.
The New Britain Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near New Britain Island, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
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Port New Britain Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from New Britain Island, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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8 March, 2017