A Lesson in PNG Cooking

Discover the techniques of preparing delicious Papaua New Guinea (PNG) cuisine during a cooking lesson at the Masuarina Lodge, nestled in the hillside overlooking Alotau. Free time at the lodge affords the chance to explore the grounds, see the unique World War II exhibit on the premises and take a refreshing swim. Bring local currency if you wish to purchase a drink at the bar.

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    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3 ½ hours

As you make your way to the Masuarina Lodge by local bus, venture through the township and pause at a lookout to marvel at panoramic views of Alotau.

On arrival at the hotel, enjoy a cool refreshment and join a short orientation of the lodge, the oldest hotel in Milne bay. Masuarina Lodge is owned and operated by the Abel family, a family with a long history in the area, dating to the arrival of the pioneer missionaries in the late 1800s.

After your hotel overview, be invited into the back of the house to commence your cooking lesson. Roll up your sleeves and work hands-on with the local chef, assisting in the preparation of a traditional clay pot meal.

While the food is cooking, visit the lodge’s conference room for a short commentary on the hotel’s small, private World War II exhibit, which includes a Japanese rifle. Time permitting, wander around the resort, purchase a drink at the bar or take a quick dip in the swimming pool.

Once lunch is ready, have a seat in the air-conditioned dining room to savor the authentic flavors of Papua New Guinea.

There may be time to swim or treat yourself to another drink at the bar before returning to your Crystal ship with your scheduled transfer. If you wish, you may linger at the hotel, making your way back to the pier by public shuttle later on your own.

Important Notes:                                                                
Transportation is by local, non-air-conditioned van or bus. Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea is very basic. While most roadways in the town center are paved, others remain unpaved and all roads, including paved thoroughfares, may be rough and bumpy. As this excursion involves walking over uneven, grassy and natural pathways, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should bring along raingear in case of inclement weather. Those who wish to swim should wear a swimsuit underneath clothing. In respect for the local culture, women are asked to wear shorts over their swimwear. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Should other cruise ships be calling on this destination at the same time, some crowding may be expected. This Crystal Advenutre MUST be pre-reserved.

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SPECIAL CANCELLATION CONDITIONS If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest's shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged throught the Crystal Cruises corporate office.
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