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 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fairstar, Australia's most popular cruise line, will sail from Sydney on April 22 through the Great Barrier Reef visiting many of Australia's most popular ports. This exceptional itinerary is only offered once this year. The 13-night, seven-port cruise concludes in Darwin, Australia. The cruise can be extended to 21 nights, concluding in Singapore.
 With its sunny climate and relaxed lifestyle, Brisbane, is the Fairstar's first port. Brisbane may be Australia's fastest growing city, yet it still retains its "country town" pace and friendliness. Take a short ferry ride on the meandering Brisbane River for some of the best of the local sights, including Australia's largest koala sanctuary and the modern cultural center, with its fine art gallery and performing art venues. Just an hour's drive south lie the glamorous beach resorts of Australia's Gold Cost. Visitors can explore the nearby rainforests of Lamington National Park. North from Brisbane are the white sands of the Sunshine Coast beaches.
 The Fairstar's next stop is the scenic Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsundays are available by optional shore excursion. Hamilton Island offers water sports, a fauna park with a petting zoo, a quaint village and a complete five-star resort with nice beaches, several swimming pools and its own private dolphin show.
 From Townsville, visitors can take a tour to the Great Barrier Reef, feed Australian native animals at the Billabong Sanctuary, or sample the local seafood.
 Cairns offers a wide variety of excursions such as a ride on the Kuranda Rail past spectacular views of tropical scenery and waterfalls, a visit to the Austrian Butterfly sanctuary, watching Aboriginal dancers perform or visit the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is a cosmopolitan town with excellent shopping.
 The Fairstar continues on to Samarai Island (a small island off the southeast tip of Papua New Guinea). During the day, local groups will entertain with traditional music and dancing as well as displays of the local crafts. Excellent snorkeling is available at this area. The Fairstar visits Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the following day.
 The 13-night, seven-port Discover Australia cruise concludes in Darwin where the vacation can be extended with optional packages to Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge National Park, Ayers Rock and Yulara National Park. Or the cruise can be continued on to Bali, Jakarta and Singapore.
 Warm Australian hospitality, excellent entertainment combined with this special itinerary provide a wonderful opportunity to discover the world down under.
 Fairstar Cruises is owned and operated by P&O Holidays of Sydney, Australia. The 23,764-ton Fairstar carries 1,350 passengers. The ship, originally operated by Sitmar Cruises prior to its purchase by P&O, was available only to Australia and New Zeland clientele until recently. Air/sea rates for the 13-night, seven-port cruise start at $3,535 from Los Angeles and San Francisco with low add-ons from other U.S. cities. For more information, consult a cruise specialist or Fairstar Cruises at 800-433-8747.
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 /CONTACT: Rod Seeley of International Cruise Connections, 805-496-0548, 800-433-8747, or (fax) 805-494-1797/

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