PONANT releases a global smorgasbord of luxury and expedition cruises

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PONANT releases a global smorgasbord of luxury and expedition cruises

Considering a cruise but not sure where to go, what to expect? French luxury expedition cruise company PONANT has just released an encyclopaedic 172 page brochure featuring a comprehensive range of 100 departures covering the April to November 2019 period.

Ranging from short-break getaways of 7 nights to Grand Voyages of 57 nights duration this is the ideal research document for anyone planning a polar, sub-tropical or tropical cruise.

Monique Ponfoort, Vice President Asia Pacific for PONANT comments “With a fleet of nine purpose-built Expedition ships, including four being launched during 2018 and 2019, this PONANT brochure offers itineraries that span from the Arctic to the New Zealand Sub Antarctic, including the Kimberley, Asia & Oceania, Northern Europe, the Baltic, Mediterranean, North America and Latin America.”
 “Whether you are looking for a relaxing luxury yacht cruise in PONANT’s backyard, the Mediterranean, or seek a more adventurous expedition perhaps exploring Chilean fjords, the Kimberley or Amazon River, I encourage you to obtain this brochure for reference. First-time cruiser? Close to home, join our brand new small luxury expedition ship Le Laperouse as she and the hand picked Expedition Team explore the Kimberley, Melanesia, New Zealand, Spice Islands, Sub Antarctic Islands and Tahiti”
 
“If looking further afield may I suggest the Arctic. In addition to our annual Northwest Passage voyage we also have a range of 7 to 12 night voyages exploring coastal Iceland and Greenland. Active volcanoes and massive glaciers abound. While apex predators, polar bears and orcas are the drawcard, the surprise lasting memory for many is time ashore meeting and mingling with the hardy indigenous Inuit people.
 
“Feeling really adventurous? How about an expedition to the Aleutian Islands, starting in Petropavlovsk on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula?  The idea of seeing the massive volcano on Kiska Island, or heading ever further north to one of the rarely visited outposts of the Arctic, Russia’s Wrangel Island, will be lifetime experiences.”
 The expedition voyages have been designed for those to whom the essence of travel means being rewarded with rare experiences far from mainstream tourism, sharing the day’s adventures with family, friends or like-minded travellers and the stimulation of mixing with informed, passionate speakers and knowledgeable naturalists ….. All the while travelling in luxury, enjoying French ambiance onboard and experiencing the difference small ship cruising offers, often venturing where large ships simply cannot.

A civilised way to travel when far from civilisation.

HIGHLIGHTS
 
30 years experience. The world’s foremost polar expedition cruise company
100 departures spanning the globe during April to November 2019 
The world’s youngest fleet: Nine ships, including the two latest Explorer class ships Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville have luxury cruises scheduled during their inaugural season in the Baltic and Mediterranean 
Le Laperouse inaugural season of nine luxury expedition voyages in the Kimberley 
Introducing the innovative world-first Blue Eye multi-sensory underwater lounge on the new Explorer class expedition ships
A changeable range of guest lecturers and presenters onboard – for example, French Explorer Jean-Louis Etienne, Olivier de Kersauson (who has seven times rounded Cape Horn, twice won the Jules Verne Trophy) or James Bradley (New York Times number one best-selling author and son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima)
Themed voyages: Music (Jazz and Classical, with renowned international artists), wine and gastronomy
Scuba diving on selected voyages – example the Sea of Cortez “the greatest aquarium in the world” (Jacques Cousteau)
A selection of voyage durations: from 7 nights to Grand Voyages of 57 nights
Small ships – just 92 staterooms on the new Explorer ships; a maximum of 132 on the sister ships and just 32 onboard Ponant’s classic yacht Le Ponant
Luxury and comfort aboard – with the French touch: Hermes toiletries, Sothys spa care, Veuve Clicquot, Open Bar …. all the things you would stock on your own private yacht
Culinary influence by Ducasse Conseil 
Experienced expedition teams to guide you and enhance the experience through shared knowledge and expertise 
Environmentally sensitive ships and respect for the environment – meet the local Inuit people of Greenland and Aleut in Alaska

VOYAGES OVERVIEW

The American Continents: Voyages that touch 11 countries including inaugural voyages along the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes aboard Le Champlain, named after French navigator and explorer  Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec.
In Latin America, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites; archaeological sites, wildlife, the Nazca Lines, meet indigenous tribes such as the Emberas and Mogue communities, Mayan pyramids, colonial architecture.

Arctic: From polar bears to orcas, voyages to Spitsbergen a range of  7 to 12 night voyages. Lands of fire and ice. Active volcanoes and massive glaciers. The legendary Northwest Passage maritime route – 22 nights, or the 16 night Ultima Thule, the horizontal Everest voyage includes the UNESCO World Heritage site of Disko Bay to see the largest icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere.

Asia and Oceania: 15 cruises, including 10 expeditions. Explore the Kimberley, Komodo, Spice Islands, Borobudur, Ancestral Japan and Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Northern Europe & the Atlantic: 11 cruises including 2 expeditions. Gastronomy and music themes. Visit the Baltic capitals, immerse yourself in the splendour of St Petersburg. Have you considered the Canary Islands, Guernsey or Bijagos archipelago?

The Mediterranean, the middle sea, criss-crossed since antiquity. Istanbul to Santa Cruz, Malta to Aqaba and Petra – 12 Mediterranean countries. The inaugural season for Le Bougainville or the classic yacht Le Ponant. Bay of Kotor, the ancient sacred site of Delphi, Venice, the Alhambra, the treasures of Sicily and the eternal Aegean, Andalusia & Balearic Islands, the music of Portugal and Spain … a multitude of enticing shore excursions to satisfy every inquisitive mind.

The indulgence of Grand voyages Up to 57 nights duration. Multiple destinations plus
Pre and post cruise programmes. Europe and Africa (33 nights) or the American West coast (57 nights). Closer to home, 37 nights on the new ship Le Laperouse travelling between Darwin (including the Kimberley coast) to Hong Kong. A heady voyage through Asian islands and multiple cultures. 
 
CURRENT PRICING EXAMPLES

Kimberley:
‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley’ 23rd May 2019 11 days/10 nights, Darwin to Broome from $13,770 in a Prestige Stateroom Deck 5

 Arctic:    
‘In the Wake of Pioneers’ 15th September 2019 15 days/14 nights, Nome to Vancouver from $11,770 in a Superior Stateroom
‘Baffin Bay Secrets’ 11th August 2019 14 days/ 13 nights, Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq from $16,480 in a Superior Stateroom

Fare also includes accommodation, all meals onboard, Open Bar, 24 hour room service, expedition parka, free boot hire, outings in Zodiacs with the expedition team, onboard presentations.

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS

Link to view the brochure: https://en.calameo.com/read/000132423c5edade5a208
Link to request the brochure: https://au.ponant.com/booklet/ 
For details of all PONANT voyages including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at  au.ponant.com

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com to request more information or assistance.

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