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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >French Luxury & Expedition cruise line Ponant has released an expansive brochure featuring a range of itineraries for sailings between September 2016 and May 2017.For the first time, Ponant ships will visit South Africa, voyaging from Cape Town to Durban, visiting the rarely visited Scattered Islands in the Mozambique Channel, and on to the idyllic islands of the Seychelles archipelago.The brochure details a selection of 62 Luxury voyages and 28 designated as Expeditions, with itineraries that include Japan, Vietnam, Australasia, Java, Borneo, Tahiti and Melanesian islands, east and west coasts of South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Antarctica.Varying between 7 and 17 nights, but mostly of 10 nights’ duration, those with wanderlust can sign on for extended voyages – Grand Voyages that feature a 79-night itinerary wending from Hong Kong to Auckland; 45 nights from Panama to the Antarctic Peninsula; 51 nights from Milford Sound to Osaka, including Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Sub-Antarctic Islands; or 54 nights from Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing two oceans and including visits to remote British Overseas Territories, Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island and Gough Island, en route to the Seychelles Islands.Whether it be Fogo, ‘the island of the volcano’  in Cape Verde, mythical Easter Island, far-flung South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, the eco-systems of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers,  or the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, the voyages in this brochure are sure to entice potential travellers interested in engaging, adventurous voyages, as well as those seeking a luxury cruise.A number of shore excursions and land-based pre-cruise options extend the holiday experience. In South Africa, travellers can visit Zulu villages in Phezulu Reserve, while Pumba Private Reserve provides the chance to see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). From Pisco, South America, they can take a flight over the extraordinary Nazca Lines, an archaeological enigma of gigantic size. Alternatively, they may like to visit the beautiful temples of Prambanan and Borobudur in Java or experience the biodiversity of the Kinabatangan River, home to proboscis monkeys and endangered orangutans. In Cambodia, the Kingdom of Angkor awaits your pleasure.Ponant’s small ships: L’Austral, Le Soléal, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial, represent the youngest fleet in the world. With a maximum of 132 staterooms and suites (just 122 on Le Lyrial), guests can enjoy French ambience and style combined with the benefits of small-ship cruising – access to lesser visited places, travelling in the company of like-minded fellow guests, attentive crew, chic surroundings – the feeling of being on your own private yacht rather than a floating mega mall.Some voyages are designed as pure luxury cruises, perfect for relaxing holidays in style, while others have the added designation of Expeditions, taking advantage of the ships’ compact size and manoeuvrability to probe hidden waterways, before launching Zodiac expedition craft for adventurous close-up opportunities. Throughout these cruises, specialist lecturers will enhance the experience, while Expedition voyages will also have a specialist expedition team on hand to guide, inform and enhance the experience.Price ranges:From A$6380 pp twin share for a 12 night Christmas voyage – The Mysteries of Melanesia – Cairns to Port Vila: 16 December 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (25% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5600 pp twin share for a 12 night cruise – Cordillera & Andean Secrets –   Valparaiso to Guayaquil: 18 March 2017, Le Boréal. Twin share, DeLuxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5360 pp twin share for a 7 night cruise – Cape Verde – Praia to Praia: 12 November 2016, Le Ponant. Twin share, Marie Galante Stateroom, Ocean View cabin, (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$9370 pp twin share for a 15 night Expedition cruise – Scattered Islands & Seychelles – Durban to Mahe: 2 April 2017, Le Lyrial. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$38,200 pp twin share for a 79 night Grand Voyage cruise – Hong Kong to Auckland: 13 November 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Prestige Stateroom, private balcony, deck 4. (Ponant multiple voyage Bonus Fare applied)Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img

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