7 cruises onboard the modern luxury expedition ship L’Austral will reveal the highlights of Asia, featuring 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Itineraries include Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Sabah and Papua, plus inaugural voyages to and from Myanmar. In the Pacific region, a further 7 voyages onL’Austral and sister-ship Le Boréal explore from Hawaii to French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands, mysterious Easter Island, the Solomon Islands and Noumea, as well as the fiords and sub Antarctic islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia. A range of itineraries that feature no less than 14 World Heritage sites.
Easily accessible departure and arrival points such as Cairns, Bali, Manila and Wellington belie the many rarely-visited remote destinations included in this range of enticing voyages. 5 voyages are designated ‘Expeditions’, appealing to adventurous travellers who enjoy exploring in absolute luxury.
Once-in-a-lifetime itinerary options range from exploring the remote islands of the Sub Antarctic to viewing the archaeological enigma of Easter Island’s giant stone Moais and the thousand year old petroglyphs of Fatu Hiva. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands meet members of the John Frum Cargo Cult, climb an active volcano and snorkel in waters renowned for Second World War wrecks; while Borneo provides the opportunity to see the ‘man of the forest’, our cousin the orang-utan, in his natural habitat.
Be one of few to visit the remote Asmat region of Papua, snorkel in the pristine bio-diverse marine area of Raja Ampat, photograph giant dragons in Komodo, or sail in the wake of famed mariner Captain Bligh when you visit Pitcairn Island and the islands of Tahiti.
Japanese itineraries provide ample opportunity to experience the culture and customs, serenity and classic beauty that pervades this land of geishas and kimonos, vermillion Tori gates, ancient castles, exquisite manicured gardens and revered Mt Fuji.
Monique Ponfoort, Vice President, PONANT Australasia, commented “If you are planning to travel with us in 2017 or 2018 we encourage you to book as early as possible in order to secure the best possible fares and accommodation options onboard.”
“We are seeing growth in sales of back to back voyages, such as the 28-night expeditions which combine two voyages from Cairns to Noumea and then on to Dunedin. Departing 8 December 2017, this itinerary includes Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and French Caledonia … a truly exciting and varied adventure full of fascinating experiences. Something for anyone interested in the cultures and ethnology of Melanesia. Don’t just see, feel, active volcanoes up close, meet John Frum cargo cult members, snorkel in gin-clear waters and then have a gin and tonic back on board.”
“For solo travellers, we offer single supplement fares across many voyages, including some cruises which currently have NO single supplement, while others are offered from just 15%.”
Enjoy French luxury and ambiance on the world’s youngest fleet afloat and experience the difference small ship cruising offers. Intimate cruises venturing where large ships simply cannot, with voyages across Asia and the South Pacific regions.
Send an email to [email protected] to request your copy of the new Asia and Pacific 2017 – 2018 Collection and start planning your adventure.