The 140 page brochure, available through travel agents or direct from PONANT in Sydney, is also available for download in an e-version at http://bit.ly/PONANT-
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, 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 dramatic 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 will entice potential travellers interested in engaging, adventurous voyages, as well as those seeking a luxury cruise, happy to just settle back and relax, complimentary drink within reach.
Extend the holiday experience with well conceived shore excursions and land-based pre-cruise options. In South Africa, 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, take a flight over the extraordinary Nazca Lines, an archaeological enigma of gigantic size. Visit the beautiful temples of Prambanan and Borobudur in Java or experience the biodiversity of the Kinabatangan River, home to Proboscis monkeys and endangered Orang-Utans. In Cambodia, the Kingdom of Angkor awaits your pleasure. The brochure provides more tempting options.
PONANT’s luxurious 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), enjoy the difference PONANT offers, including, for traditional sailors, cruising the Caribbean or Cape Verde islands under sail onboard the classic three masted yacht Le Ponant.
Enjoy French ambiance and style in luxurious surroundings with the amenities of large ships and 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.
All is revealed in the brochure.