PONANT’s Pacific Collection – Voyages of extraordinary beauty, immersive cultural interaction and bio-diversity
The extensive range of PONANT voyages featured in the new Pacific Collection brochure provides plenty of choice for travellers wishing to explore lesser-visited destinations across a region discovered by early seafarers such as Bligh, Bougainville and Cook; romanticised by the writings and paintings of Melville, Stevenson and Gauguin.
A selection of thirteen 9 to 15 night itineraries, many inaugural, allow guests an appealing opportunity to meander through some of the most sublime marine environments in the world – Pacific islands and archipelagos that feature easy ports of call for embarkation and disembarkation, yet once underway visit remote locations stretching from Hawaii to the Sub Antarctic Islands, the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, Melanesia, New Caledonia and east to mysterious Easter Island. Scatterings of idyllic islands and cultures that remain untouched by mainstream tourism.
These luxurious voyages, a number designated as expeditions, are designed to appeal to inquisitive travellers keen to visit the rarely visited. Many locations are noteworthy UNESCO World Heritage sites, explored in the company of specialist naturalists, marine biologists or lecturers who will guide and inform to enhance the experience along the way.
Itineraries feature L’Austral and Le Soléal, two of PONANT’s four sister ships that comprise the youngest fleet of luxury expedition ships in the world. With just 132 carefully designed ocean-view suites and staterooms (95% with balcony), the ships exude understated elegance combined with French ambiance, outstanding gastronomy, inclusive fine wines with meals and an open bar – the creature comforts of a 5 star yacht. Guests enjoy a luxurious base camp from which to be mentally and physically stimulated by the day’s outings and evening’s activities.
Putting a price on priceless experiences
(Examples of the 13 voyages available)
- Hawaii and French Polynesia: 15 night voyage Honolulu to Papeete, includes Hilo (Hawaii), Hanavave (Marquesas Islands), Fakarava and Rangiroa (French Polynesia).
Departs Honolulu 17 September 2015. Priced from $7700.00 AUD per person/twin share for a Prestige Stateroom deck 4.
- Christmas in the heart of the Pacific: 10 night voyage Noumea to Akaroa includes Mare Island, Norfolk Island, Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Napier and Picton. Enjoy Christmas Day and Boxing Day at Tauranga and onboard at sea.
Departs Noumea 19 December 2015.Priced from $5810.00 AUD per person/twin share for a Deluxe Stateroom deck 3.
- Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands: 15 night voyage includes numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Includes Dusky and Milford Sounds, Snares Islands, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Australia’s Macquarie Island. 5* expedition, Zodiacs and experienced expedition team; once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve onboard.
Departs Christchurch 29 December 2015. Priced from $14,420.00 AUD per person/twin share for a Prestige Stateroom deck 5.
• Please note that all pricing is per person, twin share, inclusive of Safety and Port taxes. Pricing is yield managed, reflecting current advance purchase Ponant Bonus, some at 30% savings, currently available. Back-to-back voyages receive additional reductions.
INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
Details of all PONANT Pacific Collection voyages, including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are contained in the 52 page brochure available from selected travel agents or directly by contacting PONANT on Australia:1300 737 178 or + 61 2 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or emailing reservations.aus@