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PONANT announces Close-to-Home 2021 Southern Australia Coastal Voyage between Melbourne and Fremantle

June 22, 2020 Cruise No Comments Email Email
For travellers focusing on close-to-home Australian travel destinations, this newly released inaugural 12-night voyage features an enticing range of iconic Australian mainland and island destinations.

Enjoy bespoke shore excursions created by PONANT’s Expedition Team capturing the essence of Australia’s southern coastline, exploring the Great Australian Bight from east to west from onboard the new eco-sensitive small luxury expedition ship Le Bellot.

Departing Melbourne, PONANT’s new small luxury expedition ship, Le Bellot, will head to King Island, renowned for its produce, history, flora and fauna,  followed by a visit to the Tamar Valley – home to some of Tasmania’s famed cool-climate wines, fine cuisine and Arts Trail. 
Explore South Australia’s Limestone coast, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, then on to Esperance and Albany, selected destinations that represent opportunities to experience outstanding food and wine regions. At the heart of this voyage will be visits ashore with plenty of time to meet locals and talented artisans and enjoy the quality regional produce.
Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific: “This all-inclusive expedition itinerary features opportunities to sample the extraordinary array of natural produce that King Island offers, see colonies of sea lions while at Kangaroo Island, indulge in succulent Coffin Bay oysters at Port Lincoln, and visit wineries and sample wines in the Tamar Valley and Limestone Coast. In Albany, relive some of the nation’s emotional WWI moments with a must-do visit to the national ANZAC centre.”
“We have designed this close-to-home voyage, with exclusive and inclusive shore-excursions, to showcase the natural beauty and produce of the lands and marine environments that are part of our natural heritage. An opportunity for Australians to explore our own backyard,” concludes Monique.
  • Complete details of this Highlights of Southern Australia voyage are now available online at
  • Enjoy PONANT’s signature award-winning relaxed ambiance, a meld of chic style and intuitive service. Balance the experiences ashore with time onboard to indulge in a massage in the Clarins spa, a dip in the infinity pool, a quiet gin and tonic with friends… 24 hour room service, inclusive ‘wish you were here’ Wi-Fi and an Open Bar complete the picture.
  • Le Bellot, launched in 2020, one of six in the new PONANT Explorer fleet, has just 92 ocean view suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony.
  • PONANT, with over 30 years’ experience in remote area voyages, provides the same high operational standards operated in the Arctic and Antarctic – reflective of PONANT’s position as the World Leader in Luxury Expeditions.
  • Enjoy the “French Touch”, a PONANT exclusive. Hermès toiletries, Clarins Spa, Ducasse Conseil gastronomy, inclusive wines, spirits and beer, discreet and attentive service – discover why        PONANT is regularly acknowledged in luxury and expedition travel awards around the globe.
Pricing Example:
Currently a 25% PONANT BONUS reduced rate is available.
Special Offer: each guest receives A$1,000 Flight Credit!^
Highlights of Southern Australia: Melbourne to Fremantle on board Le Bellot: 27 March 2021 – 12 nights from $11,760 per person* in a Prestige Stateroom.
*Ponant Bonus fare per person, based on a double occupancy, including port taxes. Prices is yield managed, correct at time of release. ^Subject to availability and subject to change without notice. Combinable with
PONANT bonus discount and Welcome offer.
Note: The small size of its vessels, the medical infrastructure and teams on board, its protocols and the professionalism of its crews ensured that there were no cases of Covid-19 contamination throughout the PONANT’s fleet. To prepare for the resumption of its activity, PONANT collaborates with Marseille’s Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection, one of the world’s leading centres in the field of infectious diseases, as well as Marseille’s Naval Fire Battalion. The “Covid-Safe” protocol developed by PONANT is based on health standards that exceed international regulations. Click here to find out more about PONANT’s Covid Safe Protocol.

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