Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions is the only French cruise company in the world and flies the Tricolour flag; bleu, blanc, rouge. With its current seven Yachts, around 300 cruises are organized annually. With Ponant you can visit almost 100 countries on around 7 continents.

Ponant is famous for her expedition cruises and has a long-standing mission to Antarctica and the Arctic. All ready for years Ponant is a world leader in pole cruises.

Ponant has a tradition of 5-star environment cruises, which you will encounter on board to the smallest finesses. That is why this cruise company is often praised for her specialty ships, destinations, quality and extraordinary offers.

Ponant has one three-mast sailing yacht of almost 90 meters and accommodates 32 cabins, a real landmark! In addition, the company has six cruise and expedition ships. The largest of the ships is provided with 132 cabins and suites, the maximum number of passengers is therefore 264. By the end of 2019 two new state of the art ships will be added, these “Explorer fleet” ships all have a maximum of 184 passengers. These ships are all provided for a very pleasant, elegant and well-kept stay. On board, there are Zodiacs for transporting you to the shore, whether it's packed with penguin colonies or for a visit to the beaches in Papua New Guinea, the pebble beaches of eastern Russia or the Alaskan coastline. With Ponant you can visit small and big port cities all over the world, Ponant will take you on an unforgettable travel experience.

Ponant takes you along to far distant areas and special places in the world. Due to the relatively small size of the ships, you receive a lot of personal attention from the highly experienced staff, often added with outspoken biologists, historians and expedition leaders who will inform you in the auditorium.

For 30 years, Ponant has made a name, in terms of exclusivity, original shipping routes, and destinations. On board, you will find the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise in a relaxed, but sophisticated atmosphere; "Art de Vivre à la Française". Whether it's about the design, the kitchen (French Michelin star chef Paul Bocuse also determines the refined menus), the wine list, the Salon, the Boutique, the Gym & Spa and of course your elegant Stateroom or spacious Suite. You will experience your stay as a trip on your private yacht, as well caring and intimate as it is. Ponant provides you truly a great experience in the field of yacht cruises.

Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Cruise Type
Ship
Datum
Days
Bestemming
Information
Luxury Explorer Cruise
L' Austral
17.02.2019
27.02.2019
10
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 7.700
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 3

Drake Passage

Day 4

Neko Harbour & Paradise Bay

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.
With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

Day 5

Pleneau Island & Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.
this cove, a natural harbour located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones - an eerie, mystical site like none other.

Day 6

Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

Day 7

Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

Day 8

Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Day 9

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 10

Drake Passage

Day 11

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Ponant proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard L’Austral and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.
In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.
On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.
Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms.
Before you return to Ushuaia, L’Austral will clear a path through the impressive table top icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.
Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides. Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. Visiting research stations and former whaling stations. Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains. Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds. Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS INCLUDED

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Ship information

L' Austral

In May 2011, L' Austral joined Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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Booking
Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Champlain
17.02.2019
29.03.2019
40
North America, Caribbean, Latin America, From Panama to the heart of the Amazonian rainforest
Fare from € 19.280
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 41 (40 nights)

From Caldera to Manaus

Board Le Champlain for a Grand Voyage between the Caribbean and the great rivers, from the Panama Canal to the Orinoco and the Amazon. From Puerto Caldera, you will head for the Darien National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After having sailed the Panama Canal, your cruise will take you to Saint Lucia and its two famous volcanic pitons. Further on, you will succumb to the crystal clear waters of the San Blas Islands as well as the sea beds of the Grenadines, with their multicoloured coral and fish. Finally, you will discover two South American giants, the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, unique ecosystems home to incomparable endemic fauna and flora.

North America - Latin America

Ports of call;
Puerto Caldera, Herradura, Quepos, Punta Alegre, Darien National Park, Holandes Cayes

North America - Latin America - Caribbean

Ports of call;
Colon, Holandes Cayes, Cartagena, Willemstad, Los Roques, Saint-Georges, Pigeon Point, Soufriere

Caribbean - Latin America

Ports of call;
Fort-de-France, Pigeon Point, Soufriere, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, Tobago Cays, Saint Georges, El Toro, Orinoco, Puerto Ordaz, Al Arroyo, Orinoco, Paramaribo, Devil's Island

Latin America

Ports of call;
Cayenne, Devil's Island, Belem, Abacate, Sailing in the Strait of Breves, Ilha Ituquara, Guajara, Curua-Una, Santarem - Alter do Chao, Balaio, Parintins, Parintins Botos, Silves, Manaus

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Panama to the heart of the Amazonian rainforest

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Champlain, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Return flight included from Manaus to Miami.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Darien National Park, Cartagena de Indias, Willemstad, Saint Lucia and its volcanic peaks. the historic inner city of Paramaribo • Zodiac inflatables outings and landings with a team of experienced naturalist guides • Discover the archipelago of Los Roques, the San Blas archipelago, the picture-postcard beaches of Quepos and Devil’s Island, in an idyllic setting surrounded by exotic vegetation • Special encounters with the Warao tribes from Cayenne and the Kuna Indians, a warrior tribe of the San Blas archipelago • Possibility of observing endemic wildlife in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest: toucans, falcons, ibises, parrots, monkeys and iguanas

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Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy, and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
21.02.2019
03.03.2019
10
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 7.700
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 3

Drake Passage

Day 4

Neko Harbour & Paradise Bay

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.
With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

Day 5

Pleneau Island & Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.
this cove, a natural harbour located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones - an eerie, mystical site like none other.

Day 6

Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

Day 7

Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

Day 8

Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Day 9

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 10

Drake Passage

Day 11

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Ponant proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard Le Lyrial and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.
In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.
On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.
Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms.
Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Lyrial will clear a path through the impressive table top icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.
Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides. Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. Visiting research stations and former whaling stations. Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains. Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds. Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS INCLUDED

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

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Booking
Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
21.02.2019
16.04.2019
54
Latin America, Antarctica, Africa, Cruise between two Oceans
Fare from € 22.850
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 55 (54 nights)

From Ushuaia to Mahé

This year once again, discover the rare beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Further along, continue towards the Falkland Islands, a large archipelago in the South Atlantic, haven for albatrosses, and South Georgia, made up of imposing glaciers that tilt towards the sea, where the black-sand beaches play host to thousands of king penguins. Le Lyrial will then cross the Atlantic Ocean to take you to South Africa and the heart of the Indian Ocean, where the lush landscapes of Madagascar and the idyllic beaches of the Seychelles await you.

Latin America - Antarctica

Ports of call;
Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, Weddell Sea, Drake Passage

Latin America - South Atlantic Ocean

Ports of call;
Ushuaia, New Island - Grave Cove, Saunders - Steeple Jason Island, Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay - Stromness, St. Andrews Bay - Grytviken, Gold Harbour - Cooper Bay, Tristan da Cunha Island, Nightingale Island, Gough Island

South Atlantic Ocean - Africa

Ports of call;
Cape Town, Port-Elizabeth, Richards Bay

Africa

Ports of call;
Durban, Europa, Juan de Nova, Glorieuses, Nosy Komba, Assomption - Aldabra, Alphonse, La Digue, Victoria/Mahé

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

Cruise between two Oceans

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Lyrial, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Domestic flight included from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

Zodiac inflatables outings and shore visits with your expedition team • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Robben Island, where the Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, Aldabra Atoll • Landscapes: in Antarctica, drifting icebergs, ice floe and tall snow-covered mountains, coral reefs, lagoons and mangrove in the Indian Ocean • Discover a rich and varied wildlife: Magellanic penguins and Commerson’s dolphins in the Falklands, colonies of king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals in South Georgia; exceptional marine wildlife in the Indian Ocean • Opportunity for diving and/or snorkelling in the Seychelles with an experienced instructor on board

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

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Booking
Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
22.02.2019
04.03.2019
10
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 7.700
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 3

Drake Passage

Day 4

Neko Harbour & Paradise Bay

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.
With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

Day 5

Pleneau Island & Port Charcot

Named after talented photographer Paul Pléneau, who accompanied Jean-Baptiste Charcot on his 1903 expedition, Pleneau Island has become a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between. On land, red algae provides a striking contrast against empty swathes of snow that alternate with gentoo penguin nesting sites, strewn all across the island.
this cove, a natural harbour located in Salpêtrière Bay, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Named for the explorer's father, famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, this tip of Booth Island still holds vestiges of Charcot's 1903-1905 anchoring aboard his ship, Le Français. A brisk walk through the snow will take you to the remains of Charcot's stone cabin where he conducted studies on magnetism. Right nearby, you'll notice a colony of gentoo penguins. If you continue on to the summit, you'll pass by the remnants of a cairn and enjoy an unobstructed view of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones - an eerie, mystical site like none other.

Day 6

Port Lockroy

During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop over at Port Lockroy, a spectacular natural harbour nestled in the very heart of the Antarctic Peninsula on Goudier Island. Discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903, the site has served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic, thanks to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s and to take home a souvenir from its gift shop. While you're here, don't miss the chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

Day 7

Deception Island

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

Day 8

Weddell Sea

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Day 9

Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 10

Drake Passage

Day 11

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Ponant proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard Le Boréal and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.
In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.
On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.
Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms.
Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Boréal will clear a path through the impressive table top icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.
Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides. Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. Visiting research stations and former whaling stations. Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains. Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds. Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires. DOMESTIC FLIGHTS INCLUDED

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lapérouse
23.02.2019
11.03.2019
16
Australia and NZ, Macquarie and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Expedition
Fare from € 10.550
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Day 1

Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The picturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Day 2

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the Ponant photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3

Milford Sound

Milford Sound fjord is one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. Located on the south-west coast of the South Island in the Fiorldland National Park, this magnificent inlet was carved out by glaciers during the ice age. Majestic cliffs surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high and impressive waterfalls cascade down the sheer rock faces. In the heart of this wilderness, you'll be able to visit a floating underwater observatory, only accessible by boat, to study the wonders of aquatic life while you stay dry.

Day 4

Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound, Pickersgill harbour

Day 5

Snares Islands

Day 6

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

Day 7

Musgrave inlet, Auckland Islands

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Anare station, Macquarie Island

Day 10

Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

Campbell Island

Day 13

At sea

Day 14

Antipodes Islands

Day 15

Bounty Islands

Day 16

At sea

Day 17

Dunedin

Disembarkation.

Additional charges: port taxes: € 770,- pp

Overview

Macquarie and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Expedition

On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, we invite you to discover the primitive beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand. Set sail on a 17-day expedition cruise and let yourself be dazzled by an exceptional itinerary, home to bountiful wildlife that is not found elsewhere.

Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are among the best preserved environments on the planet. Isolated and wild, they are one those end-of-world places that have very few visitors and really do provide a total change of scenery.

After sailing in spectacular fiords, Le Lapérouse will head for the five groups of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand as well as for Australia’s Macquarie Island. Home to fauna of an incredible diversity, including some endemic species, the islands are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lush green meadows, steep cliffs, mountains and black-sand beaches: here you will find many dazzling landscapes frequented by an incalculable number of penguins, sea lions, fur seals, elephant seals, albatrosses and giant petrels. Wildlife reigns supreme here, much to the delight of photographers and nature lovers. A powerful experience amidst surprising nature.

Highlights

Explore the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, one of the least visited regions in the world
• Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team • Opportunities for hiking with guided walks on the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Wildlife: colonies of fur seals, elephant seals, king and yelloweyed penguins. A very wide variety of birds: Gibson’s albatross, giant petrels, Auckland shags and rorquals • Landscapes: Beaches of black sand, cliffs and lush green prairies, contrasting with snow – capped mountain chains with looking over glacial valleys fiords

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Le Lapérouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant's spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
24.02.2019
04.03.2019
8
Ocean Voyage, Latin America, Pacific and Oceania: Ushuaia - Hanga Roa
Fare from € 1.480
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Day 1 to 9 (8 nights)

Ushuaia - Hanga Roa

During these voyages, we are offering you an entirely sea-based crossing, there are no ports of call (except possibly for technical reasons), nor any onboard entertainment or speakers, and no transfers provided. Likewise the catering is less elaborate than for other cruises. Although no entertainment is organized, you are free to discover what life is like aboard our ships by spending time with the crew who will be happy to share their experiences with you. To facilitate embarkation, we suggest that you spend the night before departure in the city that your ship leaves from. Similarly, on the day of disembarkation we advise you to reserve a flight that leaves at the end of that day or the day after your arrival.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Ushuaia – Hanga Roa

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.
As the days go by, you can admire the waves from the upper deck, keep fit in the spa and make good use of the pool or the gym, share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Le Soléal

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264
Built: 2013
Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, with balconies, joined in 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white.
A refined ambience is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central sculpture of enameled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolizing a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
03.03.2019
01.04.2019
29
Latin America, Africa, From Ushuaia to Durban
Fare from € 11.070
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Day 1 to 30 (29 nights)

From Ushuaia to Durban

Combine the Antarctic with Africa on a veritable 30-day South Atlantic odyssey, setting out from Ushuaia, Argentina and ending in Durban, South Africa. In the company of naturalist guides see a rich variety of natural wildlife (with penguins, elephant seals and more) in the Falklands, South Georgia and at the most remote and isolated archipelago in the world, Tristan de Cunha. Then sail to the legendary Cape of Good Hope before continuing on to Cape Town. The second part of this Grand Voyage will give you the opportunity to discover and explore the natural and cultural heritage of South Africa: the history and traditions of the Zulu tribes, the warmth and friendliness found in Port Elizabeth, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Durban… You'll also have the chance to go on safari to see Africa's Big Five.

Latin America - Argentina

Ports of call;
Ushuaia, New Island, Saunders.

South Atlantic Ocean

Ports of call;
Fortuna Bay, Grytviken, Gold Harbour, Nightingale Islands, Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island.

Africa

Ports of call;
Cape Town, Durban

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Ushuaia to Durban

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Lyrial, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

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Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
04.03.2019
22.04.2019
49
Latin America, Caribbean, North America, From Chilean Fjords to the Caribbean Sea
Fare from € 16.670
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Day 1 to 50 (49 nights)

From Ushuaia to Miami

In Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, you will board Le Boréal and set off to discover the natural wonders and contrasting landscapes of Latin America. From the Chilean fjords to the beaches of Miami, from the famous Cape Horn to the Panama Canal, this great voyage along the South American continent is a unique opportunity to discover numerous Pre-Columbian sites as well as colonial cities that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage, to explore the fabulous national parks of Patagonia or Costa Rica, and to experience unique human encounters.

Latin America

Ports of call;
Ushuaia, sailing around Cape Horn and in the Beagle Channel, Puerto Natales, crossing in the heart of Chilean Fjords, Tortel, Puerto Montt, Castro, Valparaiso

Latin America

Ports of call;
Valparaiso, Coquimbo, Iquique, Arica, Matarani, Pisco, Callao, Salaverry

Latin America - North America

Ports of call;
Guayaquil, Golfito, Puerto Quetzal, San Juan del Sur, Herradura, Quepos, Cebaco, Fuerte Amador, Flamenco Island, Panama Canal - Colon

Latin America - North America

Ports of call;
Colon, Corn Island, Trujillo, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Half Moon Cay, Progreso, Key West, Miami

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Chilean Fjords to the Caribbean Sea

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Boréal, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Domestic flight included from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Torres del Paine National Park, the Cape Horn biosphere reserve, Tortel, the churches of Castro; Valparaiso and the saltpeter miming towns; Cuzco and the site of Machu Picchu, the archeological zone of Chan Chan, Tikal, Chichen Itza • Exceptional architectural heritage, testimony to the colonial era • Discover the major pre-Colombian sites • Discover a rich and varied wildlife: condors, humpback wales, fur seals, alpacas, Magellanic penguins, cormorants in the South, iguanas, aras and tropical species in Central America • Natural environments: the snow-capped peaks of the Andes towering above fjords, iridescent glaciers, and mountain lakes with crystal-clear water; from Half Moon Cay the mythical Blue Hole

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
04.03.2019
17.03.2019
13
Latin America, Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
Fare from € 5.160
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Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

It's at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre-high cliff, South America's southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

Day 3

Crossing Magellan Strait

This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

Day 4

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 5

Puerto Natales

Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

Day 6

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Tortel

A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Puerto Montt

A picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colourful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lakes District.ᅠ Here, you'll discover reminders of its colonial past at the Plaza de Armas and neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout offers stunning views of the bay's sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for a relaxing walk and the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar are well worth a visit.

Day 11

Castro Chiloe

At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightly coloured wooden houses in stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Indeed, before reaching Castro, it is likely that you will have witnessed a truly authentic aquatic ballet, where seals and porpoises swim noseto - nose with our ship.

Day 12

At sea

Day 13

Valparaiso

Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 14

Valparaiso

Disembarkation

Overview

Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Aboard Le Boréal, discover the Pacific coast of South America and colonial style of the cities of Chile. Chile, the slender strip of land immortalised by Pablo Neruda, runs between the Andes and the Ocean, offering you its richly contrasting landscapes and its pristine lands.
From Puerto Natales, do not miss the Tores del Paine National Park, at the southern tip of Chile. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, where the unspoiled nature is rivalled only by the intense colours of the sky.
Tortel is a little Patagonian village at the end of the world, clinging to a hillside and blessed with unrivalled architecture: houses on stilts, walkways that are an invitation for a stroll, endless flights of stairs – this village offers a panorama where the “streets” follow the contours of the coastline.
Fall in love with Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lake District”, whose beauty is renowned worldwide. The city and its harbour appear on the horizon, revealing their treasures within a unique and rare setting.
Please note: flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia is included.
Highlights
Sailing to the heart of the Chilean fjords. The port of Puerto Montt, capital of the “Lake District” and its captivating landscapes. The typical Patagonian village of Tortel, its houses on stilts, footbridges and endless streets. Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park, a reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
L' Austral
14.03.2019
18.03.2019
4
Ocean Voyage, Latin America, Montevideo - Rio de Janeiro
Fare from € 830,-
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Day 1 to 5 (4nights)

Montevideo - Rio de Janeiro

Between two seas or between two continents, our ships invite you on board for their Sea Voyages several times a year. Sea lovers, dreamers, keen observers of the endless horizon are invited to these non-stop trips, which allow you to enjoy the convenience of ships and share the lives of crews. Relax on the deck, keep fit in the sauna, enjoy the pool or the gym… Live in harmony with the board! Share the daily life of a crew out the instruments and techniques of navigation from the footbridge; rejuvenate away from the swirling cities...

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Montevideo – Rio de Janeiro

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.

As the days go by, you can admire the waves from the upper deck, keep fit in the spa and make good use of the pool or the gym, share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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L' Austral

In May 2011, L' Austral joined Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
17.03.2019
29.03.2019
12
Latin America, Cordillera & Andean Secrets
Fare from € 4.085
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Day 1

Valparaiso (Chile)

Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 2

Coquimbo (Chile)

The seaside city of Coquimbo, is located on the Chilean coast half way between Peru and Patagonia.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Iquique (Chile)

Coastal town in the north of Chile, capital of the Tarapacà region, Iquique enjoys a unique location between the Pacific and the cliffs of the Cordillera de la Costa. Although the bustle of its harbour makes this a modern city, it also has many admirable relics from Chile’s past. You’ll love to stroll in the old centre, which is one of many preserved structures, such as the old aristocratic district of Paseo Baquedano or the neoclassical style municipal theatre.

Day 5

Arica (Chile)

Day 6

Matarani (Peru)

On the southern coast of Peru, the port of Matarani is the doorway into the Arequipa region, one of the most prosperous in the country. From the city, you can get to the famous city of Arequipa, overlooked by three majestic volcanoes, the Misti, the Chacani and the Pichu Pichu. Apart from the Andean mountains, the Matarini region also houses impressive landscapes of desert, scattered with green oasis.

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Pisco (Peru)

Day 9

Callao (Peru)

Very close to the capital, Lima, you’ll find the large port of Callao, a real doorway into and out of Peru. From the city, you can see San Lorenzo island. If you turn round to look inland, it’s the King Philip fortress that you’ll see first. Built in the Vauban style, it houses the Peruvian army museum. The imposing military building doesn’t detract from Callao’s laid-back lifestyle. You’ll notice its typical squares, colourful houses, and closed balconies that make up the decor in the city’s historical neighbourhoods.

Day 10

Callao (Peru)

Day 11

Salaverry (Peru)

Day 12

At Sea

Day 13

Guayaquil (Ecuador

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

Additional charges: safety and port taxes, from € 565,- pp

Overview

Cordillera & Andean Secrets

Comfortably settled on board Le Boréal, join us to discover the Pacific Coast of South America.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Patagonia volcanoes to the arid deserts of the high Andean plateaus, this is a land charged with history.
The Peruvian coast has conserved some truly incredible treasures and sites, including ports where you will drop anchor for a short break – or several days of eternity.
Highlights
Discover the ancient Inca Empire and its stunning slumbering citadels. Visit Iquique and its exceptional historic centre inherited from the Gold Rush. Find Humberstone, a disused mining town where the buildings now house museums listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover Arica, the ‘city of eternal spring’ where the climate is temperate and sunny year round, is very popular for its beautiful beaches and its sites brimming with history. Visit the ancient city of Cusco, discovered in 1533 by the conquistadors, as well as the famous site of Machu Picchu, an architectural gem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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