Ponant – Kimberley Cruise Escapes

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About Ponant

Ponant has been long recognised as one of the world’s leading expedition companies. For many years now, Ponant has consistently delivered exceptional adventures in some of the most remote corners of the globe. Now is your opportunity to experience an expedition of an international standard both ashore and on board-right here Australia’s mighty Kimberley.

Immerse your senses…

The Kimberley is an ancient land built on 1.8 billion year old sandstone that has been uplifted, contorted and eroded to form spectacular gorges, desolate mountains and magnificent waterfalls. Here is a living indigenous culture dating back more than 40,000 years, and Australia’s oldest rock art galleries contained within the rocky outcrops.

The isolated coastline boasts more than 2,633 islands, extensive mangrove forests, wild rivers and important seabird breeding colonies. It is a national biodiversity hotspot listed in the top 3.7% of least impacted marine environments worldwide.

Some of the highlights:

  • Set sail for the wild and magnificent landscapes of Kimberley, following a brand new Ponant itinerary.
  • From Darwin to Broome, embark aboard L’Austral for an 11-day expedition cruise.
  • At 424,517 KM SQ The Kimberley is twice the size of Victoria and one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. Yet just ocean, or 1 unsealed min road to explore the region.
  • In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.
  • The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia.
  • You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.
  • L’Austral will also take you as far as the Buccaneer Archipelago, whose coast is one of the most spectacular in the entire region.
  • With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, calm waters and desolate mountain chains, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

Ponant Dates and Rates

Ponant – Dates and Rates 2018
Darwin to BroomeJUL 19-29*Bonus on board Credit $450
Broome to DarwinJUL 29-AUG 8*Bonus on board Credit $450
Darwin to BroomeAUG 8 – 18*Bonus on board Credit $450
Broome to DarwinAUG 18-28*Bonus on board Credit $450
*Credit sale expires  30 JUN 17
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancyBrochure FareEarly Bird Saver Fare
Superior StateroomAUD 9,290LAST ROOMS @10% OFF
Deluxe StateroomAUD 10,000LAST ROOMS @10% OFF
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 4AUD 11,160LAST ROOMS @10% OFF
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 5AUD 11,700LAST ROOMS @10% OFF
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 6AUD 12,260Save 10%
Deluxe SuiteAUD 17,000Save 10%
Prestige Suite – Deck 5AUD 23,630Save 10%
Prestige Suite – Deck 6AUD 24,130Save 10%
Owner’s SuiteAUD 30,650AUD 22,640
Safety and port taxes INCLUDED (for information purposes)AUD 780AUD 780
Single supplement in cabin*Starting at + 30%Starting at + 30%
Open barAUD 0

10% SAVINGS ARE REFLECTED IN THE ABOVE PRICING. SAVINGS ARE CAPACITY CONTROLLED AND VARY FROM DATE TO DATE AND MAY SELL OUT. Single supplement from , according to cabin category. Limited availability. On board Credit expires 30 June 2017. Please call 1300 278 473 re specific dates and fares.

The rates of our cruises are per person and include all meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation), Open Bar, room service 24h, luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa and evening entertainment and events.

Indicative images of room grades only.

Ponant owers suite

Owner’s suite

484 sq.ft. + 97 sq.ft. private balcony

The Owner’s suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome).

Ponant prestige suites

Prestige Suites

398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony

20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome).

Ponant deluxe suites

Deluxe Suites

290 sq.ft. + 54 sq.ft. private balcony

On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds.

Ponant prestige staterooms

Prestige Staterooms

200 sq.ft. +43 sq.ft. private balcony

92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds.

Ponant deluxe staterooms

Deluxe Staterooms

200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony

16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds.

Ponant superior staterooms

Superior Staterooms

226 sq.ft.

8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck 3.

Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds.


Amenities

  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Bathtub or shower (depending on room)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Another Flat screen satellite TV
  • Large bathtub
  • Sofa
  • Table with 4 chairs
  • Armchair & Pedestal table

Introducing M.V 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.

Restaurants and bars

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Pondichéry Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine-and all inclusive – wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life on board

Here you will find a special ambiance, PONANT’s signature: a feeling that you are on board your own yacht.
Most-often all in the Kimberley-days will feature lectures and discussions in the theatre highlighting the sights and experiences being enjoyed ashore. Outside of thse times, relax by the pool and let the scenery come to you or enjoy one of the ships many public rooms or lounge areas. L’Austral really has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

Spacious and comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balconies, allow you to also enjoy peace and solitude and yet not miss a moment of what’s passing you by. Roooms are designed and furnished to the highest calibre and is complimented by 24 hr room service. Your time is your own to do as you please.

There is a spa and gym on board fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L’Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).

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L’Austral Features

  • From 224 to 264 passengers
  • Up to 132 outside cabins
  • Length : 142m (466ft) * Beam : 18 m (59ft)
  • 139 crew members
  • Elevators to all decks
  • Dynamic positioning system
  • « Clean ship » standards
  • French flag

Your complete Kimberley expedition with Ponant

  • Experience a refined adventure on board L’Austral, 132 staterooms & suites, 95% with private balcony: French lifestyle, unique comfort & service, Open Bar, Sophisticated Cuisine & Fine Wines, and the facilities of a 5-star yacht including a pool
  • Join Ponant’s highly qualified local expedition team. 12 guides with combined 50 years Kimberley experience
  • Enjoy regular Zodiac® outings & shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature
  • Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
  • Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptile
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
  • Encounter the world’s largest population of migrating humpback whales
  • Travel on the most environmentally sustainable vessel in the region, certified “Green ship”
Experience the Kimberley with Ponant

Experience the Kimberley aboard L’Austral with Ponant

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.

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