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THE GREAT SOUTHERN EXPLORER

THE GREAT SOUTHERN EXPLORER

Ship: L'Austral
Cruise Line: Ponant
Departures:  25 January 2018
Duration: 14 nights
Ports: Kangaroo Island, King Island, Beauty Point, Wineglass Bay & Coles Bay, Sydney - Australia, Fremantle, Busselton, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln, CRUISECO CHARTER
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Sydney
Airport gateway (Departure) : Fremantle

Inclusions:

  • 14 luxurious nights journeying around Australia, departing Fremantle to Sydney  
  • All meals onboard L’Austral including 24-hour room service
  • Beverages - house wines, beers, sparkling wine, non premium spirits included during the course of your cruise
  • Specialist expedition team of the highest quality including experts in the fields of Botany, Marine Biology, History and Photography

Itinerary

DATE

 

Thu 25 Jan

DEPART SYDNEY

Fri 26 Jan

AT SEA

Sat 27 Jan

WINEGLASS BAY, FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA

Sun 28 Jan

BEAUTY POINT, TAMAR RIVER, TASMANIA

Mon 29 Jan

GRASSY, KING ISLAND, TASMANIA

Tue 30 Jan

PORT CAMPBELL, VICTORIA

Wed 31 Jan

AT SEA

Thu 01 Feb

KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Fri 02 Feb

PORT LINCOLN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Sat 03 Feb

AT SEA

Sun 04 Feb

AT SEA

Mon 05 Feb

ESPERANCE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Tue 06 Feb

ALBANY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wed 07 Feb

BUSSELTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Thu 08 Feb

ARRIVE FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

Cabin Pricing

* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in British Pounds and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).
* All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on 25 January 2018. Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.

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Ports

Kangaroo Island

No wonder the UK Sunday Telegraph called Kangaroo Island 'one of earth's last unspoilt refuges'.

Here is an island seven times the size of Singapore, literally crawling with wildlife. The koalas aren't being cuddled - they're relaxing at home in native trees. The seals aren't performing - they're lazing beside you on the beach. There are echidnas, platypi, goannas, wallabies and kangaroos. All thriving. All mesmerising.

Half the native bushland on Kangaroo Island remains just as it was when British navigator Matthew Flinders put a name to this untamed wilderness in 1802. And more than one-third of the Island is National or Conservation Park.

But beauty comes in many forms: views from seaside cottages and cliff-top cabins; delicate handcrafted glassware; a day at the races in Kingscote. And, of course, there's the wine and food. Take a drive and collect wine, cheeses, oysters and lobsters and indulge on a secluded beach.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City -
Distance to Airport -
Currency -
Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Flinders Chase National Park, Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Seal Bay Conservation Park

King Island

King Island is famous for its mouth-watering grass fed beef, gourmet chees and fresh seafood plucked from the Island's crystal clear waters. Be sure to sample some of the local produce while you visit. 

Beauty Point

Beauty Point is a small riverside town that's a hotspot for mariners and fascinating underwater creatures.

 

Sitting on the northern reaches of the Tamar River in the middle of sheep, cattle and wine-growing country, Beauty Point was originally established as the first deep-water port in the area. The port is still the heart of the town and hosts Australia's National Institute for Maritime Studies.

 

Wineglass Bay & Coles Bay

Wineglass Bay & Coles Bay

Latitude: 42°10'S
Longitude: 148°18'E 


At Wineglass Bay you will find the view is spectacular, with dramatic red granite peaks reflecting in clear blue waters and a near-perfect circle of white sand forming the beach of the bay. Named in 1802 by the French Explorer Nicholas Baudin, the area was proclaimed a national park in 1916. Vegetation in the park varies from marshy heathlands to grass trees, banksias, stands of wattle, Oyster Bay pine and bull oak. The park is rich in wildlife including black cockatoos, green rosellas, wedgetailed eagles and a wide variety of seabirds including white-breasted sea eagles. Subject to weather, a highlight today will be a 2.5 hour Ranger-led hike from the beach at Wineglass Bay up a short and fairly steep climb to the saddle between Mt. Amos and Mt. Mason (known as the Hazzards) to the Wineglass Lookout where you will be afforded a wonderful view.  The oyster farm near Coles Bay is famed for the freshness of its produce so perhaps take this chance to indulge in some of the local seafood and oysters with a chilled glass of Tasmanian wine. Water sports available from the town include diving and sea-kayaking, canoeing and fishing charters can be arranged. Later in the day, be sure to find yourself a spot on deck as the sun slips towards the western horizon. It is now that the orange lichens on the granite peaks glow red with the setting sun.



 

Sydney - Australia

Sydney is Australia's largest city, which is the number one tourist destination in the country. It offers a multitude of sights such as the famous Opera House and distinctive Harbour Bridge of course. You can travel back in time with a visit to Sydney’s oldest centre – The Rocks. Take a city tour to take in Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Bask on Bondi Beach for a dose of sun, sea and sand. Or travel a little further afield for a glimpse of the Aussie wildlife and views of the Blue Mountains.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, Bondi Beach

Fremantle

Historic Fremantle is your gateway to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Situated some 20 kilometres upriver from Fremantle on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is a growing, bustling city where soaring high rises coexist with sandstone buildings from the colonial era. The population in and around Perth makes up some 8% of Western Australia's population. And it's here that life moves at a slower pace, from the wonders of the bush to the wineries of the Swan Valley.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 10kms
Distance from port to Airport - 26kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
King's Park, Fishermans Harbour

Busselton

Beautiful beaches, excellent fishing, caves, coastline scenery, unspoiled bushland surrounds and world-class wineries are all in close proximity to this delightful seaside town. Busselton is one of West Australias earliest settlements and northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region, offering a diverse range of attractions and accommodation.

Albany

Originally a penal colony, it was renamed Albany in honor of the Duke of York and Albany in 1832 with the first European settlement. And thanks to its superb natural harbor, Albany quickly became a busy port. The town served as a coaling station for steam ships, a commercial outlet for farmers, and a base for the whaling industry. Today, this small city of some 25,000 offers a wealth of restored historic buildings, museums, theaters and restaurants, as well as the natural beauty of its coast and scenic harbour

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 10kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Princess Royal Fortress, Whaleword, Albany Residency Museum

Esperance

Esperance is a beautiful coastal town located 720 kilometres south east of Perth and about 4.5 hours from Albany. Esperance has the most stunning coastal scenery with squeaky white sand and turquoise water. 

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 0kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance Museum

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln's beautiful township overlooks Boston Bay, home to a myriad of sealife, including Sea Lions. Enjoy a stroll around the town's galleries and quality art and craft outlets, showcasing the best of local product and souvenirs, or pack some adventure into your day with an optional shore excursion. 

CRUISECO CHARTER

This sailing is under exclusive charter to CRUISECO.

 

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Ponant

Ponant


Ponant's mission

The mission of PONANT is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

It’s, also, to offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

It’s, finally, to combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.


Why travel with Ponant?

PONANT offers to you chic cruising without the crowds: experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size, exclusive to between 64 to 264 guests.

Each of our cruise ships has elegant and uncluttered interiors, delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities. Crew members, all versed in elegant discretion, will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience. You will savor an exquisite dining with French and international cuisine, with complimentary wines included at lunch and dinner.

During your cruise aboard one of our ships, discover exceptional sites and come closed to landscapes so often inaccessible to large ships. Enjoy also seminars with international experts, passionate about their subjects, giving a further dimension to the sights you see.

PONANT offers to you an alternative to many other traditional cruise lines: discover the world with French chic and elegance.
 

What is the French Touch exactly?

The French Touch is above all a French crew, there to welcome you and ensure your well-being during your cruise.

It’s also the French art of living that travels with us, where discreet service and excellent cuisine naturally take pride of place. Each day, our French chefs will introduce you to fragrant flavours, cheeses carefully selected by expert cheese affineurs, delicious specialty breads and sweet pastries. All of this is accompanied by a selection of fine wines to complement your meal, or you may choose from a superb “à la carte” list of grand cru wines and our on-board sommelier will be only too happy to advise you.

The French Touch is also evident in our choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work matches our own quest for excellence: interior design by Jean-Philippe NUEL, beauty treatments by Sothy’s, fabrics by Pierre FREY, travel beauty kits by L’Occitane, a range of boutiques including Lacoste and Façonnable, french Champagne Veuve Clicquot, luxury bakery and sweets by Ladurée...

Finally, the French Touch is perhaps simply the subtle blend of relaxed elegance and conviviality, that certain je ne sais quoi that our passengers so appreciate, buoyed by the elegant authenticity of our trips and the personality of our ships.


Care for the Environment?

Our concern for the health and well-being of the planet is demonstrated by our active involvement in organizations dedicated to the promotion of ecologically responsible tourism and to the sharing of best practices. We are a proud member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and a signatory of La Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France, both of which bind us to follow the most stringent rules and regulations governing safety and environmental protection.

CLEAN SHIPS

Above and beyond participation in these organizations, we have taken the additional step of having all of our ships certified “Clean Ship” by the French classification society, Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s major ship classification societies. This coveted and seldom-awarded certification recognizes that the PONANT fleet—from initial design and construction to seagoing operations—has adopted the most environmentally responsible materials, equipment, and management procedures possible. Some of these state-of-the-art systems and processes include:

  • A silent electric propulsion system, with main engines and electric generators that use advanced control systems and burning light, low-sulfur fuels, reducing fuel consumption by up to 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%
  • All ships are equipped with Dynamic Positioning, a sophisticated computer-controlled system, which allows them to maintain a mooring position without dropping anchor, thus eliminating potential damage to sensitive areas
  • Black water (sewage) is filtered and treated aboard ship; any solid residues at the end of the process are stored until they can be properly discharged ashore
  • Grey water (showers, dishwashers, laundry) is treated and recycled for use in cleaning the outside decks
  • Solid wastes (glass, paper, medical, food, etc.) are sorted, compacted where appropriate, and stored in refrigerated compartments until they can be properly disposed ashore
  • Bilgewater is treated with ceramic filtration systems to obtain an extremely low hydrocarbon content (less than 5 PPM instead of the regulatory 15 PPM)
  • The lighting aboard, based on LED and CFR technology, reduces up to 10 times the electrical power required from the ship’s electric generators
  • Far-sounding sonar, in addition to providing the bridge with 3-D pictures of the ocean floor, icebergs, and ice floes, also minimizes the risk of collision with marine mammals

Ponant’s cruise ships, L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, and Le Lyrial are not only the newest, and most elegant, and most comfortable ships afloat, they are also the most eco-friendly.

 

Ship info

L'Austral

With its pure silhouette, the ever-so-discreet elegance of its interior design, L’AUSTRAL recreates a cruising mood with a “yachting” style.

Precious materials and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.

On-board the ship, 132 opulent staterooms and suites, two restaurants, lounges, a library, a theatre and a myriad of intimate nooks and alcoves, an invitation to cosiness, delicacy and harmony.
 


Dining

This ship has 2 restaurants

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant 


Entertainment

  • Main Lounge
  • Theatre 
  • Panoramic Lounge 
  • Panoramic Terrace
     

Onboard Activities

  • Main Pool
  • Shop 
  • Lotus Day Spa
  • Fitness Area
  • Library
  • Internet Station 
  • Massage
  • Hairdresser
  • Leisure Area

 
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Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 10 944 UMS
Star Rating 5
Size/Style of Ship Small/Yachting
Entered Service Apr 2011
Registry French
Former Name None
Length 142 metres
Beam 17.98 metres
Draft 4.6 metres
Propulsion/Propellers 2 x 2300kW
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots) 16
Passenger Capacity (twin) 264
Crew 139
Nationality of Officers French
Nationality of Crew French
Total Cabins 132
Total Inside cabins 0
Total Outside cabins 132
Cabin/Suites with Balcony 95%
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 3
Passenger Decks 6
Cabin Electricity 110/220v
Elevators 3
Self-Service Laundry no
Onboard Currency (subject to change)  

 

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