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Ross Sea Exploration with Ponant

22-Night All-Inclusive
Expedition Cruise
With Ponant on Le Soléal
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 6 from $44,800

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CRUISE DUNEDIN – ANTARCTICA – HOBART

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Embark on an extraordinary bucket list voyage on the Ross Sea from New Zealand to Antarctica aboard Le Soléal. Explore the natural wonders of Antarctica’s untouched landscapes and unique wildlife with expert expedition guides. 

Additional dates and 2023/24 cruises also available – talk to our specialist team.

 

Highlights

  • The outings and shore visits in zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Visit the most pristine piece of ocean left on earth.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.
  • Possibility of viewing the historic huts of Scott, Shackleton and Borchgrevink.
  • The opportunity to see nine of the world’s penguin species.
  • Wildlife: fur seals, Southern elephant seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals and New Zealand sea lions, several penguin species including African penguins, Adélie, penguins, gentoo penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, macaroni penguins.
  • Landscapes on a breath-taking scale.
  • Gain an insight into the History and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert expedition team.
  • CRUISE INCLUSIONS
  • 22 night cruise on Le Soléal from Dunedin to Hobart
  • All meals while on board the ship
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Port charges
  • Open Bar including pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol excluding premium brands
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24-hour room service
  • Excursions with Expedition Guides

Important Terms

  • * Rates quoted are in Australian dollars.
  • As per Ponant terms and conditions
  • Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes any bonus nights, special offers or discounts listed in the inclusions.
  • Surcharges may apply due to demand, Christmas & New Year's Eve, school or public holidays, trade shows, special events & other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prices may be based on Dynamic Rates and as such, may fluctuate at anytime without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, or at the property's discretion.
 
Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
 
Prestige Stateroom- Deck 5
$42,380
Book
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 6
$44,800
Book
Deluxe Suite
$62,620
Book

*Rates are based on per person for two adults sharing. For solo travellers or single person occupancy rates, or other cabin types not listed, please contact our Travel Specialists for a quote.

 


Services provided

18m2 – 2 People

Individually-controlled air conditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, interconnecting Staterooms available (Children welcome)
Minibar
Flat screen satellite TV
Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
Desk with stationery
Safe
Hermès® bath products
Dressing table, bath robes, hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins) / 220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
24hr room service
Inclusive Internet access Wifi



Services provided

27m2 – 2 People

Individually-controlled air conditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, interconnecting Staterooms available (Children welcome)
Minibar
Flat screen satellite TV
Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
Desk with stationery
Safe
Hermès® bath products
Dressing table, bath robes, hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins) / 220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
24hr room service
Inclusive Internet access Wifi



Services provided

45m2 – 2 People

Individually-controlled air conditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, interconnecting Staterooms available (Children welcome)
Minibar
Flat screen satellite TV
Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
Desk with stationery
Safe
Hermès® bath products
Dressing table, bath robes, hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins) / 220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
24hr room service
Inclusive Internet access Wifi



Services provided

36m2 4 People

Individually-controlled air conditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, interconnecting Staterooms available (Children welcome)
Minibar
Flat screen satellite TV
Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
Desk with stationery
Safe
Hermès® bath products
Dressing table, bath robes, hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins) / 220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
24hr room service
Inclusive Internet access Wifi

Day
 
Destination
Arrival
Departure
1
Sun, 22 Jan 2023
00:00 AM
Sun, 22 Jan 2023
05:00 PM

Enjoy a lazy morning or continue your exploration of Dunedin. This afternoon, you will be transferred to Dunedin cruise terminal to board Le Soleal. Embarkation will commence from 3pm. The ship will depart at 5pm. Farewell New Zealand as your ship sets sail for the frozen land. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

2

At Sea

Mon, 23 Jan 2023
00:00 AM
Mon, 23 Jan 2023
00:00 AM

During your days 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.

3
Tue, 24 Jan 2023
00:00 AM
Tue, 24 Jan 2023
00:00 AM

Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand Subantarctic groups. Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker as having a “flora display second to none outside the tropics.” You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.

4

At Sea

Wed, 25 Jan 2023
-
Wed, 25 Jan 2023
-

At Sea 25th - 27th January

7
Sat, 28 Jan 2023
-
Sat, 28 Jan 2023
-

The Ross Sea - From the 28th Jan to the 4th Feb, you will be able, weather and ice conditions permitting, to discover several emblematic sites in the region that may include; Cape Adare, Terra Nova Bay, Ross Island, Cape Royds and Franklin Island.

15

At Sea

Sun, 05 Feb 2023
00:00 AM
Sun, 05 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

16
Mon, 06 Feb 2023
00:00 AM
Mon, 06 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

The Balleny Islands are an extremely remote series of islands extending for about 160 kilometres in a northwest-southeast direction straddling the Antarctic Circle some 270 kilometres north of the Antarctic mainland. The volcanic islands are heavily glaciated and have received few human visitors since their discovery in 1839. Their isolated location within the rich waters of the Southern Ocean has resulted in a species diversity rivalling the entire Ross Sea region. Humpback, fin and minke whales are regular visitors to the rich feeding grounds along with Crabeater, Weddell, elephant and leopard seals. Several of the islands are home to significant colonies of Adélie and Chinstrap penguins. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of Zodiac.

17

At Sea

Tue, 07 Feb 2023
00:00 AM
Tue, 07 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

Tue 7 – Wed 8 Feb 2023

19
Thu, 09 Feb 2023
00:00 AM
Thu, 09 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

Thu 9 – Fri 10 Feb 2023 Long celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 million seabirds, most of which are penguins. There are four species breeding on Macquarie Island: Royals, Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are also three types of fur seals and one seventh of the world’s population of elephant seals breeding on the island. In 1948 The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions established its expedition headquarters on Macquarie Island. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to land ashore and view the prolific wildlife that resides here.

21

At Sea

Sat, 11 Feb 2023
00:00 AM
Sat, 11 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

At Sea Sat 11 – Sun 12 Feb 2023

22
Mon, 13 Feb 2023
07:00 AM
Mon, 13 Feb 2023
00:00 AM

After breakfast you will commence disembarkation from 9.00am. You will be transferred from the cruise terminal to Hobart Airport for your flight home.

 
Le Soleal

Le Soleal

A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made L’AUSTRAL and LE BORéAL such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises.

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join the fleet in June 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 ambiance 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 enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge-bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

The Le Soléal features 2 restaurants – The L’Éclipse (breakfast lunch and dinner French and international cuisine) and the The Le Pythéas (breakfast, buffet lunches and themed dinners). The elegant ship also boasts a theater on Deck 4, a spa and wellness centre on Deck 5, a panoramic lounge on Deck 6, Exterior bar on Deck 6, main lounge on Deck 3 and a recreation area on Deck 5 including Kids Club.

Image Credits – François Lefebvre

Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 10 944 UMS
Star Rating 5 Star
Size/Style of Ship Small/Yachting
Entered Service June 2013
Registry French
Length 142 metres
Beam 18 metres
Draft 4.7 metres
Propulsion/Propellers Electric (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 124
Passenger Decks 6
Cabin Electricity 110/220v
Elevators 2
Self-Service Laundry No
Onboard Currency (subject to change) Euro
Ponant

 

PONANT was founded in 1988 by officers of the French Merchant Navy who launched France’s first cruise ship company. For over 30 years PONANT has combined exceptional itineraries to take their guests on cruise voyages that are simultaneously authentic and sophisticated. Their luxurious ships are smaller in stature and as such are able to visit less-frequented ports and little-known anchorages to offer immersive cruise experiences.


 
 

Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308 081 and Quote #61165

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