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Ross Sea Exploration With Ponant

24-Night All-Inclusive
Expedition Cruise
With Ponant on Le Soléal
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 4 from $39,535

CRUISE DUNEDIN – ANTARCTICA – HOBART

Last Suites & Staterooms available due to cancellations

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– Updated 12 January 2022

Embark on an extraordinary 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. 

This package, exclusively designed by Cruiseco, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a different and distinctive type of holiday, a concept of travel that is intimate, luxurious and authentic.

FREE Return flights from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL*

 

Highlights

  • FREE Return Airfares - One-way outbound flight from Australia SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL to Dunedin on Air New Zealand & one-way return flight from Hobart to SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL on Virgin Australia
  • €150 Onboard Credit per person (maximum of €300 per stateroom)
  • Airport Transfers – On arrival from Dunedin airport to hotel & on departure from cruise terminal in Hobart to airport
  • 2 nights pre cruise accommodation at Distinction Hotel Dunedin including breakfast
  • Hosted 2 hour welcome cocktail function at hotel to meet and mingle with other group guests
  • Hotel to cruise terminal transfer in Dunedin
  • Private Cocktail Party with Captain & Expedition Manager and Group Host
  • Welcome Aboard bottle of Veuve Clicquot in stateroom
  • Friendly host from Cruiseco to escort you on your expedition
  • 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

  • An option will be given for 7 days or by 14th of January 2022, whichever occurs first.
  • Before the option expires it will be necessary for you to pay a deposit of 20% of the holiday price. The deposit secures your holiday as requested. Failure to pay the deposit by the option due date may result in the cancellation of your booking.
  • A second deposit of 55% must be made no later than the 11th of March 2022.
  • Final payment is due by the 10th of October 2022.
  • Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
  • 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 4
$39,535
Book
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 5
$41,475
Book
Prestige Stateroom – Deck 6
$43,795
Book
Deluxe Suite
$60,785
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
Fri, January 20 2023
00:00 AM
Fri, January 20 2023
00:00 AM

Welcome to Dunedin You will be met on arrival at Dunedin Airport and transferred to your accommodation. This evening is at leisure. Overnight: Distinction Hotel

2
Sat, January 21 2023
00:00 AM
Sat, January 21 2023
00:00 AM

Today is free for you to explore the sights of Dunedin. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers and tour leader at our welcome cocktail function. Overnight: Distinction Hotel Meals: Breakfast

3
Sun, January 22 2023
00:00 AM
Sun, January 22 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

4

At Sea

Mon, January 23 2023
00:00 AM
Mon, January 23 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.

5
Tue, January 24 2023
00:00 AM
Tue, January 24 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.

6

At Sea

Wed, January 25 2023
00:00 AM
Wed, January 25 2023
00:00 AM

Described as the very heart of Antarctica and the gateway to the South Pole, a voyage to the Ross Sea is an insight into the Heroic age of Antarctic exploration and an experience available to only a select few. This expedition will also visit the remote Subantarctic Islands on route to the Ross Sea region. A flexible itinerary will allow us to maximise our opportunity to visit the many unique locations the region is famous for. In the true spirit of expedition cruising each day the Captain and Expedition leader will continually update the voyage plan taking into account the weather and sea conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests.

10
Sun, January 29 2023
00:00 AM
Sun, January 29 2023
00:00 AM

Cape Adare is one of the principal sites of early human activity in Antarctica, as well as the site of the largest Adélie penguin rookery in the world. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to view the historic site along with the resident wildlife.

11
Mon, January 30 2023
00:00 AM
Mon, January 30 2023
00:00 AM

Located on the Northern tip of the Hallett Peninsula, Cape Hallett was the site of a joint scientific base between the United States and New Zealand established during the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58. The station was manned permanently until 1964, when a fire destroyed the main scientific laboratory, for the next nine years it was used as a summer only base until being completely abandoned in 1973. The Admiralty range, rising over 4,000 metres from the sea with its giant glaciers provides a spectacular backdrop to the large Adélie penguin colony that has reclaimed the site. It is also a regular haul out for Weddell seals. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to land ashore and view the historic site along with the resident wildlife.

12
Tue, January 31 2023
00:00 AM
Tue, January 31 2023
00:00 AM

First discovered by Scott during his 1901-1904 Discovery Expedition, the bay was named after one of the relief ships for the expedition. Today, the Italian Zucchelli Station and Jang Bogo Station of South Korea are located at the Northern end of the bay. To the south of the bay lies the massive Drygalski Ice Tongue, extending over 70 kilometres into the Ross Sea from the David Glacier. The David Glacier grounding line, where the ice leaves the shore and begins to float, is in a depth of approximately 1900 metres. The Drygalski Ice Tongue is thought to be at least 4,000 years old and just over 24 kilometres at its widest point. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the spectacular coastal environments from our fleet of zodiacs.

13
Wed, February 01 2023
00:00 AM
Wed, February 01 2023
00:00 AM

Scott’s 1911 Terra Nova Hut is the largest historic building in Antarctica. Used in the 1910 to 1913 British Antarctic Expedition, it served as the base for extensive scientific research and surveys as well as Scott’s fatal journey to the South Pole. It was this expedition that gave rise to some of the most inspirational and harrowing stories associated with polar history. Ten men of Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expeditions were marooned here in 1915 after their ship Aurora was blown out to sea and unable to return. Two of Aurora’s anchors remain to this day on the beach in front of the hut. Much of Scott’s equipment is well preserved and entering the hut provides a window into the Heroic age of Antarctic exploration. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to view the historic hut along with the resident wildlife.

14
Thu, February 02 2023
00:00 AM
Thu, February 02 2023
00:00 AM

Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds was constructed during the British Antarctic Nimrod Expedition in 1907-1909, the third British expedition to the Ross Sea region within 10 years. Since being invalided at home with scurvy in 1903 from Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery expedition, Shackleton was fixated on getting back to the ice. Unable to land at King Edward VII Island, Shackleton entered McMurdo Sound. He had assured Scott that he wouldn’t make use of Scott’s 1902 Discovery hut at Hut Point, so he selected Cape Royds for the winter quarters. In late 1908 Shackleton led a party of four in an attempt to be the first to reach the Geographic South Pole. After man-hauling sleds for two and a half months, and less than 97 nautical miles from the Pole, he made a decision considered the finest in early polar history – to turn for home. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to view the historic hut along with the resident wildlife.

15
Fri, February 03 2023
00:00 AM
Fri, February 03 2023
00:00 AM

Franklin Island is the eroded remnant of a shield volcano lying in the Ross Sea about 130 kilometres east of Cape Hickey, Victoria Land. It was first discovered in 1841 by Captain James Ross whilst attempting to reach the South Magnetic Pole. Ross named the island in honour of the Arctic explorer and then governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Sir John Franklin. It is home to several colonies of Adélie penguins and is a regular haul out site for Weddell seals. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to land ashore and view the resident wildlife.

16
Sat, February 04 2023
00:00 AM
Sat, February 04 2023
00:00 AM

The Possession Islands are a group of nine islands and islets lying in the western part of the Ross Sea. They were named by Captain James Ross in commemoration of his planting of the British flag and taking possession in the name of the British Sovereign on 12 January 1841. Possession Island and Svend Foyn Island are the two largest islands in the group. Both are home to significant colonies of Adélie penguins. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to view the historic site along with the resident wildlife.

17

At Sea

Sun, February 05 2023
00:00 AM
Sun, February 05 2023
00:00 AM

18
Mon, February 06 2023
00:00 AM
Mon, February 06 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.

19

At Sea

Tue, February 07 2023
00:00 AM
Tue, February 07 2023
00:00 AM

Tue 7 – Wed 8 Feb 2023

21
Thu, February 09 2023
00:00 AM
Thu, February 09 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.

23

At Sea

Sat, February 11 2023
00:00 AM
Sat, February 11 2023
00:00 AM

At Sea Sat 11 – Sun 12 Feb 2023

25
Mon, February 13 2023
07:00 AM
Mon, February 13 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 loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

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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