Cruise the Kimberley coast with Abercrombie & Kent’s award-winning Expedition Team and uncover one of Australia’s most spectacular locales. Explore the remote city of Broome before setting off on a voyage that combines one-of-a-kind wildlife with awe-inspiring scenery and vital indigenous culture. Fly by helicopter over Mitchell Falls, spot crocodiles in the Hunter River and view an astonishing horizontal waterfall on this thrilling adventure.
Here are some of the things that make an Abercrombie and Kent voyage extra special!
· Ship capacity is limited to just 148 travellers (on a ship designed to carry 184) with all-balcony accommodation
· A&K’s award-winning expert Expedition Team brings the region to life with shore adventures and onboard activities
· Exhilarating small group guided shore excursions and Zodiac adventures to truly experience the rugged Kimberley landscapes.
- Cruise for 10 nights on an exclusively chartered voyage with A&K on Le Laperouse and uncover the breadth and charm of Kimberley’s rugged coast
- Begin your journey with a 2 night stay in the Outback beach town of Broome, known for its white sands, turquoise surf and spectacular sunsets
- Discover ancient rock art during off-the-beaten-path excursions to Freshwater Cove and Bigge Island
- Take off on an included helicopter tour of Mitchell Falls with its tumbling cataracts and pristine freshwater pools
- Discover the Kimberley coast’s labyrinth of coves, valleys and gorges with Zodiac excursions, exploring the mangrove-dotted Hunter River and the canyons and twin falls of King George River
- Soar over the beehive domes of the Outback’s Bungle Bungle Range on a fixed-wing flightseeing adventure
- Featured Experts: Brad Climpson, Expedition Leader & Bart Pigram, Aboriginal Culture Expert
- Value Added Inclusions:
- 2 Pre-embarkation nights at Cable Beach Club (minimum value $1100 per couple).
- Welcome dinner & event prior to embarkation.
- Complimentary helicopter trip over Mitchell Falls (valued at $1880 per couple by Ponant who have this as an optional extra).
- Fast Jet through the Horizontal Waterfalls (valued at $240 per couple by Ponant who have this as an optional extra).
- Complimentary fixed wing sightseeing tour over the Bungle Bungles.
- Butler Service on all Suites.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Points: 1 point per $1.
- Standard A&K Inclusions:
- A&K Expert Expedition Leaders
- Meet & Greet, touring and transfers in Broome, transfers in Darwin.
- All meals and beverages, including the Welcome dinner. We offer an upgraded package selection (both food and beverage) on our exclusive charter.
- All gratuities.
- Travelers Valet Service (laundry of 8 items during the trip).
- WIFI throughout.
- Book before 15 January 2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Take advantage of special prices across all cabin categories on our luxury Kimberley cruise.
May 6-7: Arrive Broome, Australia
Arrive in Broome, the region’s largest city, and transfer to your hotel near Cable Beach. Poised at the western edge of the Kimberley and hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean, Broome is every bit as daring as its more sparsely populated counterparts. The next day, enjoy exploring this swashbuckling treasure at your leisure, taking in its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. Then meet your fellow guests and A&K’s Expedition Team for a welcome dinner.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa | Meals: BD (Day 2)
May 8: Broome | Jewel in the Wilds
Adventure awaits as you set out on your pre-selected excursion, whether it be a city tour of Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past or a birding walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, board ‘Le Laperouse,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 9-13: Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides
For the next five days, enjoy privileged access to one of the most rarely visited regions in Australia. Each day, inspiring lectures, briefings and stimulating conversations with your Expedition Team elevate your discoveries in the Kimberley, bringing this vast wonderland into focus in a most enriching way. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the best daily excursions, which may include:
Lacepede Islands: Set atop a coral reef, these four low-lying cay islands are separated from mainland Australia by the Lacepede Channel. The Lacepedes, as they are often called, are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds, including brown boobies, red-chested frigate birds, crested terns and speckled ruddy turnstones.
Horizontal Falls: An exciting visit awaits at Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Set within Talbot Bay, the horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges. Experience this captivating phenomenon on a boat excursion.
Montgomery Reef: The Kimberley’s theme of extreme tides continues at Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef. Board Zodiacs to explore the reef system’s lagoons, islets and rushing channels. The climax comes at low tide, when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging sandstone platform covered in coralline algae, often revealing astonishing sea life.
Freshwater Cove: Enjoy a guided bushwalk that leads to a cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of sacred Wandjina figures, these ancient paintings reveal the ways, myths and traditions of the Worrorra people.
Mitchell Falls: Take off on an included thrilling helicopter flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to sandstone-carved Mitchell Falls. Explore the area on foot and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the emerald-coloured freshwater pools formed by the falls.
Hunter River: Join your naturalist guides and navigate by Zodiac through the river’s small tributaries, fringed by mangroves and tidal mud flats. Search for crocodiles, mud skippers and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that nest in the dense vegetation.
Bigge Island: Sacred to the indigenous Wunambal people for more than 20,000 years, Bigge Island is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock art. Move beyond its shallow bays to discover its well-preserved Wandjina paintings and visual recordings of the European entrance into this ancient way of life.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 14: Vansittart Bay | Mysterious Ancient Rock Art
During one of his many survey expeditions, Admiral Phillip Parker King named Vansittart Bay after the pre-1788 Indonesian pottery found there. Conditions permitting, visit Jar Island, home to incredible ancient rock art of mysterious origin. Known as the Bradshaws, the stick-like figures are named for pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw, who first recorded seeing them in 1891. Said to date back as far as 30,000 years, the Bradshaws are among the oldest depictions of human figures in the world.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 15: King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure
Arrive in Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honour of King George V. Your naturalist guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where you may spy impressive Aussie wildlife such as the saltwater crocodile. Witness the awe-inspiring King George Falls, plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 16: Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders
Beautifully poised between Cambridge Gulf and rugged hills in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the former gold-rush town of Wyndham is the gateway to a bounty of photogenic wetlands. This includes the spectacular Ord River, where you may spot unique birds; the man-made Argyle Dam; and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Choose from a wildlife cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle Range, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 17: At Sea | The Timor Sea
Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team while ‘Le Laperouse’ cruises towards Darwin. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend more intriguing presentations. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps the spa or the view from your room’s private balcony. Later, join your Expedition Team and the new friends you’ve made for a farewell dinner.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD
May 18: Depart Darwin
Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking ‘Le Laperouse’ as your Kimberley Cruise comes to an end. Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue exploring on your post-tour extension.
This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.
Minimum age is 7 years.
Categories 4-8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.
First group event: welcome briefing and dinner 6:30 p.m. on May 7
Last group event: disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on May 18.
Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.
Book With Confidence
A&K is providing more flexible booking policies in order for you to plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. For new bookings made by 28 February 2021 for travel through to 30 November 2021, you may now change or cancel up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason — whether at home or in your travel destination — and receive a credit toward future travel.
Departures & Rates
Dates & Prices
06-18 May 2021
|Cabin Class||Availability||Two Adults
|Classic Balcony||Limited Availability||AU $17,800||AU $13,350||AU $0|
|Deluxe Balcony||Available||AU $19,900||AU $14,925||AU $0|
|Prestige Balcony||Limited Availability||AU $21,900||AU $16,425||AU $0|
|Deluxe Balcony Suite||Call for Availability||AU $29,950||AU $28,455||AU $0|
|Privilege Balcony Suite||Call for Availability||AU $35,900||AU $34,105||AU $0|
|Available||AU $36,800||AU $34,960||AU $0|
|Grand Balcony Suite||Call for Availability||AU $39,500||AU $37,525||AU $0|
|Owner’s Balcony Suite||Call for Availability||AU $40,200||AU $38,190||AU $0|
Value Added Inclusions:
2 Pre-embarkation nights at Cable Beach Club (minimum value $1100 per couple).
Welcome dinner & event prior to embarkation.
Complimentary helicopter trip over Mitchell Falls (valued at $1880 per couple by Ponant who have this as an optional extra).
Fast Jet through the Horizontal Waterfalls (valued at $240 per couple by Ponant who have this as an optional extra).
Complimentary fixed wing sightseeing tour over the Bungle Bungles.
Butler Service on all Suites.
Qantas Frequent Flyer Points: 1 point per $1.
Standard A&K Inclusions:
A&K Expert Expedition Leaders
Meet & Greet, touring and transfers in Broome, transfers in Darwin.
All meals and beverages, including the Welcome dinner. We offer an upgraded package selection (both food and beverage) on our exclusive charter.
Travelers Valet Service (laundry of 8 items during the trip).
Pre & Post – Tour Extension
Perth & Margaret River (2021)
Ningaloo Reef (2021)
Arnhen Land (2021)
*For prices please contact our Travel Specialist and they will be happy to provide you with a quote.*
Cruise in intimate luxury aboard brand-new, exclusively chartered mega-yacht ‘Le Laperouse’, featuring a guest capacity limited to just 148 on A&K voyages and the leadership of our unrivalled Expedition Team. With the signature luxuries of an A&K expedition cruise, each stylish stateroom and suite has a private balcony. Meanwhile, sleek public spaces include a state-of-the-art, interactive underwater lounge, a panoramic lounge with abundant ocean vistas, a main lounge for live music, and a theatre for enriching lectures and special events. Added amenities include an outdoor heated pool, multiple observation areas, a marina for Zodiac adventures, and a salon and spa with a hammam and well-equipped fitness centre. When it comes time to dine, experience lavish French fare, coupled with unlimited house drinks.
Ensuring no detail is overlooked, enjoy complimentary connectivity throughout your cruise and our exclusive Traveller’s Valet laundry service.
Le Laperouse Details
Overall length: 131 metres
Beam: 18 metres
Average speed: 15 knots
Passenger decks: 6
Passenger capacity: 184, but limited to 148 exclusively on A&K charters
Crew and A&K staff: 122 (personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3)
Gross tonnage: 9,900 GRT
Standards: USPHS – U.S. Coast Guard’s Rules Comfort Class 1 – “Clean” Ship Certification (meets or exceeds all IMO, EPA, IAATO and AECO operating standards)
Technology: Advanced dynamic positioning system and highly efficient stabilisers
Language: English on all A&K charters
Le Laperouse amenities
Private balcony with every guest stateroom and suite
Complimentary butler service with every category of suite (an exclusive on A&K charters only including welcome Champagne, nightly canapes, packing/unpacking on request and more)
Stateroom and suite amenities include a hair dryer, large wardrobe and ample storage, safe, alarm clock, and Hermès bath products Stateroom and suite electricity: 220v outlets — Europe 2-prong style (plus two 110/220 U.S. outlets)
Sun Deck and multiple outer deck observation areas
Outside heated pool
Library with selection of books and games
Two restaurants: Main and outdoor Grill
Open bar with beer, wine, liquor, cocktails, soft drinks, coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wines and spirits) Two lounges with bars: Main with live music and Panoramic with Terrace
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Complimentary in-cabin breakfast (on request)
Three passenger elevators
Fitness Centre with Kinesis® wall
Full-service salon with spa, sauna and steam room
Theatre with comfortable seating for all guests
24-hour medical facilities with certified doctor
A&K’s complimentary Traveller’s Valet laundry service up to eight items (additional laundry available) Complimentary wireless Internet on A&K charters only (due to remote destinations, access and speed vary)