Cruise line Ponant will offer new expeditions in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia onboard three-masted Le Ponant for 2023.
Born out of a desire to create a more exclusive and unique experience for guests to journey through their own remote and ancient Kimberley landscapes in luxury, the Le Ponant sailing experience has been meticulously crafted in an extensive and exclusive partnership with Australia’s prestigious Paspaley Group.
Commencing operations in April 2023, Ponant will once again push the boundaries of expedition travel with new bespoke itineraries, showcasing the immense beauty of the Kimberley onboard the 32-passenger luxury sailing yacht. Led by Ponant’s world-renowned expedition and destination experts, guests will be able to experience a breathtaking sailing environment as well as shore landings on our state-of-the-art Zodiacs. To add to the unique experience, an exclusive and private scenic flight onboard one of Paspaley’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boats will take guests from or to their embarkation point, as well as private access to Paspaley’s pearl operations in Kuri Bay.
The newly refurbished Le Ponant has been transformed to offer guests a truly unique travel experience. Having been entirely renovated with a sleek, sophisticated design by Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, the result is an intimate setting with only 16 staterooms for a maximum of 32 guests. The yacht offers an invitation to sail and experience the wonders of the world on a journey that combines voyage and eco-responsibility. Le Ponant, the company’s historic yacht, has been reflecting PONANT’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism since its beginning.
Now fitted with the latest technical innovations, the ambition to reduce Le Ponant’s emissions is more relevant than ever. Every element has been thoroughly thought through with meticulous attention to detail and a strong emphasis on tailoring the experience to the destination and focusing on local heritage. Everything has been designed with environmental and cultural protection in mind. Tailored by expedition leaders and naturalist guides over a raft of new itineraries, Ponant’s expertise and signature travel visions onboard Le Ponant highlight the unique mix of adventure, sustainability and refined French-inspired service and hospitality.
The new itineraries onboard Le Ponant will be available for booking later in May 2022, along with a selection of pre and post land arrangements including El Questro, Berkeley River Lodge and Broome accommodation. These will be combined with 7-14 night luxury sailing experiences from April to October 2023 in the Northern and Southern Kimberley regions. Le Ponant will join the company’s two other small luxury expedition ships Le Lapérouse and Le Soléal, already present in the region, having restarted post-pandemic Kimberley operations in April 2022.
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