PONANT has released a comprehensive brochure featuring an extensive range of itineraries exploring the Asia and Pacific regions during 2017 and 2018.
Seven cruises on board the modern luxury expedition ship L’Austral will reveal the highlights of Asia, featuring 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Itineraries include Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Sabah and Papua, plus inaugural voyages to and from Myanmar.
In the Pacific region, a further seven voyages on L’Austral and sister ship Le Boréal explore from Hawaii to French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands, Easter Island, the Solomon Islands and Noumea, as well as the fiords and sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia.
These itineraries feature no less than 14 World Heritage sites.
Easily accessible departure and arrival points such as Cairns, Bali, Manila and Wellington belie the many rarely visited remote destinations included in this range of voyages. Five voyages are designated ‘Expeditions’, appealing to adventurous travellers who enjoy exploring in absolute luxury.
Once-in-a-lifetime itinerary options range from exploring the remote islands of the sub-Antarctic to viewing the archaeological enigma of Easter Island’s giant stone Moais and the thousand-year-old petroglyphs of Fatu Hiva. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, meet members of the John Frum Cargo Cult, climb an active volcano and snorkel in waters renowned for World War Two wrecks; while Borneo provides the opportunity to see the ‘man of the forest’, our cousin the orangutan, in his natural habitat.
“If you are planning to travel with us in 2017 or 2018 we encourage you to book as early as possible in order to secure the best possible fares and accommodation options on board,” said Monique Ponfoort, Vice President, PONANT Australasia.