With Ponant’s four sell-out 2017 season voyages successfully completed and 2018 selling strongly, Monique Ponfoort, Vice President Asia Pacific, has declared that the 2019 Kimberley season will feature Ponant’s brand-new small luxury expedition ship, Le Lapérouse.
“2019 will be the inaugural season for one of the four new Explorer-class ships currently under construction for Ponant”, Ponfoort said.
To be launched in mid 2018, Le Lapérouse is scheduled to be positioned in Australian, Melanesian and New Zealand waters as part of its inaugural season of voyages in 2019.
“This will provide Australians and New Zealanders with the opportunity to sail on one of the world’s newest ships featuring the very latest in maritime technology, safety and environmental sensitivity… Important considerations for voyages in remote areas such as the Kimberley,” continued Ponfoort.
“While the maritime world is boasting ever-larger ships, at Ponant we have deliberately taken the course to build smaller ships to better suit the aspirations of our travelling guests. The ships will still offer all the accoutrements of luxury travel and ammenities – I am thinking the infinity-edge pool and sea-view spa, however, their compact size, with just 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, will allow for the personalised style of service Ponant is known for. Importantly, smaller size provides access to even more remote parts of the world where large ships simply cannot contemplate venturing.
With 20 years of expedition voyage experience our purpose built expedition ships bring the same high operational standards to the Kimberley that we operate in Antarctica – the only ships to do so and reflective of our position as the world leader in luxury expeditions.”
Le Lapérouse in the Kimberley will be the introduction to small-ship luxury expedition cruising: adventure by day exploring all the Kimberley highlights along the coast, including Zodiac trips with the Expedition Team up rivers and under waterfalls, with guests then enjoying champagne and fine cuisine by night.
“And what will be revealed when the ship’s non-intrusive underwater lights and microphones are turned on? We are all excited by the prospect of settling into the underwater lounge, Blue Eye, with its world-first underwater glass windows, to see what maritime creatures the world reveals. What lies beneath? This is a Kimberley voyage like no other,” said Ponfoort.
Nine 10-night expedition voyages from May to August 2019 include the must-see highlights as well as some lesser-known destinations and experiences that the expedition team have uncovered along the 13,000-kilometre coastline.