Ponant has added three new itineraries to explore the islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Aboard Le Bougainville, a ship in the Ponant Explorers series, guests will be able to enjoy new travel experiences in the Seychelles in exceptional conditions: intimate, smaller-capacity (only 92 staterooms and suites) design, innovative technology and respect for the environment.
The three new itineraries are:
The Essential Seychelles
From Mahé, guests will embark on an expedition cruise to the heart of the islands. They will discover the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, whose coral reefs are home to stunning species, guaranteeing unforgettable snorkelling. Guests will also visit Curieuse Island, renowned for its red earth, passing via Praslin, then Grande Sœur Island. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve with its sea coconuts, and admire the beaches of these islands.
Cruise details: Aboard Le Bougainville, departing 3 to 11 January 2020, 8 nights, from AU$5,910 per person twin share in a Deluxe Stateroom with ocean views and private balcony.
The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll
This expedition cruise departs from Victoria, the archipelago’s capital, where guests will immediately be charmed by the idyllic landscapes, with their exceptional flora and fauna. The port of call in the marine park of Curieuse Island will be an opportunity to discover the hundreds of Aldabra giant tortoises that live there before visiting the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and the island of Aride. Another high point of the itinerary: the port of call at Aldabra, a gigantic emerged atoll listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where, since February 2019, Ponant has been supporting the Aldabra Clean Up Project to fight against plastic pollution.
Cruise details: Le Bougainville, departing 28 February through to 11 March 2020, 12 nights, from AU$10,890 per person twin share in a Prestige Stateroom, Deck 5 with ocean views and private balcony.
The Vanilla Islands
A brand-new expedition cruise to the ‘Vanilla Islands’ from Mahé in the Seychelles to Nosy Be in Madagascar, via the Comoros Islands and Mayotte. This itinerary will be an opportunity to discover little-known places of breathtaking natural beauty and unique fauna and flora, as well as a chance to meet the locals. After discovering La Digue, the small islands of Alphonse and Astove, then the Aldabra Atoll, a natural sanctuary listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ship will set sail for the Glorioso Islands, Mohéli in the Comoros Islands, with its incredible biodiversity, and then towards Mayotte.
This small French archipelago protected by a double barrier reef is home to incredibly rich fauna: dolphins, rays, giant turtles. The cruise will end in Madagascar, the island continent reputed for its beautiful primary forests where rosewood, camphor wood and ylang-ylang flourish.
Cruise details: Aboard Le Bougainville, from 11 to 20 March 2020 or from 20 to 29 March 2020, 9 nights, from AU$8,890 per person twin share in a Prestige Stateroom, Deck 4, with ocean views and private balcony.