Ponant adds Southern Australia voyage in 2021

New close-to-home sailing from Melbourne to Fremantle

Le Bellot ©PONANT/Philip Plisson

Ponant has unveiled details of a new to market 12-night tropical expedition of Southern Australia departing in late March next year. Cruising between Melbourne and Fremantle on the small luxury ship Le Bellot, the sailing will visit Tasmania, three ports in South Australia, cross the Great Australian Bight and call in at two ports in Western Australia.

Departing Melbourne on 27 March 2021, Le Bellot will head to King Island, renowned for its produce, history, flora and fauna, followed by a visit to the Tamar Valley – home to some of Tasmania’s famed cool-climate wines, fine cuisine and Arts Trail.

Guests will then explore South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, then on to Esperance and Albany, selected destinations that represent opportunities to experience outstanding food and wine regions. At the heart of this voyage will be visits ashore with plenty of time to meet locals and talented artisans and enjoy the quality regional produce.

Martha Lavinia Beach, King Island, Tasmania | credit: Stu Gibson

“This all-inclusive expedition itinerary features opportunities to sample the extraordinary array of natural produce that King Island offers, see colonies of sea lions while at Kangaroo Island, indulge in succulent Coffin Bay oysters at Port Lincoln, and visit wineries and sample wines in the Tamar Valley and Limestone Coast,” said Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific. “In Albany, relive some of the nation’s emotional WWI moments with a must-do visit to the national ANZAC centre.”

“We have designed this close-to-home voyage, with exclusive and inclusive shore-excursions, to showcase the natural beauty and produce of the lands and marine environments that are part of our natural heritage. An opportunity for Australians to explore our own backyard,” Ponfoort added.

Le Bellot, launched in 2020, one of six in the new PONANT Explorer fleet, has just 92 ocean-view suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony.

The Highlights of Southern Australia: Melbourne to Fremantle voyage is priced from $11,760 per person* in a Prestige Stateroom. Currently, a 25% Ponant Bonus reduced rate is available on this sailing, plus for a limited time, new bookings will receive an AU$1,000 flight credit.

*Ponant Bonus fare per person, based on double occupancy, including port taxes. Prices are yield managed, correct at time of release. ^Subject to availability and subject to change without notice. Combinable with PONANT bonus discount and Welcome offer.

Contact Ponant on 1300 737 178 or email reservations.aus@ponant.com to obtain assistance and information.

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