New release NZ, South Pacific voyages with PONANT

Fresh release sailings over summer 2023/24, plus dozens more further afield

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PONANT has added 12 new itineraries over the southern hemisphere’s summer season for 2023/24. Among the closer-to-home voyages are journeys that explore New Zealand and the South Pacific Ocean, along with cruises through the Tropics and further afield, including the Northern Lights of Norway.

PONANT is deploying all its expertise for these 69 new sailings, to discover or rediscover these destinations. Depending on the destination, guests will enjoy a wide range of activities: meetings with local communities, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, diving, snorkelling, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, sleigh rides, and more.

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NEW – “New Zealand’s North Island & Chatham Islands” – 7 nights

For this brand-new itinerary, Le Lapérouse will set sail to discover the charm of northern New Zealand cities with their strong Māori traditions and the preserved nature of the Chatham Islands. Departing from Wellington, the ship will set sail in search of these ancestral treasures that have forged the reputation and the charm of the North Island. Following the translucent waters of the South Pacific Ocean towards Gisborne, distinguished by its enchanting environment of sandy strips and subtropical forest, and making way to the breath-taking landscapes of the Chatham Islands and Wellington.

Wellington to Wellington or Auckland to Wellington, aboard Le Lapérouse
Departing 18 November 2023, 9 December 2023, 8 February 2024
From AU$7,070 per person twin share.

©StudioPONANT/Margot Sib

NEW – “From New Caledonia to Micronesia” – 16 nights

Aboard Le Soléal for a voyage to the heart of remote islands in the Pacific, guests will travel from New Caledonia to Guam to explore rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life in Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo and Solomon Islands. After a port of call in Papua New Guinea, the mysteries of Micronesia will reveal a scatter of islands and atolls lost in the heart of the northern Pacific, whilst the shores of Chuuk Lagoon and Pulap Island unveil traces of an underwater Military Museum.

Nouméa to Guam, aboard Le Soléal
From 8 March to 24 March 2024
From AU$12,110 per person twin share

Studio Ponant/Adrian Freyermuth

NEW – “Nordic Discoveries & Traditions” – 10 nights

Set off aboard Le Bellot to experience an exceptional exploration through Norway in the winter. From Tromso, the voyage sails towards these magical lands where the captivating itinerary takes in snow-capped summits, immaculate landscapes, and the discovery of millennial traditions. Embarking on a journey through the magical Trollfjorden, a sound separating the two archipelagos in the north of the country, the ship will then journey to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world. The port of call in Honningsvåg will take you to the northernmost point of Europe: the North Cape.

Tromso to Tromso, aboard Le Bellot
Departing 1, 11, 21 and 31 March 2024
From AU$13,300 per person twin share

©PONANT/Mike Louagie

NEW – “Seychelles to Sri Lanka Expedition” – 15 nights

From Seychelles to Sri Lanka via the Maldives, embark on an expedition featuring wild untouched nature and a cultural mosaic of countless scents and colours. Set sail among the captivating archipelago’s most idyllic islets, journeying through Victoria and Praslin, making way to the Aride Island. Experience a sense of wonder in this tropical vastness as you follow the warm waters of the ocean, a sprinkling of islands lined with tall coconut trees, the Maldives will transport you into a marvellous world of islets and atolls protected by coral reefs. Resembling a pearl from India, Sri Lanka will reveal its treasures.

Victoria, Mahé to Colombo, aboard Le Jacques-Cartier
Departing 4 January to 19 January 2024
From AU$11,400 per person twin share


©PONANT/Tamar Sarkissian
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