PONANT opens 2025 Kimberley season

18 departures aboard Le Jacques-Cartier and Le Soléal

PONANT has launched its 2025 Kimberley season with 18 departures available to book between May and September 2025. Le Jacques-Cartier returns to the region in 2025 for the second year after her inaugural season in the Kimberley this year, alongside sistership Le Soléal. Together, the ships will operate PONANT’s 10-night Australia’s Iconic Kimberley itinerary between Broome and Darwin.

Featuring a limited capacity of 132 staterooms and suites aboard Le Soléal and just 90 aboard Le Jacques-Cartier, both vessels are designed to seamlessly explore the untamed beauty of Australia’s iconic Kimberley coast. The 10-night itineraries offer an expert-led and awe-inspiring immersion into the spectacular untouched landscapes and fascinating Indigenous culture that continues to this day.

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‘’We are thrilled to announce the opening of our 2025 Kimberley expedition season,’’ said Deb Corbett, General Manager Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific.

“As award-winning expedition leaders in the region, we are excited to showcase our expertise and continue to provide the unrivalled experience our Ponant expeditions are known for.”

For guests looking to experience the Kimberley in 2024/25, Ponant can now take care of all expedition arrangements effortlessly with PONANT PLUS, ensuring each guest embarks with ease and returns rejuvenated. PONANT PLUS offers extensive added value, including flights, airport and hotel transfers, accommodation, local touring, and more, providing a seamless experience from start to finish. Conditions apply.

Details on the launch of a third ship, Paspaley Pearl by PONANT, that will also operate in the Kimberley are yet to be disclosed.

In November, Sarina Bratton, Senior Strategic Advisor and Honorary Chairwoman for PONANT, hinted that the delivery of the yacht may roll into 2025, telling media in Sydney: “We want to make sure that we are not in a position where we’re going to disappoint or disrupt our guests. So whatever the date it, when we get the website up and brochure delivered, we’re going to be very confident that we’ll be starting then.”

Australia’s Iconic Kimberley

Embark from either Darwin or Broome for an 11-day expedition cruise to one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, guests will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds. Discover the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia, the magnificent bays of Vansittart and Swift will offer you exceptional panoramas, between islands, secret inlets, caves and rocky overhangs. At Ashmore Reef, gaze out over the shades of blue of the Timor Sea off the mainland. At Collier Bay, guests can admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.

From Darwin to Broome or Broome to Darwin | 11 days, 10 nights
18 departures from 24 May to 21 September 2025

Priced from AU$10,170 per person*

View the departures here.

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