Australia’s Iconic Kimberley Cruise with Ponant

From

$12,820

Duration

11 days

flights and transfers included

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Embark on an 11-day expedition cruise from Broome to Darwin (or vv) on this iconic Kimberley Cruise with Ponant. Includes flights, transfers and up to 25% off Ponant bonus as you exploring captivating destinations along the way. First time travellers with Ponant will receive a welcome offer of an additional $800 per stateroom saving. 

*Business class flights included on select suite types.

This extraordinary journey promises an immersive exploration of one of Australia’s most stunning and remote regions, the Kimberley. From the comfort of Ponant’s luxurious cruise ship, you’ll witness the rugged landscapes, towering cliffs, and ancient rock formations that define this untouched wilderness. Imagine cruising through the majestic Horizontal Falls, marvelling at the iconic Bungle Bungle Range, and discovering the unique flora and fauna of the Kimberley. With Ponant’s expert guides and state-of-the-art amenities, you’ll enjoy a perfect blend of relaxation and discovery.

Indulge in exquisite cuisine, unwind in elegant cabins, and relish the breath-taking views from the ship’s decks. Don’t miss the opportunity to create lasting memories as you enjoy this incredible Kimberley Cruise with Ponant, forging a connection with the untamed beauty of this remarkable corner of the world.

Kimberley Cruise with Ponant

Kimberley Cruise with Ponant

Included Items

  • Join our highly qualified local expedition team.
  • Enjoy regular zodiac outings & shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature.
  • Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art.
  • Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet.
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptile, the saltwater crocodile.
  • Possibility to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter, from Hunter River.
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls.
  • Dining in all venues
  • Beverages (excluding premium brands)
  • Mini-bar stocked with your preferences
  • WiFi throughout the ship
  • Use of the ships water sports platform for kayaking, swimming etc. (weather/itinerary permitting)
  • 24-hour room service

Map

Scenic Eclipse Kimberley Cruise Map

Ponant Kimberley Cruise Map

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DAY 1 - BROOME

Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…

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DAY 2 - LACEPEDE ISLANDS

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

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DAY 3 & 4 - COLLIER BAY

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.

As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

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DAY 5 - CAREENING BAY

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

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DAY 6 - HUNTER RIVER

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by zodiac keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.

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DAY 7 - SWIFT BAY

The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

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DAY 8 - VANSITTART BAY

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

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DAY 9 - KING GEORGE RIVER

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the zodiacs or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

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DAY 11 - DARWIN

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

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The first in the Ponant Explorers series, Le Lapérouse represents the new generation of PONANT ships.

Environmentally friendly, fitted with innovative equipment and complete with lounges designed to be largely open to the exterior, this new and intimately sized yacht offers a unique type of cruise experience.
Onboard this ship sailing under the French flag, you'll experience the incomparable pleasure of a cosily intimate cruise offering the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic chic ambiance.The Blue Eye, an underwater lounge offering a unique experience unlike anything else in the world.

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GASTRONOMY

Faithful to our commitment to spreading the French way of life around the world, we always pay special attention to the meals that we serve throughout the day.
Our talented chefs craft high end menus so you can enjoy the delights of a refined table. They share their passion for premium produce with passengers, enriched with the inspiring flavours from the stopovers that we make.
As we wish to develop sustainable and responsible tourism, we source our food directly from the places we stop at, while committing to respecting the local resources.

RESTAURANTS 
An essential component of French culture, gastronomy naturally has a place of honour onboard this PONANT EXPLORER.

The Le Nautilus Gastronomic Restaurant - Deck 4
Towards the rear of deck 4 you'll find a panoramic restaurant large enough to accommodate all our passengers at one sitting. Offering a different concept than on our other ships, this space is open to the exterior and serves buffets of salads, desserts and cheeses. Our discreet and attentive staff provide a table service for hot meal

Grill Restaurant - Deck 3
An exterior grill restaurant on deck 3 offering a relaxed ambiance and atmosphere:

Capacity: 70
Views out over the pool deck
Grilled meats and a variety of salads and desserts

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LEISURE AND WELL-BEING
Our ships* have many spaces designed to offer guests privileged moments of relaxation and comfort. Because a cruise offers the ideal environment in which to take time for yourself, our ships offer special spaces dedicated to wellness and relaxation.

THE SPA
All our ships feature an onboard spa. Equipped with massage cabins, a Turkish bath (Sisterships, Le Paul Gauguin), a sauna (Explorers, Le Commandant Charcot), or a Snow Room (Le Commandant Charcot), the spas offer a wide choice of top-of-the-range treatments provided in association with SOTHYS™, CLARINS (Le Bellot and Le Jacques-Cartier only), BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE (Le Commandant Charcot, Le Ponant) and ALGOTHERM (Le Paul Gauguin), leading French spa and wellness centre brands.

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Dedicated to leisure and relaxation, the libraries onboard all our ships stock a range of books and board games. This space is also equipped with Wi-Fi connected computers. The Sisterships and The PONANT Explorers have a special area for children onboard known as the Kids Club. Books, television, board games and consoles (PS4 or Wii™) are all provided for their use and enjoyment.

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THE POOL

The outdoor areas on our ships, comfortable and conducive to relaxation, have been designed to merge into the sublime scenery and surroundings of the sea and horizon. There is a heated seawater pool featuring its own sun lounge on the top deck of our Sisterships (Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial), on the third deck of the PONANT EXPLORERS (Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-D’Urville, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Bellot) and on deck 8 of Le Paul Gauguin. On Le Commandant Charcot, you can enjoy the Blue Lagoon on deck 9 and on Le Ponant, a solarium and a jacuzzi on the 400 m² (4,300 ft²) Sun deck.

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THE THEATER

Settle comfortably into your seat and enjoy a range of different shows, concerts and performances organised by the professional dancers and musicians onboard.
Special musical evenings, dance evenings and culture and music quizzes are held In the Grand Salon lounge onboard Le Ponant. Additionally, traditional local music concerts, featuring styles such as Corsican polyphony and Caribbean steel band music, are performed out on deck in the open air by bands specially invited onboard for the purpose.

Services provided

  • 24-hour room service
  • Inclusive Wifi internet access (availability dependent on navigation and latitude)
  • Individually-controlled air conditioning
  • Dressing room with shelves and closet
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products
  • Minibar
  • Nespresso coffee maker and boiler
  • Electronic safe
  • Direct line telephone
  • Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • Flat screen TV, international channels (availability dependent on navigation) and videos on demand
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • Two ADA staterooms

Deluxe Stateroom - 19 sq.m x 4 sq.m - Private Balcony with French Window

Deluxe Suite - 27.5 sq.m x 6 sq.m - Private Balcony with sliding bay window

Prestige Stateroom - 19 sq.m x 4 sq.m - Private Balcony with sliding bay window

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Prestige Suite - 38 sq.m x 8 sq.m - Private balcony with sliding bay window

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Privilege Suite - 32 sq.m x 8 sq.m - Private balcony with sliding bay window

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Grand Deluxe Suite - 45 sq.m x 30 sq.m - Private Balcony with sliding bay window

On deck 5 - 40 sq.m with private terrace with hot tub and sliding bay window

Owner's Suite - 45 sq.m x 40 sq.m - Private Terrace with hot tub and sliding bay window

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised Price based on 21st of Sep 2024 itinerary in Deluxe stateroom

* Welcome Offer. AUD800 discount is per stateroom, based on double occupancy (AUD400 per guest based on single occupancy – single supplement may apply), using the code BWELCOM. Offer valid for guests travelling on their first PONANT voyage and may be modified and/or cancelled without prior notice. Offer is non-retroactive, not redeemable for cash, not applicable on Ocean Voyages and cannot be combined with other special offers unless specified. Offer available when booking with your preferred travel agent. Ponant Bonus discounts may vary depending on voyage availability and may be subject to change without previous notice. Open bar includes wine, beer, French Champagne, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Premium beverages and brands available at an additional cost. Ponant Bonus discount may vary depending on voyage availability and may be subject to change at any time without notice. More terms and conditions apply, visit au.ponant.com for more information.

# Economy Class: Offer valid when booking select itineraries 2024 Kimberley Luxury Expeditions in all cabin categories onboard Le Laperouse and Le Jacques Cartier. Offers available until sold out and may end without prior notice. Offer includes return airfare and taxes. Offer is based on airfares in economy class with an airline of Ponant’s choosing depending on best available routing to port of embarkation and from port of disembarkation. Business Class: Offer valid when booking select itineraries 2024 Kimberley Luxury Expeditions in all suite cabin categories (DS3, DS5, DS6, PS5, PS6, PV5, PV6, GD5, GD6 & SA) onboard Le Laperouse and Le Jacques Cartier. Offers available for new bookings only. Offer includes return airfare and taxes. Offer is based on airfares in business class with an airline of Ponant’s choosing depending on best available routing to port of embarkation and from port of disembarkation. Flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. All offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out, surcharges apply. A deposit of 25% of total booking value is due at the time of booking. Cancellation fees specific to flight inclusive offers apply after deposit has been paid as follows: If deposit date is more than 211 days prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 15% of booking value; if deposit date is between 210 and 91 Days prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 25% of booking value, if deposit date is 90 Days or less prior to departure date, cancellation fee is 100% of booking value. Flights must be booked by Ponant. Should you choose to depart earlier than your scheduled tour/cruise departure, or make variations to airline routings, surcharges may apply. Airline schedules are subject to change without notice and Ponant is not liable for any additional costs incurred due to airline schedule changes. All air is ticketed upon receipt of the deposit. Any changes made after ticketing may incur amendment and/or cancellation fees, in some cases, tickets are non-refundable. Air taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airline and are subject to change. Fuel surcharges are subject to change and an additional fuel surcharge may apply. Frequent flyer miles/points may not be awarded on all airfares. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia and New Zealand. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 12 September 2023 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/ staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer includes group transfers on arrival into Broome or Darwin and group transfers on departure from Broome or Darwin. Arrival transfers are from airport to port or from airport to pre cruise hotel within 15-kilometre radius of airport and departure transfers are from port to airport or from port to post cruise hotel within 15 kilometre radius of the port. Transfers available when flights are booked by Ponant only. Offer is combinable with PONANT’s welcome offer of AU$800 per stateroom ($400 for solo travellers), PONANT’s Free Solo Supplement, PONANT Bonus savings, PONANT’s Join the Club offer, and PONANT Yacht Club benefits. Terms and conditions may apply. Your booking contract is with Compagnie Du Ponant Pty Ltd (Ponant), and incorporates all of the terms and conditions shown on au.ponant.com.au unless specified in these conditions. Ponant recommends that you read and understand your contract, and ask Ponant or your travel agent if you require any clarification.

^All advertised prices are based on the Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars (AUD), based on a double occupancy in the best available category, including port taxes and transfer, yield managed, correct as of 12 September 2023, are subject to availability and can be changed at any time. Ponant Bonus is yield managed and may change at any time without notice.

Given the ever-changing international sanitary context, this itinerary as well as any land programmes and shore excursions may have to evolve according to port authorisations and governmental regulations in place at the time of the voyage.

(+) Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control.

Refer to au.ponant.com for T&Cs.

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