National Geographic Partnership- From The Norwegian Sea To Spitsbergen - 16jun20

Save 30% on your cruise & enjoy a FREE hotel stay in Glasgow when you cruise on this special EXPEDITION Ponant Arctic cruise.

Date: 15–27 Jun 2020

Ship: Le Boreal

BalconySuite
AU $9,890AU $21,470

NEW! This cruise is in partnership with National Geographic!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specializing in the destination onboard.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Discovery of the wild and remote islands in the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland Sea, wonderful refuges for seabirds: the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen.
  • Landscape: fjords, vertiginous cliffs, ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.
  • Wildlife: a wide range of seabirds (arctic terns, puffins, gannets and more), fin whales, arctic foxes & Svalbard reindeer
  • Cross the Arctic Circle.

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Prices per person in AUD from*

Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony - brochure price $13,780 - EARLYBIRD from $9,890*pp

Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony - brochure price $15,250 - EARLYBIRD from $10,910*pp

Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony - brochure price $15,935 - EARLYBIRD from $11,400*pp

Single DEL Deluxe Balcony - brochure price $26,750 - EARLYBIRD from $13,870* sole use

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FROM THE NORWEGIAN SEA TO SPITSBERGEN Cruise & Stay package includes:

  • FREE* 1 nights accommodation in Glasgow, Scotland pre-cruise with breakfast
  • FREE* One way transfer from Glasgow hotel to port
  • 11 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard the Le Boreal from Glasgow to Longyearbyen including:
  • BONUS Euro 150 per person shipboard credit! (hurry ends 21Sep18)
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Expedition cruise includes a full range of included zodiac and shore activities
  • Port taxes
  • One way transfer from Longyearbyen port to airport
  • One way economy class airfare from Longyearbyen to London inc tax

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PONANT`S 30th BIRTHDAY BONUSES....

Ponant are turning 30 and to celebrate they are giving YOU the presents. See below for an easy guide to your applicable discounts and bonuses when you book this amazing cruise between 01Sep and 31Dec, 2018

FIRST TIME BOOKERS receive:

  • Free Glasgow hotel stay pre-cruise with transfer to the port
  • Bonus Shipboard credit Euro 150 per person
  • A discount of $800 AUD per person on your cruise fare
  • PLUS! If a Ponant past guest refers you to this cruise - you can save a further AUD $400 per person!
  • PLUS! If this cruise is your honeymoon (proof required) you will also receive a further 5% off your cruise fare (except tax) | A bottle of champagne | Two spa treatments* | Dinner at the Captain`s table on cruise.

SECOND TIME BOOKERS receive:

  • Free Glasgow hotel stay pre-cruise with transfer to the port
  • Bonus Shipboard credit Euro 150 per person
  • A discount of 10% off your cruise fare
  • FREE onboard laundry
  • 1 hours free internet
  • PLUS! If a Ponant past guest refers you to this cruise - you can save a further AUD $400 per person!
  • PLUS! If this cruise is your honeymoon (proof required) you will also receive a further 5% off your cruise fare (except tax) | A bottle of champagne | Two spa treatments^ | Dinner at the Captain`s table on cruise.

^Terms and conditions. All bonuses and discounts shown are per person in the currency specified and are valid for new bookings made between 1st September and 31st December 2018 only. Referred guest discounts are only applied after the Referrer has deposited on their first cruise. The number of referrals is unlimited but the referee can only claim once. Honeymooners note that bonuses are not applicable onboard Le Ponant. Proof of marriage required for Honeymoon benefits and bonus to apply. Spa treatments valued at EUR120 map per treatment. Free upgrade for 4th-6th cruise bookings is subject to availability on departure day. Shore excursion reduction for past guests in on a single excursion once only.

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In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Embark on an all-new 12-day itinerary to discover remote and wild islands. Aboard Le Boreal, you will sail on the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland Sea during this expedition cruise that will take you from Glasgow to Longyearbyen. You will first call at the Hebrides and the Orkney Islands, two archipelagos in the northern United Kingdom where numerous seabirds, such as gannets and European shags, have taken up residence. Next, Le Boreal will head for the Icelandic coast. First, you will discover Heimaey. This is the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. It is an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source. You will then explore the stunning fjords along the country`s east coast and marvel at waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, and villages dotted with colourful houses. Le Boreal will then cross the Arctic Circle before making its way to Jan Mayen Island, which was very dear to Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Located at the limit of the Arctic and North-Atlantic oceans, this remote and uninhabited volcanic island was once a major whaling base and is home to large colonies of birds. Continue your cruise with an exploration of Spitsbergen. There, you will discover Hornsund, one of the island`s most beautiful fjords, boasting an impressive glacier front, as well as Bellsund, whose lush valleys are sure to win you over.

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CRUISE ITINERARY:

Glasgow, Scotland

Embarkation 16/06/2020

Departure 16/06/2020 at 18H00

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland`s biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city`s chequer-board layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don`t miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

17 June 2020 – Stornoway, Hebrides

Discover Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, considered to be the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather- covered valleys and lochs stretch on to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have taken up residence in the long, jagged coastlines where. Not far from Stornoway, the island`s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century stands one of Scotland`s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back to more than 3,000 years B.C., these imposing stones placed in a cruciform pattern were laid out according to the moon and stars and their main purpose was to keep track of seasonal cycles, as this was essential for farmers at the time.

18 June 2020 – Kirkwall, Scotland

Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means `church bay`, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland`s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.

19 June 2020 – At sea

During your day 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 day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, 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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

20 June 2020 – Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjolfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Storhofoi road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

21 June 2020▸20 June 2020 – Djúpivogur

22 June 2020 – Seydisfjördur

At the end of your journey through the heart of a very beautiful 17-km-long fjord, discover Seyoisfjorour, on the north-east coast of Iceland. Its typically Scandinavian, colourful houses and small blue church stand in the middle of an enchanting setting, between rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-topped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants. This small fishing port with a very picturesque charm is not far from Skalanes, a nature reserve of more than 1,000 hectares that is home to about fifty bird species. This port of call combines nature and culture, with wonderment guaranteed.

23 June 2020 – Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard

The island of Jan Mayen, belonging to Norway, lies hidden off Greenland`s coastlines, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. Tongues of ice descend from its volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres and is covered with a thick glacial coat. These tongues join the sea, between ranges of black volcanic rocks at times tinged with red. If the sky is clement, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light. The visit of a small fin whale will perhaps enable you to complete this memorable picture.

24 June 2020 – At sea

25 June 2020 – Horn Glacier, Spitsbergen

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be `the crown of Arctic Norway`, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard`s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

26 June 2020 – Bellsund, Spitsbergen

You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

27 June 2020▸26 June 2020 – Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard`s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40 degrees C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you`re in completely unexplored territory.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (30Aug18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Package does not include international airfares from Australia, transfers or hotels other than those listed. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. The advertised prices shown here are based on a 30% Ponant bonus fare discount which maybe withdrawn by the cruise line without prior notice and therefore, prices may differ at time of reservation. Offer ends 30Nov18 or until sold out/withdrawn and are subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

12 nights From AU $9,890 per person, twin share