AN ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION – PLUS IGUAZU FALLS

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
L'Austral
Package Departs
27 Nov 2020
Package Duration
18 Nights
Embark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
DEL - Balcony PR4 - Balcony PR5 - Balcony DS6 - Suite
AU $19,795
per person
AU $21,145
per person
AU $21,740
per person
AU $27,600
per person

Package Duration: 16 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 27th Nov 2020 – from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
Cruise Starts: 28th Nov 2020 – from Ushuaia
Cruise Ends: 8th Dec 2020 – to Ushuaia
Package Ends: 13th Dec 2020 – in Buenos Aires
Back in Australia by: 15th Dec 2020

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Example of Cruise Highlights^
– Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
– Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
– Hiking opportunities (weather permitting)
– Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
– Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
– Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
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PRICES per person in AUD from:
Twin Category DEL Deluxe Balcony was $25,160 – NOW from $19,795*
Twin Category PR4 Prestige Balcony was $27,070 – NOW from $21,145*
Twin Category PR5 Prestige Balcony was $27,925 – NOW from $21,740*
Twin Category DS6 Deluxe Suite was $39,625 – NOW from $27,600*
Single Category DEL Deluxe Balcony was $44,755 – NOW from $24,995*
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AN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION – plus IGUAZU FALLS Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires inc. taxes
– One way transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel
– 1 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast
– One way transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport
– Return economy class airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia inc tax
– One way transfer from Ushuaia airport to port with day trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park enroute
– 10 night EXPEDITION cruise with L`Austral round trip from Ushuaia to Antarctica including: 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…list available upon request); Evening entertainment and events; Room service 24h (special selection); Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; Zodiac excursions; Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable), Port taxes plus A warm water-proof parka will be provided onboard (for adults only)
– One way transfers from Ushuaia port to airport
– Return transfer from Buenos Aires airport – hotel – airport
– 1 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires post-cruise with breakfast
– Return economy class airfare from Buenos Aires to Iguazu
– Return transfers from Iguazu airport – hotel – airport
– 2 nights accommodation at the Melia Igazu hotel^ in a Falls View Room with breakfast (or similar)
– Private full day Argentine Falls tour includes: Transportation by private car | Tour of Argentine Falls, Devil`s Throat and train | Bilingual guide (National park entrance fee and lunch are not included)
– Gran Aventura 2 hour tour: This tour offers an exciting adventure within Iguazu National Park and on the Lower Iguazu River.
Your tour is divided into 2 parts. You will begin by sailing in the semi-rigid boats to reach the bottom of San Martin, Bosetty,
Tres Mosqueteros and Devil`s Throat Canyon Falls and then travel for 3 kilometres down the river rapids to Puerto Macuco.
After this you will enjoy an 8km ride through the rainforest in a special truck, observing the waterfalls. Includes: Boat ride & Bilingual guide
– 2 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires post-Iguazu with breakfast
– FREE La Ventana Dinner and Tango show includes: Return private transfers from your hotel to La Ventana | Dinner | Show
– One way transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport

Special Conditions

*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 (18Mar19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfares/taxes are based on 2019 rates/schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare and taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Visitors to the Argentina must complete an online evisa application prior to arrival which is not included and is the guests responsibility. 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. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on 30% Ponant Bonus) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 31Jul19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. ^Iguazu hotels/tours do not include local eco tax/Np fees - this must be paid at checkin to hotel reception/at NP - cash only in local currency.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 19 Mar 2019 to 31 Jul 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
27 Nov 2020 Fly Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires
27 Nov 2020 Arrive Buenos Aires, Transfer to hotel
28 Nov 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly to Ushuaia
28 Nov 2020 Arrive Ushuaia, Day trip to Tierra del Fuego, Transfer to ship

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
28 Nov 2020
Ushuaia, Argentina
06:00 PM
29 Nov 2020
Drake Passage
30 Nov 2020
Drake Passage
01 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
02 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
03 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
04 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
05 Dec 2020
Antarctic Peninsula
06 Dec 2020
Drake Passage
07 Dec 2020
Drake Passage
08 Dec 2020
Ushuaia, Argentina
07:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
08 Dec 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly to Buenos Aires, Transfer to hotel
09 Dec 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly to Iguazu, transfer to hotel
10 Dec 2020 Full day tour to Argentine side of Iguazu Falls
11 Dec 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly to Buenos Aires, Transfer to hotel
12 Dec 2020 Buenos Aires at leisure, Evening Dinner & Tango show
13 Dec 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly to Australia
15 Dec 2020 Arrive Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Deluxe Stateroom
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
   
Deluxe Suite
   

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard L’Austral.

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights of this cruise:

Ushuaia
Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country’s southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego’s natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Drake Passage
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Antarctic Peninsula
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral remains faithful to our philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, raffined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 142 metres
  • Tonnage: 10,700
  • Maiden Voyage: August 2010
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 264
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Flat Screen Television
  • In Room Safe
  • Individual Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Video on Demand
  • 24 Hour Room Service

Ship Facilities

  • Beauty Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • Laundry
  • Library and Internet Room
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shop
  • Spa
  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Main Lounge
  • Open Air Bar
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hairdresser
  • Theatre

EXPERIENCE CRUISING ANOTHER WAY, DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF YACHT CRUISES.

Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may 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. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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