FLY FREE – King Penguin Parade 2021 – 7th Feb 2021 – 07 Feb 2021 – Cruise Traveller

FLY FREE – King Penguin Parade 2021 – 7th Feb 2021

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Le Bellot
Package Departs
07 Feb 2021
Package Duration
16 Nights
Embark Ship
Auckland, New Zealand
Disembark Ship
Christchurch (Lyttleton), New Zealand
Prestige Deck 4 - Balcony Prestige Deck 5 - Balcony Prestige Deck 6 - Balcony
AU $16,415
per person
AU $17,195
per person
AU $18,025
per person

Package Duration: 16 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 7th Feb 2021 from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
Cruise Starts: 8th Feb 2021 from Auckland
Cruise Ends: 22nd Feb 2021 into Lyttelton
Package Ends: 23rd Feb 2021 to Australia
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Highlights:
– This PONANT cruise will allow you to be one of the few to explore the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand & Australia, one of the least visited regions in the world.
– Spend an unforgettable New Year’s Eve near New Zealand.
– Zodiac outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
– Opportunities for guided walks on the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
– Wildlife: colonies of fur seals, elephant seals along with king, royal & yellow-eyed penguins. A wide variety of birds including Gibson`s albatross, giant petrels, Auckland shags & Campbell Island teals.
– Landscapes: beaches of black sand, hidden inlets and undulating meadows.

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PRICES per person in AUD from:
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $20,115 – our exclusive price $16,415*pp (only one at this price)
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony – was $21,085 – our exclusive price $17,195*pp
Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony – was $22,125 – our exclusive price $18,025*pp
Twin DS Deluxe Suite – was $30,765 – our exclusive price $24,935*pp
Single PR5 Prestige Balcony – was $41,135 – our exclusive price $25,570*
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FLY FREE – KING PENGUIN PARADE 2021 Fly, Expedition Cruise & Stay package includes:
– FREE return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney to Auckland and ex Christchurch on return inc tax
– One way transfer from Auckland airport to hotel
– 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
– One way transfer from Auckland hotel to port
– 14 night Sub Antarctic Islands EXPEDITION Cruise aboard the NEW Le Bellot from Auckland to Lyttelton 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
– Free expedition parka
– Free boots rental
– One way transfer from Lyttelton port to Christchurch hotel
– 1 nights accommodation post-cruise in Christchurch with breakfast
– One way transfer from Christchurch 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 (08May20). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Airfares in package are subject to availability at time of booking from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne only (surcharge available ex Perth/Adelaide - please contact us for rates) - Once air is issued, strict cancellation/change fees apply. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. 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 20% Ponant Bonus discounts) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer ends 31Jul20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 08 May 2020 to 31 Jul 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
07 Feb 2021 Fly FREE from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland
07 Feb 2021 Arrive Auckland, Transfer to hotel
08 Feb 2021 Transfer to port, embark Le Bellot ship

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
08 Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand
06:00 PM
09 Feb 2021 At sea    
10 Feb 2021 At sea    
11 Feb 2021
Bounty Islands
12 Feb 2021
Antipodes Island, New Zealand
13 Feb 2021 At sea    
14 Feb 2021
Campbell Island, New Zealand
15 Feb 2021
Enderby Island
16 Feb 2021 At sea    
17 Feb 2021
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
18 Feb 2021
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
19 Feb 2021 At sea    
20 Feb 2021
Snares Island, New Zealand
21 Feb 2021 At sea    
22 Feb 2021
Christchurch (Lyttleton), New Zealand
07:00 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
22 Feb 2021 Transfer to Christchurch hotel for overnight stay
23 Feb 2021 Transfer to airport, Fly Christchurch to Australia

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
Prestige Deck 4
   
Prestige Deck 5
   
Prestige Deck 6
   
Deluxe Suite Deck 3
   

14 Night cruise departing from Auckland to Lyttelton onboard Le Bellot.

On this cruise aboard Le Bellot, PONANT invites you to discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Set sail on a 15-day expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and we are but visitors.

Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand are among some of the best preserved and protected environments on the planet where you will experience scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on earth.

Le Bellot will plot a course South towards the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Australia’s very own Macquarie Island. These remote island outposts are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of wildlife with many species endemic to the region and even to individual islands.

You will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery, meadows of megaherbs forming a colourful tapestry and towering cliffs buffeted by the power of the waves and wind – the playground of the Royal Albatross. With a myriad of penguins patrolling the black sandy beaches it is truly a nature-lover’s dream come true.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights of this cruise:

Auckland
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest, most populated and busiest city. Located on an isthmus linking the peninsula of Northland to the expansive North Island, it seems to float between land and sea. It is one of the few cities in the world to have two separate harbours : Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. You will understand why Auckland is known as the city of sails when you see the forest of masts in the marina. The 328 metre-high Sky Tower offers splendid views of the city. Surrounded by dormant volcanoes such as Mt Eden, Auckland is noted for its abundant nature and magnificent black-sand beaches. A blend of Maori, European and Asian cultures give the city a vibrant atmosphere.

Bounty Islands
The Bounty Islands are a scattering of 20 igneous islets and rocks lying 700 km east-south-east of New Zealand. They were discovered by Captain William Bligh in 1788, just months before the mutiny on the Bounty. The Bounty Islands can be smelt and heard from far away, as every available rock is covered in New Zealand fur seals and seabirds. The islands have the world’s largest breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals. There are breeding populations of Salvin’s mollymawks, erect-crested penguins and the endemic Bounty Island shag. Landing on the Bounty Islands is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.

Antipodes Islands
The volcanic islands of the Antipodes Island group lie 860 km to the southeast of New. The group consists of one main island, Antipodes Island, Bollons Island to the north, and numerous small islets and stacks. The islands are home to a wide variety of sea and land bird species including two species of parakeet. The seabirds range from the tiny storm petrel to the Antipodean wandering albatross, one of the largest flying birds in the world. There are also significant populations of erect-crested and rock hopper penguins. Landing on the Antipodes is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.

Campbell Island
Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand subantarctic groups. Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker as having a “flora display second to none outside the tropics.” It is known for its megaherbs, herbaceous, perennial wildflowers characterised by their great size, with huge leaves and very colourful flowers, which have developed as an adaptation to the harsh weather conditions on the islands. Campbell Island is also home to six species of albatross, and several critically endangered endemic birds including the Campbell Island teal and snipe. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands
Enderby Island is situated off the North Eastern tip of Auckland Island and is the second largest Island in the group. The eradication of introduced species in 1994 has seen a significant increase in the abundance of the native flora and fauna compared to the main Auckland Island. It has become a stronghold for the rare yellow-eyed penguin and the primary breeding location of the New Zealand Sea Lion. You will head ashore and have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Northern Cliffs track as well as spend time viewing the New Zealand Sea Lion colony. There is also the opportunity to undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Enderby Island in search of the Auckland Island Teal and other endemic species.

Anare Station, Macquarie Island
Long celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, the Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 million seabirds, most of which are penguins. There are four species breeding on Macquarie Island; Royals, Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are also three types of fur seals and one seventh of the world’s population of elephant seals breeding on the Island. In 1948 The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) established its expedition headquarters on Macquarie Island. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around the ANARE Station to view the facility and the prolific wildlife that resides here.

Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island, or “Macca” as it is colloquially known, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantle. It is an island of unique natural diversity and one of the truly remarkable places on earth. Sandy Bay is located on the East Coast of the Island and is home to significant Royal and King Penguin rookeries as well as a breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals. You will have the opportunity to land ashore in Sandy Bay to view both the King and Royal colonies as well as the other prolific wildlife in the Bay.

Snares Islands
Amongst the islands of the Southern Ocean, The Snares have the distinction of being the only forested group without introduced mammals, not even mice. Consequently, it is a remarkable haven for wildlife. The Island boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. Over 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breed here in the summer months. Four species of Albatross are listed as breeding on the Snares along with 35,000 endemic Snares Crested Penguins. There are also approximately 1,000 New Zealand fur seals and 500 New Zealand Sea Lions. Landing on the Snares is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.

Christchurch (Lyttelton)
On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Lyttelton (or Te Whaka Raupo in the Maori language) served, thanks to its proximity with Ross Island, as the starting point for the British expeditions in the mythical age of the South Pole explorations. It takes its name from George Lyttelton (1709-1773), aristocrat and colonial governor of South Carolina. In this colourful port town full of history, you’ll be able to discover the Time Ball: constructed in 1876, it rang at 1.00 pm every day for 58 consecutive years to give Greenwich meridian time, enabling ship captains to set their chronometer and very precisely calculate their position.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bellot will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: July 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Crew Nationality: French

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen television
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24 hour room service
  • Internet access wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Main Lounge
  • Shopping Boutiques
  • Theatre
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Art Gallery / Photo Video
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sun Deck
  • Hydraulic Platform
  • Bar

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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