FLY FREE & STAY FREE! Way, Way Down South 2023 – 13 Feb 2023 – Cruise Traveller

FLY FREE & STAY FREE! Way, Way Down South 2023

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Le Commandant Charcot
Package Departs
13 Feb 2023
Package Duration
30 Nights
Embark Ship
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Disembark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
PR6 - Balcony PR7 - Balcony PR8 - Balcony PV6 - Suite
AU $59,995
per person
AU $61,390
per person
AU $62,520
per person
AU $64,210
per person

Package Duration: 28 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 13 February 2023 – with flight from Australia to Auckland
Cruise Starts: 14 February 2023 – from Dunedin
Cruise Ends: 12 March 2023 – into Ushuaia
Package Ends: 13 March 2023 – with flight from Santiago to Australia
Back in Australia by: 15 March 2023

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Holiday Highlights:
– Be one of the few to experience the all-new half-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, an unforgettable trip into the heart of the ice and a continent full of extremes.
– A stopover on Macquarie Island, an Australian sub-Antarctic island classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible biodiversity.
– A dive into the history of the French and Australian conquest of the South Pole, with the approach to Adelie Land and the Dumont d`Urville scientific station and the discovery of Victoria Land.
– The crossing of five southern seas: Dumont d`Urville, Somov, Ross, Amundsen and Bellingshausen.
– The exploratory approach to some of the most little-known islands in the world: Charcot Island, Peter I Island and the Marie Byrd Land Islands.
– Outings and shore visits in a zodiac dinghy or hovercraft with an reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
– The landscapes: ice shelves, surrealist glaciers, monumental icebergs, immersion in the heart of the ice floe.
– The wildlife: crabeater seals, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, orcas, royal penguin, king penguins and Adelie penguins.
– Many activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, polar plunge without suit, polar swim with drysuit, participative science.
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HUGE EARLYBIRD SAVINGS.

Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony was $83,700 – current earlybird price: $59,995*pp
Twin PR7 Prestige Balcony was $85,185 – current earlybird price: $61,390*pp
Twin PR8 Prestige Balcony was $86,685 – current earlybird price: $62,520*pp
Twin PV6 Deluxe Suite was $88,955 – current earlybird price: $64,210*pp
Single PR6 Prestige Balcony was $159,365 – current earlybird price: $77,150*

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WAY WAY DOWN SOUTH Fly, Cruise & Stay package prices include:
– FREE one way economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland inc tax (note, upgrades to business class on all airfares from an extra $2495 pp)
– Return airport – hotel – airport transfers, Auckland
– 1 nights hotel accommodation in Auckland
– One way flight from Auckland to Dunedin inc tax
– One way transfer from Dunedin airport to port
– 26 night luxury expedition Antarctic cruise aboard the NEW Le Commandant Charcot from Dunedin to Ushuaia
– 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)
– Free expedition parka
– Free boots rental
– Port taxes
– One way transfer from Ushuaia port to airport
– One way economy class airfare from Ushuaia to Santiago
– FREE One way transfer from Santiago airport to hotel
– FREE 1 nights accommodation in a Santiago hotel with breakfast
– FREE One way transfer from Santiago hotel to airport
– FREE!* One way economy class airfare from Santiago to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne (upgrade the return flights from $2495 pp additional)

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 (26Apr22) - based on current Ponant bonus discount of 25% which can and does change without prior notice. Some cabins may have obstructed views. 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. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here 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 30Jun22 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Free hotel stays and free economy airfare included in package by Cruise Traveller and are subject to cancellation fees which vary from the cruise line`s. Hotels and airline carriers are at the discretion of our agency, guests may choose to upgrade for a surcharge if desired.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 26 Apr 2022 to 30 Jun 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
13 Feb 2023 Fly FREE from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland
13 Feb 2023 Arrive Auckland, Transfer to hotel for overnight stay
14 Feb 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly Auckland to Dunedin, Transfer to port

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
14 Feb 2023
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
15 Feb 2023 At sea    
16 Feb 2023 At sea    
17 Feb 2023
Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
18 Feb 2023 At sea    
19 Feb 2023 At sea    
20 Feb 2023
Adélie Land, Antarctica
21 Feb 2023
Victoria Land, Antarctica
22 Feb 2023
Victoria Land, Antarctica
23 Feb 2023
Victoria Land, Antarctica
24 Feb 2023
Victoria Land, Antarctica
25 Feb 2023
Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
25 Feb 2023
Date Line Crossing
26 Feb 2023
Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
27 Feb 2023
Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
28 Feb 2023
Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
01 Mar 2023
Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
02 Mar 2023
Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
03 Mar 2023
Amundsen Sea, Antarctica
04 Mar 2023
Amundsen Sea, Antarctica
05 Mar 2023
Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica
06 Mar 2023
Peter I Island, Antarctica
07 Mar 2023
Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica
08 Mar 2023
Charcot Island, Antarctica
09 Mar 2023 At sea    
10 Mar 2023
Drake Passage
11 Mar 2023
Drake Passage
12 Mar 2023
Ushuaia, Argentina

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
12 Mar 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly Ushuaia to Santiago, Transfer to hotel
13 Mar 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly FREE Santiago to Syd, Bne or Mel
15 Mar 2023 Arrive Australia

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

Please select your preferred category and cabin configuration/price. Then scroll down and select Continue to provide your contact details and preference. Our cruise specialists will check availability and respond to you as soon as possible.

Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
   
Deluxe Suite Deck 6
   

For your serenity, PONANT has organised the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation.

The day before embarkation ? Auckland

Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel.

In order to organise your transfer, please inform your travel agent 60 days before departure:
– your flight number as well as your arrival time and day.

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from your arrival.

Lunch on your own and day at leisure.

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Embarkation Day ? Auckland/Dunedin

The breakfast will be served before leaving for the airport for your Auckland/Dunedin flight.
Transfer to the airport.

Flight Auckland/Dunedin selected by PONANT in economy class.
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.
Approximate flight duration: 2 hours

Meet and greet at Dunedin airport (English-speaking assistance).
Transfer to Le Commandant Charcot.
Embarkation.

? Cruise on board your ship ?

Disembarkation Day ? Ushuaia/Santiago

Disembarkation.
Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport in time for check-in for the flight Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.
Approximate flight duration: 3 hours
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.

It is highly recommended to have an international inbound flight the day after PONANT selected flight.

Your programme includes:

Transfer from Auckland airport upon flight arrival.1-night accommodation in a 5* hotel the night before embarkation.Your hotel will be confirmed few weeks before your cruise.Early check-in available from your arrival.Hospitality desk at the hotel in Auckland.The flights Auckland/Dunedin and Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.Transfers as mentioned in the programme.Your programme does not include:

Tips for the local guide.Personal expenses.Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.Please note:

The local currency is the New Zealand dollar. You will be able to make most of your purchases by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve New Zealand dollars from the ATM?s.Summer season in Auckland: temperatures might be around 73 °F (23 °C).Summer season in Dunedin: temperatures vary between 51 °F (11 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C).We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.If case PONANT has not received your full flight details, services start at the hotel in time for check-in.Programme is subject to change. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic!

With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.

The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms – the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés – is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing.

Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room… Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 150 metres
  • Tonnage: 30,000 Gross Tonnes
  • Maiden Voyage: 2021
  • Refurbished: May 20201
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 270
  • Officer Nationality: French

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Minibar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat screen satellite television
  • Video on demand
  • IPod™ docks
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • Direct Line Telephone
  • Internet access Wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Boutique
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Reception / Concierge Desk
  • Main Lounge
  • Cigar Lounge
  • Bar
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Hair Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Sauna
  • Snow Room
  • Nail Shop
  • Indoor Pool and Winter Garden
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Theatre and Conference Room
  • Library
  • Medical Centre
  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Panoramic 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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