PACKING FOR PAPUA – Fly FREE* exclusive offer – 26 Oct 2025 – Cruise Traveller

PACKING FOR PAPUA – Fly FREE* exclusive offer

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Le Jacques Cartier
Package Departs
26 Oct 2025
Package Duration
11 Nights
Embark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
Disembark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 Prestige Stateroom Deck 5 Deluxe Suite Deck 5
AU $9,895
per person
AU $10,935
per person
AU $11,465
per person
AU $16,715
per person

Package duration: 11 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 26 October 2025 – with flight to Cairns
Cruise starts: 27 October 2025 – from Cairns, Australia
Cruise ends: 6 November 2025 – into Cairns, Australia
Package ends: 6 November 2025 – with flight from Cairns to Syd/Bne/Mel
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HIGHLIGHTS:
Zodiac outings and shore visits with your expedition team.
Discover the mysteries of Papua New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures.
From Tufi, journey on an outrigger canoe into the ancient fjords of Cape Nelson.
Visit the remote Tami islands.
Witness the cultures and traditions of Morobe region and the traditional ceremonies of the Asaro Mudmen of Madang region.
Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear tropical waters of the Solomon Sea.
Walk on the picture-perfect postcard Lusancay Islands
Understand the colonial history of Samarai Island and of Papua New Guinea’s role during World War II.
Gain an insight into the history, culture and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert
expedition team.
Opportunity of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team. (extra cost)
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BIG SAVINGS!
All prices per person in AUD from*
Booking early has it`s advantages – current savings on this departure include…
Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony was $12,995 – your special price from $9,895*pp
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony was $14,350 – your special price from $10,935*pp
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony was $15,035 – your special price from $11,465*pp
Twin DS Deluxe Suite was $21,860 – your special price from $16,715*pp
Single DEL Deluxe Balcony was $24,850 – your special price from $14,520 (limited space)
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PACKING FOR PAPUA Fly FREE*, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– BONUS FREE* Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Cairns inc tax (other Australian cities available with surcharge)
– One way transfer from Cairns airport to hotel
– 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Cairns
– 10 night Papua New Guinea expedition cruise aboard Le Jacques-Cartier round trip from Cairns
– 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 onboard
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) during cruise
– 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
– One way transfer from Cairns port 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 (15Jul24). 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. 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 31Aug24 or sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 02 Jul 2024 to 31 Aug 2024 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Exclusive FLY FREE* offer!

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
26 Oct 2025 Fly Syd/Bne/Mel to Cairns, transfer to hotel
27 Oct 2025 Make your own way to the port, embark ship

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
27 Oct 2025
Cairns, Qld, Australia
6:00 PM
28 Oct 2025 At sea    
29 Oct 2025
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
30 Oct 2025
Tufi Harbour, Papua New Guinea
31 Oct 2025
Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea
01 Nov 2025
Madang, Papua New Guinea
02 Nov 2025
Morobe Harbour, Papua New Guinea
03 Nov 2025
Lusancay Islands, PNG
04 Nov 2025
Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
05 Nov 2025 At sea    
06 Nov 2025
Cairns, Qld, Australia
9:30 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
06 Nov 2025 Transfer to airport, Fly Cairns to Syd/Mel/Bne

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
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
   
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
   
Deluxe Suite Deck 5
   

This 11-day PONANT Expedition cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier will showcase the wonders and ancestral tribes of Papua New Guinea.

You will board your ship in Cairns. With its many colonial buildings, its picturesque port and its exceptional panorama over the surrounding natural environment, this city in the north-east of Australia won’t fail to impress.

Le Jacques Cartier will then set sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a highly diverse yet mainly unexplored ecosystem.

Your call at Tufi will be one of the highlights of your voyage. Dubbed the Scandinavia of the Tropics, you will undoubtedly fall under the charm of this picturesque region, with its deep ‘fjords’ known locally as ‘rias’, which were formed through volcanic activity. In this unique setting, local Papuan tribes will share their customs, beliefs and artwork with you.

You will then head north along the coast to Madang, nicknamed ‘the most beautiful city in the South Pacific’. Within this stunning province exists great geographical diversity, with 170 different languages spoken there. Its festival showcases this richness and offers colourful traditional performances or ‘sing sings’ by many of the cultural groups of the province. These include the mysterious Asaro Mudmen, who re-enact a warrior episode from their history wearing masks of mud, their bodies coated in clay.

In the heart of the Solomon Sea you will experience the splendid turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of the uninhabited islands of the Lusancay archipelago. These spectacular, picture-postcard islands provide the opportunity to swim and snorkel over coral reefs teeming with life.

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

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 sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier 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

  • Length: 131 metres
  • Tonnage: 9,900 gross tons
  • Maiden Voyage: July 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: French

Ship Amenities

  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat screen television
  • Hair Dryer
  • In Room Safe
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Minibar
  • Satellite Direct Line Telephone

Ship Facilities

  • Art Gallery
  • Bars
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hydraulic Platform for Water Sports / Swimming
  • Main Lounge
  • Dining Room
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Shopping Boutiques
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • 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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