PAPUA IN PARADISE – Bonus Offer – 11 Oct 2022 – Cruise Traveller


Cruise Line
Le Soleal
Package Departs
11 Oct 2022
Package Duration
21 Nights
Embark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
Disembark Ship
Cairns, Qld, Australia
PR4 - Balcony PR5 - Balcony PR6 - Balcony DS6 - Suite
AU $17,915
per person
AU $18,785
per person
AU $19,845
per person
AU $27,600
per person

Package duration: 21 nights Cruise Only
Cruise starts: 11th October 2022 from Cairns
Cruise ends: 1st November 2022 into Cairns


– Zodiac outings and shore visits with your team of naturalists.
– Swim and snorkel in the clear warm tropical waters of the Solomon Sea.
– Enjoy a guided walk through the diverse landscapes of Fergusson Island and view the DeiDei Hot Springs.
– Visit the Trobriand islands, made famous as the `Islands of love`.
– Snorkel on the wreck of the World Discoverer in Roderick Bay.
– Uncover Papua New Guinea`s Role during World War II.
– The Solomon Islands, secret destination in the South Pacific and a real tropical Eden
– Sail into the scenic volcanic landscapes of Simpson Harbour and discover Rabaul, Papua New Guinea`s `Volcano Town`.
– From Tufi, journey on an outrigger canoe into the ancient Fiords of Cape Nelson.
– Visit the remote Tami islands.
– Discover traditional ceremonies of the Asaro Mudmen of the Madang region.
– Gain an insight into the History, culture and the diversity of flora and fauna from your expert
expedition team.
– Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team (extra cost)


Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $23,395 – current price including Bonus Fare Discount – $17,915*pp
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony – was $25,450 – current price including Bonus Fare Discount – $18,785*pp
Twin DS Deluxe Suite – was $36,065 – current price including Bonus Fare Discount – $27,600*pp
Single PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $46,125 – current price including Bonus Fare Discount and reduced single supplement – $24,510*


PAPUA IN PARADISE Cruise package includes:
– 21 night tropical expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal round trip from Cairns** 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)
– 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
– BONUS EUR300 per twin stateroom shipboard credit^

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 (21Mar22). 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. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. ^Bonus shipboard credit is a total per twin cabin (singles receive $430 AUD discount in lieu of credit). Shipboard credit is not refundable, not transferrable and may not be redeemed as cash onboard - shipboard credit will be divided to be EUR150 per twin cabin per cruise on each cruise in this package.**Cruise is made up of back to back sailings - where possible, the same cabin number will be confirmed throughout - where not possible, a cabin change may be required in Honiara on 21Oct22.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 21 Mar 2022 to 31 May 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

11 Oct 2022
Cairns, Qld, Australia
5:00 PM
12 Oct 2022 At sea    
13 Oct 2022
Alotau, Papua New Guinea
14 Oct 2022
Fergusson Islands, Papua New Guinea
14 Oct 2022
Dobu Island, Papua New Guinea
15 Oct 2022
Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
16 Oct 2022
Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea
17 Oct 2022 At sea    
18 Oct 2022
Ghizo Is, Solomons
18 Oct 2022
Njari Island, Solomon Islands
19 Oct 2022
Roderick Bay, Solomon Islands
20 Oct 2022
Malaita Island, Soloman Islands
21 Oct 2022
Honiara, Solomon Islands
7:00 AM 07:00 PM
22 Oct 2022 At sea    
23 Oct 2022
Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea
24 Oct 2022
Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea
25 Oct 2022
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
26 Oct 2022 At sea    
27 Oct 2022
Madang, Papua New Guinea
28 Oct 2022
Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea
29 Oct 2022
Tufi Harbour, Papua New Guinea
30 Oct 2022
Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
31 Oct 2022 At sea    
01 Nov 2022
Cairns, Qld, Australia
08:00 AM

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

21 Night Cruise sailing from Cairns roundtrip onboard Le Soleal.


This exciting tropical expedition on board Le Soléal takes you through some of the most fascinating natural beauty and cultures of Melanesia.

Starting in Cairns, sail up to Alotau in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, and learn about the historical significance of the area with the WWII memorial as well as Japanese and American battlegrounds, and stories of pearlers, miners and missionaries.

The two volcanically active islands of Ferguson and Dobu are next on your itinerary. Join your expedition team on a walk to the DeiDei geothermal hot springs through spectacular forests, and learn about the Methodist Church of Australia who established a mission station on Dobu Island.

In Kitava, in the Trobriand Islands, you will be welcomed by spectacular cultural performances and traditional ceremonies by the local islanders, and you will have the opportunity to snorkel and swim in the local clear and prisitin waters. Learn about the traditional trading system of the island of Kiriwana, ‘Kula’, as well as the local village life and more spectacular cultural performances.

In the Solomon Islands, Ghizo and Njari Islands are where you will meet some of the most skilled carvers in the world, enjoy world-class snorkelling and diving, and visit the local traditional markets.

In Roderick Bay experience the extraordinary environment featuring white sand beaches and tringing coral reefs before reaching the Malatai Province known for the local unique traditions and social aspects of live such as brideprice, as well as traditional music and sacred dances accompanied by traditional panpipers.

Your expedition will finish in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, where Le Soléal will be positioned alongside the wharf of Point Cruise.


This PONANT 12-day Expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal will take you to discover the wonders of Papua New Guinea. Departing from Honiara, embark for an extraordinary adventure to discover very rich local cultures and exceptional underwater life.

Le Soléal will 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. You will visit the Autonomous region of Bougainville, a unique group of islands that are ecologically and geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago but not politically part of the nation of Solomon Islands.

Located on the island of New Britain, the port town of Rabaul is famous for its spectacular volcanic setting. From there, you will set off to observe Mount Tavurvur, the region’s most active volcano.

Your call at Tufi, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your voyage. You will fall under the charm of this picturesque region, dubbed the ‘Scandinavia of the Tropics’ with its deep fiords through volcanic activity. In this unique setting the local Papuan tribes will share their customs, beliefs and artwork with you.

After a last call in Samarai Island, your trip aboard Le Soléal will end in Cairns.

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design:
With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 142 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: 2013
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 264
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat screen satellite Television
  • iPod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Internet Access Wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Main Lounge
  • Boutique’s
  • Medical Centre
  • Theatre
  • Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Hair Salon
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Internet Station
  • Library
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Panoramic Terrace
  • Open Air Bar
  • Sun Deck


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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