Thursday, 27 January 2011

New Mega-Yacht to join Ponant's Fleet

Offering unique sailings to Antarctica in 2011

Explore the majestic glaciers and soaring icebergs of Antarctica with premium French cruise line, Compagnie du Ponant. Debuting in April 2011, Ponant's new mega-yacht L'Austral will be offering unique voyages to the ultra serene destination later this year.

L'Austral is the fifth addition to Ponant's fleet of ships, accommodating up to 264 passengers in its 132 ocean view cabins. Transporting guests to sites inaccessible to large ships, and providing a chic and ultra elegant yacht-like ambiance, L'Austral will impress guests with its sophisticated service and gastronomic cuisine.

Join L'Austral and draw in the mythical wonders of the seventh continent on Ponant's 10-Day Antarctica: Land of Extremes cruise. Offering an incredible spectacle of translucent glaciers, rocks and icebergs, this roundtrip cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina sails through Drake Passage and explores Antarctica's tranquil Neko Bay, Pleneau Island, Cuverville and Deception Island. With various departures available from 21 November 2011 to 30 January 2012, this cruise is priced from $5,071* per person twin share (for a superior cabin) and includes safety and port taxes of $571 per person. (Price based on 21 November 2011 sailing).

Eligible for the international 'green ship' label, L'Austral's eco-friendly design features dynamic positioning to avoid anchoring on the seabed; an optical underwater detection to avoid collisions with whales and other marine life; and diesel engines which reduce exhaust emissions to the environment.

At only 142 metres long, L'Austral's small size offers an intimate environment that caters to your every need. The modern and luxurious amenities include two restaurants that rival the finest restaurants in Europe; a theatre for lectures and performances; a panoramic lounge with Internet access; a sun deck with swimming pool and outdoor cocktail bar; and a spa and fitness centre with massage and steams rooms.

For further information about Compagnie du Ponant or to make a booking, please contact Travel the World on 1300 950 622 or visit www.traveltheworld.com.au.

* Cruise fares have been converted from Euro using an indicative rate of 0.70 and is based on the 21 Nov 2011 L'Austral sailing.