Thursday 17 October 2019

Ponant adds new ship and extra voyages for Kimberley for 2021

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Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific, announced an increased commitment for the company in the 2021 Kimberley season, saying “To meet the growing interest in and demand for our Kimberley expeditions, we are increasing the number of departures in 2021 to provide more choice of travel dates and an expanded range of itineraries.”

“Commencing at the conclusion of the ‘Big Wet’, when the Kimberley waterfalls are at their most spectacular, through to whale watching in August and September we have 12 voyages scheduled: nine 10 night expeditions, plus an additional three 12 and 13 night expeditions held in conjunction with National Geographic, featuring exciting new itineraries”.

“2021 will also see the arrival of the second of our new fleet of eco-responsible Explorer ships in Australian waters, Le Bellot, launched earlier this year. Identical to Le Lapérouse, the deployment of Le Bellot in addition to Le Lapérouse further confirms PONANT’s long term commitment to luxury and expedition cruising in this part of the world”.

“These are the most modern and ecologically responsible ships in the region, intimately sized, with just 92 suites and staterooms, their construction, shallow draught and manoeuvrability, ideally suited for exploring one of the most spectacular coastal regions in the world”.

With over 1,200 kilometres of coastline and more than 2,500 islands, the Kimberley coast is best discovered aboard one of PONANT’s small luxury expedition cruise ships, Le Bellot or Lapérouse. Both perfect eco-responsible floating base camps, PONANT’s latest small and nimble ships take you to the best of what the Kimberley coast has to offer, including King George Falls, the Lacepede Islands, the Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and Mitchell Falls.

“Once again we feature a top-tier expedition team assembled by experienced adventurer and award winning wildlife photographer Mick Fogg. A 20 year veteran of well over 300 expeditions, Mick ranks the Kimberley in his top three remote area destinations” concludes Monique.

Enjoy French luxury and ambiance, and experience the difference small ship cruising with PONANT offers.

Cool off in the swimming pool, enjoy spa therapy to ease tired muscles or simply as a pampering indulgence. An inclusive Open Bar provides guests with the chance to relax with a beer, wines, champagne or, perhaps, a cocktail. Later, the choice of fine cuisine, the flavours complimented with world-class wines.

Additional Background:

Twelve 10, 12 and 13-night voyages between Darwin and Broome and vice versa are scheduled between April and September 2021.

Immerse yourself in spectacular encounters while exploring one of the remotest regions on earth: simply stunning in size, breathtaking in colour, home to saltwater crocodiles and extraordinary in its wealth of indigenous Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art.

These voyages coincide with prime time for observing the largest population of migrating Humpback whales in the world - estimated to be 40,000 individuals or more.

Experience the exclusive world-first Blue Eye underwater lounge, a cocoon of surrounding maritime sights and sounds, available on board Le Bellot and Le Lapérouse.

Join expedition team members for walks to the top of King George Falls and to view rare Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art.

Modern in design and construction, Le Bellot (launched 2019) and Le Lapérouse (2018) feature the very latest in maritime technology, including 3D sonar for seabed vision, a dynamic positioning system to avoid dropping anchor in sensitive marine environments, and electric propulsion for reduced emissions. Perfect for exploring this region, much still poorly charted, with its dramatic tidal changes.


Details of PONANT’s Kimberley 2021 luxury expeditions including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion are available at

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on 1300 737 178 (Australia) or 0800 767 018 (New Zealand), or email

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