A Musical Odyssey along the Coast of Western Europe

A Musical Odyssey along the Coast of Western Europe

From AUD $7,700


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We invite you to join us on this musical odyssey from Edinburgh (you will embark in neighbouring Rosyth) to Lisbon, as we explore the rich cultural heritage of western Europe while accompanied by world-class chamber musicians performing a specially curated repertoire highlighting composers and musical styles from the countries you will visit.

In ports of call along your way, you will have access to myriad cultural and historic treasures, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites, while your days at sea will be filled with music from composers who hail from the lands you will encounter during your cruise. Highlights will include works from the likes of César Franck, Erik Satie, and Claude Debussy. As you head further south to the Iberian Peninsula, you will explore lively Spanish dance music and end with works themed on a night at the opera – a veritable feast of music!

After your first day at sea, you arrive in Ostend, Belgium, from where you will visit delightful Bruges. Next, you will proceed to Honfleur, birthplace of Satie, and St. Malo, the gateway to spectacular Mont-Saint-Michel. After a second day at sea, you arrive in Spain, where you will depart on a full day guided tour of La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. While in Santiago de Compostela, your musicians will host you for a private recital at the historic Royal Chapel of the Hostal dos Reis Católicos. Your final port of call brings you to Viana do Castelo, Portugal – with a quick drive to lovely Porto. Throughout the cruise, your musicians will treat you to additional recitals in the ship’s theater while onboard, creating a truly unforgettable musical journey at sea!

Trip Name
A Musical Odyssey along the Coast of Western Europe
Vessel Type: Luxury Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2018/2019 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. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts. PUBLIC AREAS  Le Jacques Cartier has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:   Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth opposite to Rosyth, the great city of Edinburgh has served as Scotland’s capital since the 15th century. Although no longer the largest city in the country, it remains the political, religious, and cultural focus of Scottish pride. Edinburgh Castle, in the very center of the city, is one end of the world famous Royal Mile that leads through the Old Town to the Palace of Holyrood, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a wonderful place to shop and to sample local delicacies, like haggis and the whisky for which Scotland is renowned.
Day 2 - Day 2 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 3 - Day 3 OSTEND
Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.
Day 4 - Day 4 HONFLEUR
A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.
Day 5 - Day 5 SAINT-MALO
The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.
Day 6 - Day 6 AT SEA
Day 7 - Day 7 LA CORUÑA
La Coruña stands on a peninsula in north-west Spain. As you enter the harbour, you can see the imposing Castillo de San Antón, which houses archaeological collections from Galicia. In the old town, you’ll travel back in time as you meander through the streets from the medieval church of Santiago to the contemporary Domus building, a museum dedicated to human biology and psychology. Brightly coloured tramways connect to the waterfront, on one side, Riazor beach, and on the other, the Hercules tower: this lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its history dating back to Antiquity.
Day 8 - Day 8 CEE
Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone’s throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The centre can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. You’ll want to dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that’s both moist and crunchy. Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks.
Located in the far north-west of the country, this friendly stopover greets you with ships moored in the mouth of the Lima. You can stroll along the lush green river banks as far as the old town. The charms of its square surrounded by Manueline style buildings, houses with carved windows and churches adorned with baroque ornament are simply delightful. You can explore the city’s extensive cultural heritage in the Regional Costume museum. Why not take the funicular up to the basilica de Santa Luzia, which presides on top of a steep hill. From here, you can drink in views of the whole town and its coastline bordered by the Atlantic ocean.
Day 10 - Day 10 LISBON
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of of luxury shopping.
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $7,700DELUXE STATEROOM
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $8,110PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 4
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $8,350PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 5
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $8,690PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $11,710DELUXE SUITE
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $12,620PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 5
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $13,020PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 6
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $13,360PRIVILEGE SUITE
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $13,760GRAND DELUXE SUITE
22-09-202130-09-2021AUD $14,180OWNER'S SUITE


    • A series of concerts aboard ship, exclusively curated by Artistic Director Michael Parloff, featuring the exhilarating Sitkovetsky Trio and the acclaimed English clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss.
    • A voyage through five countries – the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Spain, and Portugal.
    • An included private concert in the historic Royal Chapel of the Hostal dos Reis Católicos in Santiago de Compostela.
    • An included full-day excursion to La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, including lunch.
    • Five UNESCO World Heritage sites en route: Historic Centre of Brugge (Bruges); Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay; Tower of Hercules; Santiago de Compostela (Old Town); and Historic Centre of Oporto (Porto), Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar.
    • Optional excursions in Bruges, Honfleur, Mont-Saint-Michel, and Porto, including an option to visit the Satie House and Museum in Honfleur.