Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition – with Nat Geo

Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition – with Nat Geo

From AUD $18,060

Description

On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Set sail on a 14-day Expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and we are but visitors.

Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand are among some of the best preserved and protected environments on the planet where you will experience scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on earth.

After sailing through the spectacular Fiords of south-west New Zealand, Le Lapérouse will plot a course South towards the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Australia’s very own Macquarie Island. These remote island outposts are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of wildlife with many species endemic to the region and even to individual islands.

You will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery, meadows of megaherbs forming a colourful tapestry and towering cliffs buffeted by the power of the waves and wind- the playground of the Royal Albatross. With a myriad of penguins patrolling the black sandy beaches it is truly a nature-lover’s dream come true.

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

Trip Name
Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition - with Nat Geo
Days
15
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. 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. Through its two restaurants, Le Lapérouse will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. 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. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Lapérouse 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.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1-Dunedin
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Day 2 - DAY 2- At Sea
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Day 3 - DAY 3- Sailing Dusky Sound
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Day 4 - DAY 4- Sailing Doubtful Sound
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Day 5 - DAY 5- Milford Sound
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Day 6 - DAY 6- Snares Islands
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Day 7 - DAY 7- At Sea
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Day 8 - DAY 8- Anare Station, Macquarie Island (Australia)
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Day 9 - DAY 9- Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island (Australia)
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Day 10 - At Sea
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Day 11 - Campbell Island (New Zealand)
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Day 12 - Musgrove Inlet. Auckland Islands
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Day 13 - Enderby Island, Auckland Islands
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Day 14 - At Sea
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Day 15 - At Sea
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Day 16 - Lyttelton, Christchurch
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Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Deluxe Stateroom
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Prestige Stateroom- Deck 4
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Privilege Suite- Deck 5
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Privilege Suite- Deck 6
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Grand Deluxe Suite- Deck 6
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Grand Deluxe Suite- Deck 5
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Owner's Suite
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Prestige Stateroom- Deck 5
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Prestige Stateroom- Deck 6
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Dekuxe Suite- Deck 6
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Deluxe Suite- Deck 5
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Deluxe Suite- Deck 4
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Deluxe Suite- Deck 3
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Prestige Suite- Deck 5
02-02-202016-02-2020 0Prestige Suite- Deck 6

Inclusions

    • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard.
    • This PONANT cruise will allow you to be one of the few to explore the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand & Australia, one of the least visited regions in the world.
    • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
    • Sail in the breath-taking Fiordlands in the south-west of New Zealand and discover the famous Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound.
    • Opportunities for guided walks on the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    • Wildlife: colonies of fur seals, elephant seals along with King, Royal & Yellow-eyed penguins. A wide variety of birds including Gibson’s albatross, Giant petrels, Auckland shag & Campbell Island Teals.
    • Landscapes: beaches of black sand, rugged mountains, hidden inlets and undulating meadows.

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