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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Last remaining staterooms for PONANT Kimberley 2019 voyages

Compelling reasons to visit the Kimberley with PONANT, world leader of luxury expedition cruising.

Explore one of the oldest of regions on earth aboard one of the newest of ships.
Act quickly to secure one of the final staterooms available on a PONANT Kimberley voyage and enjoy an immersive expedition from onboard Le Lapérouse - the youngest and most environmentally sustainable vessel in the Kimberley.

  • A limited number of staterooms remain available spread across a range of 10-night voyages between May and August 2019. 
  • Alternatively, consider selecting one of the 10 voyages scheduled for 2020.
  • Limited offer: book your first cruise with PONANT before 30 April 2019, and save up to A$1,600 per stateroom*
  • Details available at, or download the e-brochure at    
All PONANT Kimberley expedition voyages are accompanied by an experienced Expedition Team, experts in their fields, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm and give guests a greater understanding of this unique region when exploring ashore during one of the regular exploration opportunities, or onboard with informative presentations and casual discussions.

Wandjna rock art at Raft Point
Harsh yet magnificent. Seemingly uninhabitable, yet inhabited for perhaps 40,000 years. You will return home with multiple memories and photos of vertiginous waterfalls, towering sandstone walls, horizons of intense blue sky and contrasting mauve peach sunsets. Exploring with the expedition team in Zodiacs, watch for a slight disturbance in the mangroves - home to the world’s largest living reptile, the saltwater crocodile.

Marvel at extraordinary tidal movements and view truly ancient Gwion Gwion Aboriginal rock art galleries. These intricate and complex depictions of the human form may be more than 5 times older than Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

Optional excursions include helicopter flights up to the Mitchell Falls and plateau, an exclusive scenic flight in a vintage Paspaley Grumman Mallard and a fast boat ride through the Horizontal Falls!

2019 is the inaugural Kimberley season for the first of six new Explorer class ships entering the PONANT fleet, Le Lapérouse providing the benefits of visiting this pristine wilderness onboard the most eco-sensitive of vessels in the region.

“Le Lapérouse offers all the accoutrements of luxury travel and amenities - including an infinity-edge pool and sea view spa - however its compact size, with just 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, allows for the personalised style of service PONANT is known for. Importantly, smaller size provides access to remote parts of the world where large ships simply cannot contemplate venturing” says Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific.
Nineteen 10 night voyages between Darwin and Broome (or vice versa) during 2019 and 2020 currently available from A$11,150 pp(1), in Deluxe Stateroom with private balcony on board Le Lapérouse.

Special offer:

Book your first PONANT Cruise before 30 April 2019, and receive A$1,600 savings per stateroom (A$800 per person)*

2019 LAST STATEROOMS for the Kimberley! 9 Departures between May and August 2019.

2020 KIMBERLEY DEPARTURES - Book your 2020 cruise now and also benefit from the highest PONANT Bonus - Save up to 20% per person!^

*AUD1,600 savings per stateroom based on a double occupancy, $800 savings per stateroom for single occupancy. Offer valid for clients travelling with PONANT for the 1st time. Not redeemable for cash, not retroactive, not combinable with any other offer and valid only for new bookings made before 30th April 2019.

^ PONANT Bonus per person, based on a double occupancy, including accommodation and all meals onboard, Open Bar, 24 Hours Room Service, Zodiac Expeditions and lectures, port taxes and transfers port to airport or v.v. in Broome. Fares are yield managed, correct as at 20 March 2019.

Additional information

The Kimberley coastline extends over 12,000 kilometres and contains more than 2,500 islands. On board, the luxury expedition small ship Le Lapérouse experience all the coast has to offer in extreme comfort with a highly attentive crew to look after you.

With every stateroom on Le Lapérouse featuring a private balcony, this is a very civilised way to explore a remarkably remote destination, imbued with PONANT’s trademark dash of panache.

Launched in July 2018, Le Lapérouse is now positioned in Australian, Melanesian and New Zealand waters as part of its inaugural season of voyages in 2019, returning again in 2020.

With 30 years of expedition voyage experience, PONANT’s purpose-built luxury expedition ships bring the same high operational standards to the Kimberley operated in the Arctic and Antarctica – the only ships to do so and reflective of
PONANT’s position as the world leader in luxury expeditions.

In addition to visiting areas with high concentrations of saltwater crocodiles, the voyages coincide with prime time for observing the largest population of migrating Humpback whales in the world - estimated to be over 36,000 individuals or more - and with a compact ship and 10 Zodiacs this is potentially another exciting experience.

PONANT’s itineraries include classic must-see Kimberley highlights - the Hunter River, King George Falls, Mitchell Falls, Montgomery Reef and Horizontal Falls, as well as a number of rarely visited other destinations.


Details of all PONANT Kimberley expeditions including itineraries, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at

Contact PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 767 018, or email for bookings.

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