Expedition Cruise: "I want to go where few have travelled, but leave a small footprint.
If your soul seeks remote landscapes and bucket list experiences, then an expedition cruise is for you. From the wild landscapes of Broome and the Kimberley and Arctic's icy frontiers to the world's white wilderness in Antarctica, expedition cruising will take you to the far-flung corners of the earth and awaken your sense of wonder. Ships cater for up to 180 passengers, an intimate number compared to ocean liners, and will take you as close as possible to pristine nature and ancestral cultures far from the most popular maritime routes.
No two days will be the same on an expedition trip as the elements determine the itinerary; a cruise to the white wonderland of Antarctica might see you whale watching on a zodiac and walking ashore amongst hundreds of Adelie Penguins, while a trip to the Arctic will include searching for polar bears, grizzlies, and orcas underneath the dancing green and pink hue of Aurora Borealis.
Closer to home, the great wilderness of The Kimberley is a must-do for any expedition sailor. Home to more than 2500 islands, saltwater crocodiles, several million-year-old landscapes, the towering King George waterfalls, tangerine sunsets, and ancient Aboriginal rock art - this is a world like no other.
PONANT takes its signature French luxury, modern touches and expedition cruising experience onboard the modern French-inspired Le Lapérouse to this incredible part of Australia. You'll enjoy fine dining and elegant furnishings on this youngest and most environmentally sustainable vessel in the PONANT fleet. At the same time, you'll experience all the adventures of an onshore excursion via zodiac - witness towering cocoa-coloured cliffs and cascading waterfalls while listening to leading nature experts such as wildlife photographer Mick Fogg, share his expertise. This is the perfect combination of French-inspired luxury and authentic adventure.
Ready for an expedition cruise? With PONANT you can discover the treasures of the land by sea on board luxury vessels built on an intimate, human scale. French crew, expertise, gastronomy: set sail in a luxurious environment.