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Launching in 2018, Le Lapérouse is the first of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests 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. Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye, located within the hull beneath the water line.

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Iberian Shores, Jazz at Sea 9 Day Cruise

From $4685.51 Per person including taxes Available dates October 13th 2018

Journey between the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas bathed in jazz music from the exceptional, Christian Morin, showman and clarinet player. Your cruise commences in Lisbon, where you may discover its colourful historical streets. After exploring Cadiz, a brief call in Malaga will allow those who wish to visit the superb site of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. This itinerary includes a brand new port of call, Altea with its beautiful church La Mare de Déu del Consol, easily identifiable by its picturesque blue and white domes, tiled with glazed ceramics. Continue to the Balearic Archipelago, and Bonifacio in Corsica, majestically perched on a narrow rocky headland of white limestone before ending in Rome.

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Splendours of the Western Mediterranean 8 Day Cruise

From $4098.35 Per person including taxes Available dates September 28th 2018

Join Le Laperouse on a wonderful journey from the historic centre of Valletta to Sicily, calling at beautiful Catania whose Late Baroque style monuments spread to the foot of Mount Etna, the ship will then set sail for Taormina, surrounded by magnificent coastal scenery and the ever present Mount Etna. Cross the Ionian Sea towards Katakolon, where you may visit the ancient site of Olympia, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to Itea where the ancient site of Delphi awaits. Sail along the astonishing Corinth Canal and call at Hydra, a small island of old-worldly charm before ending your cruise in Athens.

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Australia's Iconic Kimberley 11 Day Cruise

From $9641.10 Per person including taxes Available dates From 23 May 2019 To 11 Aug 2019

Join this wonderful eleven day cruise along the remote Kimberely coast in Western Australia. Discover the wild and grandiose landscapes of one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. Along the Hunter river you will see wild mangroves home to many bird species and salt water crocodiles and ancient cave rock paintings. Cruise the King George River and witness the majestic Twin Falls, the highest in Australia and admire the beautiful Montgomery Reef home to vast expanses of lagoons and coral reefs and witness the unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls.

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Discover the ancient wonders of Papua and Spice

From $7257.25 Per person including taxes Available dates May 12th 2019

Join Le Laperouse on this twelve day voyage to the Spice Islands, in the heart of Indonesia. From Cairns to Darwin, you will set sail for a 12-day expedition cruise in a tropical environment of great beauty. Visit small villages of thatched houses in the Asmat region, one of the most isolated and mysterious regions in the world. Then sail into the heart of Triton Bay which shelters a multitude of species of fish. The highpoint of your cruise will be sailing in the Maluku Islands, dubbed the “Spice Islands” and to the Kei Islands and their beautiful islands.

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Australia's Iconic Kimberley 11 Day Cruise from Broome

From $9641.10 Per person including taxes Available dates August 21st 2019

Join this wonderful eleven day cruise along the remote Kimberely coast in Western Australia departing from Broome. Discover the wild and grandiose landscapes of one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. Along the Hunter river you will see wild mangroves home to many bird species and salt water crocodiles and ancient cave rock paintings. Cruise the King George River and witness the majestic Twin Falls, the highest in Australia and admire the beautiful Montgomery Reef home to vast expanses of lagoons and coral reefs and witness the unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls.

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In the Wake of General MacArthur - The Legacy of World War II

From $10366.83 Per person including taxes Available dates September 27th 2019

Discover the rich historical and cultural diversity of the western Pacific. 5,000 years of Chinese history collected in the National Palace Museum in Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryuku kingdom represented in the UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just some of the fascinating places you may visit along your way from Hong Kong to Osaka. Move into the 20th century as the ship sails – metaphorically – in the wake of General Douglas MacArthur on his way to accept Japanese surrender in 1945. Your two guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst will guide you in an exploration of the origins and conduct of World War II, a defining event of the 20th century – realigning the balance of power both in Europe and in Asia, and establishing the United States as a global superpower. This English speaking only cruise also includes a one night hotel stay in Hong Kong pre-cruise plus a number of fascinating excursions.

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Ancient Cultures of Northern Australia and Papua with National Geographic

From $7497.99 Per person including taxes Available dates December 6th 2019

Embark with Ponant and National Geographic aboard Le Lapérouse for an 11-day tropical expedition to discover the traditional cultures of Northern Australia and Papua. During this all new voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Indigenous people living in remote communities and learn about their customs, traditions, spirituality and art.

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Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition with National Geographic

From $16314.72 Per person including taxes Available dates February 2nd 2020

In partnership with National Geographic, discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Sub-antarctic 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.

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