Visiting this undeniably fascinating region with Ponant Cruises is ideal for solo travellers as all travel arrangements are taken care of and you are travelling as part of a group, on guided excursions. Yet with a small ship, you’re not “lost amongst the masses” and there is plenty of space to find your own quiet time away from other people.
New in 2018, we invite solo guests to a pre-cruise cocktail party offering you the chance to meet other guests prior to boarding the ship.
Image credits Ponant – Nath Michel
Departs Dunedin 5 January 2018
Avoid paying the single occupancy surcharge with Ultimate Cruising’s solo traveller matching service where we will match you with another solo traveller of the same gender in an Prestige Stateroom Deck 5.
Or, for just 25% extra, enjoy sole use of the cabin!
Discover the wild isolation of New Zealand’s southern-most islands on this fascinating voyage to Macquarie and the Subantarctic Islands. Beginning in Dunedin, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the beautiful South Island as you meander amidst the fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, home of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and dramatic scenery. Then head further south for an adventure to the Subantarctic where you will encounter the remote islands of Macquarie, Bounty and more. This is where you will find the masses of birdlife including albatross and many species of penguins. Wildlife is abundant on these islands with sealions and seals en masse and the environment is so pristine that landings are not permitted on some islands. In fact, far fewer people visit these islands than summit Mt Everest each year! Be sure to pack a good camera for this really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Your packages includes:
• FREE: Economy class flights ex SYD/MEL/BNE to Dunedin and return from Wellington
• 1 night accommodation in Dunedin pre-cruise
• 16 night Milford Sound, Macquarie Island and Subantarctic cruise onboard L’Austral
• All meals and beverages onboard
• Zodiac expeditions and guided walks with professional naturalists
Plus, receive complimentary chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km)
Dunedin, NZ Arrive Dunedin and overnight
Dunedin, NZ Embark L’Austral at 4pm
Milford Sound, NZ
Doubtful & Dusky Sounds
The Snares, NZ
Macquarie Island, Australia
Macquarie Island, Australia
Enderby Island, NZ
Enderby Is, Carnley Harbour, Musgrave Is (NZ)
Campbell Island (NZ)
Antipodes Island (NZ)
Bounty Island (NZ)
Wellington, NZ Disembark Wellington
In May 2011, l’Austral joined PONANT’s fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral remains faithful to our philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape.
Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
Enjoy sole use of your cabin for just 25% extra. This option gives you more privacy and flexibility and is available on all cabin categories.
FROM $17,873 Per Person
CABIN MATCHING SERVICE
Avoid paying single cabin rates with our CABIN MATCHING SERVICE where we will match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. This option is only available in select cabin categories.
FROM $14,299 Per Person
*Prices current as of 1st June 2017.
Experts in small ship cruising, Ultimate Cruising specialises in sourcing cruise ships offering a holiday experience that simply cannot be found on larger ships. Typically these smaller ships carry less than 350 people and offer unique and enriching experiences with smaller groups of people. Often with an element of soft adventure or venturing into remote destinations, our mission is to deliver the ultimate in cruising!
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