Gems of South-East Asia

17 days / 16 nights
    Special offer
    New itinerary
    Gems of South-East Asia

    Cruise Asia

    from 3 October 2017 to 19 October 2017
    17 days / 16 nights

    Departure Port : Benoa, Bali
    Arrival Port : Hong Kong

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A031017

    Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines: Set out to visit the mysterious lands of South-East Asia with this exclusive itinerary covering six countries! From Bali to Hong Kong, embark aboard L’Austral for an exceptional 17-day cruise.

    • Join World War II historians James Bradley and Noriko Kawamura aboard a luxurious small ship to explore the treasures of Southeast Asia, from ancient Buddhist temples to grand mosques. Learn about the origins and the conduct of WWII in this part of the world and about the local way of life in traditional villages across Indonesia and Malaysia.
    • During your port of call at Semarang, you will visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Borobudur, home to some 240 sanctuaries.
    • You will also discover Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. The city is home to beautiful museums as well as the largest village built on stilts in the world.
    • L’Austral will then chart a course towards Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Malaysian island of Borneo, the city is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, after which it is named.
    • Before reaching the fascinating city of Hong Kong, you will visit Puerto Princesa and its underground river, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which weaves its way through a cave of giant stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the secret island of El Nido with its sumptuous landscape of turquoise lagoons, deserted beaches and limestone cliffs
    Download information about the cruise

    Special offer(s) :

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers *

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    * Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

    • program-353824
    • program-353825
    • program-353826

    Staterooms & Suites

      Back

      There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.

      L'AUSTRAL

      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL
      • L'AUSTRAL

      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms 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.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      3 October 2017 – At sea

      Benoa, Bali

      Embarkation 03/10/2017 from 13H00 to 16H30 . Departure 03/10/2017 at 17H00 .

      If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.

      4 October 2017 – At sea

      4 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 04/10/2017. Departure 04/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      5 October 2017 – Semarang,Java

      5 October 2017 – Semarang,Java

      Arrival 05/10/2017 early morning. Departure 05/10/2017 evening.

      6 October 2017 – At sea

      6 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 06/10/2017. Departure 06/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      7 October 2017 – Parai Beach

      7 October 2017 – Parai Beach

      Arrival 07/10/2017 early morning. Departure 07/10/2017 midday.

      The Indonesian Bangka Belitung archipelago, off the eastern coast of Sumatra, is renowned for its beautiful unspoilt beaches and superb diving. Protected by immense granite rocks, Parai Beach, north-east of Bangka Island, is a tropical Eden. Once youメre comfortably installed in the shade of palm trees at the waterメs edge, youメll succumb to the ease and tranquillity of this picture-postcard setting.

      8 October 2017 – Singapore

      8 October 2017 – Singapore

      Arrival 08/10/2017 early morning. Departure 08/10/2017 late afternoon.

      Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.

      9 October 2017 – At sea

      9 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 09/10/2017. Departure 09/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      10 October 2017 – Kuching, Sarawak

      10 October 2017 – Kuching, Sarawak

      Arrival 10/10/2017 early morning. Departure 10/10/2017 late afternoon.

      11 October 2017 – At sea

      11 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 11/10/2017. Departure 11/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      12 October 2017 – Bandar Seri Begawan

      12 October 2017 – Bandar Seri Begawan

      Arrival 12/10/2017 early morning. Departure 12/10/2017 evening.

      13 October 2017 – Kota Kinabalu (Sabah Borneo)

      13 October 2017 – Kota Kinabalu (Sabah Borneo)

      Arrival 13/10/2017 early morning. Departure 13/10/2017 late afternoon.

      Located on the north-east coast of the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is an excellent jumping-off point for exploring the natural attractions of the region. It is close to Mt Kinabalu, but before you head off to climb the holy mountain check out the heart of the old city, nicknamed KK by locals. Although there isnメt much left of its colonial heritage, ᅠits multi-cultural restaurants, shops and friendly atmosphere is immensely appealing. Donメt miss a stroll along the KKメs busiest promenade, the colourful Waterfront.

      14 October 2017 – At sea

      14 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 14/10/2017. Departure 14/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      15 October 2017 – Puerto Princesa

      15 October 2017 – Puerto Princesa

      Arrival 15/10/2017 early morning. Departure 15/10/2017 late afternoon.

      Puerto Princesa, in the centre of Palawan island, is a great place for exploring many of the regionメs natural attractions. You wonメt have to go too far before donning your snorkelling kit and swimming with the abundant and richly diverse sealife: off Puerto Princesa, youメll enjoy the breathtaking coral islands of Honda Bay. If youメd like to experience nature in her most spectacular finery, make sure you see the karstic topography of the underground river in Puerto Princesaメs national park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

      16 October 2017 – El Nido

      16 October 2017 – El Nido

      Arrival 16/10/2017 early morning. Departure 16/10/2017 late afternoon.

      To the far north of Palawan island, El Nido is famous for its black rock cliffs where the nests of モsalanganesヤ, a kind of sea lark, are harvested and eaten as a delicacy. This village opens its doors onto the magnificent Bacuit archipelago, a drawcard for marine adventurers. Among the most beautiful spots for snorkelling in the Philippines are the deep blue lagoons from which vast, steep rocks rise. Postcard-perfect beaches and deserted bays ring the island.

      17 October 2017▸18 October 2017 – At sea

      17 October 2017▸18 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 17/10/2017. Departure 18/10/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      19 October 2017▸18 October 2017 – Hong kong

      Hong Kong

      Disembarkation 19/10/2017 at 07H00 .

      Hong Kong, known as the “Fragrant harbour”, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladie’s Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, you’ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Hong Kong: a visa is not necessary for Hong Kong. However, should you plan on staying in China before or after your cruise, you will need to obtain an individual visa for China. 

      • Indonesia: if you are a US, UK or Canadian citizen and you are embarking and disembarking in Bali, your visa on arrival obtained at the airport will be free of charge. The free entry visa is not applicable to Australian citizens, the visa on arrival costs 35USD , please have correct change as credit cards are not accepted.

         

         

      • It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advice relating to travel through these regions, including advice on Malaria prevention and dengue fever.

      Bloomberg Questions for PONANT

      Bloomberg Questions for PONANT

      How did the Ponant cruise to Borneo come together?

      The island of Borneo provides endless opportunities for exploration, from the ancient Dayak cultures and rajahs of Sarawak, through the opulence of Brunei, to the rainforests and picture postcard islands of Sabah. However, its sheer size and mountainous terrain can make it a difficult island to travel across. Quality hotels can be hard to find, flight connections are rarely convenient, cancellations are common and the alternate of local bus travel over endless corrugated and potholed roads is a daunting prospect. L’Austral is the ideal platform for exploring this part of the world. It allows guests to experience the many facets of the island before returning to an attentive crew delivering refined luxury with French flair and sophistication. Guests need only unpack once and they are delivered to new and exotic destinations each day. Partnering luxury and adventure in remote seldom visited destinations is the essence of a Ponant luxury Expedition voyage.



      What is the experience like?

      The diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures mean that no two destinations are the same. Every destination has its own unique charm and intrigue. Guests have the opportunity to experience one of the world’s oldest rainforests, home to the famed Orang-Utan and the ‘Jimmy Durante’ of the primate world – the unique looking proboscis monkey. They can marvel at the opulence and unique architecture of Bandar Seri Begawan in the Sovereign State of Brunei. Or they can journey through the lowland rainforests and mangroves of the Kinabatangan river in Sabah. Described as Malaysia’s gift to the earth, it is one of only two places in the world where nine species of primate can be seen. There’s also seven species of Hornbill, countless other bird species and the world’s rarest elephant, the Bornean Pygmy elephant.



      What has it been like to work in that region?

      I find working in the region very rewarding. The locals are a very proud people, willing to showcase their culture and beautiful landscapes. Most people visit the island to explore the jungles and see the exotic wildlife. However, it is the genuine friendliness of the people that they remember the most.

      Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia are countries that want to expand their cruise markets. This provides a good basis to further develop the region and we continually seek new destinations and experiences for our guests. The island abounds in unique experiences awaiting discovery by even the most seasoned Traveller. The variety and style of destinations are able to cater to all facets of the cruise industry, from the large mass market ships, to small luxury vessels like L’Austral.





      Can you elaborate on why itineraries don't normally go there and what spurred Ponant's interest?

      Borneo conjures images of a faraway primeval land, a land of head hunters and Orang-Utans beckoning exploration. As the global leader in luxury small ship expeditions we are continually seeking new destinations and itineraries. Our fleet of small luxury ships visit over 400 destinations in more than 80 countries and with four new vessels on the way, we are always searching for new exotic destinations to showcase to our guests. Borneo’s location at the heart of the Malay Archipelago, its incredible diversity and breathtaking beauty make it an ideal destination for exploration by small luxury ships, like L’Austral.



      Are there any challenges when sailing to Borneo?

      Borneo is an ideal destination for exploration by luxury small ship. The island is blessed with good air access to major international hubs. From Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali or Kota Kinabalu a small luxury ship can explore the many coastal destinations the island has to offer. Guests need only unpack once to experience the rainforests, rajahs and riches scattered across the island. With such a multitude of destinations on offer, each day is a new adventure.



      Any personal favorite excursions?

      Without doubt my favourite shore excursion would have to be the overnight experience on the Kinabatangan river in the Malaysian state of Sabah. From Sandakan guests travel up the lower reaches of the river to experience the biodiversity contained within the region. The Kinabatangan River meanders 560km from the Crocker Range to the Sulu Sea and sustains one of the world's richest ecosystems. It has been described as Malaysia’s gift to the Earth and the original lowland forests and mangrove swamps near the coast contain some of Borneo's highest concentrations of wildlife. It is considered the best area for viewing wildlife, not just in Sabah but all of Malaysia.

       

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      James Bradley

      James Bradley

      James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo. Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in their movie Flags of Our Fathers. James has been traveling in and learning about Asia since 1974.
      America’s best-selling Pacific historian, Bradley’s first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the lives of the boys who raised the flag on Iwo Jima; his second, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, detailed the air war in the Pacific and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; his third, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt promoted the Japanese Monroe Doctrine for Asia; and his fourth, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia, tells of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attitudes towards China in the lead-up to World War II in the Pacific.
      Bradley is currently working on his fifth book, which focuses on the early years of World War II in Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, he brings Pacific history alive.

      Noriko Kawamura

      Noriko Kawamura

      Noriko Kawamura is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Washington State University, and regularly teaches U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. military history, and World War II in Asia and the Pacific. Her research focuses on the history of war, peace, and diplomacy in the Pacific World from World War I to World War II and beyond. Her recent book, Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War (University of Washington Press, 2015), uses previously unavailable sources and offers a novel perspective on the role the emperor played in the war. She also authored Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations during World War I (Praeger, 2000), coedited Building New Pathways to Peace (University of Washington Press, 2011), and contributed a chapter entitled “To Transnationalize War Memory for Peace and Kyosei: Reconciliation of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.” Kawamura is currently working on a new book project on Emperor Hirohito under U.S. occupation.

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        02/10/2017 – Discovering Bali (1 day/1 night)

        More information

        01/10/2017 – Temples & rice paddies (2 days/2 nights)

        More information

      2. Your packages

        01/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Bali 1N (Pre) + Discover Hong Kong (Post)

        30/09/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Temples and Rice 2N (Pre) + Discover Hong Kong (Post)

      3. After your cruise

        19/10/2017 – Discovery of Hong Kong (1 day)

        274.00 $ **

        More information

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
      Need information ?