Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

14 days / 13 nights
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    Expedition
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    Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

    Cruise Asia, Africa

    from 9 April 2020 to 22 April 2020
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Victoria, Mahé
    Arrival Port : Port Louis

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y090420

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    PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From the Seychelles to Mauritius via Madagascar and Reunion Island, take a 14-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial to enjoy beaches, nautical activities, and discovering endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking natural beauty that few tourists visit.  

    From Victoria on the island of Mahé, you will first sail to La Digue, where a veritable picture-postcard of the Seychelles awaits you: palm trees, granite rocks, white sand and crystal-clear waters. Further on, on the small island of Alphonse, you will have the opportunity to go snorkelling and scuba diving to among the brightly-coloured sea life, before reaching the Glorioso Islands, part of the Scattered Islands. This beautiful archipelago with very few inhabitants is home to exceptional fauna and flora including, in particular, marine turtles. 

    Your ship will then set sail for Madagascar, the island continent. On the west coast first, you will discover Nosy Komba, also known as “lemur island”, home to large colonies of these small, agile primates, Nosy Mitsio and its immaculate beaches, and Majunga from which you’ll be able to explore Ankarafantsika National Park. On the east coast, Île Sainte-Marie, once a lair of pirates, has successfully retained its authentic and untouched character.

    After calling at Reunion Island, you will reach Port Louis in Mauritius, where this unforgettable cruise will draw to an end.

    The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Highlights

    • Discover the Seychelles, the Scattered Islands, Madagascar, Reunion Island and Mauritius, all on the one same cruise.
    • A variety of idyllic landscapes: atolls, coral reefs, lagoons, mangrove, white-sand beaches, granite islands.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • UNESCO site: the Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island.
    • On Reunion Island, a scenic helicopter flight over the famous “cirques” (optional).
    • In the Seychelles, Anse Source d’Argent, the most famous beach of La Digue, surrounded by large blocks of granite and edged with coconut palms.
    • Discover the Glorioso Islands, a geological sanctuary with nature reserve status since 1975.
    • In Madagascar, a rich and preserved endemic flora and fauna.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      $16,990
      $9,010
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $14,050
      $9,710
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $15,760
      $10,850
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $16,540
      $11,370
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $17,380
      $11,930
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      $24,400
      $16,610
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $33,230
      $22,500
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      $34,880
      $23,600
      Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      $40,150
      $27,110
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      $51,250
      $34,510
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $68,670
      $34,850
      Not Available
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    Privilège Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    • Butler service
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE LYRIAL

    Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

     

    Interior Design
    We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

     

     

    Port of call & excursions

    9 April 2020 – La Digue Island

    Victoria, Mahé

    Embarkation 09/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 09/04/2020 at 18H00 .

    Discover Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles and also the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 metres high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Mahé is also an island full of history where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with Creole houses - and don’t forget the marvellous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

    10 April 2020 – La Digue Island

    10 April 2020 – La Digue Island

    Arrival 10/04/2020. Departure 10/04/2020.

    La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. Located 6 km south-east of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km)! Turquoise waters just asking you to swim in them, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights like at the famous Anse Source d’Argent: the perfect picture postcard… Authentic and preserved, the island follows a peaceful rhythm, with the only means of transport along its little roads being bikes or traditional oxcarts.

    11 April 2020 – Alphonse Island

    11 April 2020 – Alphonse Island

    Arrival 11/04/2020. Departure 11/04/2020.

    Alphonse Island is located off the Seychelles archipelago. Discovered in 1730 by the Knight Alphonse de Pontevez, this island, specialised in coconut processing in the past, is now a veritable natural reserve, home to different species of marine mammals, sea turtles and many birds. Alphonse Island is also renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. A marvellous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

    12 April 2020 – At sea

    12 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 12/04/2020. Departure 12/04/2020.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    13 April 2020 – Glorieuses, Scattered Islands

    13 April 2020 – Glorieuses, Scattered Islands

    Arrival 13/04/2020. Departure 13/04/2020.

    The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles. 

    14 April 2020 – Nosy Komba

    14 April 2020 – Nosy Komba

    Arrival 14/04/2020. Departure 14/04/2020.

    During your cruise, your ship will stop in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. This vegetation is home to amusing black lemurs – furry orange-brown and black creatures that are surprisingly agile and call to each other from amongst the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-coloured water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.

    15 April 2020 – Majunga

    15 April 2020 – Majunga

    Arrival 15/04/2020. Departure 15/04/2020.

    A lively and cosmopolitan town on the west coast of Madagascar, Majunga, also called Mahajanga, will be a port of call rich in discoveries. The former capital of the Sakalava kingdom, then a significant interchange due to its prime position between Africa and the Middle East, the city displays an interesting cultural patchwork. Also renowned for its outstanding natural sites, this port of call will provide you with the opportunity to discover Anakarafantsika National Park, home to many endemic animal and plant species, or the Cirque Rouge, immense red sandstone formations classified as national heritage.

    16 April 2020 – Nosy Mitsio

    16 April 2020 – Nosy Mitsio

    Arrival 16/04/2020. Departure 16/04/2020.

    17 April 2020 – At sea

    17 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 17/04/2020. Departure 17/04/2020.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    18 April 2020 – Sainte Marie Island

    18 April 2020 – Sainte Marie Island

    Arrival 18/04/2020. Departure 18/04/2020.

    Off the east coast of Madagascar, discover the island of St. Mary. A real Garden of Eden, this peaceful land will offer you landscapes of stunning beauty, with lush vegetation, enormous waterfalls and sumptuous natural pools. In addition, the island is home to a very large variety of orchids. An idyllic natural setting that contrasts with the eventful past of the island, which once played host to pirates and prisoners. This port of call will also provide you with privileged access to the Île aux Nattes, renowned for its wild beauty.

    19 April 2020 – Tamatave (Toamasina)

    19 April 2020 – Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Arrival 19/04/2020. Departure 19/04/2020.

    20 April 2020 – At sea

    20 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 20/04/2020. Departure 20/04/2020.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    21 April 2020 – Pointe des Galets

    21 April 2020 – Pointe des Galets

    Arrival 21/04/2020. Departure 21/04/2020.

    22 April 2020▸21 April 2020 – Port Louis

    Port Louis

    Disembarkation 22/04/2020 at 06H00 .

    On the north-west coast of Mauritius, discover Port-Louis, the country’s multicultural capital. Constantly in movement, the city, which was once a port of call on the route to India, is home to many cultural and historic treasures. In addition to the city’s market where you will be able to discover all the local flavours and many handicrafts, make sure that you visit Fort Adelaide. Nestling on the heights of Port-Louis, this citadel built in the 16th century, classified as a national heritage monument, offers sumptuous views over the surroundings. Not far from there, the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden will reveal to you its countless plant species, coming from all four corners of the world.

    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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Madagascar: visa delivered and charged onboard (20€ subject to change), valid for 14 days.

      Immunization against diphtheria-tetanus-polio is essential. Anti-malaria treatment is highly recommended. It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advise relating to travel through these regions.

    • Scattered Islands: some nationalities may require a visa. Please check on https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

    • Réunion: some nationalities may require a visa. Please check on https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

       

    • Anti-malarial tablets are highly recommended (see your doctor).

    • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

    Scuba diving

    Scuba diving

    Fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean

    The fauna of the Indian Ocean is very varied. During the various dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as napoleon fish, oriental sweetlips, blackspotted  sweetlips, batfish and pelagic fauna such as manta rays, gray reef sharks, dolphin fish,rainbow runner as well as endemic wildlife such as different soft corals.

    Supervision of the dives

    Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

    Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

    The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 2 stars CMAS or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.

    Process of the dives (certified divers)

    The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

    • For those with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 25 metres.
    • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

    Duration of the dives

    The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.

     

    Supplied equipment

    • Diving wetsuit
    • Stabilising jacket
    • Fins, mask and snorkel
    • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
    • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

    Scuba diving activities on this cruise

    ESCALES

    DIVES

    (for certified divers

    DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

    (for beginners

     SEYCHELLES- La Digue

    YES

    NO

     SEYCHELLES -Alphonse Island

    YES

    NO

     SCATTERED ISLANDS- Les Glorieuses

    NO

    NO

     MADAGASCAR- Nosy Komba

    YES

    NO

     MADAGASCAR- Majunga

    NO

    NO

     MADAGASCAR- Nosy-Mitsio

    YES

    NO

     MADAGASCAR-  Sainte Marie Island

    YES

    NO

     MADAGASCAR- Tamatave

    YES

    NO

     LA REUNION- Port de la Pointe des Galets

    YES

    NO

    These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

    Rates

    Price per person

    • Dives:
      • Exploration (1 dive) : € 80
      • Excellence Package (3 dives) : € 225
      • Passion Package (6 dives) : € 420
      • Master Package (10 dives) : € 650

     

    Theme

    Tropical Expedition

    Tropical Expedition

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landings"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. In remote areas, please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

     

    Clothing tips:

    • Cotton comfortable and light-weight shorts/bermuda shorts
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable SPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeved T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeved T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming 
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals 
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap and veil to protect the neck
    • Comfortable walking shoes

    Accessories:

    • Highly protective sunglasses.
    • Sunscreen and after-sun with high SPF index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
    • Camelbak (backpack with water pockets)
    • Walking poles (highly recommended).

     

    Please note:

    During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. During your cruise

      21/04/2020 – Helicopter ride over the "Cirques"

      495.00 $ **

      More information

    2. Before your cruise

      09/04/2020 – RELAXING TIME IN MAHÉ

      320.00 $ **

      More information

      07/04/2020 – RELAXING STAY AND GLIMPSE OF VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

      1250.00 $ **

      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.

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