Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus
* Subject to availability.
- An exceptional cruise focused on wine and gastronomy, in partnership with Ducasse Paris, Château Latour and Le Point.
- Two special moments on board organised by the Meurice Alain Ducasse restaurant: a dinner in front of the Château Latour estate, designed by Jocelyn Herland, its double starred chef and a tea time, suggested by Cédric Grolet, its renowed pastry chef.
- Wine tasting and oenology workshops with the sommelier Eric Beaumard.
- Cheese tasting with the cheese ripener Bernard Antony.
- Conferences on the history and geography of wineries in the world by Alain Miossec, Doctor of Geography.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Jeronimos Monastery) in Lisbon (your boarding port), the historic centre of Porto, the Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao, the Port of the Moon in Bordeaux and Fort Liédot in Ile d’Aix.
- An overnight stay in Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine region.
- Staterooms & Suites
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom $5,300 Available Deluxe Stateroom $5,710 Available Prestige Deck 4 $7,370 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 $6,660 Available Prestige Deck 6 $6,990 Available Deluxe Suite $9,690 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $13,110 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite $13,770 Available Owner's Suite $18,470 Available
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
LisbonEmbarkation 11/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 11/04/2020 at 18H00 .
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of of luxury shopping.
12 April 2020 – Leixões - PortoArrival 12/04/2020 midday. Departure 12/04/2020 early evening.
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.
13 April 2020 – At seaArrival 13/04/2020. Departure 13/04/2020.
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.
14 April 2020 – BilbaoArrival 14/04/2020 early morning. Departure 14/04/2020 late afternoon.
Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country, is one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe. Its architectural audacity as well as its ancient built heritage will take you on a journey between traditions and innovations. An unusual cable car will allow you to reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a unique construction of stone, glass and titanium, designed by the architect Frank Gehry and home to a collection of modern art and contemporary monumental sculpture. The narrow streets of the old city and the unmissable Ensanche district are also worthy of a visit, as is the Vizcaya bridge, the world’s first ever transporter bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
15 April 2020 – PauillacArrival 15/04/2020 mid morning. Departure 15/04/2020 late evening.
Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.
16 April 2020▸17 April 2020 – BordeauxArrival 16/04/2020 early morning. Departure 17/04/2020.
Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.
18 April 2020 – Île-d'AixArrival 18/04/2020 early morning. Departure 18/04/2020 late afternoon.
A small crescent of land, 3 kilometres long, the Île d’Aix is a fragile area listed as an outstanding natural site. The use of cars here is restricted, thereby enabling nature to reign supreme. Set off to discover the treasures of the island by using the “sentier des douaniers” (Customs officer path). Between marshes, vines, creeks and cliffs, you will quickly become aware of this stretch of land’s exceptional heritage. This enchanting place invites you to visit its village and its museums, the Napoléon Museum or the African Museum. A fine diversity of landscapes of small pastel-coloured houses adorned with multi-coloured shutters and hollyhocks… It’s just like a postcard.
LorientDisembarkation 19/04/2020 at 00H00 .
Rebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War, Lorient is known as the town of five ports: the military port (the Keroman submarine base is designed to hold twenty or so submarines and their crew), a pleasure port, a fishing port which is the second largest in France, a commercial port and a passenger port. There are two unmissable visits: the museum space dedicated to submarines, home to a submarine named Flore and located in the former German military base, and the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, an interactive sailing museum about yachting and the great sea races. Let yourself fall under the charm of the view from the Port-Louis citadel and the quays, evoking the prosperous past of this Breton town, coloured with silks and spices.
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.
Gastronomy & Oenology
Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.
Prestigious ports of call
For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.
A journey to the land of flavours
On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…
These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.
*These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.
Manager of Le Cinq, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Éric Beaumard is also one of the best sommeliers in the world. Voted Best Sommelier in France in 1992, Best Sommelier in Europe with the Ruinard Trophy in 1994 and Sommelier of the Year by the magazine Le Chef in 2003, he also held the title of Vice-Champion of the World in the Best Sommelier contest in 1998. In April 2018, he was awarded French Légion d’honneur by M. François Pinault.
Éric Beaumard has been very involved in purchasing wine for the hotel since its opening: every month he visits a vineyard in France or Europe. He is extremely knowledgeable and is widely recognised by a Parisian clientele that is both French and international. He loves to share his passion for wine and is never at a loss when it comes to giving wise advice on the best vintage to accompany a dish.
However, he was by no means predestined for this successful sommelier career. As a student he thought of becoming a cook, until a motorbike accident left him temporarily without the use of his right arm. After his recovery he worked as a chef for six months at the Maisons de Bricourt in Cancale, before turning to wine and the sommelier profession on the advice of Chef Olivier Roellinger. A new passion and a new talent were born.
Languages spoken: French, English
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Bernard Antony, whose business operates in Vieux-Ferrette (Alsace), is one of the most renowned cheese ripeners in the world. His Alsace cellar plays host to a high-end international clientele. Prince Albert of Monaco and Archduke Otto of Austria have both been known to visit his boutique. Today, nineteen 3-star Michelin restaurants entrust Antony with their cheese board selection. Prominent French chefs from Alain Ducasse to Pierre Gagnaire are among those keen to access these heavenly cheeses, as are the major vineyards which use the services of this master cheese ripener in Vieux-Ferrette.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Marcel Ehrhard
A graduate with a PhD on “France Atlantic coastal nature management”, Alain Miossec is an expert on the sea and coasts. He has written several books on the subject (Les littoraux entre nature et aménagement, SEDES 1998, 3 éditions), a dictionary of the sea and coasts (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012), Géographie des mers et des océans (PU Rennes 2014) and dozens of articles.
Since retiring in 2011, Alain Miossec has turned his attention and talent to cultural issues and now teaches wine at Nantes University.
His latest publications are about cuisine associated with the sea, particularly his latest work coedited with Jean Robert Pitte, La mer nourricière, un défi millénaire (gastronomy of the sea and managing resources).
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
A world-renowned pastry chef, Cédric Grolet is the undisputed master of his art. He joined Le Meurice in 2012 after years spent refining his pastry, chocolate and ice cream making skills. Several awards later, including ‘Best Pastry Chef of the Year’ (Le Chef, 2015), ‘Best Pastry Chef’ (Gault & Millau, 2017) and ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef 2018’ (The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards), he is now the creative force and brains behind our legendary pastries and desserts. Cédric invites you into his fantastical magical world where even the fruits are not quite what they seem!
Language spoken: French
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Born in the Auvergne, Jocelyn Herland worked with Alain Ducasse for many years. From 1997 to 2000, he was a chef de partie in the Alain Ducasse Restaurant at 59 Avenue Poincaré (three Michelin stars). He then became a chef de partie at the Opéra Restaurant in the Paris Intercontinental Hotel (one Michelin star) then sous-chef at the Royal Monceau. In December 2003, when Alain Ducasse appointed Christophe Moret as Executive Chef for the Alain Ducasse Restaurant in Plaza Athénée in Paris, Jocelyn Herland joined him as sous-chef before being promoted to Assistant Chef.
In 2007, Jocelyn Herland was made Executive Chef at The Dorchester Alain Ducasse restaurant (three Michelin stars) in London, before moving to Le Meurice as Executive Chef in January 2016. Throughout his career, he has been influenced by the Alain Ducasse philosophy of always using seasonal produce selected for freshness, quality and provenance, which is at the heart of one of the world’s finest cuisines.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: pmonetta
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