Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus
* Subject to availability.
- Renowned chef and sommelier on board.
- Tasting of Grands Crus and new World Wines.
- Conferences on board about wine.
- Stopover to Belle-Île-en-Mer.
- Staterooms & Suites
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom $5,000 Available Deluxe Stateroom $5,370 Available Prestige Deck 4 $5,960 Available Prestige Deck 5 $6,240 Available Prestige Deck 6 $6,530 Available Deluxe Suite $11,750 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $12,100 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite $12,680 Available Owner's Suite $19,130 Not 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 13/04/2019 from 15H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/04/2019 at 19H00 .
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. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.
14 April 2019 – Leixões - PortoArrival 14/04/2019 midday. Departure 14/04/2019 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.
15 April 2019 – At seaArrival 15/04/2019. Departure 15/04/2019.
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.
16 April 2019 – Saint-Jean-de-LuzArrival 16/04/2019 early morning. Departure 16/04/2019 late afternoon.
A renowned seaside resort in the South West of France, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a picturesque and authentic town with a rich history. In particular, King Louis XIV married Maria Teresa in the famous Saint Jean the Baptist church in 1660. Wandering through the many pedestrian streets, you’ll be able to soak up the Basque culture, discovering small craft shops, open-air art galleries and the different restaurants showcasing the local gastronomy. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to admire stunning views, between the Basque architecture and the Cantabrian Sea. An unforgettable bay, which was frequented in the 17th century by privateers and wealthy ship-owners.
17 April 2019▸18 April 2019 – BordeauxArrival 17/04/2019 midday. Departure 18/04/2019 late evening.
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.
19 April 2019 – PauillacArrival 19/04/2019 early morning. Departure 19/04/2019 late afternoon.
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.
19 April 2019 – Château LatourArrival 19/04/2019 early evening. Departure 19/04/2019 late evening.
Lying around 50 kilometres north-west of Bordeaux, in the Medoc wine region, Château Latour boasts a strategic position recognised from the 14th Century, with the creation of the Saint-Maubert tower. The heart of its terroir, l’Enclos, enjoys a particularly mild climate, influenced by the sea and the estuary of the Gironde River. Owned by Artémis Domaines, each year Château Latour’s vineyards produce truly excellent and world-renowned fine wines. We invite you to an exceptional gala dinner on board where each course will be accompanied by a selection of the best grands crus from the Medoc, and with a view of Château Latour.
20 April 2019 – Belle-Île-en-MerArrival 20/04/2019 midday. Departure 20/04/2019 late afternoon.
Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.
21 April 2019 – Guernsey, Channel IslandsArrival 21/04/2019 midday. Departure 21/04/2019 early evening.
Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.
22 April 2019 – HonfleurArrival 22/04/2019 early morning. Departure 22/04/2019 early morning.
A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.
PortsmouthDisembarkation 22/04/2019 at 17H00 .
Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.
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.
Jean-Robert Pitte is a French geographer, born 1949 in Paris. A landscape and gastronomy specialist, he is President of the Geography Society and has been a Member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences morales et politiques) since 2008. He is also President of the Mission française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires, charged by France’s President to prepare the request to have French gastronomy added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, as well as the Festival Livres en vignes at Château du Clos de Vougeot. Since 2011 he has chaired the Académie du vin de France and has been President of the Canal Académie since 2012. In 2014 he was made Honorary President of Ferrières (a school of French excellence – gastronomy, hospitality and luxury).
Jean-Robert Pitte focused his research and studies on the history of landscape, gastronomy and wine, and has held a number of positions, including Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Nouakchott (Mauritania), Professor of Geography at the Paris-Sorbonne University, Director of UFR Geography and Town Planning, President of the Paris-Sorbonne University, Founder-President of the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, Information and Orientation Delegate to the Prime Minister, and Professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.
Jean-Robert Pitte has published numerous books, many about gastronomy and wine. They include: “French Gastronomy: History and Geography of a Passion”; “Le vin et le divin”; “Bordeaux-Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry”; “Le désir du vin à la conquête du monde”; “À la table des dieux”; “La bouteille de vin. Histoire d’une révolution” and “Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne”.
Spoken languages : French, English
Photo credit: Plon
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
Francis Fauvel : His career spans a collection of famous establishments and big names like Jean-Louis Nomicos, Arnaud Donkele and Alain Dutournier, before an encounter took him to work with Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV in Monaco. Alongside Franck Cerutti, Pascal Bardet then Dominique Lory, Francis was introduced to the skilful simplicity that puts quality produce in the spotlight. Returning to Paris as head chef of the Aux Lyonnais restaurant, Francis left to take over from Jocelyn Herland as executive sous-chef at the Meurice, responsible for the Dali restaurant, banqueting, room service and tea-time.
Language spoken : French
Photo credit : pmonetta
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
Before your cruise
After your cruise
22/04/2019 – Transfer by coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris CDG Airport (Terminal 2)120.00 $ **
22/04/2019 – Transfer by coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris100.00 $ **
22/04/2019 – Visit of Portsmouth including a light lunch followed by a transfer to London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4)240.00 $ **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy