Inaugural Australian Cruise Chairman’s Voyage: Food & Wine Theme

12 days / 11 nights
    Inaugural Australian Cruise Chairman’s Voyage: Food & Wine Theme

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 28 January 2019 to 8 February 2019
    12 days / 11 nights

    Departure Port : Cairns
    Arrival Port : Sydney

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R280119

    Join Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman, PONANT Asia Pacific, on the inaugural voyage of the new Explorer Class ship Le Lapérouse exploring the East coast of Australia, complete with intimate dining experiences by internationally acclaimed chef, Guillaume Brahimi.

    Following 12 years of raising Sydney’s iconic Bennelong to the heights of Three Hats awarded by the Good Food Guide, Guillaume has found astounding success within his own namesake, Bistro Guillaume. Inspired by the bistros of Paris, Guillaume exemplifies the culinary diversity of Australia with finesse and elegance.

    Allow yourself to relish in the opportunity to dine and learn from one of Australia’s most prominent and successful culinary masters. With two evening menus, each boasting a four-course degustation complete with matching wines, a buffet lunch showcasing Australian Seafood and a masterclass with Guillaume, including demonstrations of two recipes along with a tasting session, this will be a PONANT Luxury Cruise like no other. 

    On this 12-day Cruise, experience the picturesque port of Cairns, to the encapsulating Lizard Island, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Lose yourself snorkelling amongst the extraordinary ecosystem diversity of the Great Barrier Reef, or soak up the sun on the pearl white beaches. Continue your exploration of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world as you find yourself immersed in the translucent waters of Hardy Reef. From the ocean to the land, you will find yourself enchanted by the stunning early morning entry into the beautifully illuminated Sydney Harbour.

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    Highlights

    • With the exceptional participation of Sarina Bratton, Chairman PONANT Asia Pacific, and Guillaume Brahimi one of Australia's most popular and acclaimed chefs.
    • This voyage is themed as a food and wine voyage.
    • Zodiac® shore visits.
    • Many opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and relaxation on unspoiled islands, with white sand beaches and crystal clear water.
    • From Hardy Reef, the possibility to observe some of the world’s most beautiful sea beds, with coral reefs and diverse undersea life.
    • After your cruise, possibility to discover Sydney & the Blue Mountains.

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    Staterooms & Suites

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    Prestige stateroom Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) 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.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) 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.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    •  1sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) 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.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 40m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds
    • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    28 January 2019 – Lizard Island

    Cairns

    Embarkation 28/01/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/01/2019 at 18H00 .

    Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia's north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

    29 January 2019 – Lizard Island

    29 January 2019 – Lizard Island

    Arrival 29/01/2019. Departure 29/01/2019.

    Lizard Island is the northernmost resort Island on the Great Barrier Reef and boasts 24 powdery white sand beaches. Dominated by grasslands, the rugged beauty of Lizard Island contrasts sharply with the sparkling blue waters and rich fringing coral reefs surrounding the island. Lizard Island is known as Dyiigurra to the Dingaal Aboriginal people and is regarded as a sacred place. It was used for the initiation of young males and for the harvesting of shellfish, turtles, dugongs and fish. The Dingaal believe that the Lizard group of islands had been created in the Dreamtime. After a short Zodiac ride to the beach at Watson’s Bay, guests can join a guided walk, relax on the beach or snorkel in the warm clear waters and view the clam gardens…

    30 January 2019 – Willis Island (Technical Stop)

    30 January 2019 – Willis Island (Technical Stop)

    Arrival 30/01/2019. Departure 30/01/2019.

    Willis Island is a tiny speck of an island located in the Coral Sea. Other than a weather station there is very little here - and that is the charm. Surrounded by a pristine coral fringe, sitting atop an extinct volcano and measuring just 450 metres by 150 metres, this remote sand island is an important green sea turtle nesting site, with thousands of hatchlings between October and March each year.

    31 January 2019 – At sea

    31 January 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 31/01/2019. Departure 31/01/2019.

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

    1 February 2019 – Hardy Reef

    1 February 2019 – Hardy Reef

    Arrival 01/02/2019. Departure 01/02/2019.

    The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres along Australia’s tropical East Coast. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Hardy Reef is home to the innovatively designed Reefworld pontoon, ideally situated in shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions. You will be transferred by Zodiac to the pontoon which provides easy access to the aquatic realm either by semi-submersible, underwater viewing chamber, snorkelling or diving. There is also undercover seating and tables, sun decks, freshwater showers and change rooms.

    2 February 2019 – Percy Island

    2 February 2019 – Percy Island

    Arrival 02/02/2019. Departure 02/02/2019.

    The explorer Matthew Flinders described the cove at West Bay on Middle Percy Island as "one of the prettiest little places imaginable". The largest of the three islands in the group, Middle Percy is a favourite stop for cruising yachtsmen en-route between the tropical north and southern seas. An A-frame hut on the beach at West Bay is decorated with memorabilia and souvenirs from these yachts. After a short Zodiac ride to the beach at West Bay you can relax on this picture postcard beach or take a refreshing swim in the clear waters. For the more energetic, there are walking trails where you may catch a glimpse of some of the native and introduced wildlife.

    3 February 2019 – Lady Musgrave Island

    3 February 2019 – Lady Musgrave Island

    Arrival 03/02/2019. Departure 03/02/2019.

    Lady Musgrave is an uninhabited 14 hectares coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This island is a nesting place for green turtles and loggerhead turtles. It also attracts large numbers of birds including Wedge-tailed shearwaters (Mutton Birds) which nest in burrows in the ground. Small white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks can be seen in the shallows around the island, while the coral lagoon, with its multitude of fish and coral species, is perfect for snorkelling.

    4 February 2019▸5 February 2019 – At sea

    4 February 2019▸5 February 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 04/02/2019. Departure 05/02/2019.

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

    6 February 2019 – Newcastle

    6 February 2019 – Newcastle

    Arrival 06/02/2019. Departure 06/02/2019.

    7 February 2019 – Sydney

    7 February 2019 – Sydney

    Arrival 07/02/2019 late afternoon. Departure 07/02/2019.

    Nestled around one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney is both trendy and classic, urbane yet laid-back. Composed of ocean and light, of sailors and businessmen, this city alone inspires many travellers to visit the “Land Down Under”. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the elegant silhouettes of the Blue Mountains, it encapsulates the Australian way of life: surfing beaches, quiet suburbs, skyscrapers, Victorian cottages and tropical gardens. Sydney is filled with history and harmoniously blends old world charm and ultra-modern architecture, with its sail-shaped Opera House which sits alongside the historic district of The Rocks as the Harbour Bridge stretches across the bay. 

    8 February 2019▸7 February 2019 – Sydney

    Sydney

    Disembarkation 08/02/2019 at 00H00 .

    Nestled around one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney is both trendy and classic, urbane yet laid-back. Composed of ocean and light, of sailors and businessmen, this city alone inspires many travellers to visit the “Land Down Under”. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the elegant silhouettes of the Blue Mountains, it encapsulates the Australian way of life: surfing beaches, quiet suburbs, skyscrapers, Victorian cottages and tropical gardens. Sydney is filled with history and harmoniously blends old world charm and ultra-modern architecture, with its sail-shaped Opera House which sits alongside the historic district of The Rocks as the Harbour Bridge stretches across 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.

    • 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.

    • Australia: an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas. Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport.

      Australian customs regulations are very strict, especially for the import of food items such as fresh food (even sealed), fruits, eggs, meat, plants, vegetables, seeds, grains. Fur and feathers are also forbidden. We highly recommend you consult this website for further details : www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas/customs-clearance.

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

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Guillaume Brahimi

    Guillaume Brahimi

    French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia's most popular and acclaimed chefs. He trained under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon in Paris.

    In late 2001, Guillaume opened Guillaume at Bennelong. The restaurant went on to win almost every major accolade in Australian food, as well as international recognition, named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the world. Bennelong closed on New Year’s Eve 2013 and Brahimi and his acclaimed team opened Guillaume in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

    The author of a number of books, including French Food Safari, a celebration of the incredible breadth and diversity of French food traditions that also became a television series on SBS.

    In 2014, Guillaume was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order), endowed by the French government for outstanding services rendered to France in Foreign Affairs and International Development.

    In 2015, Guillaume was named Chef of the Year at the annual GW Men Of The Year awards.

    In December 2016 Guillaume closed his eponymous restaurant and now focuses on his successful Bistro Guillaume restaurants in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

     

    Languages spoken: French, English

    Photo credit: Nikki To

    Sarina Bratton AM

    Sarina Bratton AM

    Award-winning business leader and cruise company founder

    Widely regarded as a visionary businesswoman, Sarina Bratton has drawn on her passion for discovery to redefine the concept of small ship luxury cruising.

    Australia's "First Lady" of cruising, Mrs Bratton, awarded an Order of Australia (AM)  in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for her significant service to tourism, particularly the cruise ship industry, pioneered luxury expedition cruising in the Asia Pacific region when she founded Orion Expedition Cruises in 2004.

    She now spearheads French luxury expedition cruise ship company PONANT’s international development, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region. Her vision being to firmly establish PONANT as the World Leader of Luxury Expeditions.

    Mrs Bratton’s business acumen has led to several senior board directorships within Australian state and federal governments, and numerous awards including in 2006, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award, and in 2008, the E&Y NSW Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Services category recognising her entrepreneurship and vision.

     

    Language spoken: English

    Photo credit: PONANT

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      27/01/2019 – Cairns at the Edge of Australia\'s Tropical Rainforest (1night)

      535.00 $ **

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    2. After your cruise

      08/02/2019 – Sydney, the opera and Blue Mountains (1 night)

      775.00 $ **

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      09/02/2019 – SYDNEY ON YOUR OWN (1 NIGHT)

      410.00 $ **

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    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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