Ponant hikes presence on Australia’s Kimberley Coast

Excursions to ancient Aboriginal rock art are a highlight of Ponant’s Kimberley cruises

Ponant’s Le Bellot, which was launched earlier this year, will join sister expedition ship Le Lapérouse for the company’s 2021 Kimberley cruise season.

VP Asia Pacific Monique Ponfoort said Ponant is meeting demand with an increased number of departures, which will provide more choice of travel dates and an expanded range of itineraries.

National Geographic

Ponfoort said 12 voyages have been scheduled between Darwin and Broome and vice versa between April and September 2021 — nine 10-night expeditions, plus three 12- and 13-night cruises held in conjunction with National Geographic.

‘These are the most modern and ecologically responsible ships in the region, intimately sized, with just 92 suites and staterooms,’ she said. ‘Their construction, shallow draught and manoeuvrability are ideally suited for exploring one of the most spectacular coastal regions in the world.’

Ponfoort described the ships as ‘floating base camps’ that take passengers to the best of what the Kimberley coast has to offer, including King George Falls, the Lacepede Islands, the Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and Mitchell Falls.

Expedition team

‘Once again we feature a top-tier expedition team assembled by experienced adventurer and award-winning wildlife photographer Mick Fogg, a 20-year veteran of well over 300 expeditions.’ she said.

She said highlights of Ponant’s Kimberley adventures include encounters with saltwater crocodiles and the opportunity to view indigenous Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art, combined with French luxury and ambiance, including an inclusive open bar, Blue Eye underwater lounges and fine cuisine.

Posted 18 October 2019

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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