Join Ponant in 2020 for 14 days visiting places you can’t see any other way


Media Release – March 19, 2019

French cruise line, Ponant, has partnered with National Geographic Expeditions to offer a special, in-depth exploration of the Kimberley, with the one-off cruise taking in remote and rarely visited islands and reefs.

Cruise Express has released special fares that include a 30 per cent saving for the luxury, 13-night expedition voyage, which sails from Broome to Darwin on August 26, 2020. The cruise will feature an expert team of geologists, historians, cultural experts, marine biologists, naturalists, conservationists and photographers aboard Ponant’s sleek, 184-guest expedition ship, Le Laperouse, and is available through Cruise Express.

Twice the size of Victoria, the ancient and pristine Kimberley wilderness encompasses magnificent waterfalls, remote coves, indigenous rock art, abundant wildlife and majestic coastal cliffs that glow red at sunset.
A specially curated itinerary designed for this cruise by Ponant and National Geographic Expeditions will take guests to rarely visited places such as Browse Island – a lonely nesting site for green turtles – the stunning coral reefs at Rowley Shoals, the bird and dugong sanctuary of Ashmore Reef in the middle of the Timor Sea and the indigenous rock art of Jar Island where some of the oldest, detailed descriptions of human figures in the world can be found.

The cruise will also take in majestic King George Falls, Mitchell Falls, Montgomery Reef, mangrove crocodile habitats and the world-famous Horizontal Falls where seawater thunders horizontally at high tide through a narrow break in the cliffs, forming huge rapids – a phenomenon described by David Attenborough as one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

Launched last year and named after an 18th Century French explorer, the ship features a unique, underwater, multi-sensory lounge where whale-shaped windows, hydrophones and video cameras enable guests to experience life underwater without getting wet. Le Laperouse also boasts two restaurants, two lounges, a theatre, pool, spa sanctuary, gourmet cuisine, personalised service and intimate ambience.
The expedition will include multiple, guided excursions on Zodiacs and informative lectures onboard, and to help toast the magnificent scenery, drinks will be complimentary, including your own stateroom mini bar.

Sailing from Broome on August 26, 2020, the 13-night cruise is available from $13,990 per person, twin-share, including a 30 percent saving off normal fares.