18 March 2019 • 26 Days From Brazil to Europe Small Ship Exploration • Offer available until 31 October.

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    Ponant BonusBook by 31 OCTOBER 2017 and receive 400 Euro ONBOARD CREDIT

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY PRICING

    Superior Stateroom SOLD OUT
    Deluxe Stateroom $10,907
    Prestige Deck 4 $11,469
    Prestige Deck 5 $11,765
    Prestige Deck 6 $12,070
    Deluxe Suite SOLD OUT
    Prestige Suite Deck 5 $16,892
    Prestige Suite Deck 6 $17,350
    Owners Suite  SOLD OUT

    PRICING, PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

    Superior Stateroom $10,202
    Deluxe Stateroom $10,907
    Prestige Deck 4 $11,469
    Prestige Deck 5 $11,765
    Prestige Deck 6 $12,070
    Deluxe Suite $19,258
    Prestige Suite Deck 5 $16,892
    Prestige Suite Deck 6 $17,350
    Owners Suite  $25,162

     Your Cruise fare includes:

    •  Cruise accommodations as booked
    •  All meals from dinner on the day of embarkation tobreakfast on the day of disembarkation
    •  Captain’s welcome cocktail & gala dinner
    •  “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol (except premium brands) mineral water, tea & filter coffee.
    •   24 hour room service (selected menu)
    •   Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
    •   Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
    •   Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by shipMaster according to safety and sea conditions onsite.
    •  English speaking guest speaker (when applicable)
    •  Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all cruises identified as Expedition Cruises
     
    Your Cruise fare does not include:
     
    •   Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones in each “Cruise & Flights” packages for which details are available upon request.
    •   Optional Spa package – to be booked prior to your departure
    •  Optional shore excursions
    •  Beverages other than the ones mentioned
    •  Laundry services, hair salon and a la carte Spa treatments
    •  Personal expenses onboard including medical consultations and drug prescriptions
    •  Gratuities
    •   Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurances
    •   Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable
     
    Cruise fares are in Australian Dollars and include governmental fees and taxes (which are subject to change). Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time up until you book without prior notice. Once booked, your fare is on
    ly subject to any increased government fees and taxes which may be added to the fare or to your onboard account.

    PRICING IS CAPACITY CONTROLLED.
    AS THIS SHIP HAS A 240 GUEST LIMIT, FARES ARE REVISED BASED ON CABIN AVAILABILITY.

    BOOK NOW TO ENSURE YOU BENEFIT FROM THE 30% EARLY BIRD PRICE REDUCTION.
    THE 10% BACK TO BACK CRUISE DISCOUNT AND THE 200 EURO CLIA CRUISE MONTH BONUS ONBOARD CREDIT = 400 EUROS ONBOARD CREDIT FOR THE TWO CRUISES.

    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *  
    STRICTLY CAPACITY CONTROLLED. BOOK BEFORE 31OCT (OR UNTIL SOLD OUT).
    *The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.

    Pricing is correct as at 8 October 2017 but is subject to change without notice. Please contact the 50+ Travel Club for current pricing.

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  • From Brazil to Africa Cape Verde and Canary Islands

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    PRE CRUISE PACKAGE OPTIONS TO BE RELEASED IN MID 2018

    18 March 2019 – Rio de Janeiro
    Embarkation from 5pm to 6pm. Departure at 9pm.

    Famed for its colourful Carnival and now as host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilメs former capital is dubbed the モCity of Marvelsヤ by locals. You canメt help being astounded by the panorama that opens up to you from the summit of Corcovado, the rocky peak where the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer has stood for nearly a century. In downtown Rio historic monuments such as the National Museum of Fine Arts sit side-by-side with modernistic buildings such as the cathedral of São Sebastião. On the seafront, Atlântica Avenue runs alongside Copacabana Beach; enjoy a birdメs eye view from the cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

    19 March 2019 – Paraty
    Arrival 7am. Departure 6pm.

    To the South of Rio, you will discover the charming village of Paraty. Bathed in the emerald waters of the Ilha Grande Bay, surrounded by verdant hills and islets, it is one of the jewels of Brazil’s Costa Verde. Here, time seems to have stopped in the time of the conquistadors and their gold-laden galleons. You will love the splendour of Paraty’s heritage — its maze of paved streets, the historic beauty of its colonial houses, its baroque churches. Above all, you will be enchanted by its lively terraces where locals and visitors enjoy grilled fish accompanied by glasses of cachaça. It is, quite simply, a little taste of paradise on Earth!

    20-21 March 2019 – At sea

    22 March 2019 – Salvador de Bahia
    Arrival 7am. Departure 9pm.

    One of Brazilメs oldest cities, Salvador de Bahia stands at the entrance to Bahia de Todos os Santos on the countryメs north-east coast. A profusion of pastel-coloured houses adorns this old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic Pelourinho quarter is home to sumptuous churches such as São Francisco and richly decorated palaces such as Rio Branco. Make sure you sample local gourmet specialities like those melt-in-the-mouth coconut sweets, Bahia cocadas. Salvador is a cultural melting pot, as youメll see in the arts and crafts stalls of the Mercado Modelo, a short walk from the waterfront.

    23 March 2019 – At sea

    24 March 2019 – Recife
    Arrival 7.30am. Departure 9pm.

    Founded in the 16th century, the city of Recife on Brazilメs north-east coast is a vibrant mix of old and new. Stroll around the historic centre to discover elegant pastel-coloured mansions, the Baroque cathedral of São Pedro and the azulejos frescoes in the church of São António, not far from the neoclassical theatre of Santa Isabel. On the waterfront, the long beaches of Pina and Boa Viagem beckon with emerald water and fine sand under shady coconut palms, while modern business blocks rear skyward to form a striking backdrop.

    25 March 2019 – At sea

    26 March 2019 – Fernando de Noronha
    Arrival / Departure – All day

    The main island in the archipelago of the same name, Fernando de Noronha lies off Brazilメs north-east coast. Its pristine natural environment has given it UNESCO World Natural Heritage status. In Dolphins Bay, spinner dolphins cavort in pristine waters against a backdrop of luxuriant green hills. You might also see whale sharks and hawksbill turtles. Just next to the port of Santo Antonio, youメll see petrels and albatrosses cruising over deserted beaches. For an insight into the islandメs culture, visit Vila dos Remédios, a seaside village featuring many historic buildings.

    27-30 March 2019 – At sea

    31 March 2019 – Maio Island, Bijagos
    Some 20 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, the Bissau-Guinean archipelago of Bissagos is famous for its abundant biodiversity. The richness of its marine animal and plant life afforded it the status of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Of the 88 islets and islands in the archipelago, only 23 are inhabited. At Maio, still called Chediã, you can meet the Bissagos people and get to know their ancestral ways and customs. In this region, cut off from the rest of the world and secluded from Western influences, youメll discover how locals really live.

    31 March 2019 – Formosa Island, Bijagos
    Throughout its unspoilt, wild landscapes, the Bissagos archipelago is an area of extraordinary biodiversity, remarkably well protected by local communities. This constellation of islands, bathed by the Atlantic, is home to extremely varied flora and fauna. On Formosa, an island within the protected marine park, you can observe the residents of its crystalline waters and coastal mangroves. Your stopover in Formosa will also introduce you to the Bissagos peoples and their ancestral way of life, in perfect harmony with nature.

    1 April 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos
    Arrival / Departure – All day

    Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you’ll enjoy Caravela Island’s wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

    2 April 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos
    Arrival / Departure – All day

    Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you’ll enjoy Caravela Island’s wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

    3 April 2019 – Dakar
    Arrival 7.30am. Departure 6pm.

    On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you’ll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands’ national park will not disappoint.

    4 April 2019 – At sea

    5 April 2019 – Praia, Santiago
    Arrival 7.00am. Departure 6pm.

    The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. . Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.

    6 April 2019 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.
    Arrival 7.30am. Departure 5.30pm.

    Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde’s cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora’s homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d’água you’ll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor’s Palace and the busy municipal market.

    7-8 April 2019 – At sea

    9 April 2019 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Arrival 11.30am. Departure 7pm.

    A stopover of sunny climes, Las Palmas is located on the north-east coast of Gran Canaria. A few streets away from Puerto de la Luz port, you’ll discover the vast Las Canteras beach, bordered with the town’s characteristic palms. You’ll find these palms are all over Las Palmas, in the streets and squares, especially on the plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the historical district. It feels like you’ve travelled back in time here, as you stand looking at the tall houses beside the Santa Ana cathedral. Very close by, you can visit the  Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to the famous explorer. The museum is housed in the palace belonging to the island’s former governor. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to the covered Vegueta market to partake in …

    10 April 2019 – Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary Islands
    Arrival 7.30am. Departure 2pm.

    Established on a coast sprinkled with cliffs, Arrecife has a pleasant beach and a lagoon full of charm, Charca of San Ginés, where the fishermen anchor their boats. The city also proposes places fed by history and culture, such as the castle San Gabriel, former fort of defense of the city.

    11 April 2019 – Funchal, Madeira
    Arrival 12.30pm. Departure 5.30pm.

    This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-coloured mosaics. If you follow these patterns, they’ll lead you to the appetising Mercado dos Lavradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas museum, and the golden panelling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira’s cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.

    12 April 2019 – At sea

    13 April 2019 – Lisbon
    Disembarkation at 9am.

    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.

    POST CRUISE PACKAGE OPTIONS TO BE RELEASED MID 2018.