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A Kimberley Celebration - Stay Free!

12 Night Cruise and Stay


  • Cruise Line: Ponant
  • Ship: Le Soleal
  • Package Departs: 5 September 2023
  • Package Duration: 12 Nights
  • Offer Type: Cruise and Stay
  • Embark Ship: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Disembark Ship: Broome, W A
Package duration: 12 nights Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 5 September 2023 - at Darwin hotel
Cruise starts: 7 September 2023 from Darwin
Cruise ends: 17 September 2023 into Broome
Package ends: 17 September 2023 in Broome
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HIGHLIGHTS:
- Join Ponant`s highly qualified expedition team on an Australian adventure cruise
- Enjoy regular Zodiac outings & shore visits to get close to the Kimberley nature
- Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
- Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
- Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world`s largest living reptile, the salt water crocodile
- Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef
- Take your pick of one of three fantastic free tours from Wyndham - choose an Ord River wildlife cruise, or, a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles, or, a trip to the famous El Questro homestead (subject to availability at time of booking)

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BIG SAVINGS!
Booking early has it`s advantages - current savings on this departure include..
Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony was $15,295 - your special price from $10,550*pp
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony was $16,920 - your special price from $11,680*pp
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony was $17,745 - your special price from $12,260*pp
Twin DS Deluxe Suite was $24,225 - your special price from $16,800*pp
Single DEL Deluxe Balcony was $29,975 - your special price from $10,550*pp ** very limited space at this price **

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A KIMBERLEY CELEBRATION Cruise & Stay package includes:
- Bonus FREE 2 nights accommodation in Darwin with breakfast
- Bonus FREE one way transfer from Darwin hotel to port
- 10 night Kimberley 2023 Expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal from Darwin to Broome including:
- All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
- Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
- Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
- Evening entertainment and events
- Room service 24h (special selection)
- Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
- Zodiac excursions
- Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
- Port taxes
Special Conditions
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (14Dec21). Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of inquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Transfers only included on exact package dates. Offer ends 31Jan22 or sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Complimentary hotel stay is at the discretion of our agency.
Special Validity Dates
Special is valid from 14 December 2021 to 20 January 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.
Pre-cruise Itinerary
Date Activity
5 Sep 2023 Make your own way to Darwin hotel for a two night stay
6 Sep 2023 Darwin at leisure
7 Sep 2023 Transfer to port, embark Le Soleal ship
Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
7 Sep 2023 Darwin, NT, Australia 5:00 PM
8 Sep 2023 Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia
9 Sep 2023 Wyndham, Western Australia
10 Sep 2023 King George River, Western Australia
11 Sep 2023 Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
12 Sep 2023 Swift Bay
13 Sep 2023 Hunter River, West Australia
14 Sep 2023 Collier Bay, Western Australia
15 Sep 2023 Collier Bay, Western Australia
16 Sep 2023 Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
17 Sep 2023 Broome, W A 7:00 AM
Post-cruise Itinerary
Date Activity
17 Sep 2023 Ends Broome.
10 Night Cruise sailing from Darwin to Broome aboard Le Soleal.

Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley, following this exceptional PONANT itinerary.

From Darwin to Broome, embark for an 11-day expedition cruise.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Western Australia.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire a spectacular example of the impact of the tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire Montgomery reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay.

Your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, and calm waters, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

This itinerary is given as an indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to switch the order of certain ports of call around to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

Highlights of this cruise:

Darwin
Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

Hunter River
Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.

Swift Bay
The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

Broome
Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district which is the historic city centre and the famous Japanese Cemetery, which dates from 1896, allows to discover the city’s past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design:
With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 2013
  • Length: 142 metres
  • Beam: 18 metres
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Ship registration: France
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 264
  • Officer nationality: French
Ship Amenities
  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat screen satellite Television
  • iPod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Internet Access Wifi
Ship Facilities
  • Boutique's
  • Library
  • Internet Station
  • Main Lounge
  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hair Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Centre
  • Theatre
  • Medical Centre
  • Sun Deck
  • Open Air Bar
  • Panoramic Terrace
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Grill Restaurant
EXPERIENCE CRUISING ANOTHER WAY, DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF YACHT CRUISES.

Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege...

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax - we take care of everything...

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Deck 03

Deck 04

Deck 05

Deck 06

Deck 07

Owners Suite
Surface : 45 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin.

The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you with a breathtakting panoramic sea view. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed
or twin beds Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

Prestige Suite Deck 6
Surface : 37 m². Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin. 8m² private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod™ 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.

Prestige Suite Deck 5
Surface : 37 m². Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin.

8m² private balcony
Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed or twin beds
Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
Satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

Deluxe Suite
Surface : 27 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin.

Private balcony. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed or twin beds
Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
Satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Surface : 18 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin. Private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod™ 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.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Surface : 18 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin. Private balcony Individually-controlled air-conditioning King-size bed or twin beds Shower Minibar Flat screen Satellite TV Desk with stationery Ipod™ 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.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Surface : 18 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin.

Private balcony
Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed or twin beds
Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
Satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

Deluxe Stateroom
Surface : 18 m². Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin.

Private balcony
Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed or twin beds
Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
Satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

Superior Stateroom
Surface : 21 m², Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin.

Individually-controlled air-conditioning
King-size bed or twin beds
Shower
Minibar
Flat screen
Satellite TV
Desk with stationery
Ipod™ 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.

From

AU $10,550*

per person
*All prices are per person twin share unless stated as solo, triple or quad share.
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