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FLY FREE & STAY FREE! Way, Way Down South 2023

30 Night Fly Cruise and Stay


  • Cruise Line: Ponant
  • Ship: Le Commandant Charcot
  • Package Departs: 13 February 2023
  • Package Duration: 30 Nights
  • Offer Type: Fly Cruise and Stay
  • Embark Ship: Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
  • Disembark Ship: Ushuaia, Argentina
Package Duration: 28 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 13 February 2023 - with flight from Australia to Auckland
Cruise Starts: 14 February 2023 - from Dunedin
Cruise Ends: 12 March 2023 - into Ushuaia
Package Ends: 13 March 2023 - with flight from Santiago to Australia
Back in Australia by: 15 March 2023

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Holiday Highlights:
- Be one of the few to experience the all-new half-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, an unforgettable trip into the heart of the ice and a continent full of extremes.
- A stopover on Macquarie Island, an Australian sub-Antarctic island classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible biodiversity.
- A dive into the history of the French and Australian conquest of the South Pole, with the approach to Adelie Land and the Dumont d`Urville scientific station and the discovery of Victoria Land.
- The crossing of five southern seas: Dumont d`Urville, Somov, Ross, Amundsen and Bellingshausen.
- The exploratory approach to some of the most little-known islands in the world: Charcot Island, Peter I Island and the Marie Byrd Land Islands.
- Outings and shore visits in a zodiac dinghy or hovercraft with an reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
- The landscapes: ice shelves, surrealist glaciers, monumental icebergs, immersion in the heart of the ice floe.
- The wildlife: crabeater seals, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, orcas, royal penguin, king penguins and Adelie penguins.
- Many activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, polar plunge without suit, polar swim with drysuit, participative science.
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HUGE EARLYBIRD SAVINGS.

Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony was $83,700 - current earlybird price: $59,995*pp
Twin PR7 Prestige Balcony was $85,185 - current earlybird price: $61,390*pp
Twin PR8 Prestige Balcony was $86,685 - current earlybird price: $62,520*pp
Twin PV6 Deluxe Suite was $88,955 - current earlybird price: $64,210*pp
Single PR6 Prestige Balcony was $159,365 - current earlybird price: $77,150*

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WAY WAY DOWN SOUTH Fly, Cruise & Stay package prices include:
- FREE one way economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland inc tax (note, upgrades to business class on all airfares from an extra $2495 pp)
- Return airport - hotel - airport transfers, Auckland
- 1 nights hotel accommodation in Auckland
- One way flight from Auckland to Dunedin inc tax
- One way transfer from Dunedin airport to port
- 26 night luxury expedition Antarctic cruise aboard the NEW Le Commandant Charcot from Dunedin to Ushuaia
- 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...list available upon request)
- 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)
- Free expedition parka
- Free boots rental
- Port taxes
- One way transfer from Ushuaia port to airport
- One way economy class airfare from Ushuaia to Santiago
- FREE One way transfer from Santiago airport to hotel
- FREE 1 nights accommodation in a Santiago hotel with breakfast
- FREE One way transfer from Santiago hotel to airport
- FREE!* One way economy class airfare from Santiago to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne (upgrade the return flights from $2495 pp additional)
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 (26Apr22) - based on current Ponant bonus discount of 25% which can and does change without prior notice. Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. 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 if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates. Offer ends 30Jun22 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Free hotel stays and free economy airfare included in package by Cruise Traveller and are subject to cancellation fees which vary from the cruise line`s. Hotels and airline carriers are at the discretion of our agency, guests may choose to upgrade for a surcharge if desired.
Special Validity Dates
Special is valid from 26 April 2022 to 30 June 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.
Pre-cruise Itinerary
Date Activity
13 Feb 2023 Fly FREE from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland
13 Feb 2023 Arrive Auckland, Transfer to hotel for overnight stay
14 Feb 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly Auckland to Dunedin, Transfer to port
Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
14 Feb 2023 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
15 Feb 2023 At Sea    
16 Feb 2023 At Sea    
17 Feb 2023 Macquarie Island, Sub Antarctic Island
18 Feb 2023 At Sea    
19 Feb 2023 At Sea    
20 Feb 2023 Adélie Land, Antarctica
21 Feb 2023 Victoria Land, Antarctica
22 Feb 2023 Victoria Land, Antarctica
23 Feb 2023 Victoria Land, Antarctica
24 Feb 2023 Victoria Land, Antarctica
25 Feb 2023 Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
25 Feb 2023 Date Line Crossing
26 Feb 2023 Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
27 Feb 2023 Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
28 Feb 2023 Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
1 Mar 2023 Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
2 Mar 2023 Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
3 Mar 2023 Amundsen Sea, Antarctica
4 Mar 2023 Amundsen Sea, Antarctica
5 Mar 2023 Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica
6 Mar 2023 Peter I Island, Antarctica
7 Mar 2023 Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica
8 Mar 2023 Charcot Island, Antarctica
9 Mar 2023 At Sea    
10 Mar 2023 Drake Passage
11 Mar 2023 Drake Passage
12 Mar 2023 Ushuaia, Argentina
Post-cruise Itinerary
Date Activity
12 Mar 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly Ushuaia to Santiago, Transfer to hotel
13 Mar 2023 Transfer to airport, Fly FREE Santiago to Syd, Bne or Mel
15 Mar 2023 Arrive Australia
For your serenity, PONANT has organised the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation.

The day before embarkation ? Auckland

Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel.

In order to organise your transfer, please inform your travel agent 60 days before departure:
- your flight number as well as your arrival time and day.

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from your arrival.

Lunch on your own and day at leisure.

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Embarkation Day ? Auckland/Dunedin

The breakfast will be served before leaving for the airport for your Auckland/Dunedin flight.
Transfer to the airport.

Flight Auckland/Dunedin selected by PONANT in economy class.
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.
Approximate flight duration: 2 hours

Meet and greet at Dunedin airport (English-speaking assistance).
Transfer to Le Commandant Charcot.
Embarkation.

? Cruise on board your ship ?

Disembarkation Day ? Ushuaia/Santiago

Disembarkation.
Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport in time for check-in for the flight Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.
Approximate flight duration: 3 hours
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.

It is highly recommended to have an international inbound flight the day after PONANT selected flight.


Your programme includes:

Transfer from Auckland airport upon flight arrival.1-night accommodation in a 5* hotel the night before embarkation.Your hotel will be confirmed few weeks before your cruise.Early check-in available from your arrival.Hospitality desk at the hotel in Auckland.The flights Auckland/Dunedin and Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.
Seats in business class may be available, please contact your travel agent.Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.Transfers as mentioned in the programme.Your programme does not include:

Tips for the local guide.Personal expenses.Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.Please note:

The local currency is the New Zealand dollar. You will be able to make most of your purchases by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve New Zealand dollars from the ATM?s.Summer season in Auckland: temperatures might be around 73 °F (23 °C).Summer season in Dunedin: temperatures vary between 51 °F (11 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C).We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.If case PONANT has not received your full flight details, services start at the hotel in time for check-in.Programme is subject to change. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic!

With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.

The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing.

Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 2021
  • Tonnage: 30,000 Gross Tonnes
  • Length: 150 metres
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 270
  • Officer nationality: French
Ship Amenities
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Minibar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat screen satellite television
  • Video on demand
  • IPod™ docks
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • Direct Line Telephone
  • Internet access Wifi
Ship Facilities
  • Boutique
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Reception / Concierge Desk
  • Main Lounge
  • Cigar Lounge
  • Bar
  • Panoramic Bar
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Hair Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Sauna
  • Snow Room
  • Nail Shop
  • Indoor Pool and Winter Garden
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Theatre and Conference Room
  • Library
  • Medical Centre
  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Spa
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...

Deck 5

Deck 6

Deck 7

Deck 8

Deck 9

Owner's Suite
Area : 114 m²
Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin
186 m² private balcony with jacuzzi
Shower & Balneo bathtub
Butler service
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Privilege Suite Deck 8
Area : 48 m²
Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin
12.5 m² private balcony
Shower & Balneo bathtub
Butler service
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 8
Area : 40 m²
Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin
10 m² private balcony
2 Showers
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 7
Area : 40 m²
Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin
10 m² private balcony
2 Showers
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
Area : 20 m²
Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin
5 m² private balcony
Shower
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
Area : 20 m²
Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin
5 m² private balcony
Shower
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Area : 20 m²
Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin
5 m² private balcony
Shower
Individually-controlled airconditioning
Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
Minibar - 24hr room service
Flat screen satellite TV
Video on demand
IPod™ docks
Safe
French bath products
Dressing table with hairdryer
Direct line telephone
110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
Internet access Wifi.
From

AU $59,995*

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