Most of the cruise news you hear is about gigantic vessels from the major cruise lines, but there’s a whole different kind of cruising most people never even consider: small ship cruising. PONANT, a French luxury cruise line, is one of the finest examples of what small ship voyaging can offer and they are bringing their newest vessel to home port in Australia for the 2019/2020 cruise season.
Le Lapérouse is just finishing up its sea trials in Norway before the ship makes its way Down Under via Europe, the Indian Ocean and Asia. This isn’t the kind of vessel that you might be thinking of when the words “cruise ship” spring to mind though. Le Lapérouse is a luxury expedition yacht, fitted out with just 92 staterooms and suites to provide guests with an intimate cruise experience that feels far more personalised than any big ship cruise can ever be. As the first ship in a new series, she brings something new to the fleet while still delivering on Ponant cornerstones: sophistication, authenticity and comfort.
When the PONANT Le Lapérouse arrives in Australasia, she’ll start in on a season filled with unique itineraries which delve into both the lesser known treasures and the firm favourite destinations of the region. With sailings coming up which include trips to New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, the remote reaches of Papua New Guinea and the colourful wonders of the Strait of Malacca, among more familiar destinations, Le Lapérouse will introduce guests to sights and experiences which go far beyond your standard cruise fare.
The destinations are only part of what makes a cruise aboard Le Lapérouse special though. The staterooms and suites are luxuriously appointed, the eateries draw on French gastronomy to provide guests with delectable meals and snacks and the ship’s small size and limited passenger count means that you’ll almost feel like you’re on your own private superyacht. This is truly a cruise experience utterly unlike what the popular lines offer.
Take the next step in your cruise obsession and seize the chance to experience a PONANT voyage while Le Lapérouse is homeported in your backyard. There’s no substitute for true luxury, so find out what all the fuss is about and discover a whole new side to cruising aboard the all new Le Lapérouse.