PONANT
Iconic Kimberley Luxury cruise
Broome to Darwin CRUISE ONLY: National Geographic Itinerary! Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of Kimberley, following this exceptional PONANT itinerary.

  • Departs: Sunday, 7th June 2020
  • Ship: Le Laperouse
  • Cruise line: Ponant
  • Special is valid from: 1st November 2019
  • Book by: 15th December 2019

Special Inclusions

10-Night expedition voyage aboard Le Laperouse
Superb dining, with all main meals included during your cruise.
Captains welcome cocktail and gala dinner.
Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands... list available upon request).
Evening entertainment and events onboard.
24hr room service.
Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ships equipment.
Port taxes and government fees.

Highlights:
Join our highly qualified local expedition team
Enjoy regular Zodiac® outings & shore visits to get close to 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
Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
In Wyndham, enjoy one of the 3 complimentary excursions (subject to availability, on a first come first served basis in chronological order of booking, please contact our travel agents):
Ord River experience: navigation on the Ord River between Kununurra and Lake Argyle. You will have the opportunity to enjoy remarkable wildlife and stunning landscapes. The tour includes a simple buffet lunch served on a riverside camp.
Bungle Bungle scenic flight: panoramic flight onboard a Cessna airplane from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungle massif. You will, in particular, fly over Diversion Dam, Carr Boyd Range or Purnululu National Park.
El Questro experience: guided by an El Questro ranger, the tour includes an all-encompassing journey through Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs. Take a mid-day break for lunch and end the full day with the Chamberlain River Cruise.

Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Broome to Darwin aboard Le Laperouse.

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.

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

A one-night pre-cruise tour in Broome is included on this departure, for your comfort and serenity before your cruise.

From Broome to Darwin, embark aboard Le Lapérouse for an 11-day expedition cruise to one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet.

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 falls in Western Australia.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.

Le Lapérouse will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

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

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, whilst complying with the necessary safety rules and precautions.

Highlights of this cruise:

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…

Careening
Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

King George River
The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

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.

Special Conditions

Cruise costs are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. All fares and taxes are subject to change without notice up until full payment is received. Itinerary may be subject to change. Credit card payments will incur a fee. 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. Cruise Line reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests up to US$9 per person per day if the price of light sweet crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) exceeds US$70 per barrel. Please consult cruise line website for current information.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $15799

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
07/06 Broome, Western Australia
08/06 Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
09/06 Collier Bay, Western Australia
10/06 Collier Bay, Western Australia
11/06 Careening Bay, Western Australia
12/06 Hunter River, West Australia
12/06 Mitchell Plateau and Falls, Western Australia
13/06 Swift Bay
14/06 Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
15/06 King George River, Western Australia
16/06 At sea - -
17/06 Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.