CRUISE PLUS DOMESTIC SOUTH AMERICA FLIGHTS: Discover untouched landscapes and the amazing wilderness that calls Antarctica home

  • Departs: Saturday, 28th November 2020
  • Ship: L'Austral
  • Cruise line: Ponant
  • Special is valid from: 30th January 2020
  • Book by: 29th February 2020

Special Inclusions

Your Cruise includes:
10-Night expedition voyage onboard L'Austral
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.
24 hour room service.
Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ships equipment.
Port taxes and government fees.

Your programme includes :
1-night accommodation in a 4* hotel the night before embarkation in Buenos Aires
Early check-in available from late morning.
Hospitality desk at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Return flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT, in economy class.
Services of local guides, in Ushuaia.
Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.
Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

Your Bonus
* €200 per person Onboard Credit is included

Optional Tour (Additional Cost)
Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion (not combinable with the lunch in Ushuaia inclusion)
Includes excursion by local bus, with entrance fees to the National Park covered. Enjoy lunch with beverages and services of a local English speaking guide

TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Price includes return economy class airfares Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to meet your cruise, including known prepayable airline taxes and levies. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees and inclusions as specified. Gratuities additional. Price includes current Ponant Bonus and all applicable discounts. Fare is yield managed and subject to change at any time. Limited number of cabins are available at displayed price.. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to currency fluctuations & are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only. QCard & credit card prices on application. Capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment & cancellation fees do apply. Name changes are not permitted – please contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 30 January 2020 & are subject to change without notification. Other conditions may apply. Sales until 28 February 2020 unless sold prior.

Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard L'Austral.

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights of this cruise:

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Drake Passage
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Antarctic Peninsula
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $11799

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
28/11 Ushuaia, Argentina 06:00 PM
29/11 Drake Passage
30/11 Drake Passage
01/12 Antarctic Peninsula
02/12 Antarctic Peninsula
03/12 Antarctic Peninsula
04/12 Antarctic Peninsula
05/12 Antarctic Peninsula
06/12 Drake Passage
07/12 Drake Passage
08/12 Ushuaia, Argentina 07:00 AM
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.