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**SPECIAL OFFER** Save up to 30% on full prices. The earlier you book the better the discount available. Please call for latest special offers. Pricing shown here reflects full brochure price only. The state-of-the-art mega-yacht, L’Austral launched in May 2011, bringing a unique blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being to small ship cruising. With just 132 cabins, L’Austral’s sleek design and small size means she can offer exclusive itineraries featuring ports of call that are inaccessible to larger ships. The yacht’s distinctive shape features smooth contours and large, arched windows, opening up to the sea and letting in the light. Precious materials in soothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of colour to create a discreet elegance reminiscent of a private yacht.

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SPECIAL OFFER - From Brazil to Africa 17 Day Cruise

From £5472.22 Per person including taxes Sailing dates March 18th 2019

**Special Offer**The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories. Please call for more information. Board L'Austral as she sails on an epic voyage between two continents offering a fascinating itinerary rich in contrasts and cultural blending and wonderful UNESCO World Heritage treasures. You will sail from Rio de Janiero to Dakar in 17 days, during an exceptional cruise combining cultural discoveries and remarkable natural sites. Visit the beautiful colonial town of Paraty and the charming cities of Salvador de Bahia and Recife, before you reach the Fernando de Noronha islands, off the Brazilian coast, a natural paradise that is home to thousands of birds and marine-rich waters. L'Austral will then continue across the Atlantic as far as the Bijagos Islands for three days of expedition. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, these sparsely-inhabited islands are only accessible to a few privileged travellers. End your journey in Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal.

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Emblematic Antarctica 11 Day Cruise

From £9555.56 Per person including taxes Sailing dates From 30 Dec 2018 to 17 Feb 2019

Join this eleven day expedition cruise and discover the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula, a land of frozen fjords, remote islands and unique wildlife in utter comfort on board L'Austral. Journey into this enchanting polar desert where penguins live in their thousands and humpback whales swim alongside ships.

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Discovery of the King of the Arctic 13 Day Cruise

From £11555.56 Per person including taxes Sailing dates June 30th 2019

Set sail aboard L'Austral for an unforgettable 13 day voyage around Spitsbergen, one of the jewels of the northern hemisphere. You will discover the islands magical landscapes, ancient glaciers, spectacular fjords and rugged mountains. In this vast wilderness you will have the opportunity to witness amazing wildlife including whales, arctic foxes, walruses, but also polar bears, the undisputed kings of the ice.

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Antarctica and Climate Change

From £10671.30 Per person including taxes Sailing dates December 10th 2019

Join New York Times science writers Henry Fountain and James Gorman on this expedition aboard L'Austral to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness with them the grandeur of this most remote of continent and discover the ways in which climate change may alter its role in the global eco-system. Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow piece of land that juts into the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea. Be amazed by the breathtaking panoramas of icebergs, jagged, snow-capped mountains and blue glaciers. Cruise aboard Zodiacs among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and visit with scientists at research stations. This itinerary also includes a one night pre-cruise stay in Ushuaia and excursion to the spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park.

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Beyond the Polar Circle with National Geographic

From £16933.34 Per person including taxes Sailing dates January 15th 2020

Cross the mythical line of the Antarctic Circle during this 17-day polar expedition cruise to the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere, brought to you by Ponant and National Geographic.

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In the Wake of Pioneers with National Geographic

From £10395.37 Per person including taxes Sailing dates September 15th 2019

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Ponant invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners in Alaska, during a 15-day expedition voyage aboard L’Austral. From Nome to Vancouver, discover a remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to glistening glaciers, steep mountains and expansive lakes.

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From Scotland to Spitsbergen with National Geographic

From £7870.37 Per person including taxes Sailing dates May 17th 2020

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, join the luxurious L’Austral for an all new expedition cruise that will take you from Dublin to Longyearbyen. During this exceptional 12-day trip, you will discover the most beautiful of the Scottish Isles and cross the Arctic Circle to reach the frozen lands of Spitsbergen Island.

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Remote Islands of the Atlantic with National Geographic

From £4629.63 Per person including taxes Sailing dates March 21st 2020

Sailing between two continents, Ponant with National Geographic offers you an itinerary rich in contrasts and cultural blending, to discover UNESCO World Heritage treasures. Aboard L’Austral, you will travel from Brazil to Senegal in 12 days, during an expedition cruise combining cultural discoveries and remarkable natural sites.

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