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Polynesian Paradise with Aranui 5

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"As seen in Choice Magazine - July 2018 - this article offers an in depth review of the stunning Aranui 5- part cargo ship part cruise ship!"

CRUISE AWARDS WINNER 2018

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Life in the Slow Lane with the Gota Canal Steamship Company

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Le Laperouse

Ancient Cultures of Northern Australia and Papua with National Geographic

Launching in 2018, Le Lapérouse is the first of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye, located within the hull beneath the water line.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Darwin.

Day 1: Darwin

Board Le Laperouse in Darwin. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: Tiwi Islands

Explore the Tiwi Islands, 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. They comprise Melville Island, Bathurst Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands. Indigenous Australians have occupied the Tiwi Islands for centuries, with creation stories suggesting they were present at least 7,000 years ago. Discover a traditional village and attend a dance performance relating to the story of the Tiwi people.

Day 3: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Elcho Island.

Day 4: Elcho Island

Visit Elcho Island, also known as Galiwinku, home to almost 3000 Aboriginal people, members of the hyper-cerebral Yolngu group of clans. The island has curving beaches surrounded by deep-red cliffs and the forests of acacia and stringy bark stretch away. There’s also a large community of artists that produce a wide range of traditional craft and fine artworks.

Day 5: Yirrkala

The indigenous community of Yirrkala is located on the Gove Peninsula on the Northern Territory coastline. Overhung with gum trees, red sand paths run alongside the shoreline and lead to the dwellings inhabited by the indigenous communities. Visit the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre where you can admire a wide selection of local artwork including totems, bark paintings and sculpted effigies. You will also witness a demonstration of ritual dancing and hear traditional music.

Day 6: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Asmat.

Day 7: Asmat, Papau

Occupying half the Island of New Guinea, Western New Guinea (once known as Irian Jaya) is one of the most remote and mysterious regions of the world. Even today, there are at least 44 tribes that have never had contact with the outside world, the Asmat region, long fabled as the realm of head-hunters and cannibals. Today’s expedition starts with a zodiac transfer to the village of Syuru where you will be met by a multitude of Asmat warrior canoes. Once ashore a traditional ceremony will take place.

Days 8-9: At Sea

Spend the next three days at sea as the ship sails towards Cairns.

Day 11: Cairns

Your voyage ends in Cairns, where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Cairns.

Includes

  • 10 Nights' accommodation on board Le Laperouse
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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