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Ponant Darwin Cruise Reviews

Map of Itinerary and Wildlife Sightings
Zodiac expedition
Lunch by the pool on a cool day.
Asian Orchid blown into Dominica during a 1979 hurricane - still thriving in the wild today
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Amazing expedition to the Kimberley Coast and on to Bali

Review for Le Laperouse to Australia & New Zealand

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gaskellsdownunder
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose these cruises for the expeditions and ability of the vessel to get into small ports and also to change course to find unexpected delights. We also love French food! The expedition leaders were wonderful as were their lectures each evening on the following day's adventures. All the crew went out of their way to make sure those of us who were less able-bodied were included in as many ...
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Sail Date: August 2019


MUST DO TRIP WITH PONANT

Review for Le Laperouse to Australia & New Zealand

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oziekev007
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Having sailed twice before with Ponant on expedition cruises the choice for our cruise to the Kimberley was easy to make as we knew first hand the type of cruise that we would be joining. Ponant are a little expensive compared to some other operators in the Kimberley area, however the quality with Ponant is always the same and they spare nothing to allow each person to enjoy the most out of the ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Pampered and informative.

Review for Le Laperouse to Australia & New Zealand

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fkhafagi
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

The crew were unfailingly friendly yet efficient. The organisation of embarkation, disembarkation and the multiple excursions was flawless, and supplemented by daily debriefing/briefing sessions which ensured passengers were well informed as to the requirements and expectations for each day's activities. Shore excursions were supervised by highly qualified, well-informed and enthusiastic ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Gourmet cruising of the Iconic Kimberleys

Review for L'Austral to Australia & New Zealand

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donblair
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We had previously sailed on Ponant cruises to Alaska and Antarctica and had fantastic exoeriences with them so we decided to cruise with Ponant again in our own country Australia from Darwin to Broome to see the Kimberley Region, The ships are very comfortable in classic French chique style and only take approximately 200 passengers rather than other massive cruise ships, We find this size of ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Iconic Kimberley

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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parischris
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

For me, Ponant is the perfect mix of intinerary, price and comfort. It is not for everyone - this was my third Ponant cruise, complaints about the food are common and based on the mis-understanding that the French eat souffle, foie gras and French onion soup every day. Simple, high quality fresh ingredients is the norm. Also expect the Captain, officers, receptionists, spa staff and some of ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


Couldn't be any better

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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laughalot
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

First time on Ponant but 16th cruise overall. We were totally spoilt like never before. The ship is beautiful and the staff were all so very nice and went the extra mile with everything they did. The rooms were bigger than other cruise lines we have travelled on and the finishing touches were lovely. Very comfortable beds and pillows. Plenty of closet space, an in room safe, good quality ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


Excellent Experience

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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Esther P.
10+ Cruises

I did back-to back cruises on L'Austral with the first being 10 days in Australia's Kimberly. It was excellent in every way -- itinerary, activities, cabin, food, and especially the expedition team. They worked together beautifully., gave wonderful presentations and were always available for questions. The passenger makeup was mostly Australians, though about 20 French-speaking. I ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


A fabulous expose of the Kimberly coast.

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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skaidogs
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Always wanted to see the Kimberly coast by ship, to view the horizontal waterfalls. King George gorge scenery, and Rock Art proof of extra-terrestial visitors from long ago. The trip met expectations, but wine was not uniformly of expected standard for french wine and should have been at next level up for non-selected (types- champagne,rose were 0K) Service on back outside deck was ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


Kimberley Experience

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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Brissie B
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We visited the Kimberley region 20 years ago on a small cruise boat with less than 20 passengers and always wished to return. The Ponant Expedition Cruise with very experienced Naturalists on board to explain and show you the fascinating features and Aboriginal art was a highlight tat is a must for visitors to the area. We are well past retirement age and found the accessability into the ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


Kimberley Expedition Cruise - Brilliant

Review for L'Austral to South Pacific

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Darralyn
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

We undertook our first ever cruise this month. It was with Ponant and the ship was L'Austral. We chose this cruise as the expedition to the Kimberleys appealed to us also the small number of passengers of around 230 people was perfect. It was Darwin to Darwin. The cruise was 10 nights 11 days. Being our first ever cruise we had no idea of what to expect but we were more than pleased with every ...
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Sail Date: September 2017


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