The Essential of the Caribbean

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    The Essential of the Caribbean

    Cruise Caribbean

    from 13 November 2019 to 25 November 2019
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Fort-de-France
    Arrival Port : Fort-de-France

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    • Ref : U131119

    Discover Saint Lucia in video.

    PONANT invites you on a brand-new 13-day cruise to the heart of the West Indies. From Fort-de-France, you will sail the idyllic waters of the Caribbean Sea to discover stunning islands, as well as historical and architectural landmarks.

    An experienced diving instructor is on board for the entire cruise, enabling you to safely enjoy swimming and scuba diving.

    You will first sail to St. Kitts, a volcanic island with fine sandy beaches and a rich colonial heritage.

    Your ship will then call at Anguilla, before reaching further west the British Virgin Islands, which will offer you idyllic landscapes.

    Then you will discover Saint Barthelemy, and the enchanting setting offered by the island of Dominica, known as the Nature Island, before sailing to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Bequia Island, and its wild and unspoiled coastline.

    After a call at GrenadaLe Dumont-d’Urville will anchor in the Tobago Cays National Park. This rosary of islands bound together by the most beautiful coral reef in the West Indies, will reveal its incredible underwater wildlife and its secret coves.

    You will then island hop gently towards Saint Lucia and its two majestic rocky peaks soaring straight from the sea, a unique location listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, before reaching Fort-de-France, your final port.

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    Special offer(s) :

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    - When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    - When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

     

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *

    *The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.

    FLIGHT CREDIT

    * 1300AUD flight credit per person on select cruises. This offer is valid until November 30, 2019, is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. It cannot be backdated.

    Highlights

    • A cruise in the heart of the West Indies.
    • Discovering 10 islands on the same cruise: Martinique, St. Kitts, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Barthelemy, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Saint Lucia.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts and Nevis, Morne Trois Pitons National Park on Dominica, Saint Lucia’s rocky peaks.
    • Exceptional sea bed with possibility to observe turtles, barracudas, spiny lobsters and parrot fishes.
    • Discovering the British Virgin Islands, where each white-sand beach is more stunning than the next.
    • On Dominica, the National Park of Cabrits and Fort Shirley.
    • Multiple opportunities to swim in crystal-clear waters.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board.

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      LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

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      LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

      Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

      As the fourth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

      Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

      Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

      Port of call & excursions

      13 November 2019 – South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts

      Fort-de-France

      Embarkation 13/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/11/2019 at 21H00 .

      Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

      14 November 2019 – South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts

      14 November 2019 – South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts

      Arrival 14/11/2019 midday. Departure 14/11/2019 early evening.

      Nestling along the peninsula of Saint-Kitts Island, South Friars Bay shelters one of the Kittitians’ most popular beaches. You will find this gorgeous stretch of golden sand ideal for a spot of sunbathing, or you may prefer to go and discover the history of the island. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a remarkable example of military architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. It affords an exceptional view of the island’s coast.

      15 November 2019 – Road Bay, Anguilla

      15 November 2019 – Road Bay, Anguilla

      Arrival 15/11/2019 early morning. Departure 15/11/2019 early evening.

      Anguilla is a small and idyllic island with a concentration of many treasures: fine sandy beaches, creeks, caves and prehistoric petroglyphs, former colonial houses, natural reserves and the famous golf course designed by Greg Norman. he various evocations of the main island’s shape gave the archipelago its name: an “arrow head” for the Amerindians and an “eel” for Christopher Columbus. You will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of Sandy Ground Beach and, conditions permitting, you may get the chance to land on the small sand bar opposite, the idyllic Sandy Island.

      16 November 2019 – Jost Van Dyke

      16 November 2019 – Jost Van Dyke

      Arrival 16/11/2019 early morning. Departure 16/11/2019 early evening.

      During your cruise, discover the pearl of the British Virgin Islands, said to have been named after a fearsome Dutch pirate from long ago. he hilly landscape offers travellers beautiful wild expanses lined with immaculate beaches where the breeze gently caresses the coconut palms. In this slice of heaven with crystal-clear waters, you will be able to enjoy the lively atmosphere of White Bay. As for the wildlife, iguanas, mongooses, pelicans and blue herons have taken up residence on these islands, much to the delight of our passengers who love a good holiday snap!

      17 November 2019 – Gustavia

      17 November 2019 – Gustavia

      Arrival 17/11/2019 early morning. Departure 17/11/2019 early evening.

      Lovers of this island call it Saint-Barth. This French island in the Lesser Antilles was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Ever since, this tiny mountainous volcanic gem with its unspoilt nature has been enchanting visitors. You will enjoy the beauty of its large paradisiacal beaches, plus the charm and refinement of its old wooden houses and its sumptuous colonial manors. Although, as you saunter through the rues de Gustavia or Saint-Jean, you’ll come across jewellers, top fashion boutiques and fine restaurants, there is also a simplicity that money can’t buy…

      18 November 2019 – Portsmouth

      18 November 2019 – Portsmouth

      Arrival 18/11/2019 early morning. Departure 18/11/2019 early evening.

      With its mountainous terrain, vast tropical forest, hot springs, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, Dominica is undoubtedly the wildest island in the Caribbean. Protected by several national parks, this little-known land, located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, between Guadeloupe and Martinique, will inspire adventure and exploration. During your port of call, do not miss out on discovering the enchanting landscapes of the Indian River: navigating through this dense mangrove, in which creepers, ferns, forest trees and giant roots are interweaved, is a magical experience, a fascinating voyage into the heart of an almost mystical natural universe.

      19 November 2019 – Les Saintes

      19 November 2019 – Les Saintes

      Arrival 19/11/2019 early morning. Departure 19/11/2019 late afternoon.

      During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. The long shady beach of Pompierre, where it is forbidden to drop anchor, is a peaceful place for a swim, while Pain de Sucre Beach offers wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. On the island, don’t forget to taste the local speciality, the “tourment d’amour”, a cake made with coconut.

      20 November 2019 – Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

      20 November 2019 – Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

      Arrival 20/11/2019 early morning. Departure 20/11/2019 evening.

      In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

      21 November 2019 – Saint George's, Grenada

      21 November 2019 – Saint George's, Grenada

      Arrival 21/11/2019 early morning. Departure 21/11/2019 early evening.

      Delicately set in the curve of a bay on the west coast of Grenada, Saint George’s lively commercial fishing harbour is especially colourful when the boats are being loaded with fruit and vegetables destined for neighbouring islands and when all the little fishing boats return from their day out at sea. This “spice island” capital is an excellent base for visiting the surrounding natural sites : its picturesque coast or the artisanal producers of chocolate and nutmeg, Grenada’s gold. Five kilometres (3 miles) to the south, you will be able to visit Grande Anse and Morne Rouge, two long sandy beaches.

      22 November 2019 – Tobago Cays

      22 November 2019 – Tobago Cays

      Arrival 22/11/2019 mid morning. Departure 22/11/2019 late afternoon.

      Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

      23 November 2019 – Mayreau Island

      23 November 2019 – Mayreau Island

      Arrival 23/11/2019 mid morning. Departure 23/11/2019 late evening.

      Among the string of paradisiac islands with their sandy beaches that form the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, Mayreau is the smallest. Its peaceful and idyllic atmosphere, far from the madding crowd, invites you to relax. On shore, enjoy a shaded and fully equipped beach from which to go snorkelling if you’d like to observe the colourful fish around the coral sitting at the foot of the rocks that stretch across the bay.

      24 November 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      24 November 2019 – Pigeon Island Beach

      Arrival 24/11/2019 early morning. Departure 24/11/2019 early afternoon.

      Linked to St Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. On this wild and pristine land, you will be inspired to take pleasant walks amid the tropical vegetation and through a magnificent tree-filled garden. You will also be irresistibly drawn to the two pretty little sandy beaches nestling on the southern side and bathed by crystal-clear waters. While snorkelling, be sure to explore the underwater world that is teeming with life, along the rocks lining this peninsula’s coast. You will thoroughly enjoy the calm and beauty of this place, which is really conducive to simply relaxing.

      24 November 2019 – Soufrière

      24 November 2019 – Soufrière

      Arrival 24/11/2019 mid afternoon. Departure 24/11/2019 evening.

      Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town. In the vicinity of the lush botanical gardens, you will be able to enjoy the curative powers of the Diamond Falls mineral baths. From the beach at the north end of the bay, you can set off to explore the reefs that are home to stunning gardens of sea fans at the foot of the cliffs that plunge into the sea.

      25 November 2019▸24 November 2019 – Fort-de-France

      Fort-de-France

      Disembarkation 25/11/2019 at 07H00 .

      Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • In order to participate in diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.

      Scuba diving

      Scuba diving

      Fauna and flora of the Caribbean Sea

      The fauna of the Caribbean Sea is very varied. During the different dives, divers can observe various species of benthic fauna such as French angel fish, queen angel fish, spotted drums, puffer fish, parrots fish, and pelagic fauna such as spotted eagle ray, barracudas, horse eyes jackfish, as well as fixed wildlife such as gorgonians and barrel sponges.

      Supervision of the dives

      Your dives will be led by your PONANT instructor. He will take care of your safety and that all goes smoothly. On some diving sites, as in natural reserves or if the local regulations require it, a local guide will escort the diving.

      Level required for scuba diving on this cruise

      The minimum level required for scuba diving on this cruise is 1star CMAS or the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving log book and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented at the beginning of the cruise to our main diving instructor.

      Process of the dives (certified divers)

      The instructor can dive with 4 certified divers at a time. The instructor reserves the right to check divers’ ability for maximum safety. As we will dive in remote places, the dives will be done without decompression stop. A safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 metres will be mandatory. The depth that can be reached will depend on the certification of the divers:

      • For those with PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent), the maximum depth can be up to 20 metres.
      • If two PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or equivalent) wish to dive together independently, they must have a briefing first. They must have dive computers and are allowed to go to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

      Process of the initiation dives (novice divers)

      Before your initiation dive, your instructor will show you the equipment and will explain to you how to communicate underwater using hand gestures and how to breathe through a regulator. Once in the water, equipped with your material, you will learn how to breathe through your regulator on the surface for a couple of minutes. When your instructor feels you are ready, he will immerse you in water for about 20 minutes to a depth of 6 metres maximum.

      Duration of the dives

      The diving activity lasts from 2 to 3 hours, which includes the journey to the diving site and the diving. This duration may vary according to the site, the level of divers, weather conditions and the number of participants. For experienced divers, the duration of dives varies between 35 and 60 minutes depending on the site, the diver’s experience and consumption.

      Supplied equipment

      • Diving wetsuit
      • Stabilising jacket
      • Fins, mask and snorkel
      • Regulator with octopus and pressure gauge
      • Diving computer (for divers mastering their use)

      Scuba diving activities on this cruise

      PORT OF CALL

      DIVES

      (for certified divers)

      DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

      (for beginners)

      Saint Kitts and Nevis - South Friars Bay, Saint Kitts

      YES

      NO

      Saint Martin - Marigot

      NO

      NO

      British Virgin Islands - Virgin Gorda (morning)

      YES

      NO

      British Virgin Islands - Virgin Gorda (afternoon)

      YES

      YES

      Saint Barthélemy - Gustavia

      YES

      YES

      Dominica - Portsmouth

      YES

      NO

      Guadeloupe - Les Saintes

      YES

      YES

      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Port Elizabeth, Bequia

      Island

      YES

      YES

      Grenada - Saint George’s, Grenada

      YES

      YES

      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Tobago Cays

      NO

      NO

      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Mayreau Island

      YES

      YES

      Saint Lucia - Pigeon Island Beach

      YES

      NO

      Saint Lucia - Soufrière

      YES

      NO

       

       

      These sites are indicative. The proposed diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

       

      Rates

      Price per person

      • Initiation dive:
        • Introductory dive (1 dive): € 80
        • Ponant Discovery Pack (2 dives): € 150

       

      • Certified dive:
        • Exploration (1 dive): € 80
        • Excellence Package (3 dives): € 225
        • Passion Package (6 dives): €420
        • Master Package (10 dives): € 650

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        12/11/2019 – HERITAGE OF MARTINIQUE (1 NIGHT)

        360.00 AU$ **

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        11/11/2019 – DISCOVER MARTINIQUE, THE ISLE OF FLOWERS (2 NIGHTS)

        860.00 AU$ **

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