A Musical Odyssey in Northern Europe
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QUINTESSENTIAL MUSIC THEME
A combination of extraordinary sightseeing with private recitals by classical musicians: that is what we offer on our Ponant Quintessential Music Theme voyages. A signature of these voyages is that the artists do not simply perform and then retreat to their staterooms; they participate fully in excursions and in life aboard ship. Travelers can expect to share their company over drinks or dinner and in informal conversation. The intimacy of concerts aboard ship and ashore—designed especially for this voyage—and the quality of the performing artists provide a truly unparalleled experience
• A series of concerts aboard ship, exclusively-curated by Michael Parloff, featuring the exhilarating Horszowski Piano Trio and award-winning violist Matthew Lipman
• A private concert in Amsterdam’s historic 17th-century Westerkerk, featuring the Kreutzer violin sonata and the Archduke piano trio
• Optional excursions to some of the best museums in the world, including the Louisiana Museum; the Reijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Groniger Museum, and many more.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$5,740 Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$6,900 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$7,220 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$8,060 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$15,740 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$11,210 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$11,210 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$14,260 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$15,950 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$16,740 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$16,740 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$18,390 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$18,390 Available Owner's Suite AU$27,300 Available
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
StockholmEmbarkation 08/09/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 08/09/2020 at 19H00 .
The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centres: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.
9 September 2020 – At seaArrival 09/09/2020. Departure 09/09/2020.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
10 September 2020 – CopenhagenArrival 10/09/2020 early morning. Departure 10/09/2020 late afternoon.
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.
11 September 2020 – Crossing the Kiel Canal (East)Arrival 11/09/2020. Departure 11/09/2020.
12 September 2020 – HarlingenArrival 12/09/2020 mid morning. Departure 12/09/2020 late afternoon.
Lying at the mouth of the Harinxma canal in the Frise province of the Netherlands, Harlingen has always had a very close relationship with the sea. Once a whale fishing centre and today a port specialised in shrimp fishing, its dynamism has transformed it into a modern city which also offers travellers museums and sites of interest. The local museum, the Hannemahuis, is housed in an 18th Century dwelling and presents a collection of regional furniture and objects retracing the history of the city. The lighthouse and the city hall with their typically Dutch architecture also deserve a visit.
13 September 2020▸14 September 2020 – AmsterdamArrival 13/09/2020 early morning. Departure 14/09/2020 early afternoon.
Amsterdam is above all a city of water. Omnipresent, it guides the traveller’s steps, from street to street, from canal to canal, its bridges seeming to bend their arches to form allegiances with him. Let yourself fall in love with the grace and romanticism that emanate from this charming scene. Known around the world for its museums and the finest collection of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the golden age, this city is home to many other treasures. Take a stroll through the old district or pay a visit to a diamond house – do not miss this “treasure chest” of the Netherlands.
15 September 2020 – AntwerpArrival 15/09/2020 early morning. Departure 15/09/2020 early evening.
Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp is worth a visit for its remarkable architectural heritage. In this moderately-sized, cosmopolitan city, you will be able to stroll around the ancient city centre, dominated by the most important monument in Antwerp, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The museums of the city retrace the history of Antwerp, including the home of Rubens, containing the works of the painter, and the Plantin-Moretus museum, a print works and publishing house that are UNESCO listed. From Grote Markt, the central square in the city, you will be captivated by the attractive sight formed by the unusual medieval architecture of the guild houses.
16 September 2020 – OstendArrival 16/09/2020 early morning. Departure 16/09/2020 early afternoon.
Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.
HonfleurDisembarkation 17/09/2020 at 07H30 .
A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.
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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.
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.
Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.
A waterborne musical journey
Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.
These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.
An exceptional selection of artists*
Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.
According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.
Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.
*See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.
PONANT Quintessential Collection voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it.
In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture. They also offer pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme. We believe that travel approached in this way has the power ato transform us and to make us better citizens of the world.
Michael Parloff, Artistic Director and Lecturer, was Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008 and has been heard regularly as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Highly respected as a lecturer and teacher, he gives regular presentations at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Music@Menlo and masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, Mr. Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Veneskey
Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing”, Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus. On the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Ms. Aizawa was introduced to the esteemed Alexander Schneider. Later that year, she made her U.S. début at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Schneider.
Youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms. Aizawa has also performed as guest with string quartets such as the Guarneri Quartet, the Orion Quartet and the Shanghai Quartet. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning Duo Prism. She is also artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado.
Ms. Aizawa is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. She was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski and she also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin. She is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Ms. Aizawa is a Steinway Artist.
Since his concerto debut in 2004, violinist Jesse Mills has established a unique career, performing music from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention. Mills earned two Grammy nominations for his work on several discs of Arnold Schoenberg's music, released by NAXOS. He can also be heard on the Bridge, Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, among others.
As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest Festival in Portland, OR. He is co-founder of the prize winning Duo Prism, and of the Horszowski Trio. Mills is also co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Silverthorne, CO.
Mills studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann, and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School. He is on the faculty at the Brooklyn College, NYU and Longy School of Music. In 2010 the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC honored him with the ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement.
Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The trio has performed across the United States, and in Canada, Japan, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, and England, and has recorded for Bridge and Avie Records. As a member of the Daedalus Quartet from its founding until 2012, he won the Banff International String Quartet Competition, taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is currently an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School; his principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He plays on a Neapolitan cello made in 1837 by Vincenzo Jorio. He lives in New York City with his wife (violist Melissa Reardon) and their son, Linus.
The recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 26-year-old Chicago native violist Matthew Lipman recently performed concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Innsbrook and Eggenfelden Festival orchestras. He has had recitals at the WQXR Greene Space in New York and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Highlights this season include a debut solo album on Cedille Records, with his transcriptions of Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and a world premiere by Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Mr. Lipman performs internationally as a chamber musician as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, and at the Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Bad Kissingen, Malaga, and Ravinia Festivals. A top prizewinner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Mr. Lipman performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.
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