Atlantic Archipelagos

16 days / 15 nights
    Expedition
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    Atlantic Archipelagos

    Cruise Northern Europe, Latin America, Africa

    from 22 March 2018 to 6 April 2018
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Recife
    Arrival Port : Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S220318

    Set sail on an unforgettable 16-day expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal. PONANT is proposing an all-new transatlantic circuit that explores stunning archipelagos.  

    Your trip will begin in Brazil, where you will embark in the port of Recife.

    Your first port of call, subject to obtaining the approvals, will be Fernando de Noronha. Located off the shoreline of Brazil, this small paradise offers a perfectly preserved wild setting, with long secret bays bathed in aquamarine waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the archipelago is home to many birds as well as to extraordinary marine life moving among the coral reefs.

    You will then discover the Bissagos Islands, which belong to Guinea-Bissau and are recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This archipelago of over 80 islands, most of which are uninhabited, has managed to maintain its intimacy. Nature runs its course here, between lush vegetation and white-sand beaches. You will set off to encounter local communities who still live in accordance with their ancestral customs.

    Further west, you will visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, where the famous morna singer Cesaria Evora was born.  

    Your cruise will end in the Canary Islands, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: a lively and cosmopolitan city combining modernity and authenticity.

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    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *

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

    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • UNSECO-classified sites: Fernando de Noronha*, Bissagos Islands.
    • Presence on board of the architect Jacques Rougerie.
    • A cruise discovering four archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean: Fernando de Noronha*, the Bissagos Islands, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.
    • Possibility of encountering local people in the Bissagos Islands.
    • The biodiversity and wild, preserved landscapes of Fernando de Noronha* and the Bissagos Islands.
    • The city of Mindelo in Cape Verde and its elegant buildings with their British and Portuguese colonial influences.

    * Port of call subject to obtaining the approvals.

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      22 March 2018 – At sea

      Recife

      Embarkation 22/03/2018 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 22/03/2018 at 00H00 .

      Founded in the 16th century, the city of Recife on Brazilメs north-east coast is a vibrant mix of old and new. Stroll around the historic centre to discover elegant pastel-coloured mansions, the Baroque cathedral of São Pedro and the azulejos frescoes in the church of São António, not far from the neoclassical theatre of Santa Isabel. On the waterfront, the long beaches of Pina and Boa Viagem beckon with emerald water and fine sand under shady coconut palms, while modern business blocks rear skyward to form a striking backdrop.

      23 March 2018 – At sea

      23 March 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 23/03/2018. Departure 23/03/2018.

      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.

      24 March 2018▸25 March 2018 – Fernando de Noronha

      24 March 2018▸25 March 2018 – Fernando de Noronha

      Arrival 24/03/2018. Departure 25/03/2018.

      The main island in the archipelago of the same name, Fernando de Noronha lies off Brazilメs north-east coast. Its pristine natural environment has given it UNESCO World Natural Heritage status. In Dolphins Bay, spinner dolphins cavort in pristine waters against a backdrop of luxuriant green hills. You might also see whale sharks and hawksbill turtles. Just next to the port of Santo Antonio, youメll see petrels and albatrosses cruising over deserted beaches. For an insight into the islandメs culture, visit Vila dos Remédios, a seaside village featuring many historic buildings.

      26 March 2018▸29 March 2018 – At sea

      26 March 2018▸29 March 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 26/03/2018. Departure 29/03/2018.

      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.

      30 March 2018 – Carache Island, Bijagos

      30 March 2018 – Carache Island, Bijagos

      Arrival 30/03/2018. Departure 30/03/2018.

      Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll meet the Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

      31 March 2018 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

      31 March 2018 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

      Arrival 31/03/2018. Departure 31/03/2018.

      Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll enjoy Caravela Island's wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

      1 April 2018▸2 April 2018 – At sea

      1 April 2018▸2 April 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 01/04/2018. Departure 02/04/2018.

      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.

      3 April 2018 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.

      3 April 2018 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.

      Arrival 03/04/2018 early morning. Departure 03/04/2018 mid afternoon.

      Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

      4 April 2018▸5 April 2018 – At sea

      4 April 2018▸5 April 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 04/04/2018. Departure 05/04/2018.

      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.

      6 April 2018▸5 April 2018 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife

      Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

      Disembarkation 06/04/2018 at 08H30 .

      The capital city of Tenerife is located on the north-east coast of the island. Close to the port is the monumental Plaza de España, bedecked with a fountain and plant sculptures. Around the plaza, you can admire the white marble Triunfo de la Candelaria obelisk, the historic casino of Santa Cruz and the majestic Guimerà theatre. Not far from here, the picturesque Iglesia de la Concepción church features the characteristic traits of Canaries architecture.

      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.

      • Brazil: Should you need a visa for Brazil, we strongly recommend you start the necessary application process early.

      • Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. You will need to bring with you your original proof of international yellow fever vaccination. Should you fail to bring your valid certificate, you will be denied boarding.

        Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor) 

      Theme

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Jacques Rougerie

      Jacques Rougerie

      A visionary architect born in 1945 and passionate about the sea, Jacques Rougerie has, for more than 30 years, based his research and his realizations on bionic and biomimetic architecture that takes in account the principles of sustainable development. His prospective vision and his taste for new technologies allow him to propose a better integration of the habitat in its natural environment, in particular the marine one, in order for humans to better find a fit in it. Thus he draws his inspiration from Léonardo da Vinci and his faith in the human ingenuity.

                  Jacques Rougerie builds underwater habitats and laboratories, marine research centers, vessels with see-through hulls, sub-aquatic museums and imagines major projects always linked to the ocean.

                  Hence he combines his two passions - the sea and architecture. He was elected in 2008 to the Institut de France – Academy of Fine Arts and like a true undersea explorer, he tests his own creations and has even lived several times in underwater habitats, famously participating in the world record achievement of living 71 days under the sea in the United States.

                  His flagship projects, SeaOrbiter and the City of Meriens, are a synthesis of more than 30 years of innovative research in marine and subsea architecture. Inspired by the imaginary work of Jules Verne, he has adopted his motto: "Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real".

       

      “It is from the ocean that will be born the destiny of civilizations to come.”

      Language spoken: French

       

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      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities.

       

      Dressing tips :

      • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
      • Light weight long trousers
      • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
      • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
      • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
      • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
      • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
      • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
      • Comfortable walking shoes
      • Waterproof backpack for camera
      • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
      • Binoculars
      • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

       

      Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: http://boutique.ponant.com.

      Benefits of the PONANT shop:

      • expert advice to gear up
      • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
      • Duty Free prices
      • delivery directly on board

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        06/04/2018 – Panoramic tour of La Laguna

        100.00 AU$ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        20/03/2018 – Cidade Maravilhosa’, the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro (2 nights)

        For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
        The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
        His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.

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        22/03/2018 – Transfer in Recife

        50.00 AU$ **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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