Cape Verde and Canary Islands
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- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago); The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower in Lisbon.
- The varied landscapes of three exceptional archipelagos: Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
- The town of Mindelo in Cape Verde with its elegant buildings influenced by its British and Portuguese colonial heritage.
- Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to visit Dakar in Senegal and Goree Island, the memorial to the slave trade.
- After disembarking, you will have the possibility of visiting Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and its rich cultural offering.
- Staterooms & Suites
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom AU$6,110 Not Available Deluxe Stateroom AU$6,600 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$5,420 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$5,570 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$7,420 Not Available Deluxe Suite AU$7,690 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$10,810 Not Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$11,130 Not Available Owner's Suite AU$11,680 Available
In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.
Port of call & excursions
DakarEmbarkation 03/04/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 03/04/2019 at 18H00 .
On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.
4 April 2019 – At seaArrival 04/04/2019. Departure 04/04/2019.
5 April 2019 – PraiaArrival 05/04/2019 early morning. Departure 05/04/2019 late afternoon.
The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.
6 April 2019 – MindeloArrival 06/04/2019 early morning. Departure 06/04/2019 late 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.
7 April 2019▸8 April 2019 – At seaArrival 07/04/2019. Departure 08/04/2019.
9 April 2019 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary IslandsArrival 09/04/2019 late morning. Departure 09/04/2019 early evening.
A stopover of sunny climes, Las Palmas is located on the north-east coast of Gran Canaria. A few streets away from Puerto de la Luz port, you’ll discover the vast Las Canteras beach, bordered with the town’s characteristic palms. You’ll find these palms are all over Las Palmas, in the streets and squares, especially on the plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the historical district. It feels like you’ve travelled back in time here, as you stand looking at the tall houses beside the Santa Ana cathedral. Very close by, you can visit the Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to the famous explorer. The museum is housed in the palace belonging to the island’s former governor. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to the covered Vegueta market to partake in some daily life along with the locals and taste some unfamiliar dishes.
10 April 2019 – Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary IslandsArrival 10/04/2019 early morning. Departure 10/04/2019 early afternoon.
Established on a coast sprinkled with cliffs, Arrecife has a pleasant beach and a lagoon full of charm, Charca of San Ginés, where the fishermen anchor their boats. The city also proposes places fed by history and culture, such as the castle San Gabriel, former fort of defense of the city.
11 April 2019 – Funchal, MadeiraArrival 11/04/2019 midday. Departure 11/04/2019 late afternoon.
This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-coloured mosaics. If you follow these patterns, they’ll lead you to the appetising Mercado dos Lavradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas museum, and the golden panelling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira's cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.
12 April 2019 – At seaArrival 12/04/2019. Departure 12/04/2019.
LisbonDisembarkation 13/04/2019 at 09H00 .
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.
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.
Cabo Verde: no visa is necessary for entry and exit by sea.
Entry pre-registration is not required.
A visionary architect, of international renown, passionate about the sea, Jacques Rougerie, born in 1945, has based, for more than 30 years, his research and his realisations on bionic and biomimetic architecture, that takes into account the principles of sustainable development. His prospective vision and his interest in new technologies allow him to propose a better integration of the habitat in its natural environment, in particular the littoral and marine ones. Thus he draws his inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci and his faith in the genius of human spirit.
Jacques Rougerie builds underwater habitats and laboratories, marine research centres, vessels with see-through hulls, sub-aquatic museums and imagines major projects always linked to the ocean. He also designed Blue Eye, the first multisensory underwater lounge within the hull beneath the water line, which will be integrated within six PONANT ships.
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 his innovative researches in marine and subsea architecture. Inspired by the imaginary work of Jules Verne, he has adopted his motto: "Anything one man is able to imagine, other men can make it real".
“It is from the ocean that will be born the destiny of civilisations to come.”
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
Francis Vallat, a former international shipowner is known for his battle against “waste ships”.
He is the founding Honorary President of the Cluster Maritime Français (comprising 440 shipping entities). He also co-founded and chaired the European Network of Maritime Clusters (18 countries) and the 7th Continent Expedition against plastic pollution in the oceans. He represented France for ten years at the European Maritime Safety Agency and was its vice-president for six.
He was also president of the Institut Français de la Mer where he co-founded Les Mardis de la Mer, managed La Revue Maritime, and co-created the annual Assises économie de la mer conferences that have become a leading European shipping event.
He is currently President of SOS Méditerranée, which rescues migrants at sea, and chairs the Board of SIGCo which provides insurance against pollution in US waters for nearly 70% of the global commercial fleet.
He is still involved at the highest level with many national and European issues.
In 2017, François Vallat received the prestigious Lloyd’s List Global Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition in the shipping world, becoming the first Frenchman to do so since it was introduced several decades ago.
He is a member of the Académie de Marine, Captain in the Vaisseau de Réserve, Officer in the Légion d’Honneur and Mérite National, and Commander of Mérite Maritime.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: ARR
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
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** Prices per person, based on double occupancy