THE DEAL: Cruise Traveller’s exclusive, 12-night ‘Kingdom of the Kimberley’ fly, cruise and stay package. A 10-night, all-inclusive, expedition cruise as well as savings of A$7420 per couple, or almost half the fare for solo travellers – for bookings made by November 30, 2023. Yes, that’s soon.
THE APPEAL: Remote, billion-year-old landscapes, ancient rock art, colourful Dreamtime stories and abundant wildlife can be enjoyed in luxury aboard Ponant’s 184-guest exploration ship, Le Jacques Cartier, from Broome to Darwin and through the Kimberley in 2024. Four sailings are available from July to September, 2024.
Launched in 2020 and named after a 16th Century French maritime explorer, the sleek and stylish Le Jacques Cartier boasts a refined and intimate, French-styled elegance, fine dining restaurants, plush lounges, theatre, spectacular infinity pool, an expert expedition team and personalised service. All staterooms offer a private balcony or terrace.
Le Jacques Cartier will take adventure seekers on an in-depth exploration of the Kimberley’s spectacular gorges, thundering waterfalls and age-old rock art with colourful Dreamtime stories, migrating whales and pulse-quickening crocodiles adding to the allure and excitement.
The 10-night expedition voyage from Broome to Darwin boasts remarkable sights such as towering King George Falls, coral-filled Montgomery Reef and Horizontal Falls where the ocean surges at high tide through a narrow break in the cliffs.
The package includes two nights’ accommodation in Broome before the cruise and an included flight to Broome and back from Darwin ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth.
The voyage includes guided, complimentary excursions on Zodiacs and ashore. The cruise also includes the luxury of a daily open bar onboard Le Jacques Cartier.
Snapshot of inclusions and highlights – ‘Kingdom of the Kimberley’ package:
* 12 night package with four sailing dates from July to September, 2024
* Flight to Broome and back from Darwin, ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth
* Two-night hotel stay in Broome pre-cruise
* 10-night expedition cruise from Broome to Darwin aboard Ponant’s Le Jacques Cartier
* Zodiac excursions and an open bar are included in fares
The package is available from A$13,345 per person, twin-share, in a Deluxe Balcony stateroom – a saving of A$3710 each. Solo travellers can enjoy even bigger savings, with the package available in a Deluxe Balcony stateroom from $A17,335 – a substantial saving of A$16,020, which is almost half price (very limited in spaces – early bookings recommended, subject to availability). These fares are based on the September 7 and 27 departures in 2024. The savings apply to bookings made with Cruise Traveller by November 30, 2023.