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Off Australia’s Southern shores in boutique luxury

There’s some debate about the originator of the quote “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” I mention it because to make the most of this cruise, you need to decide now to sail this time next year. I have to admit, this is one that interests me greatly since seeing a David Attenborough doco on the fabulous wildlife on Australia’s Southern shores.

Not only that, the ship pops into some of the places that supply most of our top end gourmet restaurants, like Port Lincoln, King Island and the Tamar Valley (may I recommend the Pinot Noir?). I’ll let Cruise Traveller tease you from here.

What better way to cruise into Christmas in 2024 than a relaxed, luxury, all-inclusive voyage around the southern shores of Australia just before Santa arrives next year!  The two-week, live-it-up journey aboard one of Ponant’s newest boutique ships has been packaged by Australian small ship specialist, Cruise Traveller, with a bonus flight credit and extensive savings of A$10,810 per couple – and less than half the fare for solo travellers – for bookings made by December 31, 2023.

Cruise Traveller’s new, 13-night ‘Expedition on Southern Australian Shores’ package features an all-inclusive – and that means an open-bar for the whole cruise – ultra-luxe expedition cruise from Perth to Hobart aboard Ponant’s 184-guest exploration ship, Le Jacques Cartier.  Showcasing more remote and pristine destinations bigger ships can’t access, the voyage extends from December 10 to 23, 2024, providing an indulgent, carefree pathway into the festive season next year.

Launched in 2020 and named after a 16th Century French maritime explorer, Ponant’s 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 sail from Perth on December 10, 2024, charting a course to the wild seascapes of Albany and also Esperence with its chalk-white beaches, lapped by turquoise waters. Guests will also get the rare chance to experience the wild, seldom visited islands of the Recherche Archipelago off the WA coast with its rich seal and bird colonies. Also on the itinerary is the succulent seafood capital of Port Lincoln and the historic coastal town of Victor Harbour, followed by King Island and its famous cheeses, and Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, renowned for its fine, cool climate wines. The voyage ends in Hobart.

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. 

The 13-night cruise is available from A$12,550 per person, twin-share, in a Deluxe Balcony stateroom – a saving of A$5405 each. Solo travellers can enjoy even bigger savings, with the package available for the same fare in a Deluxe Balcony stateroom – a substantial saving of A$21,685, which is well below half the full fare (very limited in spaces – early bookings recommended, subject to availability).  There’s also a bonus A$400 per person flight credit to go towards connecting flights. The savings and bonus flight credit apply to bookings made with Cruise Traveller by December 31, 2023. 

To book, visit (direct link) or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777 or see

Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne is a crime author (Money Bags), comedy writer an inveterate traveller.

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