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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.

Some departures are in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, please contact us.

Cabin Types
Superior Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom
Deluxe Suite

The Great Austral Loop

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Embark in Ushuaia
Day 1

You begin your journey in Ushuaia, also known as ‘the end of the world’ thanks to its location.

Dinner
At sea
Day 2

As you set sail towards the Falkland Islands your expert guides will be preparing you for upcoming landings such as safety precautions, information about any wildlife that you may encounter and the stunning landscape itself.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Falkland Islands
Day 3-4

Depending on weather and ice conditions, the L’Austral heads towards New Island and Grave Cove. New Island is tiny island encompassing varied landscape of white sand beaches,  stunning cliffs and rugged hills. Birdlife is plentiful with black-browed albatross, rock hopper penguins and imperial shags can be observed. Grace Cove is known as the home of the largest colony of Gentoo penguins with sea lions and Commerson’s dolphins can also be found around the coves shores.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
At sea
Day 5-6

You will spend the next couple of days at sea as you head towards South Georgia.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
South Georgia
Day 7-9

South Georgia’s landscape consists of impressive glaciers, rugged mountains, green plains. Landings to different sites will very and are dependant on ice and weather conditions. The majestic king penguins have taken up residence here and you may see elephant seals and the Antarctic fur seal that lay about on land or swimming in nearby waters.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
At sea
Day 10-11

Just over halfway through your journey as you set sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Day 12-14

During your time in the Antarctic Peninsula you are likely to encounter a variety of penguins including the Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 15-16

As you head back to Ushuaia you will cross the infamous Drake Passage

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 17
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Emblematic Antarctica

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Embark in Ushuaia
Day 1

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Dinner
Crossing The Drake Passage
Days 2 - 3

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Days 4 to 8

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Crossing The Drake Passage
Days 9 - 10

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 11

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Breakfast

The Great Adventure

Ushuaia - Montevideo

Embark in Ushuaia
Day 1

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 2-3

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Days 4 - 6

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Sea
Days 7 & 8

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
South Georgia
Days 9 - 11

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Sea
Days 12 - 15

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Montevideo
Day 16

Perched on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is a white city, and one of the loveliest capital cities of South America. Come and admire the beautiful historical remains dating from Spanish rule; you’ll find the most interesting within the Cuidad Vieja, formerly fortified, its old town dates from the 18th century. The best preserved are the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. In the crook of a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

Breakfast

Beyond the Polar Circle

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Embark in Ushuaia
Day 1

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Dinner
At Sea
Day 2

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
New Island - Grave Cove
Day 3

New Island

This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you’ll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguinsblack-browed albatross and imperial shags. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

Grave Cove

Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson’s dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white.  A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you’ll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you’ll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Sea
Days 4-5

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.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
South Georgia
Days 6 - 8

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Sea
Day 9

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10 - 12

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Crossing The Antarctic Circle
Day 13

Weather permitting, we’ll cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
At Sea
Day 14

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.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 15 & 16

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Day 17

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in economy class and overnight in Buenos Aires in selected departures * Please contact us
  • Meet and greet at the airport (English speaking)
  • Lunch at Arakur Hotel on embarkation day
  • Transfer to airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • Free Ponant Parka
  • Free Boot rental
  • Expert lead excursions and lectures

Tour Exclusions

  • Tips for the local guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme

Tour Pricing

Itinerary - AUD/NZD
Departure DateVoyage Type
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Superior Stateroom Deck 3
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Deluxe Suite
Prestige Suite Deck 5
The Great Adventure
Feb 27, 2019
Cruise
15
Ushuaia - Montevideo
$14,930
$16,030
$17,820
$18,650
$19,520
$26,890
$31,260
The Great Austral Loop
Nov 15, 2019
Cruise
15
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
$19,820
$21,260
$23,620
$24,710
$25,850
$35,510
$41,260
Antarctica and Climate Change
Dec 10, 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$16,570
$17,700
$19,530
$20,370
$21,270
$28,780
$33,270
Christmas and New Year in Southern Islands
Dec 20, 2019
Cruise
16
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$25,390
$27,280
$30,360
$31,780
$33,280
$45,910
$53,430
Emblematic Antarctica
Jan 05, 2020
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$15,820
$16,950
$18,780
$19,620
$20,520
$28,030
$32,520
Beyond the Polar Circle - with National Geographic
Jan 15, 2020
Cruise
16
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$26,710
$28,710
$31,950
$33,460
$35,050
$48,390
$56,320
Emblematic Antarctica
Feb 18, 2020
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$15,820
$16,950
$18,780
$19,620
$20,520
$28,030
$32,520
The Great Adventure
Feb 28, 2020
Cruise
15
Ushuaia - Montevideo
$16,450
$17,680
$19,680
$20,610
$21,580
$29,760
34,630
Itinerary - AUD/NZD
Departure DateVoyage Type
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Superior Stateroom Deck 3
Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Deluxe Suite
Prestige Suite Deck 5
Emblematic Antarctica Early Bird Applies
Nov 27, 2020
Cruise
10
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
$16,460
$17,620
$19,480
$20,350
$21,260520
$28,930
$31,310
Emblematic Antarctica Early Bird Applies
Dec 07, 2020
Cruise
10
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
$16,460
$17,620
$19,480
$20,350
$21,260
$28,930
$31,310
Christmas and New Year in Antarctica Early Bird Applies
Dec 17, 2020
Cruise
16
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
$16,460
$17,620
$19,480
$20,350
$21,260
$28,930
$31,310
The Great Austral Loop Early Bird Applies
Jan 18, 2021
Cruise
15
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
$20,550
$22,020
$24,420
$25,530
$26,720
$36,560
$39,600
The Great Adventure Early Bird Applies
Mar 03, 2021
Cruise
15
Buenos Aires - Montevideo
$17,140
$18,380
$20,410
$21,370
$22,360
$30,710
$33,290

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