insights from the ultimate cruising team



From 2019, Ponant Cruises’ brand new luxury expedition ship, Le Laperouse, will be taking over The Kimberley voyages, previously operated by L’Austral. This state-of-the-art ship retains the same elegantly luxurious feel of L’Austral but with added features such as the Blue Eye Lounge, sitting below the waterline with windows showcasing the underwater world.

But how do you know when to book or which cabin to book? Our Ultimate Cruising experts can give you the run-down of each cabin type and what the differences are, as well as some good advice on when to book. But to give you just a quick little insight, we’ve got 5 top tips when booking on Le Laperouse:

  • All staterooms and suites have balconies and large windows. They just differ in size, type of railing and whether it has a door and separate window, or one large floor to ceiling window/door. If this is particularly important to you, our Ultimate Cruising team can advise which cabin has what.
  • The higher up the ship you go, the more expensive the Suite. In other words, the Deluxe Suites are the same in layout, the only difference is the deck you are on. Deck 3 is the same level as the theatre, reception area, main lounge, grill and pool so it’s very convenient whereas Deck 6 (for example) will be quieter and close to the Panoramic Lounge, plus…
  • Butler service is available for those booking Suites on Deck 6.

  • The best deals come out first. Unlike larger cruise lines who have many cabins to fill and therefore often bring out last minute specials, Ponant Cruises only have 92 rooms to fill so they bring out the best deals first and the prices will only go up the closer you get to departure. In other words – don’t wait, the best price you will get is now!
  • If you are considering cruising on two Ponant Cruises within a short time frame, be sure to check out their back-to-back offer and see if it will work for you. Ponant will allow you to book two cruises within 10 days of each other and still allow you the special back-to-back rate.

Check out our The Kimberley cruise packages here or to speak to one of our Ultimate Cruising experts, you can click here and one of the team will give you a call.


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