Ponant brings French luxury cruising to Asia

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Luxury cruise line Ponant has added five new Asian voyages aboard its first ship in the Explorers series, Le Laperouse in 2019.

The five itineraries will cover sailings to eight Asian countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, China, Japan and Vietnam.

The voyages have been designed to attract travellers who are seeking the exotic appeal and mysterious charm of the ancient continent of Asia, the line said.

The 92-cabin Le Laperouse will embark on a Southeast Asian itinerary from Bali to Hong Kong scheduled for 11-27 September next year. The ship will visit six countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and China. Highlights of the 17-day itinerary include Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage site with nearly 240 temples, Kota Kinabalu, the underground river at Puerto Princesa in the Philippines and the amazing city of Hong Kong.

There will also be a 12-day expedition cruise from Darwin to Bali departing on 31 August to 11 September next year. The cruise will visit the Coral Triangle, a temple of marine biodiversity, Wakatobi Marine Park, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, Kalabahi in the Alor Archipelago and the Molucca Islands, a natural paradise on the Spice Route.

Ponant is offering two cruises in Japan, the first 9-day itinerary departs from Osaka to Maizuru from 10 to 18 October and the second 9-day voyage from Maizuru to Osaka from 18-16 October 2019. The ship will call at Tamano, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and Sakaiminato to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai.

Le Laperouse will sail from Japan to Vietnam via China departing Osaka on 26 October and arriving in Haiphong on 9 November. The 15-day itinerary includes stops at Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay.

Bookings are now open at www.ponant.com