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In the Heart of Oceania

From Cairns to Noumea, you will sail aboard the L’Austral for a 16-day expedition cruise to the heart of the Coral Sea.

At the end of the world, Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most remote countries. You will discover landscapes of wild beauty, including jagged mountains and white-sand beaches.

Located on the island of New Britain, the port town of Rabaul has always been famous for its spectacular setting. From there, you will set off to observe Mount Tavurvur, the region’s most active volcano.

Further on, the ship will make several stops in the Solomon Islands. This archipelago composed of 900 mainly volcanic islands is a tropical Eden. You will sail in the clear waters of Roderick Bay, home to a myriad of multicoloured coral.

Before heading to New Caledonia, the L’Austral will set sail for the Vanuatu archipelago, its long mountain chains, vast tranquil bays and lagoons in a thousand shades of blue. This is an idyllic environment for anyone seeking adventure and a change of scenery.
08 December, 2017 to 23 December, 2017 Make a booking request for In the Heart of Oceania, departing on 08 December, 2017

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Superior Stateroom £ 5195 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck3. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
DeLuxe Stateroom £ 5615 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4 £ 5949 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 £ 6179 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6 £ 6429 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi
Deluxe Suite £ 8689 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 £ 9279 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 £ 9655 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table
Owners Suite £ 12549 GBP pp (+ Safety & Port Taxes 1110 AUD pp)
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub or shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Large bathtub, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table

In the Heart of Oceania itinerary:

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Day 1 - CAIRNS
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s North-East Coast. The postcard streets of the city centre are bordered with mansions featuring colonnaded balconies. On the seafront, you can walk alongside a stroll in the shade of the palm trees and contemplate the luxuriant hillsides surrounding the city. These hills are the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.
Day 2 - AT SEA
Day 3 - ALOTAU
Day 4 - TUFI
Day 5 - TROBRIAND ISLANDS
Day 6 - AT SEA
Day 7 - RABAUL
Day 8 - AT SEA
Day 9 - RODERICK BAY
Day 10 - SANTA ANA
To the south-east of the Solomon archipelago, the coral island of Santa Ana, called Owaraha is worth the detour to meet the inhabitants in their authentic traditional costume. These Melanesian people are horticulturists and fishermen who speak “owa”, and who live at one with nature. They’ll give you a warm welcome, by standing in a circle around you and singing their songs and dancing their traditional dances. The warm, limpid waters that border the island are also home to another fascinating population: when you dive into the middle of this aquatic jungle, with its astonishing biodiversity, your experience will be equally as awesome as on terra firma.
Day 11 - VANIKORO
Day 12 - UREPARAPARA & SANA ISLAND
Day 13 - PARADISE ISLAND
Day 14 - TANNA
Located in the south of the Vanuatu archipelago, the island of Tanna is the most populated in the Tafea province. Mount Tukosmera culminates at 1,084 metres altitude. Along the south-east coastline, 700 metres lower, stands Mount Yasur, the star of the island. This is indeed one of the most easily reachable volcanoes that is in eruption nearly continuously. The vast site is conditioned by geological activity, while its approach gives you a good idea of its conical shape and lava eruptions. The many beaches on the island with their turquoise water and fine sand offer a paradisaical tranquility by contrast.
Days 15 & 16 - NOUMEA
Perched on a peninsula between bays and hills, on the south-west coast of Grande Terre, Noumea enjoys a magnificent natural setting. The town shelters some exceptional biodiversity, thanks especially to the coastal mangroves. To feel the town’s heartbeat, you can mosey in the place des Cocotiers, where Noumeans love to gather. The Tjibaou cultural centre unveils the secrets of the kanak culture. As for the Hagen castle or the maison Célières, these are precious witnesses of a colonial past. But Noumea is also about sumptuous beaches.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

In the Heart of Oceania reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
Itineraries are subject to change.
Days 15 & 16 - NOUMEA *
Perched on a peninsula between bays and hills, on the south-west coast of Grande Terre, Noumea enjoys a magnificent natural setting. The town shelters some exceptional biodiversity, thanks especially to the coastal mangroves. To feel the town’s heartbeat, you can mosey in the place des Cocotiers, where Noumeans love to gather. The Tjibaou cultural centre unveils the secrets of the kanak culture. As for the Hagen castle or the maison Célières, these are precious witnesses of a colonial past. But Noumea is also about sumptuous beaches.
Day 14 - TANNA *
Located in the south of the Vanuatu archipelago, the island of Tanna is the most populated in the Tafea province. Mount Tukosmera culminates at 1,084 metres altitude. Along the south-east coastline, 700 metres lower, stands Mount Yasur, the star of the island. This is indeed one of the most easily reachable volcanoes that is in eruption nearly continuously. The vast site is conditioned by geological activity, while its approach gives you a good idea of its conical shape and lava eruptions. The many beaches on the island with their turquoise water and fine sand offer a paradisaical tranquility by contrast.
Day 13 - PARADISE ISLAND *
Day 12 - UREPARAPARA & SANA ISLAND *
Day 11 - VANIKORO *
Day 10 - SANTA ANA *
To the south-east of the Solomon archipelago, the coral island of Santa Ana, called Owaraha is worth the detour to meet the inhabitants in their authentic traditional costume. These Melanesian people are horticulturists and fishermen who speak “owa”, and who live at one with nature. They’ll give you a warm welcome, by standing in a circle around you and singing their songs and dancing their traditional dances. The warm, limpid waters that border the island are also home to another fascinating population: when you dive into the middle of this aquatic jungle, with its astonishing biodiversity, your experience will be equally as awesome as on terra firma.
Day 9 - RODERICK BAY *
Day 8 - AT SEA *
Day 7 - RABAUL *
Day 6 - AT SEA *
Day 5 - TROBRIAND ISLANDS *
Day 4 - TUFI *
Day 3 - ALOTAU *
Day 2 - AT SEA *
Day 1 - CAIRNS *
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s North-East Coast. The postcard streets of the city centre are bordered with mansions featuring colonnaded balconies. On the seafront, you can walk alongside a stroll in the shade of the palm trees and contemplate the luxuriant hillsides surrounding the city. These hills are the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.
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L'Austral, the ship servicing In the Heart of Oceania

L'Austral

Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has 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. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Suites and staterooms

You can expect magnificent ocean views as 124 staterooms and suites have balconies. 

 Individually-controlled airconditioning • Cabin layout: kingsize bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome) • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • IPod™ players • Desk with stationery • Electronic safe • French bath products • Dressing table and hairdryer • Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts • 24hr room service • WiFi • Balcony

Cuisine

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Choose from two restaurants for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

Wheelchairs
3 specially adapted wheelchair cabins (Deck 3 = Superior cabin no. 307, no balcony, Deck 4 = Prestige Cabin no. 407 - with balcony and Deck 5 = Prestige Cabin no 509, with balcony) and lifts to all decks/areas.

Details

Length:  142 metres. Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica). Built:  2011

Cabin layout for L'Austral
• Experience a timeless voyage to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Vanuatu archipelago.

• Meet the inhabitants of Santa Ana in their authentic traditional costume. These Melanesian people are horticulturists and fishermen who speak “owa”, and who live at one with nature.

• Discover Mount Yasur, one of the most easily reachable volcanoes that is in eruption nearly continuously. The vast site is conditioned by geological activity, while its approach gives you a good idea of its conical shape and lava eruptions.
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