During this voyage, PONANT invites you to discover an exceptional itinerary in the heart of Oceania. This 12-day expedition cruise aboard Le Bellot will showcase the jewels of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, three must-see destinations in the Coral Sea.
Your cruise will begin with a visit to the Solomon Islands, with its mountainous and often rugged landscapes covered in lush tropical vegetation and bordered with white-sand beaches. Here you will be able to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.
Discover why Vanuatu is often referred to as the “happiest country on earth”. This archipelago is home to a unique blend of ancient traditional villages, picture-perfect beaches and coral reefs teeming with life. In Tanna, you will explore the imposing Mt Yasur, considered to be the most accessible active volcano in the world.
Your ship will then set sail south to reach New Caledonia. After a first stop in the Prony Bay, you will admire on the Kouaré Island, the mysterious beauty of the Great Southern Lagoon, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the far north of New Zealand, you will also fall under the charm of Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, where you will be able to attend a Maori ceremony, before reaching Auckland, your disembarkation port.
• A PONANT cruise to explore the diversity of the islands of the Coral sea and New-Zealand, from the world’s most beautiful shores to cultural discoveries.
• Christmas celebrations in an exceptional environment: change of scenery guaranteed.
• Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
• UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Southern Lagoon in New Caledonia.
• Encounter local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts.
• The Solomon Islands, a real tropical Eden.
• Vanuatu: traditional villages, tropical beaches, active volcanoes.
• On Tanna Island, visit of Mount Yasur, an imposing volcano.
• Visit the last known location of the 1788 “lost voyage” of La Pérouse in Vanikoro.
• Numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel.
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship
Length: 131 metres
Passenger Capacity: 184
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bellot will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship.
To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.
In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts.
Le Bellot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.
A 140 m² reception area includes:
A reception/concierge desk,
An excursions desk,
The ship’s administrative services,
The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer,
Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories,
Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.
A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:
Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship,
Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions,
Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.
A pool deck offering:
A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system,
A pleasant solarium,
An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.
A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.
Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with:
The latest sound and lighting technology,
A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.