Board Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 9-day cruise connecting the Scottish coasts to Scandinavia.
Your first port of call will be Kirkwall, a former Viking trading post with a magnificent cathedral.
Then, step ashore in Lerwick, the administrative and financial capital of the Shetland Islands, and visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof. Located in the southern part of Mainland Island, this site holds the remains of 4,000 years of human occupation.
You will also visit Stavanger, a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. During your stopover, walk the paved streets and admire the wonderfully preserved fishermen’s houses that date from the 18th century.
Arendal, once known as the Venice of the North because of its canals, will be an utterly charming port of call. The city, which has now been rebuilt, is home to magnificent buildings reflecting the prosperity of this former trading port.
Your ship will then set sail for Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture in 2017, and Gothenburg, renowned for the wild archipelago that stretches along its coast.
Le Dumont-d’Urville will finally head for Copenhagen, your disembarkation port.
- A brand-new cruise between Aberdeen and Copenhagen.
- Discovering four countries in Northern Europe on the same cruise: United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bergen and the Hanseatic port of Bryggen.
- Sailing in the Lysefjord, meaning the “fjord of light”, flanked by granite cliffs that are several hundred metres high.
- In Kirkwall, possibility to observe many seabirds, gannets, European shags, grey petrels.
- After your cruise, there will be the possibility to visit Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
- All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
- Transfers and luggage handling from the airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
- Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
- Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Dumont D’Urville, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
- Transfer from the pier to the airport at the end of the cruise.
- All meals while on board ship (from dinner on embarkation day to breakfast on disembarkation day)
- Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
- One gala dinner
- Open bar: select wines by the glass, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands (list available upon request). (Please note: Availability and brands vary according to ship.)
- 24-hour room service (special selection)
- Evening entertainment and events
- On selected cruises: lecturers, guides, naturalists, expedition leaders, special themes
- Baggage handling from pier to the ship and vice versa
- Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
- Port and safety charges
- Park entry fees into protected areas
- Travel Insurance
- Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
- Pre and post cruise extensions and hotels
- Optional Excursions
Arrive Aberdeen, Scotland and embark
Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.
LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS
The small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offering travellers its old districts and a warm port atmosphere. Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located to the north. Incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies. The Shetland Museum and Archives recounts the Shetlands’ history of heritage and culture: Lerwick’s abundant waters were even fished by the Dutch in the past.
Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable openair museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.
At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.
SAILING IN LYSEFJORDEN
You will sail into the heart of one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, its marvellous décor dominated by pristine nature, between vertiginous granite cliffs, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant vegetation. Very close to Stavanger, the quiet waters of Lysefjorden stretch out over around forty kilometres, beneath impressive rocks. Admire the world-famous site of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a majestic cliff in the shape of a pulpit that rises to more than 600 metres above the waters. A bit further on, Flørli, from the top of its 4,444 steps, is the world’s longest wooden stairway, whereas the Kjerag, with its mythical boulder wedged between two rock faces, provides an unusual and unforgettable spectacle.
This port town located on the south coast of Norway is considered to be the locality with the best climate in the entire country. Arendal was long reputed for its iron mines from which, in the 19th century, it was able to produce a particularly strong earthy iron ore.
A lively harbour town, Göteborg is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the crossing of the Göta älv river and the bay of Cattégat. In the old Haga district, you can peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés in the ground floors of traditional wood houses. On the majestic Gustave-Adolphe square, you’ll see elegant neoclassical buildings. Not far from here is the municipal museum dedicated to the town’s history. In addition, you will be able to sail along Göteborg’s numerous canals. As for eating, it’s the fish and shellfish which make the gastronomic reputation of this beautiful stopover.
Dynamic, open and forward-looking, Aarhus is also one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Nestling on the Jutland peninsular, the “city of smiles”, as its inhabitants have nicknamed it, has a gentle lifestyle and is an invitation to discovery. Voted the European Capital of Culture 2017, it is home to multiple styles of architecture, from traditional Danish houses to the wildest futuristic constructions. During your port of call, make sure you visit the ARoS Museum: one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, it exhibits many avant-gardist works, such as “Your Rainbow Panorama”, a spectacular installation that seems to be floating in the air and offers breathtaking views over the city.
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city’s riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.
Premiering in June 2018 through Summer 2020, PONANT’s six new luxury expedition ships will set sail to the world’s most inaccessible locations and go further—where others do not go. The PONANT EXPLORER yachts, each measuring 430 feet in length, are designed for just 184 guests and served by 110 crew members. They feature innovative technology, elegantly-designed guest accommodations with private balcony, welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside, and an infinity pool. And, in a world exclusive, the PONANT EXPLORER yachts are the first ships in the world to be equipped with an underwater, multisensory lounge, called Blue Eye, located within the hull eight feet beneath the water line. Two large oculus windows provide views of the underwater marine life, and guests can also hear and sense this life through unique wave technology.
THE PONANT EXPLORERS
Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Bellot & Le Surville
• Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .430 ft.
• Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 ft.
• Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 ft.
• Average cruising speed . . . . . . .12.5 knots
• Ice Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1C
• Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bureau Veritas
• Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .French
• Guest Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
• Crew members . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110
• Guest capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 184 guests (double occupancy)
• Staterooms with balcony . . . . .88
• Suites with bay windows and terrace . . . . .. . .4
• Zodiacs (Mark V HD) . . . . . . . .10 Zodiac craft
• Boston Whaler-type boats . . . .1
• Gross tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,900 UMS
• Stabilizers (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.1 ft. long x 4.7 ft. wide
• Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VARD, Norway
1,507 sq. ft.
Concierge lounge including reception and customer relations.
• Panoramic Restaurant
2,798 sq. ft.
Inside capacity: 184 Outside capacity: 35
Main dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving French
and international cuisine. Cold buffet for salad, dessert, and cheese.
• Grill Restaurant
2,530 sq. ft.
Capacity: 70 (outside only)
Casual eating venue for lunch and dinner.
• Main Lounge
2,153 sq. ft.
Accommodates all guests. Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance
floor, and cocktail bar. Access to outside pool area.
• Observation Lounge
Smaller lounge surrounded by windows with bar and library.
• Blue Eye Underwater Lounge
807 sq. ft.
Multi-sensory underwater passenger lounge, a world first.
• Pool area
Infinity pool, solarium, lounge chairs, bar.
Transforms to 3 positions:
1. Sun deck (when sailing).
2. Immersed connector port for disembarkation into Zodiacs,
SCUBA diving, or deep sea fishing.
3. Sea level for water sports including kayaking and stand up
RECREATION / RELAXATION
Inside capacity: 184
Main venue for lectures and entertainment. State-of-the-art audio and video technology. LED wall behind stage for projection.
• Fitness & Spa/Beauty Corner
Fitness room with top-of-the-line equipment
Spa/Beauty Corner: hairdresser, massage rooms (3), Finnish sauna, sheltered terrace.
• Infinity pool with counter-current swimming.
• Internet corner, library, and art gallery.
• Infirmary staffed by a doctor.
• Glass door leading to private balcony
• Queen bed or twin-size beds
• Connecting cabins available
• Individually-controlled air conditioning
• Private bathroom with Hermès bath products, hair dryer, and bathrobes
• 110/220-volt outlets
• Direct-dial satellite telephone
• WiFi access
• Flat-screen satellite TV
• Movies on-demand
• iPod™ player
• Desk with stationery
• 24-hour room service
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio + Jacuzzi)
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio)
(409 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
(344 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
(291 sq.ft. + 65 sq.ft. private balcony)
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)