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No-2145_ER230723_Darwin-Broome-King George River©StudioPONANT-Doriane LetexierPONANT, world leader in luxury expeditions, has announced the arrival of their EXPLORER ship, Le Jacques-Cartier, for the first time in Darwin, Australia, after successfully completing her inaugural 2024 Japan season. Now, she sets her course for her first 2024 Kimberley season, where she will embark on 13 departures from May to September 2024. 

Le Jacques-Cartier proudly holds the Underwater Radiated Noise – Controlled rating certification, issued by Bureau Veritas, making it one of the few cruise ships in the world to achieve this distinction. This certification reflects the ship’s state-of-the-art design, emphasising environmental preservation, particularly in underwater environments. With this certification, Le Jacques Cartierdemonstrates PONANT’s commitment to mitigating the impact on marine fauna, making her well equipped to explore the delicate ecosystems of Australia’s Kimberley region.  

Le Jacques-Cartier’s arrival in Darwin marks the beginning of an exciting Kimberley season, having a new ship in the region,” says Deb Corbett, PONANT General Manager Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific. “We are thrilled to bring our guests closer to the natural wonders of Australia’s Kimberley whilst upholding our commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability.” 

Le Jacques-Cartier is one of six PONANT EXPLORER ships that are purpose built for expeditions, exemplifying modernity with sleek, tapered lines and environmentally friendly design integrated with innovative technology. With a capacity for just 184 guests across 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, and supported by 118 dedicated crew members, Le Jacques-Cartier promises an exceptional Kimberley season. Guests can indulge in onboard spa treatments, savour culinary delights in two restaurants, and be truly immersed in the Kimberley wilderness.  

Guests can also take advantage of the 25% Ponant Bonus that is still available on some Kimberley 2024 itineraries, ensuring they are securing the best possible price.*  

Once she concludes her 2024 Kimberley season, she will set sail for Indonesia and East Timor before concluding the year exploring Tasmania and Australia’s southern coast.

 View Le-Jacques Cartier Kimberley  2024 & 2025  itineraries here

 *Ponant Bonus is a price yield and subject to change.