From Panama to Martinique
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- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
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Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.
Port of call & excursions
ColónEmbarkation 14/04/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/04/2018 at 18H00 .
Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.
15 April 2018 – Holandes CayesArrival 15/04/2018 early morning. Departure 15/04/2018 midday.
Holandes Cayes is among the islands of the San Blas archipelago, a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Some 378 islands and cays covering an area of 260 square kilometres offer travellers a multitude of natural and cultural treasures. Holandes Cayes, which is nicknamed "the swimming pool", is popular with the cruise-yachting community for its white sand beaches and diving and snorkelling opportunities.
16 April 2018 – CartagenaArrival 16/04/2018 early morning. Departure 16/04/2018 early evening.
A splendid harbour city in the north of Columbia, a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena will win you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture, and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous UNESCO World Heritage fortified historical centre whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-coloured façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighbourhood will charm you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th century civil wars.
17 April 2018 – At seaArrival 17/04/2018. Departure 17/04/2018.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
18 April 2018 – Willemstad CuracaoArrival 18/04/2018 early morning. Departure 18/04/2018 midday.
The capital of Curaçao stretches along the edge of St Ann's Bay on the island's south-west coast, and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A profusion of colour awaits you on the Handelskade quays, where it's a pleasure to stroll alongside the merchants' houses whose rainbow façades characterise Dutch colonial architecture. A few paces from here is the Floating Market, a true feast for the eyes and tastebuds. You can also visit Fort Rif and the Maritime Museum, or, in the quieter streets of Otrobanda, you'll enjoy browsing the craft shops and old-time bars at your own leisurely pace.
19 April 2018 – La BlanquillaArrival 19/04/2018 early morning. Departure 19/04/2018 midday.
A trip to Venezuela is a truly original interlude, surrounded by untamed nature where adventure is the watchword... The longest Caribbean coastline in South America awaits you in the North of the country, where endless pristine, sun-kissed beaches make the traveler feel that they have arrived in paradise. A nature reserve with exceptional coral reefs, the elegant island of Blanquilla is an ideal destination for divers or those who simply love to swim in crystal waters surrounded by multicoloured fish. A fan-shaped paradise surrounded by an emerald sea, do not miss this stopover of matchless charm.
20 April 2018 – Marigot BayArrival 20/04/2018 early morning. Departure 20/04/2018 midday.
On the west coast of the island of Sainte-Lucie, Marigot bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean. You will instantly be bowled over by its marina and its deep blue waters. At the heart of this tiny cove surrounded by lush green hills, you can revel in the pleasures of the sea and its nautical activities. The beautiful stretch of sand advancing into the bay offers pleasant sunbathing in the shade of coconut palms. Although the turquoise seas are purely divine for swimming in, you can snorkel and deep sea dive to your heart’s content.
20 April 2018 – SoufrièreArrival 20/04/2018 early afternoon. Departure 20/04/2018 late afternoon.
Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.
20 April 2018 – Fort de FranceArrival 20/04/2018 evening. Departure 20/04/2018.
Fort-de-FranceDisembarkation 21/04/2018 at 00H00 .
Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Panama: a tourist visa is required for Australian citizens. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport: cost US$5 (subject to change)
Born 21 August 1947 in Paris, Frédéric Mitterrand is the nephew of former French president François Mitterrand, with a degree in history and geography from the Nanterre faculty, and is a graduate of the renowned Paris Institute of Political Studies. A man of culture above all, he has worked in many fields from the 7th Art to the small screen via literature.
As someone committed to public action, he was director of the Académie de France in Rome (Villa Médicis) from 2008 to 2009, then Minister of Culture and Communications from 2009 to 2012.
A regular on radio and television, he embodies a new genre of cultural TV talk-shows such as Ciné-Fêtes, Acteur Studio, Permission de minuit and Du côté de chez Fred.
From 1996 to 2008, he presented weekly literary programmes on Europe 1 and France Culture. Then from 2013 to 2014, a daily cultural show Jour de Fred on France Inter.
He is passionate about cinema and has directed many films, documentaries and documentary series. His works include: Lettres d'amour en Somalie and les Amants du siècle; more recently Conversations avec le Président Valery Giscard d’Estaing and Trump, le parrain de Manhattan; and due for release Les écrivains au péril de la guerre (on TV in March 2019), Hollywood : La vie privée de Lana Turner (to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2019).
He is also author of many books including Lettres d’amour en Somalie, La mauvaise vie and Le pays de l’innocence : enfance de François Mitterrand.
Languages spoken: French, Italian
Photo credit: Bruno KLEIN
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
Before your cruise
13/04/2018 – Colonial Panama & Miraflores locks (1 day/1 night)For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.320.00 € **
13/04/2018 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Colonial Panama and the Miraflores Locks 1N (Pre) + Flavours of Martinique (Post)1150.00 € **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy