ANTARCTICABeyond The Polar Circle





Ready your camera for this unforgettable Ponant Cruises' Emblematic Antarctica luxury expedition voyage! 

Prior to your flight to Ushuaia you may have a chance to take in Buenos Aires with the opportunity to explore this vibrant city that’s never seems to sleep.  Alive with a Latin passion that dances a tantalising tango, Buenos Aires will cast her spell on you!  Explore the streets lined with beautiful buildings reminiscent of European architecture, enjoy a meal at one of the many steakhouses or dance the night away.

Then your luxury package begins, you board your flight to Ushuaia from Argentina in time for embarkation when you’ll be welcomed aboard Ponant Cruises’ elegant and luxurious Le Soleal.  Effortlessly combining French chic with casual, you’ll want for nothing whilst on board, yet feel completely comfortable.

Taking you to the heart of Antarctica, Le Soleal will allow you to get up close to Antarctica’s incredible wildlife where you may be lucky enough to see Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, whales, seals, leopard seals and numerous sea birds.  As you head into Neko Harbour, you can’t help but marvel at this magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice.  This is Antarctica – a world away from mobile phones, traffic jams and daily chaos!

Here, you’ll have time to admire the drifting icebergs, ice floe (or pack ice), calving of imposing icebergs and tall snowy mountains and follow in the footsteps of the great explorers.  Enjoy the antics of the penguins as they go about their daily lives and learn about the history of the whaling stations and the sailors of yesteryear.  You’ll appreciate the resilience and incredible seamanship of the early explorers who navigated these waters without modern technology. The itinerary also includes the enigmatic South Georgian Islands and ubiquitous Falklands.

With on-board experts and specialised Zodiac excursions, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn about this incredible continent and her flora and fauna, before returning to the luxury and comfort of your ship each day where you can expect exceptional facilities, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service.


Departing Buenos Aires 2 & 8 Feb 2020

Your 18 night Antarctica cruise package includes:

  • CRUISE - 16 night luxury 5 star cruise onboard Le Soleal or Le Lyrial (depending on date)
  • FLIGHTS - Economy Class ex AUCKLAND to Buenoes Aires & return
  • TRANSFERS - between airport to hotel to airport in Buenos Aires (and on return post cruise)
  • HOTEL - One night Park Hyatt Buenos Aires pre cruise ( room only basis)
  • FLIGHTS -Economy class Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return ( Special Ponant charter)
  • TRANSFERS - between airport/ship/airport in Ushuaia ( Shuttle)
  • HOTEL - One night Park Hyatt Buenos Aires on return post cruise ( room only basis)
  • HOTEL - Plus Day room at Park Hyatt Buenos Aires post cruise till departure on last day


 For other options, please contact us.



*Conditions apply for all bookings. Subject to availability of services at time of booking. All costs NZ$ per person Twin share ( 2 persons sharing) . Or Single based on sole use. Valid for new bookings only. Valid for bookings made directly with Ultimate Cruising only. Not combinable with any other Ultimate Cruising offer, nor any other Ponant special offer. Full conditions will be sent with confirmation pack on booking

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
Bonus Offer

Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer to and from SYD/ME/BNE airport (distance up to 35kms only)

Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Fly Auckland to Buenos Aires
Overnight hotel
Luxury car transfer from home to airport
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Charter flight to Ushuaia
Embark Le Lyrial or Le Soleal
At Sea

New Island & Grave Cove

At Sea

South Georgia

Port Lockroy
At Sea

Antarctic Peninsular

Crossing The Arctic Circle

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 10944
  • Built Date 2013
  • Crew 140
  • Capacity 264
  • Length 142M

Cruise Category

  • Boutique Style
  • Luxurious

Le Soleal

The contemporary décor, fluid lines and modern colour scheme combine natural wood with shades of grey and white.  A refined ambiance enhanced by quality workmanship is synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.