A select group of travel trade were invited on board Ponant’s lead Explorer-class ship Le Lapérouse on Friday during her first trip to Sydney Harbour.

The intimate 184-passenger ship which debuted last year has 92 cabins and suites and is everything you would expect from the luxury French line.

The ship has the perfect mix of sleek Scandinavian design and French “savoir -faire” (French champagne anyone?).


No matter where guests are staying, they won’t miss out with all 88 cabins fitted with balconies and the four suites featuring private terraces.

On board, guests can enjoy the spa, hair salon, gym, sauna, infinity pool and delicious French cuisine.


The one feature that makes this ship truly stand out from all others at sea is her incredible Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater lounge beneath the water line.

In this soothing space, guests can watch the underwater world pass by through two large eye-shaped portholes.

Ponant’s Asia Pacific Chairman Sarina Bratton said when it came to designing new ships, Ponant doesn’t follow trends.


“When you hear about new ships being built most of them are going bigger, we are going smaller.”

Ponant’s Asia Pacific Chairman Sarina Bratton

“So we are not doing what everybody else does. We don’t believe what they’re doing is necessarily the best.”

Sarina also thanked the travel trade for their ongoing support, saying it was instrumenta to Ponant’s success.


“We can’t do any of this without you. We really can’t. Our livelihood is reliant on our trade partners. Thank you so much because you are the people who have created the success of what are doing here in the Asia Pacific.”

Le Laperouse left Sydney over the weekend for Auckland.

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