Sailing between Spain, Cape Verde and Portugal, PONANT offers you an itinerary at the crossroads of cultures and traditions.
You will set sail aboard L’Austral for an 11-day cruise leaving from Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal.
Your discovery of Cape Verde will start with a port of call in Santiago, the most populated and also the most African of the archipelago’s islands. Further to the north, you will reach São Vicente and visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, the birthplace of the famous singer of morna, Cesaria Évora.
Your ship will then drop anchor at Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria. Do not miss the chance to wander through the streets of the historic district of Vegueta, rich in architectural treasures including the Santa Ana cathedral.
Then admire the volcanic landscapes that are so typical of Lanzarotebefore sailing to Madeira, the island of the eternal spring. The lively streets of Funchal, its old district, as well as its magnificent botanical gardenlocated on the heights of the town will not fail to delight you.
Your journey around the Atlantic will conclude with a visit to Lisbon. This city with its nostalgic charm has a unique personality, a blend of tramways, museums and listed buildings.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago); The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower in Lisbon.
- The varied landscapes of three exceptional archipelagos: Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
- The town of Mindelo in Cape Verde with its elegant buildings influenced by its British and Portuguese colonial heritage.
- Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to visit Dakar in Senegal and Goree Island, the memorial to the slave trade.
- After disembarking, you will have the possibility of visiting Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and its rich cultural offering.
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
- All meals aboard ship & an open bar
- Port taxes, gratuities to shipboard personnel, porters, guides, and drivers
- Shore excursions (on expedition cruises only)
- Airfare/airport taxes
- Visa and passport fees
- Luggage, cancellation, and accident insurance
- Personal expenses
- Internet, laundry, spa services
- Shore expeditions (on yachting cruises)
PONANT is the World Leader in Luxury Expeditions with ultra-modern, intimate ships, offering attentive service, and well-designed itineraries sailing to all corners of the globe. Each year PONANT offers more than 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents. Our fleet of 12 purpose-built intimate ships are able to call at iconic, international ports as well as secret harbors accessible only to smaller-sized ships and our expeditions all include Zodiac landings, and onboard expert naturalists to enhance your experience.
PONANT is the only luxury cruise line to feature three brand new ships sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic each season with 46% market share, making us #1 in luxury expedition cruising.
PONANT recognizes its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strives to become a global benchmark with regard to sustainable development in its cruise activities. PONANT goes above and beyond current environmental regulations by studying the ways that help us minimize our impact on the places we visit.
All PONANT ships have been awarded the international “Clean Ship” label, certifying we have reduced our environmental impact. State-of-the-art technology aboard the ships, improved waste and waste water treatment, raising the awareness of travelers, plans for the future that are increasingly innovative in terms of sustainable development.
Scientific Assessment: PONANT carries out an environmental impact study before designing every new itinerary. A biodiversity inventory (fauna, flora, geology) is taken of the places where we plan to disembark and access routes are prepared that do not impinge on the areas to be preserved.
A few examples of what it means to be Clean Ship Certified:•Silent electric propulsion system – hybrid electric engines across the PONANT expedition fleet.•3-D ocean floor mapping -keeps reefs safe•Dynamic positioning – no need to drop anchor•Advance wastewater treatment – water offloaded from ship is ZERO impact•Zero impact landing protocol
Learn more at https://us.ponant.com/sustainable-development
28 Sep 2019
|Lisbon, Portugal||—||6:00 PM|
29 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
01 Oct 2019
|Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain||—||—|
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|Las Palmas, Spain||—||—|
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05 Oct 2019
|Mindelo, Cape Verde||—||—|
06 Oct 2019
|Praia, Cape Verde||—||—|
07 Oct 2019
08 Oct 2019
|Dakar, Senegal||7:00 AM||—|
Not combinable with other shipboard credit offers. Valid on all sailings booked June 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.