Sail from Australasia to Asia

Sail from Australasia to Asia

A new grand voyage takes passengers halfway around the world, from the southwest Pacific Ocean to India. Like a modern-day version of a great nautical exploration, the trip lasts 44 days and calls at 27 ports along the way.

Superyacht L’Austral departs from Noumea – the capital of New Caledonia – and sails first to Australia, heading up the Gold Coast to the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns, to visit wildlife sanctuaries, explore the rainforest, go sailing on a high-speed catamaran, and see the marine life on a snorkelling excursion or glass-bottom boat ride. Then it’s onwards to Thursday Island before disembarking at Darwin in the Northern Territory, where passengers come face to face with crocs in Crocodylus Park.

From crocodiles to Komodo dragons in Indonesia. Ports of call include Komodo, Bali, Lombok, Probolinggo in East Java, Banjarmasin on Borneo, Semarang on Java and beautiful Parai Beach on Bangka Island. Opportunities to visit hill temples, plantations, volcanoes and sandy bays arise all along this part of the cruise.

Next stop, Singapore, where there’s time to stop and explore before moving on to Malaysia, with stop-offs at Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The last leg of the journey calls at some of the highlights of the Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka and its capital, Colombo; Kerala in the south of India – including the pretty old colonial town of Fort Kochi where fisherman haul in their iconic Chinese fishing nets and the little shops of Jew Street sell antiques – and the beaches of Goa. Finally, L’Austral docks at the lively city of Mumbai.

The superyacht is run by French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant, which specialises in luxury cruises to unusual destinations. It has 132 cabins – most with private balcony – two restaurants, a library, fitness centre and spa.

’27 Ports of Call Across Two Continents’ cruise from ?7,463 per person, full board. To book contact Compagnie du Ponant (0808 234 3802;

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