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  1. Many thanks for the helpful, informative information provided. It now appears that Ponant needs to follow the essential guidelines rather than "acting in hope". The ship is currently docked in Noumea, awaiting permission for whatever they need, including a top-up of fuel. So, we all continue to watch, with interest. (I doubt that the ship will return to Auckland, as too many staffing issues still need to be addressed before she could safely take passengers on board.)
  2. Thank you, Aus Traveller. You have researched sensibly and obtained worthwhile information. Like you, we have travelled a lot with Princess, but my earlier comments were based on hearsay, so I stand corrected. Your comments have been appreciated. Best wishes, Don Simpson
  3. Meanwhile, on February 1st when Le LaPerouse should have been arriving in Auckland harbour, the Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has required that the 61 "unnecessary staff" be sent to Noumea in New Caledonia. Instead, the ship is cruising past Noumea --- but because of a cyclonic storm it is hovering off-shore, probably waiting until the eye of the storm nears Noumea on 3rd February and subsides. My guess is that Ponant is planning to return the hired staff to Indonesia, allow them home leave, and in about a month re-hire these workers and then "Le LaPerouse" is likely to head of
  4. My wife and I are on screen "watching" Le LaPerouse heading past Noumea, and now being "held up" by a major cyclonic storm (due on Wednesday 3rd February, but petering out near Noumea). As booked passengers on the ship (from AKL in one week's time, on the 8th) we suspect that Ponant will now not return to New Zealand, but will instead take the 61 "hired crew" back home to Indonesia and then "hang around for a few weeks, re-hire these staff members and cruise toward Western Australia for a pre-sold season of cruising from Darwin to Broome (and return numerous times) for the remainder of the
  5. Hello, fellow expedition cruisers : In early-2021 the latest information is that "Le LaPerouse" will dock in Auckland early on Monday 8th February (and presumably re-provision throughout the day), take passengers on board (following stringent medical checks) to depart on a modified schedule which now includes a couple of stops in the Chatham Islands, but she will not be permitted to visit Macquarie Island and the Australian Research Base (avoiding the need for a lengthy and costly Military Quarantine Isolation period on return to a port in New Zealand = Lyttleton, near Christchurch).
  6. Ponant's "Le Bellot" has scheduled cruises in New Zealand waters from December 2020 until March 2021, but she will remain in Marseilles to cruise in northern waters once ports in the Mediterranean are re-opened. "Le LaPerouse" has been anchored off Noumea, New Caledonia, for many months, and is currently in Singapore getting its electric engine system upgraded. She will soon take on crew and head for Auckland, New Zealand, so that she can Quarantine for three weeks during December 2020 before commencing a re-organized schedule which will include a couple of trips lasting 14 days down to the
  7. Hello, Cruising Friends : Lorna and Donald Simpson of Masterton, New Zealand, can confirm that we are booked on the Main/ Bridge Deck of "Le LaPerouse" to travel on Monday 8th February 2021 from Auckland/AKL to the Sub-Antarctic Islands for two weeks, disembarking in Lyttleton (near Christchurch) on Monday 22nd February. The ship is currently having its electric engines upgraded in Singapore and will soon leave with crew for New Zealand waters where they will quarantine for three weeks before commencing weeks of cruising with only New Zealand citizens/ residents who are currently in Aot
  8. Thanks for this helpful information. My wife and I are now booked on "Le Bellot" for the second Sub-Antarctic Islands excursion cruise (the first commencing 29 Dec 2020) and our booking is in Privilege Suite 510 on Bridge Deck commencing 8 Feb 2021. # Currently "Le Bellot" is docked in MRS/ Marseille, France -- and CoVid-19 is rampant in Europe as Autumn/ Winter approach. Plans are for "Le Bellot" (and "Le LaPerouse") to be based in Australian & New Zealand waters from 2021 onward, cruising mainly along the Kimberley Coast between Darwin and Broome, Western Australia (and also ar
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