On any typical day, French cruise operator PONANT would be running luxury expeditions all around the world, ranging from polar journeys in Antarctica to exploring the tropics of Papua New Guinea. In the era of coronavirus lockdowns, embarking on these epic journeys is no longer viable. However just because their cruises have temporarily stopped, doesn’t mean the adventures have to.
PONANT has introduced a new series of free lectures on Facebook, crafted specifically for those craving an adventure. Each week’s lecture will feature a different expedition team member including naturalists, scientists or photographers who will discuss their areas of expertise relative to the destinations being reviewed.
Throughout May, the focus will be on the spectacular Antarctic region including South Georgia and the Falkland Islands – plus all the wildlife in between. PONANT Expedition leader Jorge Villamarin will be leading the first lecture, this Thursday 7 May at 5:00pm AEST, which is titled, ‘Discovering the Beauty of Antarctica… The White Continent Awaits!’. The following lectures in May will run at the same day and time every week.
“This series of virtual lectures will provide comprehensive information to stimulate mental planning during these restricted travel times. Each week, a specialist guest presenter will draw on his or her expertise, sharing their knowledge and passion with viewers as if they were on a true expedition voyage!” said Monique Ponfoort, PONANT vice president Asia Pacific.
The Virtual Expedition Lecture Series
All lectures commence at 5.00pm AEST (7.00pm NZST) and will be live-streamed on PONANT’s Australia and New Zealand Facebook page. If you miss the live presentation, don’t worry as the videos will remain on the page after the presentation.
May 2020 schedule – Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
- Thursday 7 May: ‘Discovering the Beauty of Antarctica… The White Continent Awaits!’ with Jorge Villamarin – PONANT Expedition Leader
- Thursday 14 May: ‘Antarctic Food Webs – The Importance of Sea Ice’, with Chloe Powers, PONANT Naturalist
- Thursday 21 May: History of Le Commandant Charcot in Antarctica with Lou Paynter – PONANT Naturalist
- Thursday 28 May: Photography Workshop with Jason Edwards – National Geographic Photographer