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Napoleon Bicentenary: Cruise to St Helena

Napoleon Cruise 16 Days:  29 April – 14 May 1821, from £6,817 pp.

To commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon, Ponant Cruises is organising an exceptional, 16-day cruise on Le Lyrial departing from Namibia which will be at St Helena on 5 May 2021.

Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St Helena after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. He disembarked at Jamestown on 17 October 1815 and stayed for a short time at Briar’s Pavilion before moving to Longwood House where he died on 5 May 1821.

Napoleon Cruise 16 Days/15 Nights:

29 April – 14 May 1821, from £6,817 pp.

29 April 2021: Embarkation, Walvis Bay, Namibia

A natural port in the curve of a bay formed by an old river delta, Walvis Bay is protected from the ocean by the natural barrier of Pelican Point. It is a real refuge for migratory birds, where thousands of pink flamingos and Cape cormorants mix with one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world.

 30 April – 03 May 2021: At Sea

04 May – 06 May 2021: St Helena

Nestling in the hollow of a volcanic valley, Jamestown retains has the charm of a Georgian English village in the tropics.  The  tour includes visits to  the key sites in the footsteps of Napoleon: Briar’s Pavilion, Longwood House,  Bertrand’s Cottage and to the site of  the Emperor’s original tomb.  In October 1840 his remains were exhumed and repatriated to France with full honours. You can see them at Les Invalides in Paris.

 07 May – 08 May 2021: At Sea

09 May 2021: Ascension Island

Hidden in the middle of the Atlantic, 800 miles from St Helena, Ascension Island has an arid, lunar landscape and has been a strategic military base ever since Napoleon was exiled to St Helena in 1815. The forts and barracks of the Royal Navy  can be visited.  Ascension Island is one of the most important breeding sites for tropical marine birds and green turtles.

10 May – 13 May 2021: At Sea

14 May 2021: Disembark,  Dakar, Senegal

The bustling  capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. Dakar is diverse with an appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre we recommend a visit to Kermel market. An excursion to Gorée Island provised a glimpse into its dark past as the largest centre for slave trading on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Le Lyrial was built in 477 days at the Fincantieri shipyards in Trieste and joined the Ponant group in April 2015. She combines luxury, intimacy and elegance with a French touch: refined gastronomy  and a five star service for sophisticated travel on a human scale. With a good choice of staterooms and suites over 6 passenger decks, this cruise on Le Lyrial  promises to be an unforgettable journey  through history.

Capacity: up to 260 passengers

Crew:       140

Length:    142 metres

Tonnage: 10,992

Cruising Speed: 14 knots


Superior Stateroom from £6,817 per person (excluding flights)


  • Area : 21 m²
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.

Please contact us for other cabin types and to check availability.

Tel: 01932 424252