The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

A multi-sen­sory un­der­wa­ter space? It sounds like the lat­est in well­ness spa salons but imag­ine such a sub­ter­ranean nook aboard a cruise ship. Fren­chowned lux­ury line Po­nant is launch­ing a sub-aquatic pas­sen­ger lounge, known as Blue Eye, aboard its 92cabin ex­pe­di­tion ship Le Lap­er­ouse, which will have its maiden voy­age next year. Arm­chair ad­ven­tur­ers will be able to view photo-lu­mi­nes­cent or­gan­isms and ma­rine crea­tures through port­holes shaped like the eye of a cetacean and watch dig­i­tal im­ages, such as dol­phins rid­ing bow waves, filmed live by three un­der­wa­ter cam­eras. Hy­drophones have been in­te­grated be­neath the keel so there’s an un­der­wa­ter sym­phony to com­plete the im­mer­sive ef­fect. Le Lap­er­ouse’s sis­ter ship, Le Cham­plain, will also be fit­ted with the Blue Eye con­cept in 2018, fol­lowed by Le Bougainville and Le Du­mont-D’Urville in 2019. Le Lap­er­ouse will op­er­ate from mid-2018, with two seven-night Ice­landic Mo­saic round-cruises de­part­ing June 19 or June 26 from Reyk­javik and in­clud­ing a cross­ing of the Arc­tic Cir­cle. From $6740 a per­son. More: po­


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