Arrive in Singapore and embark your ship, L'Austral between 4 and 5 PM. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
As your ship sets sail to the Indonesian island chain, continue to acquaint yourself with the ship and her amenities.
Spend today on deck with you camera on hand - you won't want to miss the views of this incredible volcano! Krakatoa is a volcanic island, whose most remarkable eruption occurred in 1883 and is still among the most violent eruptions on record. Situated between the islands of Java and Sumatra, Krakatoa offers and excellent starting point for your Indonesian voyage.
As you continue to sail, enjoy the breeze from on deck and keep an eye out for marine- and bird-life that may be following in your ship's wake.
From Semarang, choose from two optional excursions. Explore the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist monument. Join a coach as it takes you inland through Java's dramatic landscapes. Enjoy a buffet lunch of Indonesian specialties and a delightful performance by local entertainers. On your second day in Semarang, join a tour to the Tlogo Agro Highlands where you can observe the coffee-making process from berries to roasted beans. From here, travel to Tuntang for a short ride on an antique steam engine train. Alight at the Ambarawa station and enjoy a scenic drive through the Ungaran highlands.
Karimun Jawa is a collection of 27 islands. Their name means "a stone's throw from Java," in the local Javanese dialect. Among the group's 27 islands, 22 were declared a marine reserve in 2001. The designation ensures that marine life in the area is abundant. Details about your excursions here are being finalized.
Making your way through the Indonesian islands, enjoy this final day at sea and take time to reflect on your journey so far and prepare for the next leg.
From port in Teluk Nara, join an optional half-day tour to see the highlights and culture of Lombok. Visit the Nusa Tenggara Barat Provincial Museum, which exhibits ancient artifacts and decorative arts from a variety of beautiful and fascinating cultures of the island. Travel to Matara, next to see Banyu Mulek village, known for its handmade pottery. Stop at Lingsar Temple, the most important site for practitioners of Islam Wetu Telu religion. On your way back to the ship, stop at the Senggigi art market. Alternatively, explore Bali's religious past and the verdant beauty of the island's lush countryside on a full-day optional excursion to Puri Taman Sari, a traditional Balinese compound, and on to Ulun Danu Temple. A third optional includes these stops as well as a visit to a spice plantation.
Three full-day excursions are yours to choose from as you spend the day on Bali. Join a tour of Mount Batur and its crater lake. Along the way, your coach brings you to the Pura Kehen temple, the Pura Ulun Danau Batu temple, to Kintamani where you can enjoy an Indonesian buffet lunch, and finally to a Balanese house compound.
Following breakfast, disembark in Benoa. Transfer to the airport for your journey home.