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Explore the world with PONANT, the World Leader of Luxury Expeditions

For more than 30 years, PONANT’s luxury cruise ships have been stopping at well-known ports of call and secret, hidden-away anchorages only accessible to small ships. Embark on the journey of a lifetime to the majestic landscapes of the Far North and the Arctic, enjoy sunny excursions to the heart of the Mediterranean and be thrilled on a sea voyage along Celtic coasts and beautiful getaways to the secret islands of the Pacific.

Combining wonderful itineraries with luxurious surroundings and intuitive personal service, PONANT’s exceptional cruises and luxury expeditions have been designed to deliver quality and excellence through an unprecedented sailing experience founded on the key concepts of discretion, refinement and the simple art of living à la française.

Modern and Luxurious Fleet

PONANT’s smaller-capacity ships boast anywhere from 32 to 132 elegantly designed staterooms and spacious suites, 95% with private balcony. Offering French-designed interiors and ambiance, guests can enjoy luxury amenities, superior comfort and personalised service.

In 2021 PONANT will welcome Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first hybrid luxury Polar Exploration Vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). With just 135 cabins, including 68 suites with private balconies, this ship remains true to the PONANT philosophy of providing every guest with a relaxed ambience never before seen at the very top or bottom of the globe, and offering guests true polar odysseys.

Le Lyrial Dining
©PONANT François Lefebvre
Le Laperouse Deluxe Stateroom, PONANT
©PONANT Christophe Dugied
Athens with PONANT
©PONANT Nicolas Matheus

French touch on board

PONANT is currently the only cruise line to sail under the French flag and, as such, is subject to some of the world’s strictest safety standards. Aboard, you will feel the ‘French touch’ in the design and décor, but also in the service and gastronomy. The line’s carefully selected partners share this pursuit for the French standard of excellence.

Whether you choose a Mediterranean cruise or a luxury expedition into the heart of the Antarctic, you will always enjoy the exceptional levels of service for which PONANT is renowned. Our excellent service, customised and attentive, will give you the privileged feeling of sailing aboard your own private yacht.

Genuine Adventure in Unique Destinations

Embark on a unique and enriching expedition cruise aboard intimate modern ships, with exceptional itineraries and stops in remote places not accessible by larger ships. Visit amazing sites combining dreams, immersive experiences, and encounters that bring you even closer to nature.

Accompanied by experienced guides, lecturers or an expedition team, time ashore is maximised, with many itineraries featuring UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and excursions. On Polar and Tropical Expeditions, PONANT’s fleet of Zodiacs make landing ashore in remote, seldom-visited destinations, safe and enjoyable, enabling guests to get right to their heart.

Unexpected outings among the majestic glaciers in Antarctica, exciting wildlife encounters in the Arctic and Alaska, memorable cultural interactions in Oceania, historic sites in the Mediterranean or relaxing on idyllic beaches in the Caribbean … with more than 400 expertly created voyages to choose from, you are sure to find a PONANT cruise to suit your travel desires.

Zodiac, PONANT
©Studio PONANT Nathalie Michel
Champlain Norwat with PONANT
©PONANT Mike Louagie
Bear watching in Alaska with PONANT
©Studio PONANT Laure Patricot

Cruising with a Difference

For more than 30 years, PONANT has been taking passengers to the planet’s most secret places where nature reigns supreme. Making this choice means the company has responsibilities towards the ecosystems and communities that live in the destinations. By stopping the use of heavy fuel oil, removing single-use plastics and carrying out environmental impact studies, PONANT has implemented a series of measures designed to decrease its environmental footprint in the regions that it visits, where populations have lived for centuries. Itineraries are planned out in consultation with the local authorities and crew, naturalist guides and passengers are made aware of good practices to adopt in the communities in which they will be staying.

Sustainable Cruising with PONANT
©Studio PONANT Olivier Blaud
Marquesas Islands
©Studio PONANT Lorraine Turci

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Lead image © Studio PONANT Sylvain Adenot