PONANT luxury cruising
PONANT, the World Leader of Luxury Expeditions has been sailing the seas for 30 years and is currently the only cruise line to sail under the French flag. Embark on a unique concept of sea travel onboard intimate luxury expedition ships offering exceptional itineraries combining authentic experiences, cultural encounters, and stops in remote places not accessible by larger ships.
The PONANT fleet
The PONANT fleet will consist of 12 ships by 2021, 10 small luxury expedition ships, one three-mastered sailing yacht and one luxury icebreaker ship. PONANT’s smaller-capacity ships boast 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 – the feeling of being on board one’s own personal yacht. The six PONANT Explorers yachts are the newest editions to the fleet, and are named after the French Explorers, Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain, who will commence their maiden season this year, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, who will start sailing in 2019 and Le Bellot and Le Surville, two new ships that have been recently announced, will join the fleet in 2020. These new stars of the PONANT fleet are fitted with a movable marina platform, enabling guests to swim and engage in other activities directly from the ship, a submersible mini-port providing easy access to nautical activities (kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, and more) and is also equipped with the world’s first multi-sensory underwater lounge, called Blue Eye. Another recent addition to the PONANT fleet, is the world’s first luxury Icebreaker, to be delivered in 2021. The PONANT Icebreaker will be the first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, it is a hybrid electric icebreaker powered by Liquified Natural Gas, and at the cutting edge of technology it will be a real pioneer in terms of environmental protection. The PONANT Icebreaker will be able to allow guests to reach the Geographic North Pole, complete an Arctic Ocean crossing, discover Greenland’s extreme North East or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica. With a refined onboard ambiance and luxury services — never before available in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres — with the new icebreaker vessel PONANT provides not just cruises, but true expedition polar odysseys.
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The French touch
PONANT is the only cruise line to sail under the French flag.
Aboard, you will feel this “French Touch” not only in the design and décor, but also in the service and gastronomy. PONANT works with partners who share a constant pursuit of excellence. These prestigious brands are ambassadors for French luxury all over the world:
Gastronomy: Ladurée macarons for afternoon tea, Lenôtre sweet pastries and bread, Bordier traditional butter, a selection of wines from Maison Taillevent, Veuve Clicquot champagne at gala dinners, fragrant aromas of the Palais des Thés, and Évian mineral water.
Way of life: Fragonard mood fragrances, Hermès bath products in all staterooms and suites and spa care products by Sothy’s.
Décor and design: the décor of the staterooms and suites are designed by the French architect-designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and fabrics by Pierre Frey contribute to create a calming and luxurious atmosphere.
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Luxury small ship cruises to extraordinary destinations
PONANT cruises to many of the world’s amazing destinations and with more than 200 expertly created itineraries, visiting almost 400 ports of call, you are sure to find a PONANT cruise to suit your travel desires. Just some of the unforgettable destinations that PONANT travel to include: Antarctica, the Arctic, Asia, the Kimberley, Melanesia, New Zealand, Latin America & the Caribbean, North America & Alaska, Northern Europe, the Adriatic & the Mediterranean as well as Africa, the Indian Ocean & Russia.
Accompanied by experienced guides, lecturers or an Expedition team, time ashore is maximized, with many voyages featuring UNESCO-listed sites and excursions. Due to a smaller ship size, PONANT can visit hard to access and seldom visited ports of call, can get right into the heart of destinations and are also able to cruise through narrow waterways such as the famous Corinth Canal in Greece.
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Polar and tropical luxury expeditions
Polar, tropical or subtropical expeditions: from the Antarctic to Papua, PONANT will take you as close as possible to pristine nature and ancestral cultures, far from the crowded maritime routes and due to PONANT’s smaller ship size you can arrive as close as possible to hard-to-access areas.
During Expedition voyages, the fleet of Zodiac® make landing ashore in remote destinations safe and enjoyable, and enable guests to get as close as possible to ice, coral reefs, waterfalls and fauna. You will also be accompanied by an Expedition team, selected for their knowledge and expertise, to enhance your experience both on board and in the field, providing fascinating lectures and valuable insights into the culture, history and wildlife of the region.
In addition to encounters with abundant fauna and flora observation, you will discover the ancient customs of many tribes and ethnic groups that continue their rituals on the land of their forefathers. Whether they are Inuit, Papuan, Polynesian or Māori people, you will gain an understanding of their tradition and cultures. During visits to their villages, take time to interact with these warm and friendly people, ensuring rewarding encounters and priceless memories.
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For more information, to request a brochure, register for the next free information events or for reservations contact your Travel Agent or a PONANT Cruise Consultant on:
Australia: 1300 737 178
New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62