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Ponant Cruises

Offering luxury yacht and expedition cruises in all seven continents, Ponant Cruises are a great choice of for couples, solo travellers and those who love small-ship cruising.

Founded in 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers, Ponant Cruises combine a luxurious onboard experience with authentic adventures in many of the world’s most captivating destinations. From classic sailings in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to bucket-list adventures in Antarctica and Greenland, Ponant Cruises offer a unique take on the concept of cruising.

As one of the UK’s leading Ponant specialists, we can offer exclusive fares and onboard benefits with Ponant Cruises. For further information, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677.

Ponant’s Yachts & Expedition Class Ships

Ponant Cruises boast one of the most modern fleets at sea. Comprised of nine vessels, Ponant operates four luxury yachts (L’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Lyrial and Le Soleal), four ‘Explorer Class’ ships (Le Champlain, Le Lapérouse, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-D’Urville) and the line’s first yacht, the three-masted Le Ponant.

In 2020, two more expedition-ready ships, Le Surville and Le Bellot, joined the fleet and will be followed by a new ice-breaking vessel, Le Commandant Charcot, in 2021.

Ponant Cruises: Onboard Experience

In terms of the onboard experience, Ponant Cruises offer exceptional bilingual service, world-class dining and elegantly-appointed accommodation and public areas. The ‘French Touch’ is evident in each ship’s design and decor, and as such, the atmosphere is similar to that of a boutique hotel in Paris. The lounges and bars are ideal for meeting up with friends, while the sun deck offers panoramic views, ample seating and is perfect for a lazy day at sea. For those seeking further relaxation, head to the onboard spa where you can enjoy a range of treatments and massages (the spa is not available on Le Ponant).

Should you choose a cruise on an Explorer Class vessel, you will benefit from several expedition-style features. Key amongst these is the Blue Eye Lounge, an underwater multi-sensory environment which boasts comfortable seating and privileged views of life beneath the waves. Ponant’s expedition ships also carry a fleet of Zodiacs which are deployed frequently throughout each itinerary for sightseeing excursions and trips ashore.

In 2018 Ponant Cruises announced a partnership with National Geographic that will see photographers and experts from the organisation host workshops and land programmes on selected expedition itineraries.

What’s Included With Ponant Cruises:

Even though Ponant are not considered to be an all-inclusive cruise line, they still represent excellent value for money. When you book a Ponant cruise, the price you pay at the time of booking includes the following:

  • Dining in all venues
  • Beverages (excluding premium brands)
  • Mini-bar stocked with your preferences
  • WiFi throughout the ship
  • Use of the ships water-sports toys (weather/itinerary permitting)
  • 24-hour room service

In addition to these inclusions, guests on one of Ponant’s Explorer Class vessels will also be provided with a complimentary Polar Parka, and enjoy tours led by the bilingual Expedition Team.

If you would like to find out more about Ponant Cruises or if wish to receive a quote for a future sailing, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677 or make an online enquiry for one of the cruises below.

More information

For more information on cruises that depart from the UK, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please browse a selection of our no-fly cruise offers above. If you are searching a great luxury cruise deal, please take a look at our Cruise Deals page or browse the latest edition of the Luxury Cruise Collection.