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Ponant Publishes First Polar Voyages Collection

PONANT releases its collection of Polar voyages for winter 2017/18, featuring expedition cruises to Antarctica, South Georgia, Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Alaska.

This is the first time PONANT has brought together into one publication its itineraries to the South Pole (Antarctic, South Georgia) and North Pole (Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Alaska) for the 2017/2018 winter seasons – and it looks very appealing!

Discover far corners of the Polar Territories

In the Arctic and Antarctic, PONANT’s naturalists take passengers on a voyage of discovery into an icy world, sharing their passion for these lands and those who live there in harmony with the ecosystem.

On these exceptional cruises, passengers can enjoy expeditions in the lap of luxury without ever losing the authentic nature of the overall experience. Even in the remotest most extreme regions they will find the welcoming ambiance, service and attention to detail, that subtle blend of sophistication and elegance which is the PONANT hallmark.

In addition to the iconic itineraries that feature every winter, PONANT is also offering a selection of highly unusual routes in 2017 and 2018, which are expected to be incredibly popular.

Ponant Polar Voyages Heading North

New - Aboard Le Soléal, three outstanding cruises will follow in the wake of the legendary Viking dragon ships, the Drakkars. From Iceland to St Lawrence, they offer an opportunity to visit archaeological remains, meet the local people and attend fascinating talks to understand more about the Viking civilisation and their adventures. These cruises can be taken back-to-back.

The Saga of Erik the Red. From the icy inhospitable east coast to the green welcoming west coast, on the route taken by Greenland’s first colonizer.

Departs August 9, 2017, for 12-nights. Iceland and Greenland.

Itinerary : Reykjavik (overnight) | At Sea | Nansen Harbor | Christian Sund | Herjolfness | Hvalso | Erik Le Rouge Fjord – Narsaq | At Sea | Nuuk and West institutions | Disko Bay | Ilulissat | Eternity Fjord | Kangerlussuaq.

Ultima Thule – The Horizontal Everest. Meet the Inuit people and the polar regions’ richest and most diverse range of wildlife.

Departs August 21, 2017, for 16-nights. Greenland and Canada.

Itinerary: Kangerlussuaq | Sissimut | Ilulissat | Karrat | Melville Bay | Savissivik | Etah | Glacier Humbolt | Hans Island | Starvation Camp | Alexander Bay | Coburg Island | Belcher Glacier | Pont Inlet | Buchan Golf | Icy Arm Fjord | Sam Ford Fjord | Isabela Bay | Arctic Bay | At Sea | Evigheds Fjord | Kangerlussuaq.

Vinland – America Discovered. Experience the thrill of discovering the shores of America, as it was by the Vikings 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Departs September 6, 2017, for 14-nights. Greenland and Canada.

Itinerary: Kangerlussuaq | Sisimiut | At Sea | Iqaluit | Grinnell Glacier | Akpatok | Nashvak Fjord | Saglek Fjord | At Sea | Anse-Aux-Meadows | Gros Morne | Havre Saint Pierre | Tadoussac | Saguenay | Quebec.

Ponant Polar Voyages Heading South

New - Sailing from Ushuaia, the town at the end of the world, PONANT invites guests aboard Le Soléal on a first for the French flag company: crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle (latitude 66°33’39’’). Le Soléal will call into the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before reaching the Antarctica glaciers. Accompanied by naturalist-guides and experienced expedition leaders, guests will go on outings to see colonies of king penguins and explore the Antarctic Peninsula’s most beautiful site, Neko Bay.

Sailing through the sea ice - Ushuaia to Ushuaia. Departs January 23, 2018, for 16 nights.

When more information and the full itinerary for this voyage is released, we will update this post – so keep checking back.

For more information on PONANT’s 2017/18 Polar collection please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.