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Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant offers an intimate cruise experience, taking guests to popular destinations, from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean, as well as hidden gems off the beaten track, including the Russian Far East.

The company’s seven luxurious ships have the atmosphere of a private yacht and serve delicious French cuisine in a choice of superb restaurants. There is an Open Bar on every itinerary meaning you can enjoy unlimited complimentary drinks from the moment you step on board.

  • Superb French cuisine
  • Spacious cabin on board Le Boreal
  • Visit Santorini
  • Le Ponant
  • Sibenik, Croatia

About Ponant Luxury & Expedition Cruises

Ponant Cruises
  • Choice of open-seating restaurants
  • Sophisticated French design and interiors
  • Carita Spa
  • Themed cruises and entertainment
  • Elegant casual wear on board
  • 7 ships including 6 new megayachts with 264 guests, 139 crew members
  • 'Green Ships' with Ice Classification for expedition cruising
  • Most cabins with balconies
  • 24-hour room service
  • French gourmet cuisine and wine with meals
  • Open bar

Destinations

Ponant offers a superb selection of voyages, with something to suit everyone. Explore the beautiful islands of the Caribbean with colourful coral reefs and an abundance of natural wonders, discover the sun-drenched ports of the Mediterranean, home to some of the world's greatest architectural treasures or perhaps uncover the rich history and culture of Asia, a captivating continent.

Expeditions

Ponant's expedition cruisesruises explore dream locations off the beaten track and not accessible to larger cruise ships, taking you to exotic islands and secret coves, whilst specially-designed Ice Class ships explore remote destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises.

Ponant offers once-in-a-lifetime voyages, giving guests the opportunity to get up close to wildlife and visit remote settlements, without sacrificing comfort and luxury. These special voyages are accompanied by a experienced team of naturalist guides and include regular Zodiac excursions, allowing guests to enjoy unique encounters. Follow in the footsteps of great explorers on an expedition to the Arctic, home to an abundance of wildlife, from polar bears to orcas or head south to Antarctica, the White Continent, with its majestic icebergs, colonies of penguins and former whaling stations. Discover the volcanic Kamchtaka Peninsula on a unique journey to the unspoiled Russian Far East or explore the dramatic landscapes of Alaska and Eastern Siberia.

Ships

New for 2018, Le Champlain and Le Laperouse are luxurious, 184-passenger ships which offer the perfect blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Cabins are spacious with modern amentities, and the Panoramic Restaurant offers guests the choice of buffet-style dining or waiter service. Other public areas include the stylish lounge and Pool Deck with solarium, pool and outdoor bar. Both ships feature the latest innovative and evironmentally-friendly equipment, and have a hydraulic platform allowing easy access to the Zodiacs on expedition voyages.

Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial are luxurious megayachts carrying up to 264 passengers in spacious cabins. Every ship has a choice of superb dining venues, a theatre for lectures and live entertainment and a fitness centre. In addition, they are Ice Class ships so fully equipped to sail in Polar waters and carry Zodiacs to allow up-close encounters on expedition voyages. The company is committed to the protection of marine and coastal environments, and these latest additions to their fleet qualify for the proposed 'Green Ship' standard.

Le Ponant is a beautiful three-masted sailing ship carrying just 64 passengers and offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Cape Verde Islands.

In line with Ponant's philosophy of discovery and enjoyment, selected cruises have lectures and activities around themes ranging from golf, food and wine to jazz and classical music.

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Ponant Luxury & Expedition

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  • Treasures of Polynesia

    7 Nights - Papeete and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Boreal Le Boreal

    Discover a paradise on Earth on this 7-night luxury cruise to the turquoise waters and colourful coral reefs of beautiful French Polynesia on board elegant mega-yacht Le Boreal 2017 - Oct
    2018 - Oct
    Exclusive price! From £2555pp

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  • Spanish Mediterranean Shores

    7 Nights - Marseille to Malaga

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    This Mediterranean cruise, in partnership with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, focuses on Spain's culture and history, with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Gaudi's creations in Barcelona and the magnificent Alhambra 2018 - Oct
    Save up to 15%!

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    From £2775pp
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  • Amalfi Coast and Ancient Greece

    7 Nights - Athens to Civitavecchia

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Join Le Lyrial on this luxury music-themed voyage to the beautiful Greek islands of Patmos and Santorini, and the stunning Italian coast, with the opportunity to visit the sacred site of Delphi and ancient Pompeii 2017 - Sep

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    From £2835pp
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  • Chopin and the Music of Spain

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Follow in the footsteps of Chopin on this classical music-themed Mediterranean cruise, in partnership with Radio Classique, along the Italian coast and Spanish shores via Corsica and the Balearic Islands. Includes musical performances by special guests and lectures from expert speakers 2018 - Oct
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    From £2896pp
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  • Secrets of the Adriatic

    7 Nights - Venice and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Discover the gems of the Croatian coast including picturesque Korcula and UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik on this luxury voyage on board stylish megayacht Le Lyrial 2018 - May, Aug
    Save up to 30%!

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    From £2913pp
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  • Best of New Zealand

    9 Nights - Dunedin to Auckland

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Discover majestic fjords, ancient Maori history and amazing volcanic landscapes on this luxury New Zealand cruise on board new ship Le Laperouse 2019 - Mar
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    From £3052pp
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  • Sailing the Orinoco

    9 Nights - Cayenne to Fort de France

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    This fascinating expedition cruise on luxury ship Le Champlain explores the legendary Orinoco river, the colonial cities of South America and the paradise islands of the Caribbean, with Zodiac trips into the heart of the tropical rainforest for close encounters with unique wildlife 2018 - Dec
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    From £3391pp
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  • Borneo and Beyond

    9 Nights - Singapore to Benoa

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Set sail from Singapore on this 9-night luxury expedition cruise into the heart of Indonesia, where you will see orangutans in Borneo, visit the famous Komodo National Park and witness a traditional ceremony in a local village 2019 - Jan
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    From £4059pp
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  • Islands of Indonesia

    15 Nights - Yangon to Benoa

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - L'Austral L'Austral

    This brand new voyage explores the treasures of Myanmar and Indonesia, from the idyllic Mergui Archipelago to the breathtaking Gunung Leuser National Park and rarely visited Simeulue Islands 2017 - Nov

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    From £4069pp
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  • The Best of Japan

    8 Nights - Osaka to Maizuru

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - L'Austral L'Austral

    Set sail aboard L'Austral for a fascinating holiday to the Land of the Rising Sun, where imperial history and tradition meet cutting-edge modernity, with the stunning backdrop of the legendary cherry blossom in full bloom 2018 - Apr, May
    Save 5% on 3 May 2018 departure!

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    From £4229pp
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  • Geysers and Glaciers

    7 Nights - Reykjavik and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Explore Iceland, the "Land of Ice and Fire", with its breathtaking fjords and spectacular glaciers on this superb 7-night luxury cruise from Reykjavik 2019 - May
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    From £4243pp
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  • Treasures of New Caledonia

    13 Nights - Auckland to Noumea

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Enjoy this all new-itinerary, from New Zealand to the tropical lagoons of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, with Zodiac outings, shore visits with the expedition team and the opportunity to attend a Maori ceremony 2019 - Apr
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  • Chilean Fjords Luxury Expedition

    13 Nights - Valparaiso to Buenos Aires

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Boreal Choice of Ships

    Explore the heart of the Chilean fjords, visit Puerto Natales, the gateway to the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park and cruise around the infamous Cape Horn on this unique luxury expedition voyage. Includes direct flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires 2017 - Nov
    2018 - Mar, Nov
    2019 - Mar
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    From £4557pp
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  • Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

    11 Nights - Honiara to Cairns

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - La Laperouse La Laperouse

    Explore the heart of remote regions on this luxury expedition cruise to discover the wild beauty of the volcanic Solomon Islands and the mysterious cultures of Papua New Guinea, with Zodiac trips allowing close encounters with local tribes 2019 - May
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    From £4626pp
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  • Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice

    11 Nights - Cairns to Darwin

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Sail along the Great Barrier Reef on luxury expedition ship Le Laperouse to the remote Asmat region, where ancient tribes remain hidden from the world, and the exotic Spice Islands with their stunning beaches 2019 - May
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  • Caribbean and Orinoco

    12 Nights - Fort de France to Cayenne

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Set sail on this luxury expedition cruise to enchanting Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforest, with Zodiac trips along the magical Orinoco river allowing up close encounters with endemic wildlife and local tribes 2019 - Mar
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  • Sri Lanka to the Andaman Islands and Malaysia

    15 Nights - Colombo to Singapore

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Join luxurious new ship Le Laperouse on this unique festive voyage showcasing the rarely-visited cities of India, the sublime Andaman Islands and UNESCO-listed treasures of Malaysia 2018 - Dec
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  • Mysteries of Melanesia

    11 Nights - Noumea to Honiara

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Discover the traditional villages, tropical beaches and active volcanoes of Vanuatu and the surrounding islands on this 11-night luxury expedition cruise through the Pacific Ocean 2019 - Apr
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    From £5619pp
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  • Natural Wonders of the Amazon

    12 Nights - Cayenne to Manaus

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Explore the Amazon river and cross the Equator on this fascinating luxury expedition cruise on new ship La Champlain, with Zodiac trips for close encounters with unique wildlife 2018 - Dec
    2019 - Mar

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    From £5648pp
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  • Scattered Islands and Seychelles

    15 Nights - Durban to Mahe

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Discover the pearls of the Indian Ocean, from the idyllic Scattered Islands to the diverse scenery of Madagascar and tranquil islets of the Seychelles, on this unique 15-night voyage on board Le Lyrial 2019 - Apr
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    From £5730pp
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  • Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

    14 Nights - Benoa to Cairns

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Journey into the heart of Indonesia's most beautiful tropical islands on this 14-night luxury expedition cruise from Bali to Cairns, calling at Komodo Island to see the famous Komodo dragons 2019 - Jan
    Save up to 30%!

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    From £6165pp
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  • Antarctica Land of Extremes

    10 Nights - Buenos Aires and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Choice of Ships

    A luxury expedition voyage from Ushuaia through the famous Drake Passage to the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, with expert guides and the opportunity to get up close to wildlife on zodiac landings. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2017 - Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb
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    From £6695pp
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  • The Great Adventure

    15 Nights - Ushuaia to Montevideo

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Choice of Ships

    From the Antarctic Peninsula and its stunning panoramas, set off in the wake of great explorers towards South Georgia on this superb luxury expedition, with Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia 2018 - Feb, Nov
    2019 - Feb
    Save up to 25%!

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    From £7088pp
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  • Treasures of the Seychelles

    12 Nights - Mahe and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Head to the colourful coral reefs, white sandy beaches and exceptional wildlife of the stunning Seychelles on this luxury expedition cruise on board new ship Le Laperouse, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, diving and snorkelling 2018 - Nov
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  • In the Wake of Pioneers

    14 Nights - Nome to Vancouver

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Boreal Choice of Ships

    Follow in the footsteps of gold miners on this superb luxury expedition to the majestic glaciers, soaring mountains and glistening lakes of Alaska and British Columbia 2018 - Sep
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    From £7155pp
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  • From Antarctica to Africa

    21 Nights - Ushuaia to Cape Town

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Sail from Ushuaia to the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the volcanic British archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, before reaching Cape Town, on this luxury expedition voyage. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. 2018 - Mar
    2019 - Mar
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    From £7278pp
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  • The Great Austral Loop

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - L'Austral Choice of Ships

    Discover the wild beauty of the rugged Falkland Islands, meet the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia and admire the majestic icerbergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 15-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov, Dec
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    From £10357pp
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  • Beyond the Polar Circle

    16 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Le Soleal crosses the Polar Circle for the very first time on this unique expedition exploring the rugged Falkland Islands and dramatic scenery of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Includes Zodiac excursions and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Jan

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    From £10459pp
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  • Luxury Northwest Passage Expedition

    22 Nights - Kangerlussuaq to Nome

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    This once-in-a-lifetime luxury expedition voyage on mega-yacht Le Soleal follows in the footsteps of famous Arctic explorers through the legendary Northwest Passage. Includes charter flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq, and return flight from Nome to Seattle 2018 - Aug

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    From £11235pp
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  • Christmas and New Year in Antarctica

    16 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    A luxury festive expedition voyage to the famous Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. 2017 - Dec

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    From £12335pp
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