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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
  • 9 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.

In keeping with Ponant's pioneering spirit, the company's four new ships - Le Laperouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d'Urville - will have a multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the underwater world thanks to state-of-the-art hydrophones. Acoustic waves will be transmitted live into the lounge creating a truely immersive sound experience. There will also be Body Listening sofas and large porthole windows.

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.

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019 / 2020

Ponant Luxury & Expedition

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  • Mayan Treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula

    7 Nights - Puerto Morelos and Back

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Join luxurious ship Le Champlain on this brand new and unique cruise around the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan, with the opportunity to visit wonders from the Mayan civilisation, including the city of Chichen Itza 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Chichen Itza Cruise Only
    From £2201pp
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  • Amalfi Coast and Ancient Greece

    7 Nights - Athens to Civitavecchia

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Join Le Lyrial on this luxury voyage to the beautiful Greek islands of Hydra and Kefalonia, the stunning Italian coast and the islands of Sicily and Corsica 2019 - Aug Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Amalfi Cruise Only
    From £2562pp
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  • Essential Seychelles

    8 Nights - Mahe and Back

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Enjoy a glimpse of paradise on this brand new luxury expedition cruise to the heart of the spectacular Seychelles, with opportunities for diving and snorkelling among the colourful coral reefs and stunning marine life 2019 - Dec 2020 - Jan Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Praslin Cruise Only
    From £2956pp
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  • Chopin and the Music of Spain

    7 Nights - Civitavecchia and Back

    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

    Bonifacio Cruise Only
    From £3029pp
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  • Spanish Mediterranean Shores

    7 Nights - Marseille to Malaga

    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

    Barcelona Cruise Only
    From £3035pp
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  • History and Art Cruise

    7 Nights - Copenhagen to Honfleur

    Le Dumont dUrville Le Dumont dUrville

    This cruise from Copenhagen to Honfleur is perfect for art lovers, with visits to world-famous museums including a private after-hours tour of Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum. Includes overnight hotel stay in Copenhagen and lectures from renowned art historian Till-Holger Borchert 2019 - Aug Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Copenhagen Cruise Only
    From £3072pp
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  • Treasures of Polynesia

    7 Nights - Papeete and Back

    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 2018 - Oct Save up to 20%!

    Moorea Cruise Only
    From £3103pp
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  • Seychelles to the Maldives

    10 Nights - Mahe to Colombo

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Sail from the tranquil Seychelles to Sri Lanka via the scattered islands of the Maldives, a paradise for snorkellers and divers, with a dazzling array of underwater wildlife including manta rays, tortoises and brightly-coloured coral fish 2018 - Dec Save up to 25%!

    Anse Source d'Argent Cruise Only
    From £3191pp
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  • Treasures of Sicily

    8 Nights - Valletta and Back

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Explore enchanting Sicily on this unique luxury cruise and soak up the historical and cultural influences borne from thousands of years at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilisations. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Jul Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Valletta Fly-Cruise Package
    From £3495pp
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  • Borneo and Beyond

    9 Nights - Singapore to Benoa

    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

    Orangutan Cruise Only
    From £4061pp
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  • Best of New Zealand

    9 Nights - Dunedin to Auckland

    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

    Milford Sound Cruise Only
    From £4200pp
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  • Chilean Fjords Luxury Expedition

    13 Nights - Valparaiso to Buenos Aires

    LAustral 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 2018 - Nov 2019 - Mar Save up to 10%!

    Valparaiso Cruise Only
    From £4297pp
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  • Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

    8 Nights - Copenhagen to Stockholm

    Le Dumont dUrville Le Dumont dUrville

    Experience a kaleidoscope of history, heritage and culture on this luxury cruise to the best of the Baltic, visiting magnificent capital cities full of world-famous museums and art galleries, ornate churches and opulent palaces. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Aug Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Copenhagen Fly-Cruise Package
    From £4595pp
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  • Geysers and Glaciers

    7 Nights - Reykjavik and Back

    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

    Reykjavik Cruise Only
    From £4639pp
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  • Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice

    11 Nights - Cairns to Darwin

    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

    Tribal dance Cruise Only
    From £4922pp
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  • Icelandic Loop

    7 Nights - Reykjavik and Back

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Explore the dramatic land of fire and ice in luxury on this spectacular circumnavigation of Iceland from the world’s most northerly capital of Reykjavik, and experience breathtaking glaciers, lava fields, geysers, and a wealth of wildlife including whales, puffins and sea birds. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Aug Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Reykjavik Fly-Cruise Package
    From £4995pp
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  • The Best of Japan

    11 Nights - Osaka to Maizuru

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Set sail aboard Le Laperouse for a luxury holiday to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun, where highlights include the majestic Shinto Miyajima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the ancient dwellings of the samurai. Includes overnight hotel stay in Osaka or Kyoto, return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Oct Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Osaka Fly-Cruise Package
    From £5095pp
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  • Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

    11 Nights - Honiara to Cairns

    Le Laperouse Le 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

    Trobriand Islands Cruise Only
    From £5113pp
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  • Caribbean and Orinoco

    12 Nights - Fort de France to Cayenne

    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

    Martinique Cruise Only
    From £5226pp
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  • Sailing the Orinoco

    9 Nights - Cayenne to Fort de France

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    This luxury expedition cruise explores the legendary Orinoco river, the colonial cities of South America and the paradise islands of the Caribbean at Christmas, with Zodiac trips into the heart of the tropical rainforest for close encounters with unique wildlife. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2018 - Dec Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Toucan Fly-Cruise Package
    From £5495pp
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  • The Heart of Indonesia

    11 Nights - Singapore to Darwin

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Visit traditional Indonesian villages to discover the unique culture, witness Orangutan’s in their natural habitat at Tanjung Puting National Park and visit one of the seven Pink Beaches on the planet on this 11-night expedition cruise of the Indonesian Archipelago. 2019 - Nov Save up to 15% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Komodo Dragon Cruise Only
    From £5514pp
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  • Treasures of New Caledonia

    13 Nights - Auckland to Noumea

    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 Save up to 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Auckland Cruise Only
    From £5550pp
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  • Mysteries of Melanesia

    11 Nights - Noumea to Honiara

    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

    New Caledonia Cruise Only
    From £5617pp
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  • The Legacy of World War II

    14 Nights - Hong Kong to Osaka

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Uncover the history of China and Japan and learn more about World War II in the Pacific on this luxury cruise, with lectures from expert historians and a meeting with survivors at Hiroshima's Peace Museum. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Hong Kong 2019 - Sep Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Holy Torii Gate Cruise Only
    From £5792pp
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  • Jewels of Latin America

    14 Nights - Puerto Quetzal to Callao

    Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Join luxury expedition ship Le Soleal for this unique cruise to the highlights of Latin America, including breathtaking Cocos Island, the rainforests of Costa Rica and the magnificent archaeological site of Chan Chan. Includes return flights from the UK and pre-cruise hotel stay in La Antigua 2018 - Oct Exclusive Blue Water package!

    Chan Chan ruins Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Natural Wonders of the Amazon

    12 Nights - Cayenne to Manaus

    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

    Amazon river Cruise Only
    From £6078pp
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  • Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean

    12 Nights - Mahe to Zanzibar

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Sail from the colourful islands of the Seychelles to the superb wildlife of Tanzania and exotic Zanzibar on this brand new luxury expedition cruise, with fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities 2020 - Feb Save up to 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    La Digue Cruise Only
    From £6185pp
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  • Great Lakes of North America

    11 Nights - Quebec City to Milwaukee

    Le Champlain Le Champlain

    Experience the glorious colours of the fall foliage of Canada and the USA on this unique luxury cruise through the Great Lakes of North America from Québec to Milwaukee, exploring the spectacular scenery, history and culture of the region, with return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Sep, Oct Exclusive Blue Water Package!

    Thousand Islands Fly-Cruise Package
    From £6295pp
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  • Treasures of the Seychelles

    12 Nights - Mahe and Back

    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

    Praslin Cruise Only
    From £6339pp
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  • Sri Lanka to the Andaman Islands and Malaysia

    15 Nights - Colombo to Singapore

    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

    Colombo, Sri Lanka Cruise Only
    From £6452pp
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  • Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

    14 Nights - Benoa to Cairns

    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

    Bali Cruise Only
    From £6791pp
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  • Scattered Islands and Seychelles

    15 Nights - Durban to Mahe

    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 Save up to 5%!

    Seychelles Cruise Only
    From £6999pp
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  • The Great Adventure

    15 Nights - Ushuaia to Montevideo

    LAustral 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 - Nov 2019 - Feb Save up to 20%!

    Paradise Bay Cruise Only
    From £7261pp
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  • From Antarctica to Africa

    21 Nights - Ushuaia to Cape Town

    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. 2019 - Mar Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Penguins in South Georgia Cruise Only
    From £7438pp
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  • Antarctica Land of Extremes

    10 Nights - Buenos Aires and Back

    LAustral 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 return flights from the UK and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov 2019 - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb Exclusive Blue Water package with savings of up to 30%!

    King penguins in Antarctica Fly-Cruise Package
    From £7995pp
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  • The Great Austral Loop

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and Back

    LAustral 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

    Antarctica scenery Cruise Only
    From £12120pp
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  • Secrets of the Adriatic

    7 Nights - Venice and Back

    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

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  • In the Wake of Pioneers

    14 Nights - Nome to Vancouver

    Le Soleal Le Soleal

    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

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  • Luxury Northwest Passage Expedition

    22 Nights - Kangerlussuaq to Nome

    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

    Ilulisaat, Greenland View Full Details

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