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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant Luxury and Expedition Cruises

Ponant offers a truly intimate cruising experience and provide guests with the opportunity to discover an array of fascinating destinations, from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean. Ponant also cruise to 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.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020 / 2021

About Ponant Cruises

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


Ponant offers an excellent selection of voyages, with something to suit everyone. Explore the beautiful islands of the Caribbean with their colourful coral reefs and abundance of natural wonders and discover the sun-drenched ports of the Mediterranean which is home to some of the world's greatest architectural treasures. Uncover the rich history and culture of Asia, a captivating continent or voyage to the mighty Antarctic to admire the dramatic scenery and see the unique wildlife.


Ponant's expedition cruises explore dream locations off the beaten track such as exotic islands and secret coves which are not accessible to larger cruise ships, whilst the 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 an experienced team of naturalist guides and include regular Zodiac excursions, allowing guests to enjoy exceptional 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.


New for 2018, Le Champlain and Le Laperouse are luxurious, 184-passenger ships which showcase the perfect blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Cabins are spacious with modern amenities, 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 a 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 Bellot will be the fifth new ship in this series to join the Ponant fleet.

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 which means they are 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. This wonderul ship 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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