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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 with the most exciting and diverse cruise collection on board a fleet of modern, sophisticated megayachts, ice-strengthened and designed to take you to the furthest reaches of the world in style and luxury. Ponant's innovative expedition cruises offer the opportunity to discover an array of fascinating destinations without sacrificing the luxury which is the signature of Ponant Cruises. Follow in the wake of great explorers on an expedition to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, and discover hidden gems off the beaten track including the unspoiled Russian Far East and the mythical Northeast Passage. Tropical expedition cruises feature Central America’s Darien National Park with its amazing wildlife, the distant lands of the Kimberley and the exotic spice islands of the Indian Ocean.

The company’s twelve 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. On expedition cruises excursions in Zodiac dinghies with expert guides allow guests to discover the hidden treasures of little-known regions of the world with priceless encounters with ancient tribes and remote ethnic groups.

Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021/ 2022

Finding Cruises
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  • The Best of Japan

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Osaka 8 Nights Cruise Only from £3290pp Osaka (Japan), Tamano, Hiroshima - Miyajima Island, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Busan (South Korea), Sakaiminato (Japan), Maizuru
  • Treasures of Polynesia

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Moorea 9 Nights Cruise Only from £3456pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Papeete (Tahiti), Mataiva (Tuamotu Islands), Rangiroa, Huahine (Society Islands), Raiatea, Motu Ceran, Bora Bora, Moorea - Papeete (Tahiti)
  • Pearls of the Indian Ocean

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Bougainville
    Seychelles 9 Nights Cruise Only from £4160pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Victoria (Mahe), Praslin Island, Saint Joseph Atoll, Alphonse Island, Cosmoledo Atoll, Assumption Island, Astove Island, Glorieuses, Scattered Islands, Nosy Komba - Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Be
  • Polynesia and Easter Island National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Boreal
    Tahiti 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4230pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Papeete (Tahiti), Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands), Rikitea (Gambier Islands), Aukena, Adamstown (Pitcairn Island), Sailing along Ducie Island, Hanga Roa (Easter Island)
  • Best of New Zealand

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Bellot
    Milford Sound 9 Nights Cruise Only from £4540pp Save 10% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Dunedin (New Zealand), Sail Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound, Sail Milford Sound, Picton, Wellington, Napier, White Island or Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland
  • Great Lakes of North America

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Champlain
    Toronto 7 Nights Cruise Only from £5078pp UK - Milwaukee (USA), Lake Michigan - Mackinac Island, Sault Ste Marie, Little Current, Parry Sound - Lake Huron, St Clair River, Lake Erie - Port Colborne (Canada), Toronto
  • Natural Wonders of the Amazon

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Dumont dUrville
    Amazon river 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5175pp Save up to 20% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Cayenne (French Guiana), Mucurui or Macapa (Amazon, Brazil), Aquiqui - Guajara, Santarem, Parintins, Alter do Chao, Lucia, Breves, Belem, Salvation Islands, Cayenne
  • Iconic Kimberley

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Kimberley Region 10 Nights Cruise Only from £5370pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Broome, Lacepede Islands, Collier Bay, Careening Bay, Hunter River, Swift Bay, Vansittart Bay, King George River, Darwin
  • Adventure in Patagonia

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Soleal
    Patagonia 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5450pp Exclusive savings of up to 15%! Santiago (Chile) - Talcahuano, Quemchi, Pulluche Canal, Tortel, Pie XI Glacier, El Brujo Glacier, Strait of Magellan, Agostini Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams - Ushuaia (Argentina), Ushuaia - Santiago (Chile)
  • Cape Horn and the Chilean Fjords National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    LAustral
    Chiloe Island 13 Nights Cruise Only from £5650pp Buenos Aires (Argentina), Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams (Chile), Garibaldi Glacier, Agostini Glacier, Strait of Magellan, El Brujo Glacier, Pio XI Glacier - English Passage, Tortel, Quemchi, Talcahuno - Santiago

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
  • 12 ships
  • '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

Destinations

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 or 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.

Expeditions

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 Kamtchatka Peninsula on a unique journey to the unspoiled Russian Far East or explore the dramatic landscapes of Alaska and Eastern Siberia.

Tropical expedition cruises explore the distant lands of Tasmania and the Kimberley, one of the last wilderness frontiers of the world, and the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean. The mysterious archipelagos of Oceania, from Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, have been inhabited for millennia by indigenous tribes, and these warm and welcoming communities will share their way of life with you during your time ashore.

Ponant and National Geographic have joined forces on selected itineraries to offer unique and enriching expedition cruises to the world’s most intriguing destinations. A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and passion, enriching the expedition experience through fascinating presentations and informal discussions.

Ships

Ponant have launched a fleet of Explorer-class ships - Le Champlain (2018), Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville (2019), Le Durmont D'Urville (2019), Le Bellot (2020) and Le Jaques Cartier (2020). These cutting-edge ships carry just 184 passengers and have been designed for expedition cruising in both polar and tropical waters. They feature the latest innovative technology including a multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye, where guests can enjoy a truly immersive experience. These ships also have a hydraulic platform allowing easy access into the zodiacs.

New in 2020, Le Commandant Charcot has been specially designed for the polar regions, and features hybrid propulsion to minimise its environmental impact. It carries 270 guests in 135 spacious cabins.

Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011), Le Soleal (2013) and Le Lyrial (2015) 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 including art, literature, classical music and food and wine.

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