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French cruise line Ponant Cruises offer extraordinary sailings upon a fleet of seven luxurious yachts. Sailing to both classic and exotic destinations, Ponant Cruises provide a grand selection of cruise holidays and itineraries with a difference. From a quarter of a century of sailing, Ponant have perfected their luxury French-style cruises and now hold many awards and accolades to their name, including Best Cruise Company from Victoires du Tourisme, and the National Geographic Traveler 50 Tours of a Lifetime for the North West Passage 2014 cruise.

Ponant Cruises was formed in 1988 by French Merchany Navy officer, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, with its original three-masted yacht Le Ponant. They have since introduced the innovative and intimate Le Champlain and Le Laperouse ships; and Ponant's main four 'sisterships', Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Lyrial and Le Soleal. While still retaining the French spirit, each ship carries its own style that caters to different types of travellers.

With Ponant Cruises expect to visit unique ports with smaller, more fragile destinations on the itinerary. Cruising regions include Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Antarctica. Ponant are passionate about preserving the environments in which they cruise and have a number of environmentally friendly measures in place such as electric propulsion and the use of marine diesel oil.

Note: There is a strict policy regarding child guests. For Polar cruises, children must be at least six years old, and for all non-Polar cruises they must be at least three years old.

National Geographic expedition cruises

If you'd like an even more enriching voyage, choose a National Geographic expedition cruise with Ponant. Having partnered with National Geographic, guests onboard a Ponant cruise can learn more about the destinations on unique itineraries where they can delve deep into the fascinating natural surroundings thanks to National Geographic experts and photographers. Back onboard and guests will also find an array of magazines, books, films and documentaries to give even more insight into the places they'll see along the way.

What's included

  • All onboard meals including Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Complimentary beverages – wines, house Champagne, alcohol (excluding premium brands)
  • In-room bar stocked with your preferred choice of beverages
  • Watersport activities when permitted by authorities and ship master (excluding scuba diving)
  • Experienced bilingual Expedition team on Expedition cruises
  • Complimentary 24 hour room service
  • Complimentary excursions on select cruises

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The theatre is the main entertainment venue, where you can enjoy exciting events and lectures. By day, the theatre hosts enriching talks by naturalists, lecturers, experienced guides and specialists, and by evening it transforms into a glitzy venue hosting shows, musical performances and film screenings.


Browse the onboard shops during the times you are at sea, with a selection of presents and souvenirs from clothing and jewellery to beauty products and postcards.

Lounges & Bars

Socialise with fellow passengers in many of the onboard lounges. In the main lounge, enjoy an evening of entertainment over a drink. The Panoramic Lounge is an intimate space with a piano-bar, with spectacular views over the horizon. The atmospheric Outdoor Bar has access to the pool and solarium.

Pool & Sun Deck

The spacious and open outdoor areas on board many of Ponant’s ships offer unspoilt panoramic views. You’ll find a heated seawater pool and solarium on board Le Boreal, L’Austral, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial, and Le Ponant boasts an impressive 400m2 Sun Deck.

Spa & Well-Being

All, except Le Ponant, of Ponant’s ships have a spa on board. As well as offering an extensive range of luxury treatments from French beauty house SOTHYS ParisTM, the spas are equipped with massage booths and hammam. There are also hair salons and fitness rooms on board.

Games Area

A wide choice of books and board games are available on all of Ponant’s ships. The libraries are equipped with computers and WiFi, and on other decks you’ll find an image and photo corner, as well as a fun kids club with fun games and a WiiTM console. Every cabin on board has access to on-demand movies.

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Delicious French cuisine and gastronomy is complimented by the use of fresh products and carefully selected ingredients, with passionate chefs bring with them their knowledge of fine French cooking and culinary heritage to create exquisite dishes.

Delight your taste buds aboard Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Lyrial and Le Soleal in two superb restaurants; the intimate Gastronomic Restaurant or the laid-back Grill Restaurant.

Complimentary 24 hour room service is also included in the price of your cruise.

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