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French cruise line Ponant Cruises offer extraordinary sailings upon a fleet of luxurious yachts. Sailing to both classic and exotic destinations, Ponant Cruises provide a grand selection of cruise holidays and itineraries with a difference. With a quarter of a century of sailing behind them, this impressive cruise line 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 Northwest Passage 2014 cruise.


With a varied fleet, from classic, luxurious ships to those specially designed for expeditions, guests can travel to their chosen destinations in comfort and style.

Ship Highlight
Le Jacques CartierThe Blue Eye Lounge, an underwater bar
L'AustralFrench cuisine in the main dining room
Le BougainvilleWatersports marina
Le BorealSpa, beauty and hair salon
Le ChamplainLive entertainment in the main lounge and theatre
Le LyrialStunning ocean views from the lounge
Le SolealTDining al fresco at Le Pythéas
Le BellotIncredible infinity pool at the stern of the ship
Le Dumont d'UrvilleState-of-the-art gym and watersports marina
Le LaperouseClassic cocktails, fine wine and beers at the onboard bars
Le PonantSpending the evening the Emeraude Lounge or the Saphir Lounge


With Ponant Cruises expect to visit unique ports at smaller destinations on your itinerary. Cruising regions include Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Antarctica. What's more, 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.

Why choose Ponant

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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Daytime Entertainment

When you're not out on shore excursions, discover just what a Ponant Cruise ship has to offer:

  • Shopping- 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.
  • Pool and Sun Deck- the spacious and open outdoor areas offer unspoilt panoramic views. You’ll find a heated seawater pool and solarium onboard Le Boreal, L’Austral, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial, and Le Ponant boasts an impressive 400m2 Sun Deck.
  • Spa and Well-Being- except from Le Ponant, all of Ponant’s ships have a spa onboard. 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 onboard.
  • 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 Wi-Fi, and on other decks you’ll find an image and photo corner, as well as a kids club with fun games and a Wii console. Every cabin onboard has access to on-demand movies too.

Evening Entertainment


During your Ponant cruise, 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.

Lounges and 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.

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During your Ponant cruise, delicious French cuisine and gastronomy is complemented by the use of fresh products and carefully selected ingredients, with passionate chefs creating exquisite dishes at every mealtime. Whether you're enjoying a multi-course meal in the main dining room or are tasting perfectly grilled meats al fresco as you gaze over the ocean, each time you sit down to eat feels like a special occasion.

However, if you ever feel like you'd rather stay in your room to eat, complimentary 24-hour room service is also included in the price of your cruise.

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Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    Prior to embarking, guests must fill in a health questionnaire, have another questionnaire filled in by their doctor and undergo a medical examination. They will be denied boarding if they test positive to COVID-19, have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has tested positive, or if they show symptoms. When boarding after shore excursions- which will only take place in regions deemed safe to do so- guests will be required to have their temperature checked and pass through a disinfection tunnel. Goods and luggage being loaded onto the ship will also be disinfected.

  • Onboard

    Enhanced measures include social distancing of 1m, frequent cleaning of public spaces and hand sanitizer stations located throughout, while crew are required to wear face masks or visors.

  • Medical

    Should any guests become ill, there is an onboard hospital with a medical team, monitoring and rapid diagnostic equipment as well as 5 isolation cabins if needed.

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