Ponant Cruises

The World Leader of Luxury Expeditions

PONANT has been Sailing the Seas of the World for Over 30 years

Every cruise is a blend of adventure, exploration, and discovery — all experienced in luxurious comfort, even in the heart of the most remote regions. Each year PONANT offers more than 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents. From Zodiac® landings in Antarctica to hikes in the Arctic; from the pre-Columbian architecture of Latin America to expeditions in the Amazon, PONANT presents these destinations through a new lens.

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Sensitive, reasonable and sustainable tourism.

The PONANT Expedition Experience

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12 Intimate Yachts

Able to call at iconic, international ports as well as secret harbors accessible only to smaller-sized ships.

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Exquisite Cuisine

French-inspired cuisine designed in partnership with Ducasse Conseil, Alain Ducasse’s restaurant experts.

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Clean-Ship Certified Fleetwide

Ensuring minimal environmental impact.

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French Art de Vivre

Proud to partner with SOTHYS spa, Veuve Clicquot, and Ducasse Conseil. Bath products by Hermès, macarons by Ladurée, and tea from Palais des Thés.

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Expert Guides and Lecturers

More than guides, these expedition leaders are teachers and storytellers who bring color, texture, and a pioneering spirit to each thoughtfully prepared journey.

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Zodiac Landings

On every expedition cruise enabling even closer encounters with flora and fauna.

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Polar Expeditions

The leader in expeditions to polar regions and an expert for over 20 years in Arctic, Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands, PONANT invites guest to live their dream adventure with the seriousness and ecological conscience that characterizes us. In Antarctica, set off to discover the icy vastness and the prolific fauna: humpback whales, seals, penguins and so much more. In the Arctic, fjords, glaciers, icebergs and varied wildlife await you: polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, orcas, whales. There will also be special interactions with the local Inuit people.

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Tropical Expeditions

A tropical expedition is a matter of encounters. Sailing to remote and seldom visited destinations allows you to discover the ancient customs of many tribes and ethnic groups that continue their rituals on the land of their forefathers. Whether they are Papuan, Polynesian or Māori, you gain an understanding of their tradition and cultures. Visit remote villages to interact with these warm and friendly people, ensuring priceless memories. Tropical expeditions also allow opportunities to hike on volcanoes and in nature reserves or disembark on idyllic white sand beaches with crystal clear waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available in select locations to view beautiful coral gardens up close.

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The Quintessential Collection

Voyages of Discovery and Cultural Immersion

Each of these themed voyages is thoughtfully crafted for discerning travelers and focuses on a specific area of interest that truly immerses guests in each destination and culture including expert guest lecturers and germane shore excursions. Popular themes include world affairs, food & wine, and music.

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Why Choose PONANT?

  • Over 400 itineraries, calling at over 450 ports of call in 80 countries on all seven continents.
  • All-inclusive pricing with open bar, gratuities, port fees, wifi and taxes (including zodiac explorations/landings on expeditions).
  • 12 purpose-built intimate yachts able to easily navigate small waterways and visit remote destinations not accessible by large cruise ships.
  • The PONANT Bonus with savings up to 30% off
  • Unlimited free Wifi onboard
  • French “art de vivre” experience.
  • International “Clean Ship” label received fleetwide, certifying minimal environmental impact.
  • Over 30 years in service, with over 20 years of experience in polar exploration.
  • Expeditions in both polar and tropical regions around the global which all include zodiac excursions, snorkeling and diving, and expert naturalist guides for additional insight into destinations and cultures.
  • Understated elegance on board with French-inspired cuisine, fine wines, and chic design.
  • Proud partnerships with SOTHYS, Veuve Clicquot, and Ducasse Conseil. Ships feature fabrics by Pierre Frey, bath products from Hermès, macarons by Ladurée, and tea from Palais des Thés.

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