Embark for a luxury cruise aboard one of our PONANT ships and live the experience of a truly exceptional sea voyage with a difference. PONANT offers you the promise of unforgettable moments aboard our compact and intimately sized cruise yachts, all of which sail under the French flag. Discover the innovatively designed cruise ship Le Boréal and its three sister vessels: L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial. Experience the Le Ponant, our famous three-masted ship, with its 32 cabins, each combining traditional authenticity with comfortable conviviality; and enjoy the pleasures of the Le Lapérouse, a technologically cutting edge cruise ship, the first of the PONANT Explorers series.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Cruise Vacation Type: Luxury Cruises & Expedition
This Cruise Line is Rated: 5-Stars
This Cruise Line is Worldwide: Yes
This Cruise Line is Best For: Families Groups, Single adults & Couples
This Cruise Line is All-Inclusive: Yes
This is an Adults-only Cruise Line: No
Minimum Age for This Cruise Line: N/A
Green-Certified Cruise Line: Yes
Spa & Wellness Program On Board: No
Discover the world leader of luxury expedition cruises
Traveling with PONANT offers possibilities never before imagined, a journey of mind, body and spirit rich in self-discovery. From the Arctic and Antarctica to Europe and Oceania, join us to explore your surroundings—and your place within them—as never before.
Embark on a luxury cruise aboard one of the Ponant ships for an exclusive and different experience of sea travel. Combining exceptional itineraries and 5-star hotel services, our French-style cruises are designed to offer you excellence.
For over 25 years, our luxurious ships have been calling in mythical ports and little-known anchorages only accessible to smaller ships. As the leading provider of high-end expedition cruises, we also offer sunny short breaks in the heart of the Mediterranean, cruises along the Celtic shores, and stunning trips to the faraway islands of the Pacific.
To discover the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, discover Ponant.
Discover the treasures of the land by sea on board luxurious yachts that are built on an intimate, human scale. French crew, expertise, attentive service, gastronomy: set sail in a five-star environment and enjoy a travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and sophisticated.
Ponant designed unique itineraries that will transport you to new destinations and new experiences all around the world: mooring in the heart of Mediterranean hidden bays, sailing between the majestic glaciers of Antarctica, an expedition to the remote lands of Alaska, or island hopping in the Caribbean.
Children under three years of age are not authorized to embark PONANT ships. Children under six years of age are not authorized to embark PONANT ships for Polar Expedition cruises. For all Expedition Cruises, children must be able to act fully independently during all organized outside activities. During disembarkation in rubber boats, they must be be tall enough to sit on the inflatable sides of the boats, and old enough to understand, and immediately respond to the orders given by the persons in charge. As a result, children’s participation in any activity in an inflatable boat shall be subject to the agreement of the Captain and of the Expedition Leader, depending on the sea conditions and the difficulty of disembarking at each location visited. The ships do not carry parkas in children’s sizes. Parents must arrange to bring a suitable parka for each child.
What You Can Expect?
- We offer chic cruising without the crowds, experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size: exclusive to between 64 to 226 guests.
- Interiors are elegant and uncluttered, delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities.
- Discover exceptional sites and come closed to landscapes so often inaccessible to large ships.
- The french registry allows us to visit destinations often not visited by other lines including Libya.
- Enjoy onboard seminars with international experts, passionate about their subjects, giving a further dimension to the sights you see.
- Exquisite dining with French and international cuisine, with complimentary wines included at lunch and dinner.
- Crew members, all versed in elegant discretion, will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience.
- We offer an alternative to many other traditional cruise line, discover with French chic and elegance.
- Many extras included: all meals while onboard, mineral water, tea, coffee, wines served during lunch and dinner, evening entertainment and events, baggage handling from pier to ship and vice versa.
There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money, because almost everything is included in the upfront price.
Most Cruise Packages include:
- Destinations you’ll visit
- Dining – Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Nightly Entertainment
- Daily Activities
- Onboard Service
- Special Programs
What’s Not Included In The Upfront Price?
Below is a description of the things that are not included in the upfront cost of the cruise:
The cost of airfare is not included in the upfront price of the cruise, but is almost always available for an additional charge. We’ll ask you where you are flying from and quote you the cruise line’s price or the best available price.
Alcoholic Beverages & Some Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Alcoholic beverages are not included in your cruise price, and since soft drinks come over the bar there is charge for them as well. Specialty coffees are also almost always additional. However, Some of our luxury cruises lines may include this feature.
Your personal service staff works hard for you while you’re enjoying your cruise, so please tip them before you disembark. Most cruise lines make it easy for you by automatically adding gratuities to your shipboard account, which is usually about $10 to 12 per person, per day. This amount covers your cabin steward and the waiters and assistants who have served you all over the ship.
Some Dining Options
Alternative dining options are all the rage onboard contemporary ships these days and the cruise lines have a couple of different ways of charging you extra for them. For all restaurants other than the main dining room you should expect to find that reservations are required. There is a fee for that reservation that usually runs from $10-$40 per person and the gratuity for the meal may be additional.
Shore excursions are a very important part of your experience in each port of call, especially if you’ve decided to take the adventure route.
Your ‘welcome aboard’ photo is your first encounter with the ubiquitous ship photographers. They’ll be on hand to capture all the fun and excitement, and then sell it back to you for $20 for each 5 x 7.
Spa Treatments & Salon Services
Arrangements with onboard spas and salons has become one of the hottest new things with the cruise lines in the past few years as passengers are focusing more and more on their well-being.