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Ponant Cruises
Fleet Count
11
No. of ships
Ports Visited
389
No. of ports visited
Cruises from $497 per day
$497
From Price per day

Ponant Cruises

4.8
(from 4 verified customers)

Ponant marries French luxury with local authenticity. Aboard you will be immersed into a world of French wonder from fine dining and to the art of living while still paying homage to the culture you have been lucky enough to visit. Ashore you will be invited to learn the secrets and discover the wonder of the locals while maintaining the luxurious feel that you have onboard. Gala dinners, paired with French champagne and wines, while seated in one of the multiple dining venues, Ponant offers a rare balance between first-class dining and expedition-style adventures. Ponant's fleet has grown to 12 vessels, including the recently acquired Paul Gauguin. Ponant's reputation is based on a strong emphasis on coastal cruising, with long days in port, overnights, and late departures presented with elegant French style.

Ponant takes their guests on an inclusive, luxury and authentic voyage into the heart of different cultures and destinations. They take their guests directly into the streets of Marseilles or into the penguin sanctuary in Antarctica. No matter where you choose to sail, Ponant offers the same dignified, personalised and authentic experience. You will be taken to see forgotten secrets, legendary stopovers and isolated archipelagos. Read more

Partnering with National Geographic, Ponant is dedicated to showing their guests the untouched. The raw, wondrous and awe-inspiring natural world. Ponant understands the difference between a tourist and a traveller. Guests can enjoy longer days in port, overnight stays and later departures. A traveller needs more time to get lost in the streets, they’re not content with taking a photo and moving on, they don’t want to hug the penguin, they want to learn how they live. Ponant guests are travellers, they appreciate the art, history and culture of the world around them. They appreciate the attention to detail and the luxury. Ponant guests are as unique as the destination.

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  • Ponant Yacht Club Offer

    Ponant Yacht Club Offer

    The Ponant Yacht Club Offer is available on all cruises at all times.

    • Choice of cabin number (subject to availability)
    • All main meals, with fine wines
    • Pay a 10% deposit with finals due 90 days prior to sailing.
    • No fees apply if cancelling outside of 180 days prior departure, then a sliding scale of fees is imposed.

    Terms & Conditions apply.

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Ponant Fleet

Le Bellot

launched 2020  Australian Season 

Le Laperouse

launched 2018  Australian Season 

Le Jacques Cartier

launched 2020

Le Bougainville

launched 2019

Le Dumont-D'Urville

launched 2019

Le Champlain

launched 2018

Le Lyrial

launched 2015

Le Soléal

launched 2013

L'Austral

launched 2011

Le Boreal

launched 2010

Le Ponant

launched 1991

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Onboard Experience

  • Dining

    Dining with Ponant Cruises

    The French heritage of Ponant is paramount in their dining options. Fine dining and gastronomy are central focuses in Ponant's mission to give their guests the luxurious experience that they deserve. Guests have the choice of two main restaurants, the Grill and Gastronomic Restaurant. The grill offers buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner while maintaining the elegance and sophistication of the rest of the ship. Read more

    The Gastronomic Restaurant is where Ponant takes its guests to the streets of Paris. At lunch, guests have an A la Carte menu inspired by French Brasseries where contemporary meets tradition. For dinner, the venue evolves into a celebration of French Tradition of fine dining, where you can enjoy menu items such as Cep and Veloute and Langoustines with pepper, tender fennels, Rossini, Anna potatoes and candied shallots in a Perigueux sauce. Guests sailing on Le Ponant can enjoy the additional restaurant Karukera, a celebration of the flavours of the sea.

  • Bars

    Bars with Ponant Cruises

    Ponant understands that like-minded people are magnetized towards each other, and their bars and lounges have been explicitly designed to encourage this. Travellers enjoy swapping tales and secrets, and cruise travellers even more so. The main lounge is where guests can go to relax or even take part in one of the various activities, such as dance classes and themed events. The piano bar provides a musical atmosphere against a panoramic backdrop of the horizon. Read more

    The outside bar is the perfect place to watch a quiet sea day pass you by, where you can sit by the pool with a glass of wine in the sun. The worry of tabs and drinks with new friends is taken away with Ponant. From the moment you board and throughout the cruise, unlimited drinks are included. With the exception of some of the top-shelf libations, guests can enjoy a wide range of wines, beers, spirits, sodas, coffees and more. The luxurious feel of Ponant extends to every bar, every drink and every conversation.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment with Ponant Cruises

    Evenings aboard Ponant celebrate authentic luxury and sophistication. With entertainers from Paris and Rome to keep you entertained after dinner and throughout the night, themed nights and suave lounges, there's something every passenger can enjoy. Priding themselves on doing things differently, you won't find ostentatious stage performances, you will instead discover the beauty of understated elegance and culture. The theatre will show off National Geographic documentaries, ensuring that guests have every opportunity to appreciate their destination. Read more

    The pride of the fleet however is the Blue eye. Located in the ship's hull, Ponant has built a unique multi-sensory lounge that plunges you into the mysterious ocean depths. With digital screens, hydrophones and body listening sofas, you can uncover the secrets of the deep blue. Fitted with a fully stocked bar, guests can relax and lose themselves in the Earth's last truly untouched wonder.

  • Activities

    Activities with Ponant Cruises

    Ponant understands that their guests are not your standard cruise passenger. They crave more out of life and make the most of every experience, both big and small. Activities onboard have been designed with these travellers' needs at the forefront. With luxury shopping outlets, high-end photo studios, National Geographic documentaries and expert guest lecturers, Ponant elevates the cruise experience. Read more

    Each year no fewer than 50 guests of honour board Ponant ships. These guests are artists, writers, journalists, scientists - all experts in their field. They offer guests the chance to listen to their stories designed to inspire and teach. Guests are left feeling enriched, engaged and eager for more.

  • Health & Fitness

    Health & Fitness with Ponant Cruises

    Your cruise with Ponant is your holiday, a chance to escape the worries of home and the wellness centre has been designed to help you achieve complete relaxation. Whether you accomplish that from sweating it out in the top of the line, fully equipped gym or in the specifically designed day spa is a personal choice. All ships in Ponant’s fleet are equipped with massage cabins, beauty therapy rooms and either Turkish baths or spas. The top of the range spa treatments exclusively use either SOTHYS or CLARINS products, leading French spa lines. Read more

    Guests are invited to take those precious moments to let go of the anxiety and carve out that small amount of time to let themselves feel genuinely, completely and totally relaxed.

  • Kids

    Kids with Ponant Cruises

    Children under the age of 3 are not permitted however children between the ages of 3 and 8 are allowed but please speak to your consultant about the approval process. If parents plan to sail with children aged 8 and over it is important to remember that Ponant isn't designed as a family-oriented cruise line and do not offer kids clubs, water parks or babysitting services. The crew will of course, take the very best care of all passengers - young of age and those young at heart.)

  • Inclusions

    • Afternoon tea service
    • All main meals on-board
    • Butler service (Suites)
    • Captain's welcome champagne
    • Coffee, tea & pastries 24 hrs
    • Cruise Director & bilingual staff
    • Gourmet dining with fine wines
    • In-cabin breakfast at no charge
    • Internet access & Wi-Fi (common areas, cabins)
    • Ironing/laundry service (pay)
    • Lectures by guest experts
    • Main lounge – live music
    • Onboard newsletter
    • Open bar & cabin minibar (from May 2015)
    • Open seating for dining
    • Satellite phone in cabin
    • Ship-shore-ship transfers
    • Single sitting, open-seated dining
    • Under 13 sharing cabin with parents travel free (pay port dues)
    • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
    • Water sports equipment & marina platform

Covid Safety

The health and wellbeing of passengers and crew is of the utmost importance for Ponant Cruises and for us at Clean Cruising. Health and safety policies are constantly under review and being enhanced to reflect the latest advice from health authorities and leading-edge innovations. Initiatives including universal health screening and COVID-19 testing pre-embarkation, hospital grade-air filtration systems, increased sanitation measures, extended ship to shore safety, social distancing practices aboard, additional medical staff and facilities, daily temperature checks and contingency planning in case of suspected cases.

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Customer cruise line ratings

Ponant Cruises average of 4.8 stars based on 4 guest reviews

  • Overall
    4.8
  • Cabin
    5
  • Dining
    4.8
  • Entertainment
    4.2
  • Service
    5

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