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Ponant Yacht Cruises 2020-2021 

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Ponant Yacht Cruises 2019-2021 Ponant (an archaic French naval term for "West") is a French cruise line based in Marseilles, operating nine ships with 64 to 264 guests for an international market. Two new explorer vessels arrive in 2020, and Le Commandant Charcot icebreaker in 2021. In August 2019 Ponant acquired Paul Gauguin Cruises to expand its itineraries in French Polynesia. Ponant also partners with National Geographic, their photographer and expert joining each cruise. Many cruises have no single supplement. In the northern Summer all ships sail the UK and European coastlines from the Mediterranean to the Arctic, and west to Canada. For other months Grand Voyages reach South America, Antarctica, French Polynesia, and SE Asia. Themed European cruises focus on Golf, Classical Music, Jazz, Wellness, Bridge, Food and Wine. The eight larger ships have ice-strengthened hulls and Zodiacs for onshore exploration. There's a strong emphasis on coastal cruising, with long days in port, overnights, and late departures.

All Ponant Yacht Cruises Ships 

Ship Name Stars Passengers Launched
L'Austral    264 2011 View Cruises
Le Bellot  Australia Visit  184 April 2020 View Cruises
Le Boreal    264 2010 View Cruises
Le Bougainville    184 April 2019 View Cruises
Le Champlain    184 Oct 2018 View Cruises
Le Dumont-D'Urville    184 June 2019 View Cruises
Le Jacques Cartier    184 July 2020 View Cruises
Le Laperouse  Australia Seasons  180 July 2018 View Cruises
Le Lyrial    244 2015 View Cruises
Le Ponant    64 1991 View Cruises
Le Soléal    264 2013 View Cruises

Most Popular Ponant Yacht Cruises - Last 7 Days

Listed below (in descending order) are the 8 most popular cruises found from our exclusive searches of EVERY cabin on EVERY ship on EVERY future cruise by this cruiseline. Results are updated here whenever changes are found, but this varies considerably with different cruiselines. If you want the cheapest cruise on this ship, this is where you will find it every time so check back often!

Ponant Yacht Cruises has an overall score of 4.8 out of 5
based on 4 guests we surveyed after their cruise.

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While only MY Le Ponant is a three-masted sailing barque, all nine vessels become your private yachts. Ashore, discover cultures and scenery unseen by large cruise ships. On board the smart décor and modern facilities just invite you to relax, whether privately in your stateroom, or the library, or with fellow guests over a drink, as you recount the day’s activities. Cuisine is the finest French, with gourmet dishes and fine wines (and special diets are catered for). With Ponant, the ‘destination’ is both on-shore discovery, and the ship. Though mainly French, guests include families, couples and groups of friends from diverse backgrounds and ages. The ships are stabilised for optimum sailing conditions. Ponant Yacht Cruises was awarded Cruise Critic Australia Editors’ Picks 2018 "Best for Luxury"; and “Best Adventure Cruise Line” by Cruise Passenger (Australasia) Readers’ Choice 2019.

Avg star rating: 4.3 stars
Avg ship capacity: 213
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Ponant Yacht Cruises — Cruiseline Review Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

What's included?

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

What's excluded?

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Additional beverages
  • Bar expenses
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Government environmental fees
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Gratuities suggested €10-12 per guest daily