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Le Ponant
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Le Ponant Cruises

Ponant is an archaic French naval term for "West", the opposite of Levant. Le Ponant is a three-masted motorised sailing vessel, refitted in 2011, carrying just 64 passengers – a boutique discovery yacht that will take you in luxury to beautiful ports not accessed by large cruise vessels.

Join the three-masted yacht Le Ponant to take in the breeze on an open deck, moved silently by the wind, sharing your experiences with the crew and your few fellow travellers. Personalised service and an informal dress code assures guests of a refreshing cruise break. Though mainly French, fellow passengers will come from many backgrounds, and be young-minded, well-travelled and refined – conducive to making friends as you share on-shore experiences. You’ll find all amenities are modern, ample space for sun-bathing or solitude, no high-end entertainment, but assured good service and dining.

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Ship Specification

Maiden voyage: 1991
Number of decks: 3
Tonnage: 1443
Cabins: 30
Passengers: 64
Number of crew: 37
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Onboard Experience

  • Dining

    Dining on the Le Ponant

    Dining is a special experience, a Michelin star chef presenting French cuisine served with a selection of complimentary wines, in Le Diamant Panoramic Restaurant, on the same deck as the Wheelhouse. A fine wine list is also available to you. At lunchtime a buffet is served on the terrace. In the evening dine in the Karukéra Gastronomic Restaurant. Read more

    Diners have armchairs and tables with varying size groups, fresh flowers on the table, panoramic views of the ocean, and the chefs make best use of local and fresh foods.

  • Bars

    Coffee, tea and pastries are available outside restaurant hours. In the evening make up a group around the bar for drinks and conversation to piano accompaniment. The public rooms are sufficiently large for all to attend presentations. Meet others in the Emeraude Lounge, at the Saphir Lounge, or while viewing from the Sun Deck.

  • Entertainment

    Consider your yachting experience under five sails as your prime entertainment. Destinations are selected for their great opportunities to view nature, scenery, and interesting ports.

  • Activities

    Activities on the Le Ponant

    When moored and conditions are suitable you have access to a good range of water-sports equipment and Zodiacs off the sea-level platform. On board entertainment is low key with informal contributions from the crew, or check your emails at the Internet/Library desk.

  • Health & Fitness

    Fitness on the Le Ponant

    The Fitness centre is fitted with the latest equipment such as Kinesis Wall, exercise cycles and running machines. The Beauty Centre offers treatments by Sothys, and includes a range of massages and pampering.

  • Kids

    All ships have a special area for children onboard known as the Le Kids Club. Books, television, board games and consoles (PS4 or Wii™) are all provided to keep younger guests entertained.

  • 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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Destination & Ports

Visited Ports


On the lower Marie-Galante deck are 27 staterooms with porthole views, three of which have triple occupancy and two with king-size beds. On the higher Antigua deck are a further five staterooms larger in area and with king-size beds, each with a porthole view. Cabins are attractive, comfortable and bright. There are no single or wheelchair-accessible cabins. Past guests rate service at 5+ stars. Amenities include flat-screen television, controllable air-conditioning, bathrobes, hair dryer, French bath products, safe, and satellite telephone (costs are payable).

Cabin service is 24-hours, and breakfast can be brought to your cabin on request. Laundry service can be arranged. Bedding can be changed to twin beds. There is Wi-Fi connectivity in cabins and public areas.)

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    Cabin Types


    Average Cabin Size – 14.4 m2

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    Size: 113-145 sq.ft. Note - some staterooms may have 2 twin beds or 1 king bed or 1 king + 1 twin. Request your type of accommodation when booking a cruise. Description: • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, or triple version • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV • Desk with stationery • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table, Hairdryer and Bath robes • Satellite direct line telephone • 110/220 volts outlet • Wifi

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