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Ponant Cruises

Ponant

About Ponant Cruises

European and Americans who have sailed on the cruise line's intimate, upscale ships love the line for its social atmosphere and Mediterranean and exotic itineraries. Good value for money for an upmarket experience with a strong French influence.

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Reykjavik Port
DAY 1: Reykjavik

7 Night
Arctic Cruise

Leaving:
Reykjavik
Visiting:
Grundarfjordur, Grimsey ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) Port
DAY 1: Ushuaia

10 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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Ushuaia
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Drake Passage ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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12 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Seychelles
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Curieuse Island, Praslin ...
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Ponant
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Tromso Port
DAY 1: Tromso

24 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Tromso
Visiting:
Murmansk, Franz Josef Land ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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4 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Palermo
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Itea, Nafplion ...
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Ponant
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16 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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Ushuaia
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Lembata, Grave Cove ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

Leaving:
Athens
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Symi, Patmos ...
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Ponant
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Nice
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Elba, Corsica ...
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Ponant
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12 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

Leaving:
Antalya
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Nazareth, Jerusalem ...
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Ponant
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10 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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Ushuaia
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Drake Passage ...
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10 Night
Australia & Pacific Cruise

Leaving:
Broome
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Lacepedes Islands, Hunter River Region ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Seychelles
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Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Curieuse Island ...
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12 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Seychelles
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Curieuse Island, Praslin ...
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12 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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8 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Seychelles
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15 Night
Arctic Cruise

Leaving:
Kangerlussuaq
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Ammassalik Fjord, Ittoqqortoormiit ...
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Ponant
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18 Night
Antarctica Cruise

Leaving:
Montevideo
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South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands ...
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

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Venice
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Ancona, Bari ...
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7 Night
Transatlantic Cruise

Leaving:
Ponta Delgada
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Praia, Praia da Graciosa ...
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7 Night
Baltic Sea Cruise

Leaving:
Copenhagen
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Tallinn, St. Petersburg ...
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Ponant
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13 Night
South America Cruise

Leaving:
Talcahuano
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Chiloe Island, Caleta Tortel ...
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Ponant
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13 Night
Antarctica Cruise

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Ushuaia
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Drake Passage ...
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Ponant
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12 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

Leaving:
Athens
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Hydra, Itea ...
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Ponant
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7 Night
Arctic Cruise

Leaving:
Reykjavik
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Grundarfjordur, Grimsey ...
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Ponant
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10 Night
Australia & Pacific Cruise

Leaving:
Darwin
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Pulau Meatimiarang, Wyndham ...
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Ponant
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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Itineraries
  • 2019 Best for Adventure
  • 2018 Best for Luxury
  • 2018 Best Itineraries

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations

Who goes on Ponant cruise ships?

With the bilingual staff fluent in French and English, the passenger mix is strongly French and European, although a small, but growing number of North Americans are finding the line. The average age on a Ponant cruise is early 60s, and most passengers are married and college educated. There are some designated family-friendly cruises, and the line does offer special rates for kids up to age 17 traveling with their parents, but, in general, you will not find many kids onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Ponant cruise?

We'd say yes. Though there isn't a specific dress code, you'll be uncomfortable if you don't show up for dinner in country club casual dress at the bare minimum. The French passengers generally wear chic designer clothing, high heels for women and jackets and ties for men. The dress code by day is casual, but you won't see shorts, jeans or T-shirts in the evening. Each sailing also hosts one or two gala dinners, where the line recommends a formal cocktail dress or dark suit.

Is everything free on Ponant cruises?

No. One difference between Ponant's cruises and those of other upscale lines is that the onboard pricing is more a la carte. You will pay extra for shore excursions, gratuities, spa and beauty services and other amenities and services, with varying policies for people booking in different countries.

The cruise fare includes all dining on board, beverages at all times (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abele Brut Champagne, spirits, coffee, tea), unlimited Wi-Fi and port taxes.

What are Ponant’s most popular activities?

As elegant as it is, Ponant is an expedition line, so the destination is the center of activities, with presentations from naturalists and various experts enhancing the shore excursions. Lectures are offered separately in French and English.

While sailing, passengers choose their own activities as they feel moved. Many head for the heated seawater pool or the solarium and relax in the hammam. Ponant ships have no casinos but do have comfortable lounges where cruisers often sit to read and chat. In the evenings there is music or cabaret in the theater.

Why go with Ponant?

Intimate ships with elegant, yet casual onboard atmosphere.

Best for: Luxury expedition travelers, Francophiles and those who would like to sail their own yachts to exotic destinations

Not for: Those who don't enjoy traveling with an international crowd or who adore casinos and a wide choice of entertainment and dining




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