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Life on board our ships is an intrinsic part of the PONANT cruise experience

Whether you choose a Mediterranean cruise or an expedition journey to the heart of icy Antarctica, you can be sure of exceptional comfort on board our ships. Our bespoke, attentive, excellent service will make you feel like you’re travelling on a private yacht.

Refinement, curiosity, authenticity… Our unique travel philosophy reinterprets cruising and invites you to discover or rediscover iconic destinations.
Our 5-Star Culture and Relaxation cruises offer you a new way to travel, by combining cultural enrichment with time to unwind in a luxury setting and sites that only insiders know about.

A French crew, expertise, attentive service, fine dining and more. Within a fully 5 star setting, we take you to discover exceptional destinations while offering you a travel experience that is both authentic and high end.

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River Cruises

Explore small villages of Europe, with incredible itineraries leaving you wanting to come back for more. Excursions included means most of your trip is already planned for you. Relax. Enjoy.

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Prepare yourself for once in a lifetime experience, see the unknown parts of the world and say, “I’ve done that”.

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Blue Water Small Ships

Pick your destination, there is always a ship that can take you there. Whether it is Alaska, Asia or Mediterranean, these ships are prepared to bring you.

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World Cruises

Take a time out, explore dozens of ports, multiple continents and countries all while unpacking only once. A World Cruise is a Pinnacle Event for all Cruisers.

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Leisure and well-being

Enjoy a moment of tranquillity at the spa or around the pool, work-out in the fitness room, enjoy a theatre show with your travel companions. Our ships have a variety of well-designed spaces to offer you space for relaxation or shared enjoyment to enhance your journey.

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Fine cuisine

We take care to instil the French ‘art of living’ even on the other side of the world. We respect the highest standards of cuisine and offer a varied menu, created by our chefs using superior quality ingredients, beautifully presented and flavoursome.

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Good times together

During your stay you can enjoy a sophisticated ambiance. Each area has been considered down to the last detail and tastefully decorated. You’re invited to enjoy good times with other passengers or to relax in total tranquillity.

Luxury takes many forms

Our aim is to offer you a bespoke cruise, so we work hard every day to offer you first class, intuitive service. Our staff is attentive and experienced, they will ensure you are comfortable and respond to all your requests, whether while in your stateroom, lounges or in our various dining areas.


Our desire to create exceptional trips is demonstrated in the quality of excursions we offer on each itinerary. Planned, tested and approved by our team of experts, they’ll enrich your cruise and make your trip unique.

Health and safety

On land or on board, your safety is one of our main concerns. This means we uphold strict safety measures. Doctors and nurses are present on all our ships.

We Offer The Best cruises

With over 30 years of exceptional service, an A+ rating with BBB and through our partnerships we have the ability to provide you with the best advantages – take advantage of them today!


Whether Hospitality or Expedition staff, take a look at the teams that will accompany you throughout your cruise, dedicated experts who will know how to meet your needs.

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Leisure and well-being

Our ships* have many spaces designed to offer guests privileged moments of relaxation and comfort.

Leisure and wellness

Because a cruise offers the ideal environment in which to take time for yourself, our ships offer special spaces dedicated to wellness and relaxation.


All our ships feature an onboard spa. Equipped with massage cabins and a Turkish bath (Sisterships) or a sauna (Explorers), the spa offers a wide choice of top-of-the-range treatments provided in association with SOTHYS™ or CLARINS (Le Bellot and Le Jacques-Cartier only), leading French spa and wellness centre brands.
Discover a range of facial treatments, aromatic baths, exfoliation and body massage treatments designed to provide moments of complete relaxation. You can also supplement your beauty ritual with additional services such as hair-removal, makeovers, manicures and pedicures.

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Leisure area

Dedicated to leisure and relaxation, the libraries onboard all our ships stock a range of books and board games. This space is also equipped with Wi-Fi connected computers.
All the 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 for their use and enjoyment.

The pool

The outdoor areas on our ships, comfortable and conducive to relaxation, have been designed to merge into the sublime scenery and surroundings of the sea and horizon. There is a heated seawater pool featuring its own sun lounge on the top deck of our sister ships (Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial) and on the third deck of the PONANT EXPLORERS (Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-D’Urville, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Bellot). Le Ponant is equipped with a 400 m² (4,300 ft²) sun deck.

The theatre

Settle comfortably into your seat and enjoy a range of different shows, concerts and performances organised by the professional dancers and musicians onboard.
Special musical evenings, dance evenings and culture and music quizzes are held In the Grand Salon lounge onboard Le Ponant. Additionally, traditional local music concerts, featuring styles such as Corsican polyphony and Caribbean steel band music, are performed out on deck in the open air by bands specially invited onboard for the purpose.

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