Ponant Cruises

Sophisticated yacht cruising combined with exploration and discovery.
Ponant

With a fleet of 7 vessels like Le Ponant, Le Boreal and L'Austral Ponant provides 5-star cruises all over the world. The vessels are all intimately sized meaning that a cruise with Ponant is casual and uncrowded. The cruise line's mission is to show you hard-to-access exotic places, thus making your cruise holiday a highly unique one.

Ponant puts emphasis on the French art of living through its French inspired gourmet cuisine made by French celebrity chefs. Further enhancing the French touch, every day will welcome you with flowers, breads, pastries and cheeses carefully selected by expert cheese affineurs. Ponant's 5-star inclusive company policy also means that drinks are complimentary and unlimited.

Passengers tend to be well traveled and enthusiastic to engage with the ships' destinations. Take advantage of an extensive list of excursions including subamarine adventures, snorkelling, walking and local village tours, trips to archaeological sites, volcano hiking and much more.

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  5 - 10 Day Voyages
Cruise the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Route
Cruise the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Route
7 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 26.12.2019
p.p.from $5,390
Iconic Kimberley from Darwin to Broome
Iconic Kimberley from Darwin to Broome
10 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 May 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from $11,250
11 day sail from Ushuaia
11 day sail from Ushuaia
10 Nights with the Le Soléal
 January 2020 - January 2020
p.p.from $15,500
Cruising with the Le Laperouse to Darwin from Broome
Cruising with the Le Laperouse to Darwin from Broome
10 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 June 2019 - August 2019
p.p.from On Request
Mesmerising Cairns to magnificent Sydney
Mesmerising Cairns to magnificent Sydney
10 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 16.12.2019
p.p.from On Request
  Starting Down Under
Cruise the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Route
Cruise the 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Route
7 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 26.12.2019
p.p.from $5,390
The Dreamtime Diaries
The Dreamtime Diaries
21 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 05.12.2019
p.p.from $13,695
Australian Adventure
Australian Adventure
13 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 13.12.2019
p.p.from $7,995
Ancient Australasia
Ancient Australasia
14 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 05.12.2019
p.p.from $8,995
Iconic Kimberley from Darwin to Broome
Iconic Kimberley from Darwin to Broome
10 Nights with the Le Laperouse
 May 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from $11,250
  Antarctic Expeditions
11 day sail from Ushuaia
11 day sail from Ushuaia
10 Nights with the Le Soléal
 January 2020 - January 2020
p.p.from $15,500
Journey with Ponant from Valparaíso
Journey with Ponant from Valparaíso
10 Nights with the Le Boréal
 24.11.2018
p.p.from On Request
Journey with Ponant from Ushuaia
Journey with Ponant from Ushuaia
15 Nights with the Le Boréal
 14.12.2019
p.p.from On Request
17 day journey from Ushuaia
17 day journey from Ushuaia
16 Nights with the Le Soléal
 19.12.2019
p.p.from On Request
Cruising from Ushuaia via South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Cruising from Ushuaia via South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
16 Nights with the L'Austral
 15.01.2020
p.p.from On Request
Our Expert Tips
Kerryn
Voyage from Dunedin to Auckland via White Island
Set sail onboard the freshly built Le Laperouse. This "Best of New Zealand" cruise will take you from Port Chalmers on the South Island, through the Fiordland area, and on to Picton, Wellington, White Island and more, before finishing up in Auckland.
Our advice:
This itinerary combines the perfect mix of vibrant city visits including Wellington with peaceful, nature focused sailing days in Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sound. Explore volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, rivers and gorges during your stop in Tauranga!

  • Dunedin (Port Chalmers) - Auckland
  • New Zealand
  • March 2019 - March 2020

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Deb
11 day cruise with the Le Lyrial to Ushuaia
Board the Le Lyrial for 10 nights of awe-inspiring adventure through the Antarctic Peninsula's icy waters. From Ushuaia, through the Drake Passage, on to Paradise Bay, Deception Island and much more, this is the expedition of a lifetime.
Our advice:
Get up close with the incredible wildlife including chinstrap penguins and humpback whales, along with scenes of stunning landscapes of mighty icebergs and snow-capped mountains! Zodiac outings also available, along with hiking opportunities.

  • Ushuaia - Ushuaia
  • Antarctic Ocean,South America
  • November 2018 - March 2019

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Claire
Cruise with the Le Ponant from Nice
From Nice, France, visit great ports in Corsica and Sardinia, including an overnight stay in Bonifacio. The best of Mediterranean cuisine awaits!
Our advice:
The Le Ponant is a striking masted sail ship, with only 32 staterooms. Its shallow draft makes it perfect for visiting more secluded ports.

  • Nice - Nice
  • Mediterranean Sea,Western Europe
  • July 2019 - August 2019

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Ponant Cruises

L'Austral
L’Austral perfectly combines the comfort of a cruise with a family atmosphere. With its unique design and style on board, L’Austral will take you on a vacation that goes beyond the boundaries of everybody’s imagination.
  •  2011
  •  142 m
  •  264
  •  7
  •  4 out of 5
Le Boréal
The unique design of Le Boréal gives the ship a character which stands out from other ships. Thanks to the combination of luxury and a perfect service, Le Boréal will make you feel as comfortable as if you were at home.
  •  2010
  •  142 m
  •  264
  •  6
  •  4 out of 5
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$9,890
Le Boréal Cruises
Le Ponant
Le Ponant is a majestic three-masted 88 metre yacht that perfectly combines the sporty look of a sailboat with the elegance of a yacht. The limited number of passengers will make you feel like travelling on a private boat.
  •  1991
  •  88 m
  •  64
  •  4
  •  4 out of 5
Le Soléal
Experience the unique cruise on board Le Soléal, where the welcoming and intimate environment perfectly combines with contemporary décor inspired by the luxury yachting world.
  •  142 m
  •  264
  •  6
  •  5 out of 5
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$15,500
Le Soléal Cruises
Le Lyrial
Experience Ponant's latest cruising yacht, where the warm atmosphere combines perfectly with elegant, innovative design, and French culture.
  •  142 m
  •  264
  •  7
  •  5 out of 5
from 
$13,255
Le Lyrial Cruises
Le Champlain
Experience an unforgettable cruising experience with Le Champlain. Revel in an enchanting ambience on the ship.
  •  128 m
  •  180
  •  6
  •  5 out of 5
Any Ship
Ponant

Travel with the French cruise company Compagnie du Ponant on beautiful routes and experience a unique atmosphere on the high seas. Ponant was founded in 1988 they offer small ship cruises in the boutique luxury cruise area. With a total of five luxurious ships that are all 5 stars Compagnie du Ponant offers fascinating routes to different destinations. Explore a great variety of routes, among which a dream trip is also yours. With no single supplement onboard Ponant ships there are great opportunities to cruise alone but at no extra cost.

The fleet of the Compagnie du Ponant

Compagnie du Ponant offers excellent service on every ship. You will enjoy a great atmosphere on the fleet of the French cruise line. The Le Ponant was built in 1991 and offers space for a total of 64 passengers. Travel with this spectacular sailing yacht in a family atmosphere, the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Central America and many more exciting destinations.

Le Boréal was launched in 2010 and is known as “Megayacht”. On board you will find an incomparable luxury. Travel with the Le Boréal to Antarctica, South America, the Caribbean, Northern Europe and other breathtaking destinations. On all ships of the Compagnie du Ponant, you will discover a great love for detail. Not only will the fantastic furnishing of the cabins inspire you, but also the fabulous service. The philosophy of Ponant is reflected in each of the ships. Get to know the fascination of sailing with Compagnie du Ponant. All ships meet a high safety standard and offer a worldly and at the same time intimate atmosphere. Exciting excursions, guided by trained staff, will be on your daily routine every day. Get to know a breathtaking landscape and travel to remote shores and harbors. Many new impressions, cultures and a unique animal world will inspire you on the journey.

Cruises & Environment – The Thinking of Compagnie du Ponant

Compagnie du Ponant, it is particularly important to respect the environment. Environmental protection and sensitive tourism are the top priority for the French cruise line. All ships have environmentally friendly properties. The ships have optical underwater detectors so that whales and other marine animals are not affected in their habitat. All ships also have an additional electric drive system which is much quieter and more environmentally friendly than conventional diesel engines. Further onboard waste and waste water recycling is carried out to help meet the environment responsibilities.

All ships of the Ponant invariably use marine diesel oil, which is much lighter and more economical than conventional heavy oil. The company has also been a member of “La Charte Bleue d’Amateurs de France” for several years. Members of the organization are committed to protecting the seas and coasts. This is particularly important due to the expedition cruises that Ponant undertakes.

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A trip with one of the sailing yachts provides luxury and relaxation on the high seas. Let yourself relax, escape the everyday life and enjoy a fantastic trip. The crew of Compagnie du Ponant will take care of you every day and offer you an excellent service. Come aboard and dive into an exclusive world on the ships of the Compagnie du Ponant.