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Escape the Ordinary with PONANT

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Enjoy a taste of la dolce vita from Barcelona to Istanbul in the Mediterranean; stare in awe at the fjords of Norway, be immersed in the history of Northern Europe; or discover the unspoiled nature and ancestral traditions along the Atlantic Coast. You are invited to set sail on a luxury cruise with PONANT, where the joys of sailing are combined with exploration, contemplation and relaxation.

Established 36 years ago by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT created a new style of cruising through the unique conception of sea travel and a commitment to promoting sustainable tourism while sailing under the French flag. Operating a fleet of 12 luxurious vessels, from an iconic 30 guest sail ship, Le Ponant, to the world’s first hybrid electric icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, there are never more than 264 guests on board enjoying the brand’s all-inclusive lifestyle, from delicious cuisine and open bars featuring wine, Champagne, beer, spirits and cocktails, to free Wi-Fi and included gratuities. Your PONANT cruise promises adventures with a personal touch, guided by an experienced and passionate crew. 

To enhance your cruise experience, the line's six Explorer yachts feature a pioneering concept called the “Blue Eye Lounge.” This underwater multi-sensory lounge allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world through two giant windows resembling the eyes of a whale looking out to the surrounding sea. Non-intrusive underwater spotlights reveal the views while hydrophones built into the keel capture the natural symphony of the sea and ‘Body Listening’ sofas offer sensory accompaniment by vibrating in unison with the sounds. Come down to enjoy a glass of wine or Champagne and relax after a busy day spent exploring ashore.

Where will you cruise next? Find a small sample of this summer's available itineraries below:

The Mediterranean
Revisit the Mediterranean and its incredible historical and natural treasures. Stimulate your senses by sampling the culinary delights of unspoilt regions and enjoy the quality of a luxury ship designed for travelling in the sun, with large windows, an underwater lounge, a heated seawater pool and relaxing spa treatments. Whether you’re sailing along the Italian, Greek or Croatian coast, your crew will know the area’s every secret! With idyllic coves and bays, picturesque fishing villages hugging the coastline, exceptional seabeds to snorkel along and explore, listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more, the Med promises unusual routes and secret stopovers for a luxury cruise that’s all about freedom.

At the Heart of Greek Islands
7 nights Athens Roundtrip aboard L’Austral
Visiting: Patmos, Symi, Amorgos, Santorini Caldera, Adamos, Milos, Delos, Paros and Hydra
July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2024

Croatia Under Sail 
7 nights Dubrovnik Roundtrip aboard Le Ponant
Visiting: Mljet, Korcula, Komiza, Vis, Stari Grad, Pucisca, Sipan Island, Dubrovnik, Bay of Kotor and Tivat
August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2024

Malta, Italian Shores and Isle of Beauty
10 nights Nice to Valletta aboard Le Bougainville
Visiting: Calvi, Portofino, Giglio, Porto Ercole, Lipari, Stromboli sailing, Gozo and Comino
August 9, 19* & 29, 2024 (*operates in reverse)

Northern Europe & Scandinavia
Learn the history of the old continent and experience a complete and total change of scenery against the splendour of breathtaking natural sites and exceptional wildlife when you retrace the footsteps of the Vikings, sail up and down Norwegian Fjords and admire the panoramic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. Off the coast of the Hebrides, the North Atlantic Ocean, and the far north of Ireland, there are many little-known sites that are well worth taking the time to visit. Isolated places steeped in thousands of years of history, savage beauty, and wild nature. Don’t miss out on exploring the pre-historic cultural sites on Orkney, gigantic fjords and green moorlands of Faroe Islands, or the natural phenomenon of the Giant’s Causeway at Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site.

Cultural Treasures and Scandinavian Panoramas
11 nights Rosyth (Edinburgh) to Stockholm aboard Le Dumont-D’Urville
Visiting: Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Egersund, Arendal, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Gudhjem, Karlskrona and Visby
June 21 & August 17*, 2024 (*operates in reverse)

Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea
8 nights Copenhagen to Stockholm aboard Le Dumont-D’Urville
Visiting: Gudhjem, Gdansk, Klaipeda, Helsinki and Tallinn
July 10 & August 10, 2024 

Shetland, Faroe & Iceland: wild islands & lands of legends 
10 nights Bergen to Reykjavik aboard Le Champlain
Visiting: Hardangerfjord, Lerwick, Isle of Noss, Kirkwall, Suduroy Island, Eysturoy Island, Eastfjords and Heimaey, 
August 3, 2024 

The Arctic
Set off to discover the Arctic, the fascinating and challenging region of the first polar explorers, aboard our high-end ships, where everything is focused on luxury, comfort, refinement and intimacy. Outside, a myriad of fjords, sea ice, icebergs and glaciers – the favoured realms of whales, walruses, reindeer and polar bears – are just waiting to be admired. During your land-based excursions, you can strike up a conversation with the welcoming Inuit communities. The Arctic promises unexpected and unforgettable encounters with these hunter-fishers and guardians of age-old traditions, who live in harmony with nature and with whom PONANT has taken care to forge lasting bonds. 

From Scotland to Spitzbergen
13 nights Glasgow to Longyearbyen aboard Le Boréal
Visiting: Iona, Callanish, Mousa Broch, Reine, Trollfjorden, Tromso, sailing Bear Island, Isbukta, Hornsund, Bellsund and Isfjorden
May 27, 2024

From the Northern Lights to the Polar Night
11 nights Tromso to Lakselv aboard Le Commandant Charcot
Visiting: Alta, Tromso, Hammerfest, Bear Island, Hornsund, Longyearbyen, Bellsund, Honnigsvag and Reinoya Island
October 18, 2024

Autumn Splendours: From Lofoten to the Norwegian Fjords
13 nights Narvik to Bergen aboard Le Commandant Charcot
Visiting: Leknes, Reine, Bronnoysund, Smola, Geiranger, Ålesund, Nordfjordeid, Flåm, Sognefjord and Lerwick
November 7, 2024

Life on board:
•    Country club casual atmosphere onboard
•    Captain's welcome cocktail party and gala dinner
•    Open seating dining in two restaurants with a convenient option of 24-hour room service
•    Gourmet cuisine prepared by French chefs using local ingredients
•    Open bar throughout the ship
•    Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi
•    Use of ship's water sports equipment
•    Port Charges and Crew Gratuities are included

Book your 2024 Europe cruise by April 1st, 2024 and receive a US$500 onboard credit on select 2024 voyages. 

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