Posts Tagged ‘Ponant (Compagnie du Ponant)’

Ponant renews partnership with Marlink for luxury cruise fleet communications

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Le Soleal - Ponant CruisesFrench luxury cruise specialist Ponant has extended its Sealink multi-band communication services contract with Marlink, securing increased Internet speeds for guests and vessel operations on its five-strong fleet of high-end luxury yacht/cruise ships in addition to four planned newbuilds. (more…)

Ponant and Tauck Present Le Soleal in New York

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Le Soleal of Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions made her maiden arrival in New York on Oct. 4 and 5 and Ponant and Tauck used the opportunity to present the ship and their sailing and tour programs going forward. (

Ponant Latin America and Caribbean 2018-2019 cruises

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Reflecting the growth of international interest in Latin America & the Caribbean as cruise destinations, French Luxury & Expedition cruise line PONANT has released an extensive range of voyages covering the period October 2018 – April 2019. (

Australia: French cruise ship to call Darwin home

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Luxury French ship L’Austral will call Darwin home for the next month, and will return in July 2018. Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said it was the biggest expedition ship to ever home port in Darwin. She said about 1500 cruise ship passengers are expected to stay on the L’Austral during the 2017 home port season, along with 136 crew. (

Ponant releases spectacular Kimberley expedition aerial footage

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Our Australian cruises: experience the Kimberley | Ponant

The first sell-out season of PONANT Kimberley expeditions has been captured with spectacular drone footage taken by acclaimed Australian photographer Nick Rains featuring Kimberley highlights from a new dimension. (

Private Shore Experiences With New Abercrombie & Kent Greece Cruise

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

RhodesOnce limited to the Polar regions, Luxury Expedition Cruising is expanding in both interest and geography. Following the success of cruises to Japan, Abercrombie & Kent has announced its inaugural cruise through the Greek islands aboard the brand-new, exclusively-chartered luxury vessel, ‘La Laperouse.’ (more…)

Ponant announced as Title Sponsor of The Ponant Sydney Noumea Yacht Race

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The world leader in luxury expeditions, PONANT, has been confirmed as the title sponsor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race (PSNYR), due to take place next year. (

Ponant Launches Expedition Brochure

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Le BorealPonant has launched a new brochure that presents the company’s expedition cruise offering ranging from polar cruises to expeditions in tropical regions, according to a prepared statement. The itineraries range from the Arctic to Latina America over the course of the 2018-2019 cruise season. (

Ponant’s ‘Blue Eye’ Underwater Lounge to Feature Vibrating Sofas and Hydrophone Sound System on Four New Cruise Ships

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Is this the most exciting new feature for a cruise ship? While other cruise lines launch onboard versions of amenities and attractions found on land, Ponant has designed a venue that heightens the experience of the ocean — an underwater lounge that allows passengers to see, hear and virtually feel the passing marine life of the deep sea. (

Abercrombie & Kent curates new ways to explore rapidly changing Cuba

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The sailing yacht Le Ponant (Ponant Cruises)Bringing unparalleled expertise in experiential travel to Cuba and small ship cruising, Abercrombie & Kent announces 2018 dates for Cuba by Land & Sea: A People-to-People Cruise, the most immersive way to experience this island nation. (more…)

Luxury Adventure Operator Inca Announces 17-Day Antarctic Expedition For 2018 Guided By Leading Naturalist And Veteran Of 60 Trips

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland IslandsLuxury adventure operator, INCA (International Nature and Cultural Adventures), is offering a 17-day expedition called Across the Southern Ocean (January 16 to February 1, 2018) that includes 15 nights aboard the luxury polar expedition ship Le Lyrial, an exclusive program led by veteran guide Richard Polatty, a special focus on photography, and a night in Buenos Aires. (more…)

Ponant 2018 northern summer voyages brochure

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Ponant Explorer new class ship  (Artist impression)The new April – November 2018 Ponant brochure, in addition to new routes to be discovered, highlights two important events: the 30th anniversary of the company which was founded in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, its current President, and the arrival of the first two yachts out of four in the series of Ponant Explorers. (

Bob Hawke to be Guest of Honour on Ponant Le Cercle Polaire Antarctic polar voyage

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Le BorealFormer Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke, Honorary President of NGO Le Cercle Polaire, will be a Guest of Honour on PONANT’s Le Boréal Antarctic voyage departing Puntas Arenas, 17 November 2017, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. (

Ponant Participates in Third Edition of Goût de Good France

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Ponant participated in the third edition of the Goût de / Good France event on March 21. The cruise line celebrated its French food and beverage program but holding a special dinner for its passengers. (

Ponant Ship Ends Cruise and Diverts to Manila Due to Safety Warning; Hull Damage to be Inspected

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Ponant has diverted its current cruise on L’Austral between Port Vila and Kota Kinabalu due to safety concerns in the Sulu Sea near the Malaysian state of Sabah. (

Tauck Doubles Small Ship Cruising Capacity, Expands Partnership with Ponant

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Ponant Explorer new class ship  (Artist impression)Tauck will double its small ship cruising capacity over the next four years through an expansion of its relationship with luxury expedition cruise line Ponant. As part of the expansion, Tauck is also adding new itineraries to its catalog of small ship cruises, including a new Cuba itinerary. (

Ponant explorers to feature underwater lounge

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Ponant Explorer new class ship  (Artist impression)Construction of Le Lapérouse continues with the laying of the first block, while the first sheet of steel has been cut for Le Champlain, marking the launch of the construction of the second in the series of four Ponant Explorer ships, due to be delivered in Summer 2018 and Summer 2019. (

French cruise ship involved in second investigation

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

A French cruise ship is being investigated for the second time in a month after reportedly striking a rock in Milford Sound. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) launched an investigation after the L’Austral ship “made contact with a submerged object” at Snares Island, near Stewart Island, last month, a spokesman said. (

Ponant Partners with Sailing Expert on New Cruise Ship Design

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The Ponant Explorer new class ship  (Artist impression)Luxury expedition cruise company Ponant has partnered with sailing expert Olivier de Kersauson, naming him a Special Advisor on the design of its four new ships. (

Ponant announces Kimberley expedition voyages for 2018

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

With four 2017 season voyages about to commence, Vice President Australasia Ponant, Monique Ponfoort, has released dates for the 2018 Kimberley season. (

Luxury cruise ship L’Austral unexpectedly pulls into Bluff

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Passengers who were on board a troubled a French luxury liner are Doubtful Sound bound, after their cruise ship was forced to stop in Bluff. One of luxury cruise company Ponant’s yachts, L’Austral, is in port at Bluff after suffering “an issue” at sea, while on its way to the Sub Antarctic Islands. (

Ponant Opens Sales for New Ships in 2018

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The Ponant Explorer new class ship  (Artist impression)Sales for the summer 2018 season on Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain, two new ships coming to the Ponant fleet, are now open. The ships are small, at 184 passengers each, offering a unique cruise experience, said Ponant. (

Ponant presents its new 2017-2018 Winter cruises

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Le BorealPolynesia, Latin America, Japan, Antarctica, or even Oceania… Traditional and emblematic destinations, polar or tropical expeditions: Ponant has selected the most beautiful ports of call to ensure an unforgettable experience during Winter 2017-2018. (more…)

Ponant Reveals Names and Details of Four New Ships

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The Ponant new ships  (Artist impression by Stirling Design International)Ponant has revealed more details on its four-ship newbuild order. Each ship will accommodate 184 passengers, with deliveries in summer 2018 (two ships) and summer 2019 (two ships). The ships will be built by Fincantieri’s Vard facility in Norway. (

Quick action prevented serious tour-boat accident

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Greenlandic authorities investigating the sinking of the Inuk II, a privately hired boat ferrying passengers from a cruise ship in Ilulissat Sunday night, are remaining tight-lipped about the incident until they have a complete overview of what caused the vessel to take on water, forcing the evacuation of all 23 passengers and three crew members. (

23 Cruise Passengers Safe After Shore Excursion Boat Sinks

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Early Sunday morning, a local excursion boat within Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord began to sink. The 23 cruise passengers on tour and three crew members were all rescued, according to a story in the Arctic Journal. (

Vard and Ponant finalise contract for four expedition ships

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The Ponant new ships  (Artist impression by Stirling Design International)Vard Holdings Limited, the Norway headquartered shipbuilder 55.6% controlled by Fincantieri, says it has finalised contracts for four luxury expedition cruise vessels with French cruise company Ponant. (

Boreal Incident Report Released Following Fire off Falkland Islands

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Le BorealFollowing the Boreal’s November 17, 2015 engine room fire, French maritime authorities have recently released an incident report concerning the Ponant vessel. (

Ponant Releases its 2017 – 2018 Asia & Oceania Collection

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Ponant, the only French-owned cruise line, offers its passengers a unique travel experience: aboard smaller-scale, luxurious yachts, they discover the major sites of Oceania and the Asian continent under the guidance of passionate lecturers and specialists. (more…)

Ponant new Latin America & Caribbean 2016 2017 Collection

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The world’s only French-flag cruise line and leader in Polar expeditions, Ponant, presents its Latin America and Caribbean destinations in a dedicated Travel booklet for the Winter 2017-2018 season. (

Cruiseco Signs Exclusive Charter On Ponant’s L’Austral For A Circumnavigation Of Australia, Departing Sydney January 25, 2018

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Cruiseco, the Australia and UK-based provider of worldwide cruising options,has just announced the exclusive charter of Ponant’s 264-berth L’Austral for a unique 40-night Australian circumnavigation, departing Sydney’s iconic harbour on January 25, 2018.

New Sales Team at Ponant

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Ponant has added three new positions to the company’s North American sales team. Under the leadership of Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas and Kathy Johns, director of sales for North America, the regional directors will develop business and support retail travel agencies throughout the U.S. (