Posts Tagged ‘Ponant (Compagnie du Ponant)’

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. (

Video. Inside Ponant’s new fleet of ‘Explorer Class’ yachts

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The Ponant new ships  (Artist impression by Stirling Design International)A number of exciting features are on their way to Australian waters onboard four brand new small ships from the French Ponant fleet. One of these four vessels will head directly for Australia upon its launch, debuting in the Kimberley region in mid-2018.

Ponant Announces Cuba Program Targeted at Americans

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The French line will offer “People-to-People Cultural Exchange” cruises in 2017 to Cuba with seven- and eight-night itineraries offered on the 64-passenger sail-ship Le Ponant. (

Ponant publishes 1st Polar Collection of cruises aboard Le Soleal

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Le Soleal - Ponant CruisesThe only French-flag cruise line sailing into the heart of the ice fields, Ponant has produced its first Polar Collection. (more…)

Ponant Orders Four Ships from VARD

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The Ponant new ships  (Artist impression by Stirling Design International)Ponant has signed a letter of intent for the order of four ships from VARD, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri. The order is the first step in a project to expand the company’s fleet since it was bought by ARTEMIS, holding company of the Pinault family, in 2015. (

Ponant voyages to Vietnam

Monday, March 14th, 2016

With over 3000 km of coastline, just 50 km wide at its narrowest, Vietnam is a destination well explored by ship, especially a small, modern, luxury expedition cruise ship – enter Ponant’s L’Austral. (

Ponant Cruise Ship Le Boreal to Resume Sailing in May

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Le BorealAfter an engine room fire last November, Ponant’s cruise yacht Le Boreal will be back in service on May 24. (

Ponant Partners with Ducasse Conseil

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

French luxury expedition cruise line Ponant has announced a partnership with Ducasse Conseil, a catering consulting company run by Alain Ducasse Entreprise. (

Boreal Heading to Europe for Repair on Heavy-Lift Vessel

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Following her engine room fire, Ponant’s Le Boreal will be repaired in Europe and taken there via the Kang Sheng Kou, a specialized heavy-lift vessel. (