Ponant Cruises are a French cruise line who offer luxury cruises to classic destinations such as Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean, as well as exotic and off-the-path places including Africa, Asia, Antarctica and Latin America. Concepts of the 'French art of Living' sit strongly at the core of everything that Ponant Cruises does, whether it's the excellent gastronomy that France is known for, the friendly French crew and hospitality or the elegant interior design throughout the fleet. With this in mind, you can step onboard knowing that every moment of your cruise will exude elegance and comfort.
When cruising with Ponant, guests and crew can be sure that their health and safety is a priority. Before sailing, guests must have a health questionnaire completed by their doctor, hand in a second health questionnaire and undergo a medical examination. They must also have a COVID-19 test, and will be denied entrance if this is positive, if they have been in contact with someone who tested positive in the last 14 days or if they have symptoms or a temperature.
During the cruise, shore excursions will only take place in regions where it is safe to do so. When boarding after being on land, guests must undergo temperature checks and pass through the disinfection tunnel. Onboard, there will be a range of measures to ensure high levels of hygiene. These include disinfection of goods before being loaded, social distancing of 1m, frequent cleaning of public spaces and cabins and frequent hand sanitation. In addition, crew will be required to wear masks or visors.
If illness does arise, Ponant ships have an onboard hospital and medical team with equipment for monitoring and rapid diagnosis, as well as 5 isolation cabins if needed.
Dining onboard a Ponant cruise ship is spectacular from the first bite until the last. With food playing such an important role in French culture, it's no surprise that they take such pride in their restaurants, using carefully selected, fresh ingredients prepared by a team of passionate chefs. With two restaurants onboard, you can choose to eat in a formal setting or have a more relaxed meal time:
When it comes to evenings during your Ponant cruise, there are plenty of ways to wind down after a day of shore excursions. From live entertainment to a casual drink, the perfect night is waiting.
With Ponant cruises taking you to all seven continents of the world, you can enjoy the elegance of French cruising wherever you wish. From exploring the icy depths of Alaska to soaking up the winter sun in the Caribbean, all you have to do is choose your perfect itinerary and Ponant will do the rest. Destinations include:
Ponant likes to ensure that its guests are as relaxed as possible during their cruise, which is why they offer spa and salon services. Whether you're looking for a full makeover at the beauty salon or a simple massage at the spa, simply book in and let yourself be pampered. Alternatively, the fitness room is equipped with exercise machines and free weights, perfect for an intensive workout as you gaze out over the ocean.
During your time on a Ponant cruise, there are plenty of public spaces onboard for you to enjoy. From a pool and sun deck to shops, a library and a card room, your free hours can be as active or laid back as you wish.
Ponant Cruises are proud partners of National Geographic, offering unique expedition cruises throughout the world. With the Ponant expedition team, National Geographic experts and photographers onboard your cruise, you'll be able to enrich your experience and see the awe-inspiring nature from a new perspective. What's more, onboard your ship you'll find National Geographic books, films, documentaries and magazines to help you learn even more about the world.
Making up Ponant's fleet is a collection of stunning yachts, each of which retains the French spirit while carrying its own style that caters to different types of travellers. Le Ponant is their original ship which, as a traditional yacht, features a much smaller and more intimate atmosphere. Onboard, you'll find just 32 staterooms, two lounges, two restaurants and the marina for swimming and watersports, all of which lead to a wonderful private yacht experience.