Embark on a luxury cruise aboard one of PONANT’s ships and experience a truly exceptional sea voyage with a difference. PONANT promises you unforgettable moments aboard their sleek and intimately sized cruise yachts, all of which sail under the French flag. Discover the innovatively designed cruise ship Le Boréal and her three sister vessels: L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial. Experience Le Ponant, their famous three-masted ship, with her 32 staterooms, each combining traditional authenticity with modern comfort; and enjoy the pleasures of Le Lapérouse, a technologically cutting-edge cruise ship, the first in the PONANT EXPLORERS series. For 30 years now, Ponant’s luxury cruise ships have been calling at both famous ports and lesser-known anchorages accessible only to smaller ships.
As the number one luxury polar cruise operator, they offer a range of discovery expeditions to the majestic landscapes of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Or you may choose from sunny excursions to the heart of the Mediterranean, sea voyages along Celtic coasts and beautiful getaways to the secret islands of the Pacific. Ponant’s themed luxury cruises offering unforgettable experiences designed with special interests in mind. Allow yourself to be tempted by one of their gastronomic cruises featuring cookery workshops hosted by renowned chefs; or a golf cruise in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. Enjoy the opportunity to visit extraordinary locations on one of our many expedition cruises. Discover multi-faceted continents and forgotten lands endowed with natural treasures while experiencing the refined atmosphere and comfort of life on board. Combining wonderful itineraries with five-star hotel service, Ponant’s exceptional luxury cruises à la française have been created to deliver quality and excellence through an unprecedented sailing experience. We invite you to discover the world of PONANT.
Life onboard Ponant’s ships are an intrinsic part of the PONANT cruise experience.
Whether you choose a Mediterranean cruise or an expedition journey to the heart of icy Antarctica, you can be sure of exceptional comfort onboard Ponant’s fleet of ships. Thier bespoke, attentive, excellent service will make you feel like you’re travelling on a private yacht.
- An intimate atmosphere
- Luxurious amenities and services
- A deeply anchored seafaring tradition
- Well-designed itineraries
- Little-known ports of call
Once aboard, enjoy the adventure in total peace of mind. Everything is included: Zodiac outings and shore visits, excursions, lectures, and parkas, and boot rentals on polar expeditions.
In some ports, we will offer an activity requiring the participation of local guides and transportation. These activities will be enhanced by the Ponant team of naturalists and are limited to one per person in each of these ports.
During some cruises, optional paying excursions will also be offered.
Unique of its kind, Le Ponant is one of the most majestic sailing vessels in the world. With 16 spacious cabins and suites, one crew member per passenger, a dedicated chef, and authentic and exclusive experiences to be enjoyed at every stop, designed for and with you, the ship redefines the concept of luxury yachting and promises you an extraordinary experience.
Le Boréal, like its Sisterships L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, epitomises the unique feel and atmosphere of the ships of the PONANT fleet. Subtly combining luxury, intimacy and serene well-being, the ship has been designed to offer passengers both moments of conviviality and spaces conducive to peaceful tranquillity and a sense of escape and getting away from it all. Its exterior and interior lines testify to the ingeniousness and refinement with which the Sisterships have been designed.
The PONANT EXPLORERS series successfully manages to subtly combine the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with the comfort and privacy of a cosily intimate ship.
To the innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment are added elegant design and a unique atmosphere in keeping with the whole PONANT universe. Your dream of a cruise onboard a cosily intimate ship is thus made possible through the combination of an authentically genuine voyage experience together with discreet luxury.
Le Jacques Cartier
With Le Commandant-Charcot, PONANT has imagined and envisaged the cruise voyage of tomorrow. The latest addition to the fleet will take you following in the footsteps of the great polar explorers in refined surroundings complete with the kind of luxury services never before offered in the farthest reaches of the southern and northern hemispheres.
The indoor swimming pool, the conservatory, the panoramic restaurant, the Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, the Main Lounge, the Observation Lounge, the lobby… Each of the common areas has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement. The common thread running through all their designs is the desire to allow the light to penetrate and open everything up the extraordinary polar landscapes and scenery.
This very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG has been designed with the greatest attention to detail in terms of safety and respect for the environment.
Ponant is a French cruise ship operator. It was founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy and launched the first French cruise ship. The company operates eleven ships, all of which operate under the French flag.
Why we love it
- Luxurious Small Ship Cruising
- World Leader of Luxury Expeditions
- Environmentally friendly ships
- Remote Destination Itineraries
- Focus on leisure and wellbeing onboard
- World class cuisine onboard