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Ponant

About Ponant Cruises

European and Americans who have sailed on the cruise line's intimate, upscale ships love the line for its social atmosphere and Mediterranean and exotic itineraries. Good value for money for an upmarket experience with a strong French influence.

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DAY 1: Darwin

12 Night
South Pacific Cruise

Leaving:
Darwin
Visiting:
Pulau Meatimiarang, Wyndham ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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12 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Seychelles
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Curieuse Island, Praslin ...
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Ponant
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DAY 1: Cape Town

8 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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DAY 1: Venice

7 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise

Leaving:
Venice
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Hvar, Dubrovnik ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Mumbai
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Diu, Marmago ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

Leaving:
Saint-Malo
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St. Peter Port, Isle of Scilly ...
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Cruise Line:
Ponant
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24 Night
Antarctica Cruise

Leaving:
Ushuaia
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Drake Passage, Siple Island ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Africa Cruise

Leaving:
Cape Verde
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Mindelo, Boa Vista ...
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12 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Colombo
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Galle, Trincomalee ...
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12 Night
Arctic Cruise

Leaving:
Reykjavik
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Ittoqqortoormiit, Northeast Greenland National Park ...
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8 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Osaka
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Tamano, Hiroshima ...
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9 Night
Australia & Pacific Cruise

Leaving:
Dunedin
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Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

Leaving:
Bergen
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Olden, Hellesylt ...
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10 Night
Australia & Pacific Cruise

Leaving:
Perth
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Abrolhos Islands, Monkey Mia ...
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8 Night
Caribbean Cruise

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Martinique
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South Friars Beach, St. Martin ...
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Ponant
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11 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Otaru
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Aormori, Noshiro ...
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Ponant
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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Milwaukee
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Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island ...
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Ponant
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13 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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Easter Island
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Ducie Island, Adamstown ...
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9 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Osaka
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Hachijojima, Ogasawara ...
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Ponant
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14 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Petropavlovsk
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Angra Do Heroismo, PT, Pittsburgh ...
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Ponant
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7 Night
World Cruise

Leaving:
Talcahuano
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Easter Island ...
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Ponant
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14 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Nome
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Chukotka, Kamchatka ...
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Ponant
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8 Night
Southeast Asia Cruise

Leaving:
Maizuro
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Sakaiminato, Pusan ...
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Ponant
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12 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
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Johnstone Strait, Inside Passage ...
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Ponant
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7 Night
Alaska Cruise

Leaving:
Vancouver
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Johnstone Strait, Ketchikan ...
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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Itineraries
  • 2019 Best for Adventure
  • 2018 Best for Luxury
  • 2018 Best Itineraries

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations

Who goes on Ponant cruise ships?

With the bilingual staff fluent in French and English, the passenger mix is strongly French and European, although a small, but growing number of North Americans are finding the line. The average age on a Ponant cruise is early 60s, and most passengers are married and college educated. There are some designated family-friendly cruises, and the line does offer special rates for kids up to age 17 traveling with their parents, but, in general, you will not find many kids onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Ponant cruise?

We'd say yes. Though there isn't a specific dress code, you'll be uncomfortable if you don't show up for dinner in country club casual dress at the bare minimum. The French passengers generally wear chic designer clothing, high heels for women and jackets and ties for men. The dress code by day is casual, but you won't see shorts, jeans or T-shirts in the evening. Each sailing also hosts one or two gala dinners, where the line recommends a formal cocktail dress or dark suit.

Is everything free on Ponant cruises?

No. One difference between Ponant's cruises and those of other upscale lines is that the onboard pricing is more a la carte. You will pay extra for shore excursions, gratuities, spa and beauty services and other amenities and services, with varying policies for people booking in different countries.

The cruise fare includes all dining on board, beverages at all times (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abele Brut Champagne, spirits, coffee, tea), unlimited Wi-Fi and port taxes.

What are Ponant’s most popular activities?

As elegant as it is, Ponant is an expedition line, so the destination is the center of activities, with presentations from naturalists and various experts enhancing the shore excursions. Lectures are offered separately in French and English.

While sailing, passengers choose their own activities as they feel moved. Many head for the heated seawater pool or the solarium and relax in the hammam. Ponant ships have no casinos but do have comfortable lounges where cruisers often sit to read and chat. In the evenings there is music or cabaret in the theater.

Why go with Ponant?

Intimate ships with elegant, yet casual onboard atmosphere.

Best for: Luxury expedition travelers, Francophiles and those who would like to sail their own yachts to exotic destinations

Not for: Those who don't enjoy traveling with an international crowd or who adore casinos and a wide choice of entertainment and dining




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