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334 Ponant Cruise Reviews


Richard 1963 avatar

Richard 1963

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

SIMPLY OUTSTANDING

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I travelled with Ponant to Antarctica in January 2020 with my Son, aboard Le Soleal on the 11 day “Emblematic Antarctica”, this being my first cruise with Ponant. From first contact with Ponant’s ...
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Sail Date April 2020


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Train lover

4 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Bucket list adventure in Antarctia

Since we did an Arctic cruise in 2017 wanted to also do Antarctica. We were lucky enough to be offered a deal of 2 for 1 so grabbed it and consider ourselves very lucky., It was actually a sailing with ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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weezer7612

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

The best overall cruise experience out of our 30 plus cruises!

Everyone has different likes and dislikes. I’m going to summarize what we look for in a cruise vacation which we felt Ponant came closest to an overall exceptional experience and why. My sister n husband ( late ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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JulieDCanter

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Beyond Wondrous in the age of Covid 19

We planned the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica on Ponant, impressed with reviews, the small size of the ship and everything French about it. We had no idea that the trip would be memorable in more ways than one. We ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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TomAtAlki

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Horrible Ocean Remodel Cruise

Day 7 of our Ponant “Luxury” cruise. Today they told us that, because of maintenance, there will be no water on board from 2pm until 5pm. Typical of this remodel cruise. But first things first….DO NOT, EVER ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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7ContinentTraveler

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Trip to Antarctica and South Georgia

We selected the Abercrombie and Kent-Ponant cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands for its relatively small size - 170 passengers - and the reputation of the expeditionary staff. The expeditions ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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wacvn

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

What a ripoff!!

I chose this so called ‘expedition’ cruise mainly for the Orangutan encounter in Tanjung Puting in Kalimantan. Well, because of the total incompetence of the ‘Expedition Team’ we never got there. The ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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cboyle

36 Reviews Written

118 Helpful Votes

Almost Beyond the Polar Circle

This report includes information on our February 3-19, 2020, “Beyond the Polar Circle” expedition cruise on the Le Soléal with Ponant. Although we had traveled on a “drive by” cruise of the Antarctic ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Moat

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Ponant - The Cruise Line From Hell

Ponant Cruise Line – The Cruise Line from Hell In October my wife and I boarded Ponant Le Champlain at Boston USA for a 2 week cruise to Mexico. My description “the cruise line from hell” relates to the ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Lainerz

1 Review Written

Le Ponant - Edinburgh to Copenhagen

"Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords" We opted for the pre and post cruise options. Arriving in Edinburgh, we grabbed a cab to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Caledonia which formerly house the Caledonian Railways ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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dehaank

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Very good exploration trip!

It is my second attempt to explore and visit the New Zealand subantarctic islands. 2 years ago, I was on the Spirit of Enderby which I am going to call "SoE". That trip was booked by a travel agent which I trusted. ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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shrkdive1

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Not what we expected

We had such hopes for this trip. The ship & itinerary fit our needs on paper but in reality we were disappointed with the execution of this cruise. Not only did embarkation change from Puerto Morelos to Cozumel ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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the_travel_locks

3 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Fabulous New Zealand Cruise on Ponant's Le Laperouse

Our recent cruise on Ponant's Le Laperouse around New Zealand went way beyond our expectations. We hadn't sailed with Ponant before, but are avid cruisers, having enjoyed several with Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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SeasideLady

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Disappointed with Ponant

Based on the price, we thought Ponant would be a really nice cruise, but we were disappointed in comparison to other top-notch cruise lines we've enjoyed. Many incidents were individually small things that would ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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SSICruisertoo

2 Reviews Written

46 Helpful Votes

First Expedition Cruise

Hubby & I chose the cruise because we wanted a short cruise that included a Panama Canal crossing. This cruise was an expedition cruise focusing on national parks in Costa Rica & Panama. Started in Puerto Caldera, ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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traveler22020

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

A&K: Antarctica and South Georgia: Disappointing on So Many Levels

The following are my opinions and observations: --LeLyria Chartered by A&K-- Overall, I thought the A&K tour was disorganized and communication was poor. I wasn’t impressed with the A&K staff in Buenos ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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AussieBoyTX

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great Ship; Great Crew; Poor Corporate Communication; Meh Itinerary

Le Champlain is a lovely ship with only ninety-two cabins, 165 passengers and 115 crew members. We felt the on-board experience was excellent in almost every respect and were impressed that most crew members knew us ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Bashadon

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great possibilites but falls short of its potential

We just came back from 2 weeks sailing the Secret Islands of the Seychelles on Le Bougainville, a new ship of Ponant. We had never cruised with Ponant but thought the itinerary and their partnership with National ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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R1Ha

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Very disappointing, not the normal Ponant standard

It has been our 4th cruise with Ponant. We like the concept of "Expedition-cruises". This cruise through the Seychelles-islands was very different. We have spoken to other travellers and the general feedback was as ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Holly Cheesman

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disastrous Expedition

We were looking forward to an expedition cruise to the Bijou Peninsular as these are very difficult islands to visit ordinarily. However on approaching the docks unlike other expedition cruises which clearly have ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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utexplore

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Disappointing cruise - National Geographic involvement very low

We just completed a 2 week cruise on the Ponant ship Le Bouganville to the Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean. It was sold to us as a National Geographic Expedition cruise. A summary of my review is as ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Chris Marshall

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

No Fire, No Ice, No Adventure

The cruise was titled Fire and Ice in the Arctic and was promoted as "an unforgettable expedition". Unforgettable perhaps but for all the wrong reasons. For some reason Ponant did not publish details of the flights ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Sealegs19

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

A beautiful new ship

Our second cruise with Ponant, this time on their new ship, Le Bougainville. Our cabin on deck 5 was ready as we embarked early in Istanbul.. we found the cabin to be comfortable, enough space for 2, a comfy bed, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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stevenson53

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Not as expected!

We were expecting the best ever cruise and our personal experience is as follows: The good things: - The ship is beautiful, fairly new and nicely appointed. - The dining and room staff are great and will do ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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PRL1314

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst travel experience ever

We chose the cruise to the Arctic because the ship was supposed to be small. I made a mistake and thought it was 128 passengers. It was 128 cabins. In the arctic and antarctic only 100 passengers can be on shore at ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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