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Ponant Arctic Cruise Reviews

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26 Ponant Arctic Cruise Reviews


PRL1314 avatar

PRL1314

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst travel experience ever

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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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plaeger606

3 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

ICELANDIC LOOP

Having never heard of Ponant, we chose this cruise because it did a circumnavigation of Iceland which is what we wanted. The ship was extremely clean, comfortable, and well laid-out. Embarkation from a small port ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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DandJCruisers

2 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

First and last Ponant cruise.

My wife & I chose Ponant on the recommendation of our travel agent as the preferred cruise line to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with a transit of the North West Passage. Unfortunately, Ponant failed ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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LizzieL

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

A and K Le Boreal charter Spitzbergen Greenland and Iceland - 14 magical days

We joined Le Boreal in Longyearbyen on the A & K chartered cruise on 27 July. We had the previous night as part of the tour at Thon Opera, Oslo as the nominated hotel at our time of booking (Hotel Bristol) was ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Jackson46

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

North West Passage - A Delusion: Amazing Scenery but Zero Points to Ponant

This was our first cruise with Ponant - and might I add it will probably be the last - and we were very much looking forward to cruising the North West Passage especially as we had booked two years ago and have read ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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cruiser-57

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

NEVER WITH PONANT!!!

Our long awaited and much anticipated Northwest Passage trip has ended and will long be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Inputing required information into Ponant’s website before the trip was ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Ken Jeff avatar

Ken Jeff

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Some Problems Encountered

The cruise was to sail through the Northwest Passage, however there was too much ice so spent the majority of the time on the west coast of Greenland with some time in Canadian waters. The captain made the correct ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Dolt

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Better than Imagined

My friend actually chose this Ponant cruise because of its interesting title: "In the Wake of the Vikings", and because of historical interest and curiosity about lands I had never before visited I decided it was a ...
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Sail Date August 2018


Georges26 avatar

Georges26

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Finding nice solutions to enjoy the trip

Although the expected itinerary was not respected, due to the ice conditions, the exploration crew always found nice alternatives to discover new sites, and interesting contacts with the local population. The ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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globetrotteur

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Wonderful cruise to Greenland

We booked this cruise because we have always wanted to see icebergs and the Disko bay. My husband only speaks french and we wanted to enjoy beautiful scenery, interesting conferences, and an all inclusive drink and ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Bauer68

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great ship; poor naturalist guiding

My wife and I recently went on the Le Soliel expedition cruise entitled The Saga of Erick the Red from July 17—29. The trip started in Iceland and spent most of the time combing the Greenland coast up to ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Small Ship Fans

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Le Laperouse is a beautiful new ship but still a few kinks to work out

This was our fourth cruise with Ponant and we are big fans of this French cruiseline. We love the small ship experience, Ponant's first class service, food and crew. We were excited to experience their newest ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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K.A.V. 65

1 Review Written

Le Boreal - Never again - Bad Service, Staff Disorganised, Disappointing Food

A disastrous holiday from start to finish. Charter flight from Orly Aiport was exhausting. One would expect a staff representing Ponant to be at a designated Meeting Place but we were told the flight would be ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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AnnMaree V

1 Review Written

If you want to pay Top $ for Top Rudeness Ponant is for you

We have friends who work in the Cruise travel industry. Ponant was portrayed as a luxury cruise small ship company with an expedition theme. We should have had some idea when we first booked that the cruise would ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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pelican9840

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

A&K trip through the Northwest Passage - - Read the Disclaimers VERY Carefully

This was an Abercrombie & Kent trip on the Ponant ship Le Boreal through the Northwest Passage, from Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland to Nome, Alaska. The trip was very expensive, and extremely ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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John5280

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Excellent itinerary, horrible dining

Chosen specifically for the Iceland, Greenland and Northwest Artic passage to Alaska. Excellent itinerary with great shore excursions and expedition excursions. Many great features such as the ship design, 24/7 ...
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Sail Date July 2016


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Andy Panda

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Expedition cruise at its best

We were taken with the promotional video of the animals to be found in Siberia, Russia and Kuril Islands and booked three back to back cruises. L'Austral was the perfect ship to perform all requirements having 10 ...
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Sail Date September 2016


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jamesritchie

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Nome to Kanazawa

Fabulous trip to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world, teeming with wildlife and wonderful autumn colours.. Superbly organised shore trips with excellent and very helpful crew members. We were ...
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Sail Date September 2016


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BettyBetty

4 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

This was almost so good, but it misses on so many fronts.

This was almost so good. But yet it wasn't. And I doubt I would ever sail with Ponant again because of this experience. The itinerary was amazing - a 23 night cruise through the Arctic Circle, crossing from ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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BettyBetty

4 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Disappointing in many ways

The expeditions on this cruise were amazing. The scenery, the wildlife and the excursions onshore in the remote arctic were the stuff of dreams and I would do it all again. But I would do it on a different ship ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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cowprintrabbit

7 Reviews Written

42 Helpful Votes

Arctic Adventure Cruise aboard Le Boreal

We took the August 2 – August 16, 2016 Abercrombie and Kent tour of the Arctic. This is our second time on the ship as we also sailed in December 2012 with the Abercrombie and Kent tour of Antarctica. Many of ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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leggie

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

We saw The Northern Lights on deck in the middle of the night in our pyjamas!

My husband and I normally like to spend our holidays in a warm climate so this choice of Alaska was a huge gamble - we loved the whole experience! We were met at Vancouver Airport and transported by light ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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flames56

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Ponant Pathetic Arctic Cruise August 2018

Totally agree with Baloghpj. We also were on the Ponant Cruise that left from Kangerlussuaq to cruise the Northwest Passage on August 2018. He forgot to mention the debacle with the luggage on the flight from Paris ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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baloghpj

1 Review Written

29 Helpful Votes

Stay Away from Ponant Cruises!!!!

I am a USAF military retiree, 20 years active duty (in uniform) and 13 years as a contractor. In effect, 33 years of service to this country’s military. I am at present 67 years old, with a number of health ...
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Sail Date August 2018


lordor avatar

lordor

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Poor value for money

Ponant markets itself as a luxury expedition cruiseline but it does not meet expectations on either account. Most other cruiselines offer at least similar or better levels of comfort, food and service, apart from ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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