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Ponant Expedition Cruises Cruise Reviews

Map of Itinerary and Wildlife Sightings
Zodiac expedition
Lunch by the pool on a cool day.
Asian Orchid blown into Dominica during a 1979 hurricane - still thriving in the wild today
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To the Ross Sea and Beyond

Review for Le Commandant Charcot to Antarctica

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cboyle
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This report includes information on our February 15—March 12, 2022, “Ross Sea” expedition cruise on the Le Commandant Charcot with Ponant. Although we had taken a “drive by” cruise of the Antarctic Peninsula in 2007 on the Golden Princess and explored “Beyond the Polar Circle” in 2020 on the Le Soléal with Ponant, this expedition offered the opportunity to experience much more of the Antarctic ...
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Sail Date: February 2022


Double Thrill

Review for Le Dumont d'Urville to Caribbean - All

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Mademoiselle de La Mar
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Our 2022 Ponant cruise, along with our 2020 Ponant cruise - same ship- was the thrill of a lifetime because the smaller ships can get into ports the large ships can't visit. I also was thrilled to take two ecotours on this ship - one right before Covid lockdown in 2020, and then again, this winter in 2022. The ship captain was kind enough to ALWAYS translate for us, though we were the only two ...
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Sail Date: January 2022


Boredom in Supreme Comfort

Review for Le Commandant Charcot to Antarctica

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robinhood6
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

We are now one week into the cruise and I’m sorry to say that it doesn’t live up to its promotion. On the positive side, the ship and its equipment are outstanding. The same goes for the cabins, the restaurants, bars, and all the people working there. What’s bad is that expectations fostered by Ponant are not met: this maiden voyage was promoted as a uniquely adventurous expedition going ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


Sleeping Beauty

Review for Le Commandant Charcot to Antarctica

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Simei
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Le Commadant Charcot is a beautiful ship: conceived by a star designer, it is pure luxury both inside and outside. Moreover, it is uniquely capable. Powered by the latest hybrid technology, it achieves the highest icebreaking class except for the Russian nuclear-powered behemoths. In short, it is the ultimate icebreaker for luxury expedition cruises. Unfortunately, its potential has been ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


French arrogant flair - not really interested in guests.

Review for Le Bougainville to Mediterranean

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yalefudan
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

First impression was very good. New Ship perfect Style The good first: Food was excellent - Cabin very stylish - nice ... good concept at all Negativ: Cabin too small 19qm smal balkony .. but hey... other things count. Very disapointing: The crew very nice - but some of crew "with stripes" on the shoulder were very arrogant to the guests. Also the reception desk (the lady who ...
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Sail Date: September 2021


Guest not really in the focus of the cruise - slightly arrogant officer don`like negative feedbacks.

Review for Le Bougainville to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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yalefudan
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Well the ship is quite nice - very small cabin. Food is really excellent - they have a very good chef on board - no complaining Crew in Service and house keeping doing a very well job ... but some of the officer has not the guest in the focus of the cruise ... arrogant answer if the guest has requests. Sometimes we did have the impression - the only what is disturbing on this curise ...
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Sail Date: September 2021


First impressions were good, then….

Review for Le Champlain to Arctic

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FortLaudCruiseFan
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Having taken 25+ cruises, I was excited to try “luxury” Ponant Cruises for the first time. The newness of their ships and their “all included” luxury positioning was appealing. Upon boarding the ship, first impressions were strong - everything was clean, contemporary, and crisp. Solid cabin design, with separate compartment for the toilet and other thoughtful design elements. The quality ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


Pleasant but not luxurious

Review for Le Champlain to Mediterranean

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vistaman
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

I simply booked the cruise to Croatia because it was one of the only possible options to go on a cruise and there was no single supplement. Being Belgian the French language was not a problem at all . In view of the actual pandemic great care was given to the medical aspect , passengers had to send quite a long and detailled questionnaire , partly to be filled in by your own GP. Also a covid test ...
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Sail Date: September 2020


Very good exploration trip!

Review for Le Laperouse to Antarctica

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dehaank
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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. The result however was something I never do again. I can't handle SoE. Sharing a small room, small shower, toilet that isn't allowed to flush toilet paper etc etc.. well, you get the ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Great Expedition Team, excellent crew, challenging adventure

Review for Le Laperouse to Australia & New Zealand

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R1Ha
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

After a very disappointing cruise with Ponant to the Seychelles (See my comments Le Bougainville) we had been thoroughly enjoying this cruise to the sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. It’s definitely one of the windiest and choppiest corners of our globe and weather related changes of the itinerary are more than common. The captain and the crew had been outstanding in every ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


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