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Ponant Cruises

360 Reviews
3 Awards
Le Lyrial (Photo: Ponant Cruises)

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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Le Lyrial (Ponant)
Le Lyrial

7 Night
Arctic CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Spitsbergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Le Boreal
Le Boreal

7 Night
Arctic CruiseDetails

58 Reviews
Leaving:Spitsbergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Le Soleal
Le Soleal

10 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

75 Reviews
Leaving:Broome
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Le Lyrial (Ponant)
Le Lyrial

6 Night
World CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Malaga
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 8, 2023
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Virgin Voyages

10 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

58 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
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9 Night
South America CruiseDetails

58 Reviews
Leaving:Talcahuano
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 20, 2023
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13 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 3, 2023
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10 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

109 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 9, 2024
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8 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

109 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 29, 2024
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15 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

109 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 5, 2023
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7 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

75 Reviews
Leaving:Taipei
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 24, 2023
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9 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Las Palmas
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 4, 2023
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7 Night
Indian Ocean CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Doha
Cruise Line:Ponant
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Ponant
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12 Night
Indian Ocean CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Seychelles
Cruise Line:Ponant
Feb 8, 2024
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Ponant Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

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.
  • Authentic French cuisine cooked by French chefs.
  • Offers sailings to exotic destinations around the world.

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

Ponant Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Antarctic Perfection Aboard Le Boreal

The first day and night in Buenos Aires, followed by a flight down to Ushuaia and an afternoon there, an overnight plus 1 more day at sea, one day at two stops in the Falkland Islands, two and a half more days at sea, two and a half days at South Georgia Island (they endeavor to do two different landings per day), plus two and half days at sea in the Southern Ocean, with two and half days around Antarctica (with again, the plan for two separate landings per day at different sites), followed by two days at sea to cross the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia, and a return flight to Buenos Aires.I can’t speak for any other naturalist team than the amazing one we had, but they are so excited to share their passions, and it is clear that they realllllly want us to have a good time, appreciate these amazing places and wildlife, and it made this such a better, richer, more interesting trip for us.Read More
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JazzyTheTraveler

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Lovely vessel, excellent food, attentive crew and engaging fellow passengers

While this is a French-flagged company, and for some of the staff French is therefore their first language, I didn’t meet anyone who couldn’t also speak adequate to fluent English.The main dining room on deck 2 is the more formal one with a waiter to take your order, serve and clean.Read More
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bluewater sail

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Cruise Ship with a Bus Tour

It was all a bit dishonest and for that reason I would ask a few more questions before booking with them.It was all a bit dishonest.Read More
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P2C

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Bonjour Ponant

They happened to all be French families so they were able to sit at the best table for every meal.” I don’t doubt the sommelier was very savvy in regards to wine, but since he wasn’t comfortable speaking anything but French he didn’t stop at our table during the whole voyage.Read More
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HerculesI

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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