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Ponant Cruises

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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

13 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

50 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 3, 2023
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L'Austral
L'Austral

10 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Le Boreal
Le Boreal

7 Night
Arctic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Spitsbergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
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Le Laperouse
Le Laperouse

10 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

22 Reviews
Leaving:Broome
Cruise Line:Ponant
No prices currently available for this sailing.
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Mystic Cruises, S.A. (zona Franca da Madeira)

13 Night
World CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
Sep 24, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Ponant
Sep 8, 2022
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jun 17, 2022
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rosyth
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jul 30, 2022
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6 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Ponant
Sep 25, 2022
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14 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Ponant
Nov 9, 2022
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 27, 2023
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13 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 7, 2023
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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

the penguins on South Georgia

We were very lucky sailing throughout the South Atlantic with the weather, only a couple of roughish days.the best parts were undoubtedly in the South Atlantic, South Georgia and the remote Tristan da Cunha.Read More
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jlombard2579

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Great expedition cruise

We found this Ponant cruise to be a fantastic expedition experience and will look forward to another experience with them!We were surprised that there was so much going on at night on such a small ship.Read More
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Cruising with style

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

To the Ross Sea and Beyond

] Chile: Santiago, Punta Arenas Antarctica: Charcot Island, Peter I Island, Bellingshausen Sea, Siple Island, Amundsen Sea, Cape Colbeck, Bay of Whales, Ross Sea, Ross Ice Shelf, Ross Island, McMurdo Sound, French Passage, Pléneau Island, Port Charcot (Booth Island), Neko Harbor, Danko Island, Lemaire Channel ABOUT THE REVIEW Our reviews are primarily a journal of what we did each day, including web links to maps and other useful information.As we leave the ship behind, we would be remiss if we did not mention a few people who made this cruise even more special than it would have been.Read More
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cboyle

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Antarctic Excellence

Covid took our first choice with Ponant, the Le Lyrial out of the running because of covid, but they had several ships running the Antarctic route and fit us on the Austral for the next day.The expedition leader Raphael Sane and his crew were excellent and ensured we saw the best the continent had to offer and gave us information to enlighten our understanding of our journey.Read More
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ncgirl2017

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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