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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 Dumont d'Urville
Le Dumont d'Urville (Photo: Ponant)

8 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

7 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 11, 2022
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Le Laperouse
Le Laperouse

10 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

22 Reviews
Leaving:Hanoi
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 13, 2022
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Le Boreal
Le Boreal

8 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Honfleur
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 13, 2022
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Le Champlain
Le Champlain (Photo: Ponant)

8 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 15, 2022
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7 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 8, 2022
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12 Night
Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Martinique
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 8, 2022
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12 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Martinique
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 20, 2022
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jul 30, 2022
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10 Night
Arctic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 30, 2022
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13 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
Aug 14, 2022
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Ponant
Aug 11, 2022
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7 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 1, 2022
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10 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 30, 2021
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9 Night
World CruiseDetails

Leaving:Aqaba
Cruise Line:Ponant
Nov 25, 2021
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10 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jan 4, 2022
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7 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jan 24, 2022
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jul 9, 2022
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jul 16, 2022
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8 Night
Indian Ocean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Seychelles
Cruise Line:Ponant
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12 Night
Caribbean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Martinique
Cruise Line:Ponant
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11 Night
Australia & Pacific CruiseDetails

Leaving:Noumea
Cruise Line:Ponant
Feb 9, 2022
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12 Night
South America CruiseDetails

Leaving:Martinique
Cruise Line:Ponant
Dec 23, 2021
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14 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Ponant
Sep 19, 2022
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6 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Greenock
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jun 17, 2022
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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

French arrogant flair - not really interested in guests.

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...... Read More
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yalefudan

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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

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... Read More
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yalefudan

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

First impressions were good, then….

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,... Read More
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FortLaudCruiseFan

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Ponant - Treasures of the Aegean Sea w/ COVID info August 2021

This was our first cruise since 2019 and it was another enjoyable experience on Ponant. This review is lightly abridged from my day-by-day accounting here:... Read More
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AussieBoyTX

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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