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Ponant Cruises

364 Reviews
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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)

12 Night
Caribbean CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Martinique
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 13, 2023
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Le Jacques Cartier
Le Jacques Cartier (Image: Ponant)

7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 17, 2023
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Le Boreal
Le Boreal

7 Night
Arctic CruiseDetails

58 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Ponant
Aug 11, 2023
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L'Austral
L'Austral

14 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

109 Reviews
Leaving:Ushuaia
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 12, 2024
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7 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Toronto
Cruise Line:Ponant
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14 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

77 Reviews
Leaving:Dunedin
Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 10, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 1, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
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21 Night
Antarctica CruiseDetails

77 Reviews
Leaving:Dunedin
Cruise Line:Ponant
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7 Night
South America CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Belize City
Cruise Line:Ponant
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6 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 17, 2023
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14 Night
U. S. Atlantic Coast CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Toronto
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 23, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Ponant
Sep 24, 2023
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7 Night
Indian Ocean CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jan 26, 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

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Ponant Cruises Cruiser Reviews

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This particular cruise featured lectures in oceanography and marine conservation conducted in French, but lectures on other topics were also offered in English.While the officers and most passengers spoke French as their first language, the captain and crew as well as many passengers could also speak English.Read More
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SA789

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Fabulous Cruise in the sub-Antarctic Islands

There were a crew of guys on the Marina Deck at the back of the boat who got almost all 148 of us on and off Zodiacs in water both calm and turbulent and apart from one mishap (I am not certain of the details, so will not alarm anyone), we all survived intact and that was certainly down to the skills and care of those staff on the Marina Deck.Ponant is an 'all inclusive' line, with the sub-Antarctic cruise including all meals, drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) at all times, including a mini bar which is re-stocked daily to your specifications.Read More
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Zeddog

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Great Cruise to see all the Wildlife & magnificent Scenery

It left a very bad taste in our mouth's 2nd night on a 14 day cruise & they had run out of food.We did notice that the food in the restaurant & the buffet was getting a little thin towards the end of the cruise, as we could not get supplies along the way.Read More
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woody666

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Lovely Cruise, Needs some Improvements

They had a French classical pianist on the ship who I heard was quite good.The food wasn't good at either one.Read More
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davidh68

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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