We chose our cruise on a relatively short notice (two weeks before) and were positiviely surprised. We liked the intimacy of the ship a lot (you get to know all the staff and especially the waiters started to remeber our preferred drinks quite soon).
We were somewhat worried because we read in other critics about Ponant that they are more focused on French people, but we thought to give the cruise a chance as we liked the itinerary and as mentioned above the limited number of passengers a lot. And were positively surprised. May-be it was helpful that our mother tongue is neither French nor English, but we did not feel at any timepoint less regarded or less valued by the crew. Everybody was nice and helpful and chatted with us in English, we were also able to take part in the evening entertainement.
Being on a French ship had the advantage that we lilked the food a lot and also the 'standard wine' was much better than on the American ships we had been before.