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Published on : Wednesday, April 6, 2016
PONANT, the only French cruise line and No. 1 in the world for polar cruises, announces the opening of sales for its winter 2017-2018 cruises to the Antarctic. In addition to iconic itineraries featured every year in the company’s portfolio, PONANT is also oﬀering two very special voyages: “Beyond the Polar Circle” and “Antarctica to Africa.”
Exploring extreme parts of the world while enjoying a five-star service unique to the Polar Regions is the concept created by PONANT that has become its hallmark. From November to January 2018, PONANT will offer 11 cruises, including two unusual routes seeking out wildlife not found anywhere else in the world in their natural habitat.
Aboard Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, all with luxurious 122 to 132 staterooms and suites under the French flag and international Green Ship labels designed specifically for polar cruises, passengers will have access to strictly protected locations only accessible to small capacity ships.
The emphasis is on total flexibility, with Zodiac outings taking passengers as close as possible to the wildlife, with time to linger in iconic sites, make a detour to admire the acrobatics of a humpback whale, or land on a beach to greet a vast colony of penguins. These cruises offer unique moments enlightened by the expertise of renowned South Pole specialists, who share their passion and expertise on polar lands they have been roaming for years.
New | Beyond the Polar Circle
For the first time PONANT will be crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle, latitude 66° 33’ 39”.
After calling into the Falkland Islands and sailing through South Georgia, passengers will reach the Antarctic Peninsula via the Polar Circle line.
Ushuaia – Ushuaia (17 days / 16 nights) on Le Soléal.
From $9,957.35 USD
New | Antarctica to Africa
Combining two continents aboard Le Lyrial, PONANT is offering an exceptional voyage from Antarctica to South Africa, taking in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before heading across to the volcanic archipelago of Tristan da Cunha and South Africa’s nature reserves.
Ushuaia – Cape Town (22 days / 21 nights) on Le Lyrial.
From $6,619.04 USD
Take full advantage of the PONANT Bonus
All cruises automatically include the Open Bar, while some benefit from the PONANT BONUS fare for early bookers, with savings up to 30% on the brochure price. Optional pre- and post- cruise programs are available on all itineraries.
The only French-flagged cruise line and world-leader in polar expeditions, PONANT, was founded in 1988 by Jean- Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen Merchant Navy officers. Boasting one of the newest fleet of small luxury ships, today the company is a reference for a new style of high-end cruises and a unique concept for sea travel that combines exceptional itineraries with five-star amenities. In October 2015, PONANT Cultural Cruises and Expeditions was acquired by Artemis Holding Company of the Pinault family, strengthening the brand’s competitive advantage globally.