The Pinnacle of Expeditions
Ponant, the only French-owned cruise line and the world leader in luxury expeditions, presents its new series of yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS.
Four new yachts will soon be added to the Ponant fleet, confirming the cruise line’s position as the world leader in luxury expeditions. The first two will arrive in time for the Summer 2018 season and the other two for Summer 2019.
The Great Explorers
Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Kerguelen: the names of the 4 ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series pay tribute to great French explorers who set sail to discover new continents.
This choice reflects Ponant’s loyalty to the French flag, the safest in the world according to the Paris MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) ranking for flags in 2013 and 2014. Ponant is the only cruise ship operator flying this flag, a guarantee of environmental quality, ship safety and good working conditions.
The names of the 4 ships also pay tribute to Ponant’s expertise in luxury expeditions and to its legitimacy as world leader: the PONANT EXPLORERS are designed to gain access to the most inaccessible locations and to go further, where others do not go.
Discover exceptional cultures and destinations
As an expert in polar navigation for over 15 years, Ponant has taken no less than 35,000 passengers to the polar regions since the cruise line’s first expedition in 2000. Shore visits and zodiac excursions, exclusive tours to inaccessible places, encounters with the locals, and opportunities to chat with our experienced naturalist guides and expedition leaders punctuate these exceptional trips. From the close contact each day with the crew and the expedition teams made up of passionate experts, to the bridge access and the shore visits and zodiac landings organised in small groups… everything is designed to bring you as close as possible to nature for a thrilling, unforgettable experience.
Ponant continues to establish itself as the benchmark for a new style of cruising that now extends to tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Passengers taking our tropical and sub-tropical expedition cruises will be able to discover Oceania’s lagoons and secret islands, get access to the most pristine sites in South America, or discover the Orinoco River in the Amazon, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, the Indian Ocean and much more. We are bringing you a host of routes to help you discover more about the local culture, flora and fauna.0