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The only French cruise line, Ponant is an integral part of France’s great shipping tradition. Based in Marseilles France, the company was established in 1988. Each of their five yachts have their own individual personality and symbolize the art of cruising "à la française” in line with their company philosophy. Their philosophy: to offer small capacity ships providing a unique and subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. The yachts are smooth and quiet to provide maximum comfort offering several numerous eco-friendly features. We invite you to discover the owrld of Ponant.

Fellow Passengers: Although their ships ships attract a mostly French clientele they do have other Europeans and Americans occasionally on board. Travellers tend to be 50+, well to do, well traveled and interested in engaging with the destination. Children below 12 sharing with the parents go free.

Ponant - Destinations

  • Antarctica A cruise to Antarctica will allow you to see one of the last frontier regions on earth. Experience the White continent, a unique combination of adventure and exploration.
  • Asia From temples to skyscrapers, from pagodas to palaces, Asia is blessed with exquisite natural beauty, deep spiritual richness and enriching history.
  • Indian Ocean Journey on a magic voyage through the atolls of the Maldives, India and the Middle east and experience natural aquariums and blue lagoons.
  • Mediterranean Europe & Iberian Peninsula From the man-made luxuries of the French Riviera to the natural ones of the Adriatic, experience Mediteranean anthology, discover the secrets of the Aegean sea and the treasures of the Black Sea.
  • Northern Europe & Greenland Journey through the fairy tail lands of kings and czars, cathedrals and capitals, the call of the legends of the Baltics is not easy to ignore. Voyage through the magic of the ice in Greenland.
  • Red Sea & Persian Gulf Welcome to Arabia - the land of Sultans & Emirs, the land of honey & incense and witness the world in motion.
  • South America & the Caribbean Let  your heart beat to the passionate rhythm of South America, explore Aztec & Inca treasures and revel in the contrasts of South America. Experience the sandy beaches and hidden sectrets of the Caribbean.

Our Ships

Designed to be environmentally friendly, the ship is fitted with innovative equipment and comes equipped with lounges open to the exterior.


Le Champlain successfully combines the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with the comfort and privacy of a cosily intimate ship.


The ship has been designed to provide absolute comfort for the passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and designs.


Le Jacques-Cartier has been designed for expedition, particularly tropical expedition. A modern ship with slender, tapered lines, it is environmentally friendly and equipped with innovative technology.


The indoor swimming pool, the conservatory, the panoramic restaurant, the Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, the Main Lounge, the Observation Lounge, the lobby… Each of the common areas has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement.