Discover a refined atmosphere in the spirit of a private yacht.
The Ponant fleet includes 12 ships that are specifically designed to welcome aboard a limited number of passengers. Guests can maintain their privacy and feel like they are on their own private yacht, The PONANT yachts cruise to iconic ports around the world, as well as secret harbors, accessible to smaller-sized ships. The state-of-the-art yachts are comprised of PONANT EXPLORERS with 92 cabins. PONANT SISTERSHIPS with 122 to 132 cabins, and the iconic LE PONANT with just 16 cabins. Plus, coming in 2021, the new polar exploration vessel LE COMONDANT CHARCOT with 135 cabins.
The Ponant Sisterships—Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial—epitomize our philosophy: small-capacity yachts perfect for fostering camaraderie, a unique atmosphere, and a subtle combination of luxury, privacy and well-being. Designed in France and built in Italy, each ship has its own color palette and motif, but all share in an elegantly understated aesthetic and European sensibility and craftsmanship.
All the ships are built with 132 cabins and suites for 264 passengers and 140 crew members.
See Voyages of for Le Boréal: Built in 2010
See voyages for L'Austral: Built in 2011
See voyages for Le Soléal:Built 2013
See voyages for Le Lyrial: Built 2015.
Launched between 2018 and 2020 this new series of luxury expedition ships, the EXPLORERS, combine limited capacity, exceptional design, cutting-edge technology and respect for the environment. Each vessel bears the name of a French explorer who set off on adventures beyond the boundaries of the known world in search of new lands. Measuring 420 feet long with just 88 cabins (each with a private balcony) and four suites (each with a plate-glass window and private terrace), the smaller capacity of the new PONANT EXPLORERS offers an intimate atmosphere, while the 110 crew members provide professional and attentive service.
The ships entered service as follows:
Le Lapérouse Built 2018
Le Champlain Built 2018,
Le Bougainville Built 2019
Le Dumont-d’Urville Built 2019
Le Bellot Built 2020
Le Jacques-Cartier Built 2020.
Le Commandant Charcot, the first PC2-class luxury polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice. Thanks to this remarkable new ship, mythical destinations like the Geographic North Pole or Bellingshausen Sea are now available to our guests.
Entering service in 2021 sailing to the worlds most extreme locations in total comfort and luxury with only 135 staterooms and suites, and will run on electricity and liquified natural gas (NLG).
Le Ponant, a magical three-mast sailing yacht, has just 16 cabins, all decorated in a harmonious palette of maritime shades. The ship can welcome 32 passengers for 32 crew members. This casually chic yacht is appreciated for her small size and a design evoking the sea—including a sun deck, outdoor restaurant and direct access to the water from the marina platform. Just as on a private yacht, your extremely exclusive clients will sail with only a limited number of fellow guests who truly love the sea.
As the only French cruise company, PONANT is an ambassador of the “French Touch” around the world. With a highly approachable and attentive crew that speak fluent English, discreet service, refined cuisine and partners that embody the same spirit of excellence and refinement, we do our utmost to maintain our unique cruising philosophy.
PONANT has the youngest expedition fleet afloat—Le Boréal (2010),L’Austral (2011), Le Soléal (2013), Le Lyrial (2015), Le Champlain and Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d'Urville (2019), Le Bellot and Le Jacques-Cartier (2020), and Le Commandant Charcot (2021). PONANT will continue to offer guests the most elegant, most comfortable and most eco-friendly small vessels in the world.
From Zodiac® landings in Antarctica to hikes in the Arctic; from immersion in Japanese culture and revisiting classic Europe, to the natural beauty of the Seychelles, PONANT presents these destinations through a new lens. Each year we offer more than 400 cruises and call at 450 ports on all seven continents.
All-Inclusive Luxury From accommodations and gratuities, to a full meal plan and our signature open bar, your clients are taken care of from the moment they are welcomed on board. Find a complete list of inclusions in lesson six, Welcome On Board.
All-Inclusive Expeditions Everything is included on a PONANT expedition cruise*: Zodiac® outings and shore visits, excursions, lectures, gratuities and parkas and boot rentals (for polar expeditions). *All expeditions include Zodiac landings and some excursions, however on yacht cruises, optional shore excursions are offered at an additional fee.
An Experienced Expedition Team PONANT offers a wide range of voyages to every corner of the globe, each with a program of lectures and excursions carefully designed to include world-class scholars, scientists, authors and performing artists to enrich our guests’ appreciation of the destination.
Zodiac® Outings During expedition voyages, our fleet of Zodiac® crafts make landings ashore in remote, seldom-visited destinations safe and accessible, enabling guests to get as close as possible to ice and fauna. Our Zodiacs® are designed to accommodate small groups of 10 passengers and are easily accessible from the marina platform at the rear of our ships
PONANT views the cultures and traditions of local communities as precious treasures, and we are committed to indigenous populations and associations. When planning every one of our expedition cruises, we work closely with the indigenous populations and specialized Ethnologists. They are the ones who decide what each community wants to share from their cultures and environments.