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PONANT was established in 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy, and has since become a leader in a new style of luxury cruising promoting the art of sea travel around the world.
It operates all around the world and offers itineraries rich in encounters and discovery. Their fleet has 13 ships, each of them with its own personality, in line with the company philosophy. Their team offers exceptional expeditions into the most remote places on Earth in a five-star environment. Your travel experience with PONANT will be as authentic as it is sophisticated. Thanks to their small capacity ships, PONANT can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations. Onboard, the limited number of passengers means that everybody can enjoy special moments and feel as though they are on a private yacht.
PONANT also aims to become a world leader in the field of sustainable development within the cruising industry, with the environment and ethics being at the heart of the brand, both in the regions they visit and in its relationships within the company and with its partners. The German non-governmental organisation NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), a leader in the field of ecology in Europe, has placed PONANT in first place in its 2020 ranking of the most environmentally friendly cruise lines.
Protecting the polar ecosystems and the coastal sea ice - a vital habitat for marine wildlife - is PONANT's priority. Expertise, innovation, humility before nature, cooperation with local peoples and ensuring a minimum impact on the environment are the fundamental concepts behind responsible exploration.
Embark on an Antarctic cruise with PONANT and sail along the White Continent's picturesque coastlines. Admiring its incredible mountains & glaciers, and amazing wildlife - from king penguins to whales - and navigate through immaculate scenery, exploring on Zodiac boats sailing past glimmering icebergs keeping watch for seals and seabirds. Visiting Antarctica means you will almost certainly succumb to the enchantment of this wondrous and breathtaking land.
If there are any regions that truly evoke the Far North it's the Arctic regions of Greenland, Norway, Iceland & Canada. The scenery in this part of the world is second-to-none, with icebergs, sea ice and volcanic mountain landscapes extending as far as the eye can see. Amidst this incredible scenery, is unique wildlife, including the king of the Arctic - the polar bear. To embark on an Arctic cruise with PONANT is to allow yourself to be completely transported to a world where humans are simply a spectator to an epic show of nature.
Le Boreal is one of the most elegant expedition ships currently operating in Polar regions. It combines luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. It embodies PONANT's signature and can carry up to 264 guests in 132 staterooms and suites. This magnificent yacht is a sister to the L’Austral and Le Soleal and offers a welcoming intimate atmosphere.
Le Soleal is one of the most elegant expedition ships currently operating in the Polar regions. It combines luxury, intimacy and wellbeing, and embodies PONANT's signature of refinement, curiosity and authenticity. Le Soleal can carry up to 264 guests in 132 staterooms and suites. This magnificent yacht is a sister ship to L’Austral and Le Boreal and offers a welcoming intimate atmosphere.
Le Commandant Charcot, the first-ever hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), has made possible the ability to travel to the farthest reaches of the southern and northern hemispheres in a level of luxury never offered before.-Charcot, the first ever hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), has made possible the ability to travel to the farthest reaches of the southern and northern hemispheres in a level of luxury never offered before.
Like all of PONANT's ships, Le Bellot, has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of some of the most remote and isolated regions on earth. A refined design, a softly muted and at the same time convivial ambience together with a deliberately restricted number of cabins all contribute to the modernity of Le Bellot, a unique ship in the world of cruising.
First launched in 2015, Le Lyrial is the very embodiment of a new generation of intimately sized cruise ships by PONANT. Its beautiful exterior and interior lines, make it a yacht of a rare and innovative kind, and its 122 staterooms and suites offer superb sea views.
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