Ponant

Embark on a luxury cruise aboard one of our PONANT ships and experience a truly exceptional sea voyage with a difference. PONANT promises you unforgettable moments aboard our sleek and intimately sized cruise yachts, all of which sail under the French flag.

Discover the innovatively designed cruise ship Le Boréal and her three sister vessels: L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial. Experience Le Ponant, our famous three-masted ship, with her 16 staterooms, each combining traditional authenticity with modern comfort; and enjoy the pleasures of Le Lapérouse, a technologically cutting-edge cruise ship, the first in the PONANT EXPLORERS series.

For 30 years now, our luxury cruise ships have been calling at both famous ports and lesser-known anchorages accessible only to smaller ships. As the number one luxury polar cruise operator, we offer a range of discovery expeditions to the majestic landscapes of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Or you may choose from sunny excursions to the heart of the Mediterranean, sea voyages along Celtic coasts and beautiful getaways to the secret islands of the Pacific. Our themed luxury cruises offering unforgettable experiences designed with special interests in mind.

Allow yourself to be tempted by one of our gastronomic cruises featuring cookery workshops hosted by renowned chefs; or a golf cruise in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. Enjoy the opportunity to visit extraordinary locations on one of our many expedition cruises. Discover multi-faceted continents and forgotten lands endowed with natural treasures while experiencing the refined atmosphere and comfort of life on board. Combining wonderful itineraries with top-of-the-range hotel service, our exceptional luxury cruises à la française have been created to deliver quality and excellence through an unprecedented sailing experience. We invite you to discover the world of PONANT.

Ponant' Ships

More about Ponant

For more than 30 years, PONANT has been taking its cruise guests to the planet's most remote, hidden and out-of-the-way locations, places where nature reigns supreme. Making this choice entails responsibilities towards the ecosystems that compose these places and the communities that live in them. In order to stay at the forefront of innovation, the company works on a day-to-day basis to promote a more responsible and more sustainable form of tourism through its PONANT Blue Horizon programme.

PONANT continues to optimise its environmental performance through 6 strategic commitments:

  • Minimise nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions
  • Reduce CO² emissions
  • Eliminate single use plastics
  • Reuse and trace all our waste
  • Embark scientific research teams
  • Support the creation of Marine Protected Areas

Our everyday actions

Our commitment translates to concrete everyday actions, particularly in terms of the controlled and responsible approach we adopt towards what we use and consume onboard our ships, and also in terms of supporting research, awareness-raising and conversation projects around the world.

PONANT Foundation

Established in 2018, the PONANT Foundation's goal is to conserve the oceans and poles and to promote exchanges between populations. In order to do this, we commit to supporting innovative initiatives led by researches, NGO, start-ups or businesses working to preserve oceans, build scientific knowledge about the polar regions and interact with indigenous populations.

An international recognition

PONANT is setting an inspiring example and leading the way. Our actions in favour of the environment are regularly rewarded and relayed at both a national level and internationally.

496 Cruises · 13 Ships

Cruise Regions

  • Mediterranean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Transatlantic
  • Arctic
  • Antarctica
  • N Europe
  • Pacific
  • Atlantic Islands
  • East US/Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Far East
  • West US/Mexico
  • Australasia
  • S America
  • Alaska

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Reasons to Book

Travelling the French way

As the only cruise company sailing under the French flag, PONANT is an exponent for the French way of life across every sea on the globe. On board, this is translated through exceptional services, a multilingual crew and bringing French know-how to the fore.

Exceptional destinations

From secluded ports to secret seas, from forgotten beaches to remote lands, our experts choose itineraries that take you away from major tourist routes so you can enjoy unique cruises and shorelines that few have seen before.

Ships on a human scale

Thanks to our small capacity ships, we can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations. On board, the limited number of passengers means that everybody can enjoy special moments and feel as though they are on a private yacht.

Our commitments

PONANT aims at becoming a world reference in the field of sustainable development in the cruising industry. The environment and ethics are among our main concerns, both in the regions we visit and in our relationships within the company and with our partners.

Members Club

PONANT Yacht Club

Being loyal to PONANT lets you take full advantage of the pleasures of cruising. As members of the PONANT Yacht Club, you will receive personalised attention, exclusive services both on board and on land, and offers not available to other guests.

MAJOR - When you confirm your 2nd cruise

Your benefits are:

  • 5% discount on your future bookings
  • € 50 / $ 55 / AUD 70 onboard credit
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • The opportunity to join the PONANT Yacht Club’s Loyalty cruises

ADMIRAL - When you confirm your 4th cruise

Your benefits are:

  • 7.5% discount on your future bookings
  • 20% discount for onboard expenses, except for excursions
  • €100 onboard credit
  • Complimentary onboard laundry service
  • The opportunity to join the PONANT Yacht Club's Loyalty cruises
  • Possibility of complimentary upgrade, depending on availability

GRAND ADMIRAL - When you confirm your 7th cruise

Your benefits are:

  • 10% discount on your future bookings
  • 25% discount for onboard expenses, except for excursions
  • €150 onboard credit
  • Complimentary onboard laundry service
  • The opportunity to join the PONANT Yacht Club's Loyalty cruises
  • Possibility of complimentary upgrade, depending on availability
  • Change your choice of cruise without incurring charges

COMMODORE - When you confirm your 20th cruise

Your benefits are:

  • 12.5% discount on your future bookings
  • 25% discount for onboard expenses, except for excursions
  • €200 onboard credit
  • Complimentary onboard laundry service
  • The opportunity to join the PONANT Yacht Club's Loyalty cruises
  • Possibility of complimentary upgrade, depending on availability
  • Change your choice of cruise without incurring charges
  • Dedicated phone line
  • Priority boarding