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Ponant Cruises

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Le Lyrial (Photo: Ponant Cruises)

About Ponant Cruises

European and Americans who have sailed on the cruise line's intimate, upscale ships love the line for its social atmosphere and Mediterranean and exotic itineraries. Good value for money for an upmarket experience with a strong French influence.

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Le Boreal
Le Boreal

9 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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Le Dumont d'Urville
Le Dumont d'Urville (Photo: Ponant)

8 Night
Baltic Sea Cruise

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Le Champlain
Le Champlain (Photo: Ponant)

8 Night
Baltic Sea Cruise

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Le Bellot
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6 Night
World Cruise

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15 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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15 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise

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9 Night
Indian Ocean Cruise

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7 Night
Arctic Cruise

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13 Night
Arctic Cruise

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6 Night
World Cruise

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8 Night
Baltic Sea Cruise

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6 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

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14 Night
U. S. Atlantic Coast Cruise

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U. S. Atlantic Coast Cruise

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Ponant Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Ponant cruise ships?

With the bilingual staff fluent in French and English, the passenger mix is strongly French and European, although a small, but growing number of North Americans are finding the line. The average age on a Ponant cruise is early 60s, and most passengers are married and college educated. There are some designated family-friendly cruises, and the line does offer special rates for kids up to age 17 traveling with their parents, but, in general, you will not find many kids onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Ponant cruise?

We'd say yes. Though there isn't a specific dress code, you'll be uncomfortable if you don't show up for dinner in country club casual dress at the bare minimum. The French passengers generally wear chic designer clothing, high heels for women and jackets and ties for men. The dress code by day is casual, but you won't see shorts, jeans or T-shirts in the evening. Each sailing also hosts one or two gala dinners, where the line recommends a formal cocktail dress or dark suit.

Is everything free on Ponant cruises?

No. One difference between Ponant's cruises and those of other upscale lines is that the onboard pricing is more a la carte. You will pay extra for shore excursions, gratuities, spa and beauty services and other amenities and services, with varying policies for people booking in different countries.

The cruise fare includes all dining on board, beverages at all times (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abele Brut Champagne, spirits, coffee, tea), unlimited Wi-Fi and port taxes.

What are Ponant’s most popular activities?

As elegant as it is, Ponant is an expedition line, so the destination is the center of activities, with presentations from naturalists and various experts enhancing the shore excursions. Lectures are offered separately in French and English.

While sailing, passengers choose their own activities as they feel moved. Many head for the heated seawater pool or the solarium and relax in the hammam. Ponant ships have no casinos but do have comfortable lounges where cruisers often sit to read and chat. In the evenings there is music or cabaret in the theater.

Why go with Ponant?

  • Intimate ships with elegant, yet casual onboard atmosphere.
  • Authentic French cuisine cooked by French chefs.
  • Offers sailings to exotic destinations around the world.

Best for: Luxury expedition travelers, Francophiles and those who would like to sail their own yachts to exotic destinations

Not for: Those who don't enjoy traveling with an international crowd or who adore casinos and a wide choice of entertainment and dining

Ponant Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Fantastic Ship if money is no object

Whilst I would happily pay double that of a 5 star cruise line.Regarding the dining, I would say it was excellent, but comparable to a 5 star cruise at a fraction of the price.Read More
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Acton Cruiser

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Great French company to travel with

Overall, the Ponant team was great and we warmly recommend this expedition to anyone who wants take a tropical expedition in comfort.The ship is in great shape and feels very new.Read More
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SeaSeachers

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Great Experience

To fully experience the cruise, I would recommend that you be able to hike and swim off of zodiacs.All excursions were expedition with an experienced naturalists leading each off ship experience.Read More
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Oceandiver26

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Just About Perfect

We were very happy.Bartenders remembered your drinks and were happy to try something they'd never heard of before.Read More
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PSPGlen

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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