Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions is the only French cruise company in the world and flies the Tricolour flag; bleu, blanc, rouge. With its current five ships, around 175 cruises are organized annually. With Ponant you can visit almost 100 countries on around 7 continents.

Ponant is famous for her expedition cruises and has a long-standing mission to Antarctica and the Arctic. All ready for years Ponant is a world leader in pole cruises.

Ponant has a tradition of 5-star environment cruises, which you will encounter on board to the smallest finesses. That is why this cruise company is often praised for her specialty ships, destinations, quality and extraordinary offers.

Ponant has one three-mast sailing yacht of almost 90 meters and accommodates 32 cabins, a real landmark! In addition, the company has four cruise and expedition ships. The largest of the ships is provided with 132 cabins and suites, the maximum number of passengers is therefore 264. By the end of 2019 four new state of the art ships will be added, these “Explorer fleet” ships all have a maximum of 184 passengers. These ships are all provided for a very pleasant, elegant and well-kept stay. On board, there are Zodiacs for transporting you to the shore, whether it's packed with penguin colonies or for a visit to the beaches in Papua New Guinea, the pebble beaches of eastern Russia or the Alaskan coastline. With Ponant you can visit small and big port cities in Greenland, South America, the USA, Japan, the Mediterranean or New Zealand., Ponant will take you on an unforgettable travel experience.

Ponant takes you along to far distant areas and special places in the world. Due to the relatively small size of the ships, you receive a lot of personal attention from the highly experienced staff, often added with outspoken biologists, physicists, historians and expedition leaders who will inform you in the auditorium.

For almost 30 years, Ponant has made a name, in terms of exclusivity, original shipping routes, and destinations. On board, you will find the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise in a relaxed, but sophisticated atmosphere; "Art de Vivre à la Française". Whether it's about the design, the kitchen (French Michelin star chef Paul Bocuse also determines the refined menus), the wine list, the Salon, the Boutique, the Gym & Spa and of course your elegant cabin or spacious suite. You will experience your stay as a trip on your private yacht, as well caring and intimate as it is. Ponant provides you truly a great experience in the field of yacht cruises.

“Small is Beautiful”

Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Le Boréal
25.02.2018
07.03.2018
10
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 9.480
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia (Argentina)

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel, at the country’s southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park. A cruise in Ushuaia Bay is a perfect way to do some sea lion and Magellanic penguin spotting.

Day 2

At sea - Drake Passage

To reach the mythical White Continent you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

Day 3

At sea - Drake Passage

Day 4

Neko / Paradise Bay (Antarctica)

Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Day 5

Pleneau Island - Port Charcot (Antarctica)

Day 6

Port Lockroy (Antarctica)

On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment.

Day 7

Deception Island - Half Moon (Antarctica)

Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.

Day 8

The Weddell Sea (Antarctica)

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice.

Day 9

At sea, Drake Passage

Day 10

At sea, Drake Passage

Day 11

Ushuaia (Argentina)

Disembarkation. Transfer to the airport. Flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires International (Pistarini) included.

Additional charges: airport, safety & port taxes € 560,-

Please note: itinerary is subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights described illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Table top icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice.., the Antarctic has its own language, which you’ll soon speak fluently!

We are offering you a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula who offers travellers an enchanting polar desert, a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic ice sheet. This is a fascinating journey to the heart of this remote land, Penguins live in their thousands, waddling on the shores, whilst Humpback Whales come and swim alongside ships.

Note: Your cruise prices also include Flights Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires in Economy-class.

Highlights

The highest concentration of wildlife of Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins in Antarctica. Mink and humpback Whales, Weddell seals, sea Leopards and numerous sea birds, like Cape Petrels, Albatrosses, imperial Shags and snow Petrels. The landscape is a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe (or pack ice), calving of imposing icebergs, tall snowy mountains. Visit the research stations and former whaling stations. Hiking is possible on Deception Island, Neko and Paradise Bay. Outings every day in Zodiac®dinghies in The Weddell Sea, Neko Bay and Paradise Bay.

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Ship information

Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Le Lyrial
03.03.2018
24.03.2018
21
Ocean Voyage, Latin America, Antarctica, Africa, From Antarctica to Africa
Fare from € 9.430
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Embarkation.
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

New Island & Grave Cove

This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.
Grave Cove
Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Day 4

Steeple Jason & The Neck, Saunders Island

If one island of the Falklands calls for use of superlatives, it would undoubtedly be Steeple Jason. Located at the extreme north-west corner of the Falklands, the island is home to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. You'll be rapt at the sight of these magnificent birds with black-contoured eyes. Photographers will delight in immortalising the endless ballet of the albatross, who soars majestically and then alights awkwardly amidst nests. Caracaras, gentoo penguins and Magellanic penguins are also abundantly present, as if to prove to the visitor that here nature is king.
The Neck, Saunders Island
The Neck is a narrow stretch of land connecting the two sides of Saunders Island, located on the north-western edge of the Falklands. You'll safely enter these blustery surroundings with the assistance of your naturalist guides. And once there, a reward awaits you: a veritable paradise of endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters. Several bird species, also attracted to this stunning location, have settled here. At the other end of The Neck, you'll encounter Magellanic penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and king penguins, all basking in the beauty of their surroundings.

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

At sea

Day 7

Salisbury Plain, Fortuna Bay & Stromness

Salisbury Plain is home to one of the most unforgettable natural vistas of South Georgia. Formed by the retreat of Grace Glacier, the same majestic peaks that once awed Shackleton still tower over the surrounding land. The island's bluish landscape exudes the magnificence and beauty of unspoilt nature. At the heart of this wild refuge, on the beaches of the bay, lies a colony of 250,000 king penguins. Amidst this sea of black and orange heads, fur seals and their young can be spotted nosing their way through the crowd. Under the pale austral sunlight that reflects off of the plain, flocks of birds are carried by the winds in a graceful show of nature's wonder.
Fortuna Bay
Situated at the foot of sharply-rising mountains, Fortuna Bay is a truly dazzling vision to behold. You’ll marvel at a panorama of cliffs rising up from the icy waters and small streams fed by melting mountain snow meandering through vast green plains. The bay itself bows inward to form a perfect crescent, indented by a torrent. During your excursion, you can follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton or even encounter the 50,000 king penguin couples who call the island their home and whose densely-packed silhouettes form a remarkable silver swath with a sprinkling of brown and bright orange.
Stromness
In May 1916 after a perilous two-week journey on the James Caird followed by an hours-long trek across South Georgia, Sir Ernest Shackleton arrived in Stromness. There, at long last, he found the help needed to rescue his men stranded on Elephant Island. A former Norwegian whaling station, Stromness is now off limits to visitors. Crumbling pieces of abandoned buildings can be swept up by the wind, posing a danger for visitors who get too close. From your Zodiac®, however, you'll still get a good glimpse of the island's fur seals, who have completely reclaimed the beach and village.

Day 8

Saint Andrews Bay & Grytviken

Facing out towards the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean, you'll safely disembark along Saint Andrews Bay with the assistance of your naturalist guides. This bay bears a gift that is sure to enchant photographers. From the bay's long grey-sand beach, home to abundant fur seals and elephant seals, you can easily access a vast glacial trough bordered by steep mountainsides and enclosed by Ross Glacier. Here, at the heart of this valley, lies the climax of your visit: the largest colony of king penguins on the South Georgia Islands. You'll be witness to a surreal visual and auditory experience: entire hillsides covered with adult penguins dutifully going back and forth from land to water in order to feed their young.
Grytviken
The Grytviken stopover is a highlight of South Georgia Island. This former whaling station, now a ghost town, is set against a serene backdrop of ochre-coloured earth. Vestiges of the whaling industry are still very much present, particularly old whale bones and remnants of shipwrecks. Grytviken's other historical point of interest is the grave of famous adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton. During the legendary Endurance expedition (1914-1917) Shackleton and his men survived against all odds after having been trapped in pack ice for several months. The series of exploits leading to their rescue will remain forever etched in the annals of Antarctic exploration.

Day 9

Gold Harbour & Cooper Bay

Majestic glaciers with a bluish sheen, waterfalls that reflect the rays of the setting sun, pitch-black volcanic sand beaches: these are just a few of the wonders to be found in Gold Harbour's landscape. This natural gem is blanketed by bright green tussocks and framed by snow-capped peaks. On this island where summer days are endless, the wildlife stays up with the sun. Fur seals, elephant seals and king penguins move about the island like tiny black dots along the landscape. Those humans who enter this kaleidoscope of colours and sensations do so as privileged and tolerated observers of the austral wildlife.
Cooper Bay
Take a seat in one of our Zodiac® dinghies and head out to explore Cooper Bay, near Gold Harbour. It was named after the first lieutenant of the famous sailor, Captain James Cook, and the bay offers a quite unexpected sight, with long basalt canyons forming high cliffs that loom over a turquoise-blue water. In the centre of the bay, a magical atmosphere reigns when just a few rays of sunshine pierce the gauzy layer formed by the morning mist. The craggy coastlines are home to colonies of macaroni penguins who pay close attention to the arrival of our tiny crafts.

Day 10

At sea

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

At Sea

Day 13

At sea

Day 14

Tristan da Cunha

A small British archipelago discovered in the 16th century by the Portuguese sailor after whom it was named, Tristan da Cunha is made up of several islands scattered off the South-African coast. Most of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your cruise, you will discover the archipelago’s eponymous main island, offering visitors basalt land lulled by the swell, home to the only village in the chain of islands, and topped with a volcano.

Day 15

Nightingale Island

This small active volcanic island of 3 km2 belongs to the isolated Tristan da Cunha island chain, far out in the South Atlantic. Totally uninhabited, the island is visited only by researchers for whom it offers a rich field of observation. The island is colonised by over a million birds, including great shearwaters and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, two iconic species of these Subantarctic waters.

Day 16

Gough Island

Located in the midst of the Roaring Forties winds, this small uninhabited volcanic island is the remotest of the Tristan da Cunha islands. Stopovers here are no easy feat and require authorisation. But even from your Zodiac®, you'll have a chance to take in the beauty of this wild island, lined by steep cliffs that plunge dramatically into the ocean. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gough Island harbours one of the largest colonies of seabirds in the world. Endemic species include the Gough finch and the Gough moorhen. Along with its ‘little sister’, Inaccessible Island, Gough constitutes one of the most well-preserved natural sites in the world, virtually unaltered by man.

Day 17

At sea

Day 18

At sea

Day 19

At sea

Day 20

At sea

Day 21

Cape of Good Hope (sailing) & Cape Town

Located at the southern tip of the African continent, the Cape of Good Hope was originally dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, due to its position at the confluence of two opposing ocean currents. One of the most iconic sites on the planet, the area is a veritable paradise for a number of marine animal species. The cape is one of three promontories offering a breathtaking view onto Table Mountain National Park, a stunning 7,000-km2 stretch of greenery. From your ship, you'll take in the impressive scene of clear ocean waves crashing against steep, towering cliffs.

Day 22

Cape Town

Disembarkation. Dynamic and peaceful, cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. We invite you to discover this incredible city, the South African capital of fashion, the art of living, and gastronomy. Further on, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve awaits you and is home to a wide variety of endemic fauna and flora.

Overview

Ocean Voyage, From Antarctica to Africa

Ponant invites you to take a long-haul journey from Ushuaia, the mythical city of the Tierra del Fuego and Cape Town, in South Africa, near the Cape of Good Hope.
You will set sail aboard Le Lyrial for a 22-day expedition cruise discovering the emblematic sites of Antarctica.
In particular, you will call at the unspoiled Falkland Islands and the islands of South Georgia. Lands of adventure with a rich and fascinating wildlife: King Penguins, humpback whales, elephant seals or Commerson’s dolphins.
During this cruise between two continents, you will visit three of the remotest British Overseas Territories.
Tristan da Cunha is a volcanic, mountainous island remarkable for its peak culminating at more than 2000 metres, Gough Island is home to one of the largest colonies of seabirds in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Nightingale Island is home to many penguins.

Please Note: your voyage rates include Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

Highlights

Enjoy spectacular scenery & extraordinary array of wildlife of Antarctica. Take one same cruise from Antarctica to Africa. Possibility of outings and shore visits in a Zodiac® with a team of experienced naturalist guides. Wildlife: colonies of king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals in South Georgia. Magellanic penguins and Commerson’s dolphins in the Falkland Islands. Discover the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, where many of the islands are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Round the Cape of Good Hope.  Sail across the Atlantic.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

L' Austral
06.03.2018
15.03.2018
9
Australia and NZ, Australian Getaway
Fare from € 4.010
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Travelroute
Day 1

Sydney

Nestled in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney is both trendy and classic, the object of many a fantasy. Composed of ocean and light, of sailors and businessmen, this city alone inspires many travelers to visit the “Land Down Under”. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the elegant silhouettes of the Blue Mountains, it encapsulates the Australian way of life: surfing beaches, quiet suburbs, skyscrapers, Victorian cottages and tropical gardens. Sydney is filled with history and harmoniously blends old world charm and ultra-modern architecture, with its sail-shaped Opera House which sits alongside the historic district of The Rocks as the Harbour Bridge stretches across the bay.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Fraser Island

Lying off the coast of Queensland just south of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser is the world’s largest sand island. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 for its outstanding natural universal values. Fraser Island is characterised by long uninterrupted white beaches, strikingly coloured sand cliffs, majestic tall rainforests and numerous crystal clear freshwater lakes. Called K'gari by its Aboriginal inhabitants, the island contains many sites of archaeological, social and spiritual significance dating back more than 5,000 years. After a short tender transfer ashore, Guests can enjoy a coach tour of Fraser Island taking in Lake McKenzie, the rainforest at Central Station and the giant stands of Satinay trees at Pile Valley.

Day 5

Lady Elliot Island

Day 6

Percy Island

Day 7

Hardy Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres along Australia’s tropical East Coast. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Hardy reef is home to the innovatively designed Reefworld pontoon, ideally situated in shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions. You will be transferred by zodiac to the Pontoon which provides easy access to the aquatic realm either by semi-submersible, underwater viewing chamber, snorkelling or diving. There is also undercover seating and tables, sun decks, freshwater showers and change rooms.

Day 8

Willis Island

Day 9

Lizard Island

Day 10

Cairns

Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s North-East Coast. The postcard streets of the city centre are bordered with mansions featuring colonnaded balconies. On the seafront, you can walk alongside a stroll in the shade of the palm trees and contemplate the luxuriant hillsides surrounding the city. These hills are the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

Overview

Australian Getaway

Allow yourself to fall under the spell of this itinerary in Australia that has been specially designed for travellers looking for unspoiled islands and turquoise lagoons.
From Sydney, the city of all the delights, you will set sail aboard L’Austral for a 10-day expedition cruise to discover the treasures of the Coral Sea.
Highlights
Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. Between endless beaches, lush tropical rainforests and freshwater lakes, you will discover an area of rare beauty. Visit Lizard Island. Located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this island extends over nearly 1,000 hectares and is home to sublime white sandy beaches edged by a coral reef with an exceptional ecosystem. Reach the Hardy Reef, which boasts unique marine biodiversity. You will be able to enjoy exclusive access to the Reefworld pontoon where a large number of activities will be available. Comfortably ensconced on the outer decks of L’Austral, you will see Cairns appear on the horizon, with its many colonial buildings and its picturesque port, and enjoy an exceptional panorama over the surrounding natural environment.

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Ship information

L' Austral

In May 2011, L' Austral joined Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

Le Boréal
07.03.2018
20.03.2018
13
Latin America, Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
Fare from € 7.540
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel, at the country’s southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park. A cruise in Ushuaia Bay is a perfect way to do some sea lion and Magellanic penguin spotting.

Day 2

Navigation Cape Horn & the Beagle Channel

Day 3

Crossing Magellan Strait

Day 4

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 5

Puerto Natales

Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

Day 6

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Tortel

A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Puerto Montt

Picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colourful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lake region. Here, you’ll discover the fine heritage of its colonial past, especially the Plaza de Armas and the neoclassical cathedral. The panorama at the Manuel Montt lookout gives stunning views of the bay’s sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue is conducive for relaxation and walking. You can explore the surrounding quaint villages among which Puerto Varas and Frutillar are the most charming.

Day 11

Castro Chiloe

Day 12

At sea

Day 13

Valparaiso

Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 14

Valparaiso

Disembarkation.

Additional charges: airport, safety and port taxes: € 666,-

Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Aboard Le Boréal, discover the Pacific coast of South America and colonial style of the cities of Chile. Chile, the slender strip of land immortalised by Pablo Neruda, runs between the Andes and the Ocean, offering you its richly contrasting landscapes and its pristine lands.

From Puerto Natales, do not miss the Tores del Paine National Park, at the southern tip of Chile. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, where the unspoiled nature is rivalled only by the intense colours of the sky.

Tortel is a little Patagonian village at the end of the world, clinging to a hillside and blessed with unrivalled architecture: houses on stilts, walkways that are an invitation for a stroll, endless flights of stairs – this village offers a panorama where the “streets” follow the contours of the coastline.

Fall in love with Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lake District”, whose beauty is renowned worldwide. The city and its harbour appear on the horizon, revealing their treasures within a unique and rare setting.

Please note: flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia is included.

Highlights

Sailing to the heart of the Chilean fjords. The port of Puerto Montt, capital of the “Lake District” and its captivating landscapes. The typical Patagonian village of Tortel, its houses on stilts, footbridges and endless streets. Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park, a reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ship information

Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Le Boréal
07.03.2018
20.03.2018
13
Latin America, Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
Fare from € 7.540
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Day 2

Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

It's at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre-high cliff, South America's southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

Day 3

Crossing Magellan Strait

This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

Day 4

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 5

Puerto Natales

Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

Day 6

Sailing in Chilean Fjords

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Tortel

A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Puerto Montt

A picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colourful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lakes District.ᅠ Here, you'll discover reminders of its colonial past at the Plaza de Armas and neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout offers stunning views of the bay's sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for a relaxing walk and the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar are well worth a visit.

Day 11

Castro Chiloe

At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightly coloured wooden houses in stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Indeed, before reaching Castro, it is likely that you will have witnessed a truly authentic aquatic ballet, where seals and porpoises swim noseto - nose with our ship.

Day 12

At sea

Day 13

Valparaiso

Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 14

Valparaiso

Disembarkation

Overview

Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Aboard Le Boréal, discover the Pacific coast of South America and colonial style of the cities of Chile. Chile, the slender strip of land immortalised by Pablo Neruda, runs between the Andes and the Ocean, offering you its richly contrasting landscapes and its pristine lands.
From Puerto Natales, do not miss the Tores del Paine National Park, at the southern tip of Chile. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, where the unspoiled nature is rivalled only by the intense colours of the sky.
Tortel is a little Patagonian village at the end of the world, clinging to a hillside and blessed with unrivalled architecture: houses on stilts, walkways that are an invitation for a stroll, endless flights of stairs – this village offers a panorama where the “streets” follow the contours of the coastline.
Fall in love with Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lake District”, whose beauty is renowned worldwide. The city and its harbour appear on the horizon, revealing their treasures within a unique and rare setting.
Please note: flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia is included.
Highlights
Sailing to the heart of the Chilean fjords. The port of Puerto Montt, capital of the “Lake District” and its captivating landscapes. The typical Patagonian village of Tortel, its houses on stilts, footbridges and endless streets. Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park, a reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Le Boréal
20.03.2018
01.04.2018
12
Latin America, Cordillera & Andean Secrets
Fare from € 4.115
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Day 1

Valparaiso (Chile)

Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 2

Coquimbo (Chile)

The seaside city of Coquimbo, is located on the Chilean coast half way between Peru and Patagonia.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Iquique (Chile)

Coastal town in the north of Chile, capital of the Tarapacà region, Iquique enjoys a unique location between the Pacific and the cliffs of the Cordillera de la Costa. Although the bustle of its harbour makes this a modern city, it also has many admirable relics from Chile’s past. You’ll love to stroll in the old centre, which is one of many preserved structures, such as the old aristocratic district of Paseo Baquedano or the neoclassical style municipal theatre.

Day 5

Arica (Chile)

Day 6

Matarani (Peru)

On the southern coast of Peru, the port of Matarani is the doorway into the Arequipa region, one of the most prosperous in the country. From the city, you can get to the famous city of Arequipa, overlooked by three majestic volcanoes, the Misti, the Chacani and the Pichu Pichu. Apart from the Andean mountains, the Matarini region also houses impressive landscapes of desert, scattered with green oasis.

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Pisco (Peru)

Day 9

Callao (Peru)

Very close to the capital, Lima, you’ll find the large port of Callao, a real doorway into and out of Peru. From the city, you can see San Lorenzo island. If you turn round to look inland, it’s the King Philip fortress that you’ll see first. Built in the Vauban style, it houses the Peruvian army museum. The imposing military building doesn’t detract from Callao’s laid-back lifestyle. You’ll notice its typical squares, colourful houses, and closed balconies that make up the decor in the city’s historical neighbourhoods.

Day 10

Callao (Peru)

Day 11

Salaverry (Peru)

Day 12

At Sea

Day 13

Guayaquil (Ecuador

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

Additional charges: safety and port taxes, from € 565,- pp

Overview

Cordillera & Andean Secrets

Comfortably settled on board Le Boréal, join us to discover the Pacific Coast of South America.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Patagonia volcanoes to the arid deserts of the high Andean plateaus, this is a land charged with history.
The Peruvian coast has conserved some truly incredible treasures and sites, including ports where you will drop anchor for a short break – or several days of eternity.
Highlights
Discover the ancient Inca Empire and its stunning slumbering citadels. Visit Iquique and its exceptional historic centre inherited from the Gold Rush. Find Humberstone, a disused mining town where the buildings now house museums listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover Arica, the ‘city of eternal spring’ where the climate is temperate and sunny year round, is very popular for its beautiful beaches and its sites brimming with history. Visit the ancient city of Cusco, discovered in 1533 by the conquistadors, as well as the famous site of Machu Picchu, an architectural gem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Le Lyrial
24.03.2018
01.04.2018
8
Africa, Along the South-African Coastline
Fare from € 2.740
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Day 1

Cape Town (South Africa)

Embarkation from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Day 2

Cape Town (South Africa)

Dynamic and peaceful, cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. We invite you to discover this incredible city, the South African capital of fashion, the art of living, and gastronomy. Further on, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve awaits you and is home to a wide variety of endemic fauna and flora.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

Day 5

Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

Day 6

At sea

Day 7

Richards Bay (South Africa)

Day 8

Durban (South Africa)

As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you will be able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, you will be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture will be revealed to you and you will be treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.

Day 9

Durban (South Africa)

Disembarkation

Additional charges: safety and port taxes from: € 390,-

Overview

Along the South-African Coastline

At the crossroads of Atlantic and Indian Oceans, embark on a 9-day cruise between Cape Town, mother-city of the country, and Durban, a cosmopolitan seaside city.

This journey in South Africa will also allow you to discover Port Elizabeth, nicknamed “the friendly city” for its welcoming inhabitants, and Richards Bay, the largest port in the country.

A land of ethnic diversity, South Africa is often described as “a world in one country”. Its incredible melting pot of cultures, religions, and histories infuse its rich heritage. The diversity of fauna and flora is also one of South Africa’s treasures: the nation is home to three of the largest terrestrial mammals—the elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus—and its plant life alone represents one tenth of the world’s botanic heritage, with some 25.000 species.

Between its bustling metropolises and its breathtaking natural beauty, we invite you to discover the two contrasting sides of this incredible country.

Highlights

Discover Port Elizabeth, nicknamed “the friendly city” for its welcoming inhabitants, and Richards Bay, the largest port in the country • Explore cosmopolitan Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city. The city had a major makeover leading up to the 2010 World Cup, with a sleek new stadium and a revamped waterfront.

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Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

Le Boréal
01.04.2018
14.04.2018
13
Latin America, Treasures of Central America
Fare from € 5.830
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Day 1

Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Quepos (Costa Rica)

Not far from the virgin forest of Manuel Antonio national park, Quepos is a welcoming stopover located on the Pacific coast. Its waterfront has an array of stalls of pineapple and banana vendors, and it’s nice to wander here in the shade of manchineel trees. In the lush green and floral streets, houses with stunningly carved balconies line the town which is laid out in grid form. You’ll also have some time for a spot of shopping in the plentiful traditional boutiques where you’ll find hand-crafted cotton clothes, ceramics with Costa Rican designs, and decorative objects in hand-painted wood.

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala)

Located on the Pacific coast, 100 kilometres south of the capital, the city of Puerto Quetzal is the largest port in the country. Close to the city, the ravishing little old city of Antigua, is a former colonial capital listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You’ll admire the wealth of its historical monuments.

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua)

Considered the Nicaraguan surfing capital, the attractive seaside resort of San Juan del Sur is the ideal place for letting go and revelling in the waves. Looking out on the Pacific, you will be charmed by this fishing harbour-come-seaside holiday destination. Nestling in the crook of a curved bay, apart from its long white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, this town will win you over with its natural landscapes of steep rocks and green hills. If you are looking for a touch of tranquillity, far from the madding crowd, ravishing creeks garnish the coastline around San Juan del Sur. Come and play in the shining rollers!

Day 9

Herradura (Costa Rica)

Herradura takes its name in Spanish from the horseshoe form of its bay, covered in lush tropical vegetation, its beauty enhanced by the hills that loom over it. This small town is surrounded by national parks that are remarkable for the rich variety of fauna and flora they protect. When your ship calls here, it will be the moment to take a journey in small covered boats along the Tarcoles River, whose banks are home to crocodiles and iguanas. This mangrove also hosts the loyal and flamboyant Scarlet Macaw, with its red, blue and yellow plumage, known for mating with the same partner for life.

Day 10

Golfito (Costa Rica)

Day 11

Coiba (Panama)

Coiba Island once housed a prison with a sinister reputation that has since been abandoned. Today the island is a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers many activities. Experience the emotion of the first explorers by heading deep into the virgin rainforest, untouched by human hand, and carve a path for yourself through the creepers, under the watchful gaze of the multitudes of birds. You may be lucky enough to see the Howler Monkey, only visible here. To conclude this unique adventure, take a dip in the turquoise waters of the unspoiled beaches on the island, among the sea turtles and the tropical fish swimming elegantly through the coral reefs.

Day 12

Fuerte Amador (Panama)

Day 13

Colon (Panama)

Day 14

Colon (Panama)

Disembarkation

Overview

Treasures of Central America

Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama… A cruise in Central America offers a myriad of destinations.

Experience something unique that inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: the crossing of the legendary Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this masterpiece of engineering will allow you to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

From port to port, Le Boréal will allow you to discover at your own pace a concentration of architectural treasures, combined with the most beautiful natural riches.

Incorporating the discovery of vast open spaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this cruise will be rich in emotions.

Highlights

Discover a condensed overview of Central America’s architectural gems and most stunning natural treasures through an exceptional itinerary. Stop in Quepos, the gateway to one of Costa Rica’s finest natural treasures, the Manuel Antonio National Park. Combining lush tropical rainforest and abundant wildlife, this unspoiled park is fringed with idyllic beaches. Visit Antigua Guatemala. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city, overlooked by majestic volcanoes, is often considered to be the country’s most beautiful. Journey back in time as you discover the Embera tribe. These proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life. Cross the mythical Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this marvel of engineering will take you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Le Ponant
09.04.2018
01.05.2018
22
Ocean Voyage, Caribbean, The Mediterranean, Santiago de Cuba - Nice
Fare from € 4.040
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Day 1 to 23 (22 nights)

Santiago de Cuba - Nice

During these voyages there are no ports of call (except possibly for technical reasons), nor any onboard entertainment or speakers, and no transfers are provided. Likewise the catering is less elaborate than for other cruises. To enable you to embark as early as possible, we suggest you spend the night near the port the day before the ship is due to leave. At the end of your cruise we recommend that you book an evening flight on the day of disembarkation, or one the next day.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Santiago de Cuba – Nice

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.

For this 23-day transatlantic cruise aboard Le Ponant, you will set sail from Santiago de Cuba, capital of the province of the same name. The country’s second city, its historic district is still imprinted with the past and boasts some beautiful colonial buildings.

After a few days at sea, you will call at Saint George’s in the Bermuda Islands, and can take the time to visit this authentic and picturesque city founded in 1612, its fortifications listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your yacht will then chart a course east to reach the Portuguese town of Ponta Delgada, capital of the Azores. Lying on the south side of the island of São Miguel, this lively city is home to beautiful churches as well as buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

During the days before you disembark in Nice, you can relax on the sundeck, admire the waves from the Observatory, share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Le Ponant

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Le Soléal
11.04.2018
19.04.2018
8
The Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Vineyards & Grands Crus
Fare from € 3.530
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Day 1

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

Day 2

Leixoes

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixoes lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares de Reis museum. The Sao Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

Day 3

At sea

Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone’s throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The centre can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. You’ll want to dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that’s both moist and crunchy. Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks. La Coruña stands on a peninsula in north-west Spain. As you enter the harbour, you can see the imposing Castillo de San Antón, which houses archaeological collections from Galicia. In the old town, you’ll travel back in time as you meander through the streets from the medieval church of Santiago to the contemporary Domus building, a museum dedicated to human biology and psychology. Brightly coloured tramways connect to the waterfront, on one side, Riazor beach, and on the other, the Hercules tower: this lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its history dating back to Antiquity.

Day 4

Bilbao

Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country, is one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe. Its architectural audacity as well as its ancient built heritage will take you on a journey between traditions and innovations. An unusual cable car will allow you to reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a unique construction of stone, glass and titanium, designed by the architect Frank Gehry and home to a collection of modern art and contemporary monumental sculpture.  The narrow streets of the old city and the unmissable Ensanche district are also worthy of a visit, as is the Vizcaya bridge, the world’s first ever transporter bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5

Pauillac

Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.

Day 6

Bordeaux

Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

Day 7

Bordeaux

Day 8

Île-d'Aix

Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

Day 9

Lorient

Rebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War, Lorient is known as the town of five ports: the military port (the Keroman submarine base is designed to hold twenty or so submarines and their crew), a pleasure port, a fishing port which is the second largest in France, a commercial port and a passenger port. There are two unmissable visits: the museum space dedicated to submarines, home to a submarine named Flore and located in the former German military base, and the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, an interactive sailing museum about yachting and the great sea races.  Let yourself fall under the charm of the view from the Port-Louis citadel and the quays, evoking the prosperous past of this Breton town, coloured with silks and spices.

Overview

Vineyards & Grands Crus

With a brand new itinerary, we invite you to discover the famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux on a cruise that lies between vineyards and the ocean.

From Lisbon, you will set sail on board Le Soléal for a 9-day cruise on the theme of Gastronomy and Oenology.

From the port of Leixões, you will head to Porto. The capital of the Northern region, this “city of granite” is notably renowned for its wine but also for its remarkable historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your next call, Bordeaux, in South-West France, is the world wine capital. You will be seduced by the region’s rich wine-making tradition as well as it its gastronomy and renowned specialities, such as the famous cannelé bordelais pastry.

Then you’ll call at the Île-d’Aix, the most southernmost of the Ponant Isles from which the company took its name. Listed as an ‘outstanding natural site’, it can be discovered only on foot or by bike: with its marshes, vineyards, sandy coves, cliffs and beaches, it offers an incredible diversity of landscapes.

Your voyage will draw to an end at Lorient, “the five port city”. Here you will admire its fortress, the largest of the 20th century, designed to house around twenty submarines and their crews.

Highlights

An exceptional cruise based on wine, discovering vineyards that are amongst the most beautiful in Europe. From Pauillac, an exceptional visit of the prestigious estate of Château Latour. Unesco World Heritage Sites: the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon (embarkation port), the Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao, the Port of the Moon in Bordeaux, Fort Liédot on the Île-d’Aix. An overnight stay in Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine built along the Garonne River, with is sumptuous classical buildings.

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Le Soléal

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Soléal like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant's signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

Le Boréal
21.04.2018
01.05.2018
10
Ocean Voyage, Caribbean, The Mediterranean, Fort de France - Lisbon
Fare from € 1.700
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 11 (10 nights)

Fort de France (Martinique) - Lisbon (Portugal)

During these voyages, we are offering you an entirely sea-based crossing, there are no ports of call (except possibly for technical reasons), nor any onboard entertainment or speakers, and no transfers provided. Likewise the catering is less elaborate than for other cruises. Although no entertainment is organised, you are free to discover what life is like aboard our ships by spending time with the crew who will be happy to share their experiences with you. To facilitate embarkation, we suggest that you spend the night before departure in the city that your ship leaves from. Similarly, on the day of disembarkation we advise you to reserve a flight that leaves at the end of that day or the day after your arrival.

Additional charges: port Charges € 200,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Fort de France – Lisbon

Between two seas or between two continents, our ships invite you on board for their Sea Voyages several times a year.

Sea lovers, dreamers, keen observers of the endless horizon are invited to these non-stop trips, which allow you to enjoy the convenience of ships and share the lives of crews.

Highlights

Relax on the deck, keep fit in the sauna, enjoy the pool or the gym… Share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, visit the captain on the bridge and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Ship information

Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

 

Le Lyrial
26.04.2018
03.05.2018
7
Africa, The Mediterranean, Civilizations & Mythologies
Fare from € 2.940
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Travelroute
Day 1

Aqaba

Embarkation
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa, and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

Day 2

At sea

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

Day 3

Crossing the Suez Canal

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

Day 4

Alexandria

The mythical Alexandria is a port city in the Nile Delta. Its rich history has always been the source of dreams for archaeologists, writers and artists around the world. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city was mainly known for its library and its monumental lighthouse. The library aimed to be a storehouse of universal knowledge, while the lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Both are now destroyed. Alexandria is also the place where began the legendary love story between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. For centuries, this city was one of the greatest cultural centres in the Mediterranean and its landmarks now provide a fascinating glimpse into its proud past.

Day 5

Rhodes

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 6

Patmos

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

Day 7

Nafplio

The engaging town of Nafplio is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Day 8

Athens

Disembarkation
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

Overview

Civilizations & Mythologies

From Jordan to Greece via Egypt, we bring you a new itinerary combining history and archaeology.

Over 8 days, Le Lyrial will take you to legendary places between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

From Aqaba in Jordan, you will cross the famous Suez Canal, which was built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade.

The crossing will enable you to reach Egypt and the shores of Alexandria. This legendary city has fascinated visitors since it was founded 2,300 years ago by Alexander the Great, who gave it his name.

Today, it is Egypt’s most cosmopolitan city and its second-largest in terms of population size. Although its mythical lighthouse and ancient library are now just distant memories, Alexandria is home to many unusual sights such as its old town, its museums, Diocletian’s column (Pompey’s Pillar), and its necropolises.

Le Lyrial will then take you to Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and, like Alexandria, it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.

We will then head back to the coast, to the charming town of Nafplio, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Highlights

From Jordan to Greece via Egypt, take a deep-dive into history and discover wonderful archaeological sites. A cruise runs in partnership with MuCEM, the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the gothic and medieval city of Rhodes, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port). Sailing in the Red Sea and crossing the Suez Canal. A new port of call: Alexandria, a mythical port since Antiquity.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

The fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.