PONANT – 100 departures, 32 expeditions, new itineraries

PONANT-F.Lefebvre - Zodiac tropical expeditions

PONANT-F.Lefebvre – Zodiac tropical expeditions

PONANT – 100 departures, 32 expeditions, new itineraries

For October 2019 – April 2020, in addition to the Antarctic itineraries already on sale, PONANT has opened bookings for more than 100 departures featuring 27 brand-new itineraries. The only French-owned cruise line and the world leader in luxury expedition cruises features new destinations including Mexico, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Nearly 100 departures and 32 tropical expedition cruises

From the pre-Columbian civilisations of the Yucatan to the most important sites of the Ancient World in the Red Sea, via the nature reserve of the Aldabra Atoll, for October 2019 – April 2020 PONANT is offering nearly 100 departures in Oceania, the Indian Ocean and Asia plus the Caribbean and Latin America.

The company is doubling the number of tropical expeditions thanks to the arrival of the first four PONANT EXPLORERS: Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville. These ships have just 92 staterooms and are at the cutting edge of technology with innovative equipment for protecting the environment. In addition, these vessels will be fitted with a world first – the Blue Eye, an underwater multi-sensory lounge that allows passengers to observe the underwater world at first hand.

PONANT©f.Lefebvre - Seychelles 1

PONANT©f.Lefebvre – Seychelles

Brand-new itineraries at the heart of the Indian Ocean

PONANT is offering a selection of 15 tropical expedition cruises, led by an experienced team of naturalist-guides, with plenty of opportunities for exploring in Zodiacs.

Guests will discover the Seychelles: visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Vallée de Mai nature reserve on Praslin Island, and Aldabra, the largest raised atoll in the world, discovering the Aride Island nature reserve, 73 hectares of colourful vegetation and more than one million birds, or the red lands of the granitic Curious Island, with the possibility of diving and snorkelling.

For the very first time, thanks to a new itinerary, passengers will also have the possibility of visiting the other Vanilla Islands: Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius, the Comoro Islands, and Mayotte.

Highlights
 
            • 115 departures
            • 32 expedition cruises
            • Plus 23 polar expedition cruises in Antarctica – Discover the cruises
            • 27 brand-new itineraries
            • 6 geographic areas & 3 new destinations: Mexico, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean
            • UNESCO World Heritage sites 
            • Nature reserves
            • SCUBA Diving expeditions

Close-Up on 5 Brand New Itineraries: 

At the heart of the Indian Ocean

PONANT invites its passengers to discover the Vanilla Islands, including the Seychelles and the Scattered Islands, thanks to five brand-new itineraries.  A dusting of islands scattered on the Indian Ocean, passengers will be able to visit a number of the islands of the Seychelles, a true paradise lost where the exceptional vegetation and wildlife add to the beauty of the idyllic lagoons.

Passengers can also discover the riches of the other Vanilla Islands: Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius, the Comoro Islands, and Mayotte.

PONANT©f.Lefebvre - Seychelles

PONANT©f.Lefebvre – Seychelles

Essential Seychelles
Seychelles and the Aldabra Atoll – Zanzibar and the treasures of the Indian Ocean – the Vanilla Islands – Madagascar, Reunion Island and Mauritius
Aboard Le Bougainville and Le Lyrial
14 departures from 6 December 2019
From $,5250 per person twin share in a Deluxe Stateroom

The Mayan treasures of the Yucatan
A brand-new itinerary to the heart of Yucatan, to discover the secrets of the pre-Columbian civilisations. Guests can visit the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzà, explore the pre-Columbian city of Uxmal and discover its exceptional architectural heritage, a vestige of the colonial era and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Puerto Morelos to Puerto Morelos
Aboard Le Champlain
6 departures from 2 November 2019
From $3,990 per person twin share in a Deluxe Stateroom

Belize and the Mayan treasures
An exceptional cruise combining four Central American countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Highlights: visit to the Mayan archaeological park of Quirigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovering the Guatemalan town of Livingston, swimming, diving and snorkelling at the Great Blue Hole of Belize, one of the ten most beautiful diving sites in the world according to Jacques Cousteau.

From Puerto Morelos to Puerto Morelos
Aboard Le Champlain
7 departures from 9 November 2019
From $3,990 per person twin share in a Deluxe Stateroom

Treasures of the Red Sea
A brand-new cruise in the Red Sea, discovering some of the most important sites of the Ancient World, from Jordan to Egypt via Israel. Passengers will have the possibility of visiting stunning ancient sites such as the Temples of Luxor, Karnak and Hatchepsout, the Valley of the Kings, and the tombs of Tutankhamun, Nefertari and Seti I. Le Ponant will sail in the Red Sea, home to some of the best underwater sites in the world.

From Aqaba to Aqaba
Aboard Le Ponant
12 departures from 14 December 2019
From $5,770 per person twin share in a Marie Galante Stateroom

About PONANT

Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships. 

Information & Reservations

Details of all PONANT voyages including itineraries, pricing, and shore excursion highlights are available at au.ponant.com

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62, or email reservations.aus@ponant.com to request more information or assistance.

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