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*Terms and conditions apply. Cruise Taxes are subject to change at anytime up until sailing date and may be charged onboard. Ponant reserves the right to apply a fuel supplement surcharge at anytime and can be charged after final payment Cruise line offers are valid for new bookings only, are not combinable with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Sailing itinerary may vary from what is shown.  Itinerary changes are at cruise lines discretion. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice..Cruise Guru reserves the right to correct any errors inaccuracies or omissions and to change offers, fares and surcharges at any time without notice. Some onboard activities will have a participation charge, please contact guest services on board for full details. Please consult specific deal page for further terms and conditions.  AUD $800 savings per person, maximum $1600 per cabin. Offer valid for clients travelling with PONANT for the 1st time. Not redeemable for cash, not retroactive, not combinable with any other offer unless stated and valid only for new bookings made by 30 April 2019. Credit card fees are not charged for deposit payments via Visa or MasterCard. Final payments will incur a 1.3% merchant fee via Visa or Mastercard. American Express incurs a 2% merchant fee for both deposits and final payments.

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Embark on a luxury cruise aboard one of the Ponant ships for an exclusive and different experience of sea travel. Combining exceptional itineraries with excellent hotel services, Ponant's French-style cruises are designed to offer you a travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and sophisticated.

For over 25 years, Ponant's luxurious ships have been calling in mythical ports and little-known anchorages only accessible to smaller ships. As the leading provider of high-end expedition cruises, they also offer fascinating voyages of discovery in Africa, Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, Caribbean & Cuba, Latin America, North America, Pacific and Oceania, Russia, the Adriatic, Mediterranean and the Arctic.  Accommodating a maximum of 264 passengers, their ships let you maintain your privacy; you feel as if you are sailing on your own private yacht.  A yacht serving the legendary ports of call and secret harbours that are only accessible to small ships.

To discover the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, discover Ponant.






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Ponant invites you to discover – or rediscover – incredible destinations on board its five French-flagged ships: Le Ponant, a three-masted yacht with 32 cabins for a cruise that has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere; L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, three luxurious ships with 132 cabins and elegant, understated exterior and interior lines;  and the latest jewel, Le Lyrial, a fourth sistership with 122 cabins, delivered in 2015.




As the only French cruise company, Ponant is an ambassador of the ‘French Touch’ around the world.  The French Touch means, above all, a French crew to welcome you and ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your cruise.   It also means a way of living in which excellent gastronomy takes pride of place. Every day you will discover fragrant flavours, carefully selected cheeses and wines, delicious specialty breads and sweet pastries imagined by Maison Lenôtre. And, as of very recently, Maison Taillevent now provides its fine selection of vintage wines by the glass, Maison Veuve Clicquot accompanies gala cocktails and the Ladurée bakery has a place of honour for afternoon tea.


128 metres long with just 88 staterooms, each with a private balcony, 4 suites, each with a place glass window and private terrace. Guests onboard Le Champlain and Le Laperouse will find all the special touches that have forged the reputation of Ponant Cruises.

The smaller capacity ships creates an intimate atmosphere, while the 110 crew members provide professional and attentive service. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. These new stars of the Ponant fleet are fitted with movable marina platforms, enabling guests to swim and engage in other activities directly from the ship.

A submersible mini-port provides easy access to a number of nautical activities (kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, and more). You will also discover a world first on board these ships, Blue Eye, a multi-sensory underwater lounge where guests will be able to view the underwater environment surrounding the ship through large transparent glass windows while listening live to the marine world. Then at night, specially designed non-intrusive lighting will be sure to attract fascinating marine life for observation. Ponant's concept of luxury, a different way to travel.



  • All meals while onboard (from dinner on day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain’s Welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands. List available on request)
  • Evening entertainment & events
  • Room Service 24 hours (special selection)
  • Park entry fees into protected areas


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Ponant brings you a wide range of unique cruises for a fascinating experience in the polar seas, in both the Arctic region and Antarctica. Thanks to the smaller size of their new-generation vessels and their specific technical design, as their passenger, you can get as close as possible to a number of exceptional sites while enjoying 5-star comfort that is unique in these extreme regions. Only a few ships worldwide currently enjoy this special proximity with the natural environment and it is what gives Ponant's expedition cruises an air of exclusivity.

Also included in your expedition cruising fare:

  • On select itineraries you will receive a complimentary Parka, which you will be able to take home as a memento of your trip
  • Complimentary boot rental hire
  • A team of expedition specialists, including the Captains, who are experts in extreme navigation, and our naturalist guides, who are experienced expedition leaders and knowledgeable scientists
  • Access to Ponant's Zodiac boats enabling you to get up close and personal with the natural elements of your surrounding environment at any time




Receive AU$1,300 per person air credit when you book on select Central America cruises aboard a luxury Ponant vessel.  Ends 30 June 2019.
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Le Commandant Charcot
Ponant's first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Available to book April 2019

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