Ponant, a leader in luxury expedition cruising, offers a range of unforgettable journeys to some of the world’s most remote and unique destinations. From the icy wilderness of Svalbard to the pristine beauty of Antarctica and the vibrant cultures of French Polynesia, Central America, and Papua New Guinea, Ponant cruises provide travellers with a unique blend of luxury, adventure, and exploration that is hard to find elsewhere in the world.
1. Svalbard Cruise: Exploring the Arctic Wilderness in one week
A Svalbard cruise with Ponant is a journey into the heart of the Arctic wilderness. Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean, is a land of stark beauty and untouched landscapes. A Ponant cruise to Svalbard offers travellers the opportunity to witness the mesmerising Northern Lights, encounter polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, and explore glaciers and fjords in Zodiac boats.
The Svalbard cruise experience with Ponant is characterised by the comfort and luxury of the ship’s accommodations and amenities. Ponant’s expedition vessels are designed for both adventure and relaxation, offering spacious staterooms, gourmet dining, and well-appointed lounges. After a day of Arctic exploration, guests can unwind in the onboard spa or enjoy informative lectures from experienced naturalists and scientists. You can read our detailed Svalbard Cruise experience here
2. Antarctica Cruise: A once-in-a-lifetime journey to the White Continent
An Antarctica cruise with Ponant is an expedition to the ultimate wilderness on Earth – this is an experience you will never EVER forget. Antarctica, a land of ice and wonder, beckons adventurers with its pristine landscapes and unique wildlife. Ponant’s Antarctica cruises provide travellers with the opportunity to explore this frozen continent in ultimate comfort, with fine dining and all creature comforts.
The unreal beauty of Antarctica’s icy landscapes is hard to describe- we literally felt like we were on a different planet. This cruise gives your the opportunity to visit research stations to learn about ongoing scientific endeavours, learn about responsible travel in Antarctica via a series on onboard lectures and talks, and observe colonies of penguins and seals in their natural habitats.Trust me when I say this – no travel experience will come close to seeing a colony full of thousands of emperor penguins. Ponant’s small expedition ships are designed to navigate the challenging waters of the Southern Ocean, ensuring an intimate and immersive experience for all travellers. You can read a detailed account of our voyage in Antarctica here
3. Belize and Honduras Cruise: An affordable itinerary full of culture
If you would like to experience Ponant’s bespoke service without breaking the bank, then start with a 7 day cruise to Belize and Honduras. This offers travellers the chance to explore the rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty of the Central American region. This cruise takes guests to vibrant coastal towns, ancient Mayan ruins, and some of the world’s most renowned coral reefs.
Exploring the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a highlight of this cruise. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts can discover a kaleidoscope of marine life, including colourful coral formations and exotic fish species. Onshore excursions allow guests to immerse themselves in the local cultures, with visits to historic sites and encounters with indigenous communities
4. Greenland and Thule Cruise: Discovering the Arctic’s Cultural Gems
If you, like us, love exploring remote Polar regions, then consider this itinerary! This 16 day expedition takes travellers to Greenland and the Thule Region. This cruise with Ponant explores the rugged coastline of Greenland, where towering icebergs and majestic fjords provide a stunning backdrop for adventure. Guests can embark on thrilling excursions, such as kayaking among ice floes and hiking in the Arctic wilderness.
One of the highlights of this cruise is the visit to the Thule Region, one of the northernmost inhabited areas on Earth. Here, guests can immerse themselves in the indigenous Inuit culture and learn about traditional hunting practices and age-old customs. The cruise also offers opportunities to witness the incredible biodiversity of the Arctic, with encounters with polar bears, narwhals, seals, whales, and seabirds
5. Papua New Guinea Cruise: A Cultural Odyssey in the South Pacific
A Papua New Guinea cruise with Ponant is a journey into the heart of the South Pacific, where travellers can explore the vibrant cultures and stunning landscapes of this diverse region. Papua New Guinea is known for its rich tribal traditions, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches and you can combine this cruise with a road trip in Australia or New Zealand
This cruise offers guests the opportunity to visit remote villages and witness traditional dance performances, mask-making, and other cultural expressions. Explorations into the dense rainforests of Papua New Guinea reveal unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Ponant’s luxury expedition ships provide a comfortable base for travellers to relax and unwind after their cultural and natural adventures.
And that’s it. Of course there are many itineraries offered by Ponant – from Seychelles to Japan to Australia – but since Ponant cruises offer a remarkable opportunity to explore some of the world’s most remote and beautiful destinations in style and comfort, we suggest starting with one of these 5 itineraries. Whether you’re drawn to the icy wilderness of Svalbard, the pristine landscapes of Antarctica, the vibrant cultures of Belize and Honduras, or the rich traditions of Papua New Guinea, these expertly-curated cruises will provide an unforgettable blend of luxury and adventure that will keep you coming back for more