Compagnie du Ponant: The Spirit Of Yacht Cruising, À La Française
Compagnie du Ponant, now in its third decade of existence, offers guests the classic yachting experience: an unhurried pace, service that's tailored to a passenger's specific needs and desires, surroundings that are both comfortable and chic, and access to the secret cays and private ports of call that are hidden throughout the world's harbors.
Ponant, however, adds a special twist to that classic experience - a "French twist," if you will. Ponant operates cruising's only fleet of French-flagged ships, and that country's rich cultural heritage and egalitarian spirit is on display throughout each of the line's sleek and luxurious vessels, be it in the form of gastronomic delights or in the freedom that every guest enjoys to schedule (or not schedule) their time as they (and only they) see fit.
No two Ponant yachts are exactly alike (Le Ponant, with her three masts and her full sails, is particularly distinctive), but guests should expect to encounter all of Ponant's signature highlights regardless of which ship they choose to sail. Warm and welcoming environments are the norm, and a highly favorable staff-to-guest ratio ensures that every passenger receives the attention they deserve (Ponant caters to a maximum of 264 passengers per itinerary, and just a fraction of that total on any sailing aboard Le Ponant). Shipboard dining, be it formal or casual, honors guests' palates by honoring France's unrivaled culinary tradition, and a selection of fine wines (red, white, and rosé) are available free-of-charge during meals. Ponant's Franco flavor also extends to its onboard entertainment ("Parisian-style") and its spa and wellness offerings, which are provided in association with two of France's most legendary beauty houses.
En route to your destination, you're free to do as much or as little as you please. Sit back and relax on your ship's sundeck, alongside the pool, or in the privacy of your oceanview stateroom or suite. Join with other passengers in the games/leisure area, or prepare for your cruise's next port of call by attending a lecture/seminar conducted by a leading global or regional expert.
This peaceful, idyllic region, with its many opportunities for island-hopping, is perfectly suited to Ponant's luxurious and nimble yachts. Cruise the Caribbean with Ponant and chart a course for the region's most picturesque ports of call. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus as you explore the British Virgin Islands, which include Tortola ("the nature island") and Virgin Gorda (home to the extraordinary geological grottoes known as the Baths). Snorkel in coral reefs teeming with thousands of tropical fish at Tobago Cays, the glittering archipelago of the Grenadines, or shop for gourd bags and purses sculpted from coconut shells in the colorful market of St Lucia's Soufriere.
Ponant sets sail for legendary locales throughout Europe, from the charming capitals of the Baltic States (Latvia's Riga, Estonia's Tallinn) to points both north (including St Petersburg) and south (the Mediterranean's Athens, Istanbul, Naples, and Venice). Depending on the itinerary you select, your Ponant Europe cruise may include a visit to Bergen, "Capital of the Fjords" (its brightly painted and gabled homes are Norwegian icons), vibrant Galway (where Ireland's most ancient traditions are still very much alive), Ibiza (world-famous for its sun-drenched beaches and its spirited nightlife), and/or Dubrovnik (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, magnificently restored and surrounded by medieval ramparts).
A Ponant cruise in Asia is the most authentic and elegant way to explore the fabled lands that comprise this ever-fascinating continent; Asia is vast, but Ponant's agile vessels touch upon all of its most desirable destinations. Discover Japan's bewitching blend of the bustling (Tokyo and Osaka) and the serene (Kyoto's gardens) and marvel at Hong Kong's exotic mixture of the modern and the traditional. Vietnam's lush deltas and Thailand's Buddhist temples remain shrouded in myth and mystery, as does much of Myanmar (formerly Burma), though it's now beginning to reveal itself to curious and fortunate travelers. Ponant's yachts also visit Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and select ports of call along India's coast.
Featured Ship:Le Ponant
Experience the unfathomable lightness of sailing aboard the sleek three-masted Le Ponant and explore mythical destinations and hidden ports of call in... learn more Ship Completed Date: Jan 1, 1991 Photos & Tours
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