New Ponant and National Geographic expeditions

The luxury French expedition cruise line Ponant have released a range of brand new itineraries, as well as special sailings in partnership with National Geographic. They are part of an exciting range of cruises in the line’s newly release 2019-20 brochure.

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Take a Ponant and National Geographic voyage of discovery

The brochure is full of inspiring travel journeys, including a voyage to the rarely visited South Orkney Islands in the remote Southern Ocean. This sailing onboard Le Lyrial is in partnership with National Geographic. It takes in the spectacular glaciated landscapes and mountains of the island chain, located 600km / 370mi from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Included in the cruise fare are Zodiac visits ashore and as well as expert guides and National Geographic photographers who will share their passion for the rich and varied wildlife of the Islands.

Sail to Antarctica with Ponant and National Geographic onboard the intimate Le Lyrial.

Sail to Antarctica with Ponant and National Geographic onboard the intimate Le Lyrial.

Indeed, when you sail on a Ponant voyage in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions you gain unique access to inspiring experts. Ponant tell us their guests will be surrounded by people steeped in knowledge and insights about the places they visit, and passionate about sharing the best of it with their guests. Look for the National Geographic symbol in the brochure to identify these exceptional cruises.

See river dolphins in the Orinoco Delta

If you prefer warm-weather cruises then the new sailing to the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela is sure to please. You will be among a rare few to venture into this extraordinary plant world – a green paradise.

Meet the inhabitants of the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela.

Meet the inhabitants of the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela.

Here, too guests can venture out in Zodiacs to see caimans, spider monkeys and river dolphins. You will also get the chance to meet the indigenous people who live in harmony with their lush, watery surroundings.

Discover the unspoilt Caribbean

There are also new voyages to the Caribbean taking in Quirigua National Park and the stunning Grenadines archipelago. Plus, there are new sailings in Vietnam and Indonesia as well. No matter the destination, Ponant’s fleet of small luxury ships are perfect for getting you closer.

Thrill to a yachtsman’s voyage

Ponant are also offering a one-of-a-kind voyage following the World’s most famous ocean yacht race, the Sydney to Hobart in Australia. Guests onboard the new Le Lapérouse can witness a thrilling spinnaker run up Sydney Harbour before following the race south to the pristine waters of Tasmania.

Witness the thrilling start of the iconic Sydney-Hobart yacht race.

Witness the thrilling start of the iconic Sydney-Hobart yacht race.

Le Lapérouse has sleek lines and state-of-the-art technology.

Le Lapérouse has sleek lines and state-of-the-art technology.

Ponant’s range of unique voyages really impresses. And now the line boasts brand new ships as well, including Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain which both debuted this year. Soon they will be joined by sister-ships Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville and Le Surville. These ultra-luxury, ultra-intimate expedition vessels carry just 184 guests to some of the World’s most spectacular destinations. They join Ponant’s classic fleet including Le Boreal, L’Austral, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial, as well as the line’s iconic sailing boat Le Ponant.

One of the spacious suites onboard Le Lapérouse.

One of the spacious suites onboard Le Lapérouse.

No matter which voyage you choose or which ship you sail on, Ponant will pamper you all the way. Gastronomic dining is included. Fine wines and Champagne are poured free of charge. There are stylish bars and lounges as well as relaxing onboard spas. Plus, at the end of the day you can retreat to your beautifully appointed stateroom or suite.

Get more details on the new sailings and the expanded fleet at the Ponant website.

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