The Compagnie du Ponant, leader in luxury cruises, and National Geographic organize expeditions to the most confidential and preserved destinations on the planet.
The Compagnie du Ponant, world leader in luxury cruises (12 boats with a capacity of 180 to 250 people and a turnover of 185 million euros) and the American company National Geographic have joined forces until 2022 to create 130 new itineraries inspired by more than a century of exploration on all the seas and lands of the globe. These destinations, served by the six new Explorers vessels of the French company Le Ponant (first Ponant-National Geographic Expeditions cruise to Alaska, inaugurated in September 2019), were presented at the ILTM 2019 (International Luxury Travel Market) in Cannes.
Travel and adventures
These new sustainable cruises are designed for lovers of cultural holidays who wish to sail on emblematic seas. In absolute comfort aboard the six new Explorers ships of the Compagnie du Ponant, passengers will be able to discover the thousand and one treasures of the planet, the most unusual, wildest or most remote places. Discover breathtaking ice landscapes during an adventure trip to the Arctic or Antarctic, sail on the turquoise waters of the Seychelles, walk in the footsteps of the former gold diggers of the Alaskan mines…
French Art of Living
Ponant-National Geographic Expeditions cruises are marketed in France and in many other international markets such as Asia, Oceania, Australia, the Atlantic or Northern Europe. The boats, designed to sail safely across distant seas, are small in size and their manoeuvrability allows them to reach even the most isolated lands. They are equipped with environmentally friendly devices, all the more indispensable for navigating through fragile regions with unique ecosystems. On board, travellers will experience a 5-star expedition in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The attentive service, fine cuisine and French-speaking crew will reflect the French art of living. Even in the most extreme navigation areas, thanks to the comfort and authenticity of the ships, they will be able to experience privileged moments throughout their journey on the water.
The organization of these cruises will also fund the work of scientists, curators, teachers and writers from around the world. A part of the gains will be donated to the National Geographic Society. This non-profit organization pushes the boundaries of exploration to understand the planet and find solutions to conserve and protect it. To date, the Society has awarded nearly 14,000 grants to researchers and experts committed to protecting the planet and its people.
The National Geographic Society supports projects such as Pristine Seas, which works to preserve more than 5.2 million square kilometers of wilderness and ocean. It is also helping the Hiram Bingham association to organize an expedition to Machu Picchu. The National Geographic Society participated in Robert Ballard‘s search for the wreck of the Titanic and supported Jane Goodall in her study of chimpanzees. During these cruises, recognized experts will be present on each boat to share their knowledge and experience. Guides will introduce you to the fauna and flora in the places you will be crossing, natural phenomena and local cultures. Hikes and excursions are also organized.
Invited National Geographic experts
During this cruise, the traveller will benefit from the expertise of writers, archaeologists, explorers, anthropologists, researchers and scientists. These National Geographic guests will accompany the travellers and share their knowledge and passion throughout their journeys. Through the lens of a photographer, the guests will be able to discover the world and benefit from his or her precious advice. It will be an opportunity for them to learn new techniques and return from their expeditions with sublime pictures, worthy of a professional.
An all-inclusive service
To savour the pleasures of an extraordinary adventure trip in the greatest serenity, everything is included in the cruise services. The Ponant & National Geographic expedition includes: cabin accommodation, full board, open bar with a wide selection of drinks served at your discretion and at any time of the day. A free Wi-Fi internet connection 24 hours a day, access to all common areas: fitness room, hammam, swimming pool, solarium, leisure area… All excursions on land and Zodiac landings. But also conferences by Ponant & National Geographic experts and equipment for polar expeditions.