The Arctic

There are places in this world whose primeval beauty evokes feelings of a rare intensity. With its stunning landscapes, the Arctic is one such place. At the heart of these faraway lands, when the ice floes break up, when the sun no longer sets below the horizon and the snow-covered peaks shed their white mantle for a brief summer, our ships will find their way to introduce travelers to a polar desert of ice and water, a world where time stands still. Far from the usual cruise itineraries, from Iceland to Spitsbergen, from Greenland to the mythical Northwest Passage via the unspoiled coastlines of the Russian Far East, we invite you to cruise in the wake of the great explorers who dreamed of one day conquering this remote region. From one port of call to the next, aboard our Zodiac® inflatable boats or during one of the shore visits, discover the imposing Arctic landscapes thanks to our expedition cruises. Always in the company of experienced naturalist guides, meet the Inuit people, living to the rhythm of the changing seasons and preserving their ancestral culture and way of life, or discover the local wildlife, lazing in the ice floe or playing in the wake of your ship. Let your imagination wander, because enjoying these places means pushing back boundaries and dreaming of the absolute... Rare and unique moments, dreams of escape in the heart of forgotten lands.

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Discover the Geographic North Pole!

Complete a crossing of the Arctic Ocean. Discover the extreme northeast of Greenland. Or visit the Geographic North Pole! PONANT is inventing the voyage of the future with the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled Le Commandant Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.

Intimate Yachts Built for Expeditions

Ponant's fleet of luxury small ships and intimate yachts welcomes on board a limited number of passengers, so guests maintain their privacy and enjoy the feeling of being on their own private yacht — able to call at iconic, international ports as well as secret harbors accessible only to smaller-sized ships.

All-Inclusive Luxury & Gastronomy

PONANT offers an award winning cruise experience with top rated gastronomy designed in partnership with Ducasse Conseil, the luxurious Sothys spa, fabulous Hermés stateroom amenities, sumptuous macarons from Ladurée, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and select wines from Maison Taillevent.

Sailing to All Corners of the Globe

Each year PONANT offers more than 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents. From Zodiac® landings in Antarctica to hikes in the Arctic; from immersion in Japanese culture and revisiting classic Europe, to the natural beauty of the Seychelles, PONANT presents these destinations through a new lens.

 
 
 
 
 

Featured cruises

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Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Reykjavík
LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + transfer
15 nights on board
Dates:
8/22/2022 to the 9/6/2022
Other available dates
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
L'AUSTRAL
Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + transfers + flight Longyearbyen/Paris
7 nights on board
Dates:
5/17/2023 to the 5/24/2023
Other available dates
Reykjavík - Reykjavík
LE BELLOT
Shore excursion or activity in each port of call + transfers included
7 nights on board
Dates:
8/13/2023 to the 8/20/2023
Nome, Alaska - Vancouver
L'AUSTRAL
Flight Seattle/Nome + transfer
14 nights on board
Dates:
9/18/2023 to the 10/2/2023
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Kangerlussuaq
L'AUSTRAL
FLIGHT PARIS/LONGYEARBYEN + TRANSFERS + FLIGHT KANGERLUSSUAQ/PARIS
14 nights on board
Dates:
6/28/2023 to the 7/12/2023
Reykjavík - Reykjavík
LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
10 nights on board
Dates:
5/15/2023 to the 5/25/2023
Other available dates

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