Christmas in the Caribbean
* Subject to availability.
- Spend Christmas Eve in the tropics
- Discover exceptional underwater worlds with a diving instructor
- Take a chic jaunt to St Barts
- Soak in the sun on the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean: Sandy Beach
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».
Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.
Port of call & excursions
Saint MartinEmbarkation 17/12/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 17/12/2016 at 19H00 .
Located on the western coast of the French part of Saint Martin Island, north-east of the West Indies, Marigot has some splendid discoveries in store for you. Its streets are full of traditional Creole houses called “cases”, dating from the 19th century, as well as numerous luxury boutiques and artists workshops. Overlooking Marigot bay, opposite Anguilla, Fort Louis is an ideal place for a view of Simpson bay lagoon and the surrounding green mountains. For walkers, a beautiful route starting from Fort-Louis marina, and passing through the market, is a great way to visit this laid-back town and its picturesque charms.
18 December 2016 – Sandy IslandArrival 18/12/2016 early morning. Departure 18/12/2016 evening.
19 December 2016 – Jost Van DykeArrival 19/12/2016 early morning. Departure 19/12/2016 late afternoon.
During your cruise, discover the pearl of the British Virgin Islands, said to have been named after a fearsome Dutch pirate from long ago. The hilly landscape offers travelers beautiful wild expanses lined with immaculate beaches where the breeze gently caresses the coconut palms. This is a slice of paradise with crystal-clear waters, where dolphins often join us, amusing themselves with some bow riding. Here, colors and scents are omnipresent: yellow cedar is the archipelago’s emblem, while hibiscuses and frangipani bloom a little everywhere. As for the wildlife, iguanas, mongooses, pelicans and blue herons have taken up residence on these islands, much to the delight of our passengers who love a good holiday snap!
20 December 2016▸21 December 2016 – Pusser's Landing, TortolaArrival 20/12/2016 early morning. Departure 21/12/2016 early morning.
21 December 2016 – Spanish Town, Virgin GordaArrival 21/12/2016 early morning. Departure 21/12/2016 late afternoon.
The former capital of the British Virgin Islands, Spanish Town is located in the south of Virgin Gorda, one of the archipelago’s largest islands. There, you will discover The Baths National Park and its well-renowned picture-postcard beaches. Gigantic volcanic boulders sit surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, creating spectacular geological formations. Indeed, over the years a network of basins, caves and natural pools has formed, resulting in a sublime aquatic maze in which it is enjoyable to lose oneself before heading to the stunning Devil’s Bay Beach. On the island’s south-eastern tip, Copper Mine National Park is still home to many ruins of an abandoned copper mine that looks out over the sea.
22 December 2016 – Gustavia St BartelemyArrival 22/12/2016 early morning. Departure 22/12/2016 late evening.
Lovers of this island call it Saint-Barth. This French island in the Lesser Antilles was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Ever since, this tiny mountainous volcanic gem with its unspoilt nature has been enchanting visitors. You will enjoy the beauty of its large paradisiacal beaches, plus the charm and refinement of its old wooden houses and its sumptuous colonial manors. Although, as you saunter through the rues de Gustavia or Saint-Jean, you’ll come across jewellers, top fashion boutiques and fine restaurants, there is also a simplicity that money can’t buy…
23 December 2016 – Antigua/Nelson's DockyardArrival 23/12/2016 early morning. Departure 23/12/2016 evening.
24 December 2016 – PortsmouthArrival 24/12/2016 early morning. Departure 24/12/2016 late afternoon.
24 December 2016▸25 December 2016 – Les SaintesArrival 24/12/2016 early evening. Departure 25/12/2016 evening.
During the feast of All Saints in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered this archipelago of nine islands that he named "The Saints". Today, only two of them are inhabited. Terre de Haut, in the east, is dominated by the Morne Mire hill; at the summit stands Fort Napoleon, paying homage to the islands' history. In the heart of the botanical garden, shared by iguanas and cacti, there is an exceptional view of the Baie des Saintes, one of the most beautiful in the world. On Terre-de-Bas, you'll be charmed by the authenticity of the village of Petites-Anses. Off the coast of the "Saints" archipelago, traditional fishing vessels sail the blue seas of the Caribbean. Don't turn down a coconut "tourment d'amour", a sweet treat you'll be offered when you disembark.
Fort-de-FranceDisembarkation 26/12/2016 at 07H00 .
Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.