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While not a well-known cruise brand in the US, Ponant has actually been active behind the scenes for many years, as esteemed tour companies like Tauck and Abercrombie & Kent have chartered, and continue to charter their vessels.

Ponant has built newer luxury boutique ships that cater to intrepid travelers on expedition cruises to destinations like Antarctica, The Arctic, the northern reaches of Australia, and the Amazon, while maintaining a respect for the indigenous populations and pristine nature of the remote locations they explore with daily immersive experiences on zodiac outings and shore landings in the company of naturalist guides.

Ponant's business is exploring remote parts of the planet in the total comfort afforded by its luxury vessels, with onboard service from a bi-lingual French crew, and providing guests with destination enrichment through its internaitonal team of onboard professionals that bring cultural, environmental and historical value. Expedition outings are included in the cruise price, while optional excursions are available at regular ports of call.

Ponant's ships are limited in size to 92, 122 or 132 staterooms, or fewer than 250 guests on any voyage. The smaller ships enable visits to more remote ports of call, while providing a more intimate level of service onboard. The company's French background translates as well to fine food and wine, catered by Alain Ducasse's Ducasse Conseil.

If combing travel and classical music intrigues you, then we point you to Ponant's Musical Odysseys at Sea program, select voyages that feature guest virtuosi and several concerts in the course of the voyage.

Ponant's environmental sensitivity is underscored by its participation in Le Cercle Polaire, a think tank focused on preserving polar environments; IAATO, an industry group setting the highest tourism standards for sound travel to Antarctica; AECO, dedicated to responsible tourism in the Arctic, and has been awarded the "Clean Ship" label by Bureau Veritas for environmental compliance.

Ponant's ships include: Le Laperouse, Le Champlain, Le Lyrial, Le Boreal, L'Austral and Le Soleal.

Contact a TravelStore professional to arrange your Ponant luxury expedition cruise.

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