Ponant Cruises

Experience expertise, attentive service and fine dining with a welcoming French crew when you cruise with Ponant. Discover exceptional destinations with the only cruise company sailing under the French flag, from secluded ports to secret seas, forgotten beaches and remote lands, these are authentic and luxurious itineraries from the only cruise company sailing under the French flag,

About Ponant Cruises

Founded in 1988, PONANT is now the benchmark for a new style of luxury cruises. The goal was to combine the love of the sea, with a passion for travel, the dream of adventure and a taste for sophistication. The mission was to spread the French way of life around the world. PONANT finds the perfect balance between all of these factors and shares them with their passengers. Building on years of experience, the company offers luxury cruises on a modern fleet with ships built for an intimate environment.

Ponant Fleet

The small capacity ships, allow access to exclusive ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations. The limited number of passengers means that everybody can enjoy special moments and feel as though they are on a private yacht.

Sailing Ship

Unique of its kind, Le Ponant is one of the most majestic sailing vessels in the world. With 16 spacious cabins and suites, one crew member per passenger, a dedicated chef, and authentic and exclusive experiences to be enjoyed at every stop, designed for and with you, the ship redefines the concept of luxury yachting and promises you an extraordinary experience. In addition to its tasteful and refined design by Jean-Philippe Nuel, it has many innovative and environmentally friendly amenities.

Sister Ships

Ponant has four sister ships in the fleet. L’Austral is just one of them and has been criss-crossing the globe taking passengers to the remotest parts of the planet since 2011. French designers have managed to give this ship a unique style and signature of its own. Everything has been designed to create a unique atmosphere onboard: the chic style and naturally relaxing ambiance of a private yacht.

Ponant Explorers

There are six ships that make up the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Champlain successfully manages to subtly combine the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with the comfort and privacy of a cosily intimate ship. This is made possible through the combination of an authentically genuine voyage experience together with discreet luxury. 

Polar Explorer

Le Commandant-Charcot, allows you to follow in the footsteps of the great polar explorers with the kind of luxury services never before offered in the farthest reaches of the southern and northern hemispheres. The indoor swimming pool, conservatory, panoramic restaurant, Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant.. each has been designed to convey French-style luxury and arouse wonder and amazement.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Le Paul Gauguin is an elegant luxury vessel, specially designed for navigation in Polynesian waters. Its shallow draft allows it to get in close to shallow lagoons and isolated islands, maximising stopover time. A true cocoon of comfort and elegance, the ship offers a warm and timeless atmosphere to its guests. Its 166 cabins and suites pay homage to Polynesian culture and contribute to the charm of life on board, making each trip unique.

Experience Ponant


Our aim is to offer you a bespoke cruise, so every day we strive to offer you first class, intuitive service. Our staff are attentive and experienced, ensuring your comfort and are responsive to all requests, whether it’s in your stateroom, lounges or in our various dining areas.


The French ‘art of living’ is always present onboard, even on the other side of the world. The varied French-inspired menu is crafted to the highest standards, using superior quality ingredients and presented beautifully, dazzling your tastebuds throughout the cruise. around the world.


Enjoy a moment of tranquility at the spa or by the pool, work-out in the gym or take in a theatre show with your travel companions. Ponant ships have a variety of sublimely comfortable spaces to ensure your relaxation and share your experience with others to enhance your journey.


Dedicated to leisure and relaxation, the libraries onboard all stock a range of books and board games and are equipped with Wi-Fi and computers. All ships have a special area for children known as the Le Kids Club with books, television, board games and consoles to keep younger guests entertained.

Ponant Inclusions

Part of the package

Your Ponant Cruise comes with the best extras which typically include:

Restrictions apply. Not available on all sailings.

Frontier Extras

Booking with Frontier Cruises comes with fantastic extras including our Frontier Cruises membership program, in addition guests may also receive a selection of the below extras* on their Ponant itinerary:

*Restrictions apply. Not available on all sailings.