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de Vivre

Small-ship cruising with a generous slice of French style

o many readers, the name Ponant may be

unfamiliar, but in the world of luxury, small

capacity cruising, France’s only cruise company

is luring a growing international clientele with

innovative itineraries to exceptional destinations,

accessing shallow anchorages in sometimes remote

locations that the all too familiar giant cruise liners just

are not able to gain access.

Furthermore, life onboard a Ponant yacht embraces

that unique “Joie de vivre” that symbolises the French

enjoyment of gourmet cuisine and fine wines. The

French touch is also a subtle blend of relaxed elegance

and conviviality, a refined, discreet and welcoming

service on board, the “je ne sais quoi” acclaimed by

passengers – whatever their nationality. Certainly, the

atmosphere created imbues a sense amongst fellow

travellers of being invited onto a private yacht rather

than feeling like a bystander in a Las Vegas casino as is

sometimes the case on the “big” ships.

Ponant are champions of expedition cruising with 15

years experience of sailing in the Polar regions.

Comprising between just 122 and 132 staterooms,

each of Ponant’s four very modern, luxury mega-

yachts, L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lydial

(launching April 2015) is designed to navigate in such

extreme regions and small enough to land passengers