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Exploring the crossroads of civilisation in a very civilised way

March 10, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email
Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Australasia, has announced the release of PONANT’s 2018 selection of Mediterranean voyages: “We are very excited to release these voyages, some of which include the much-anticipated inaugural season for two of our brand new Explorer class PONANT luxury expedition ships,

Le Laperouse and Le Champlain. Itineraries for these slightly smaller ships, with just 92 suites and staterooms, are in addition to voyages onboard Le Lyrial, and our classic sailing yacht, Le Ponant.”
  • The extensive range of 31 cruises depart between April and November 2018, offering 7 to 9 night itineraries visiting 8 countries that include many important UNESCO World Heritage highlights. Itineraries showcase a diversity of destinations endowed with layers of civilisation reflected through history, art, music, architecture, language and boundless culinary temptations.
  • Destinations in 2018 include Italy, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Greece, Morocco and Egypt, venturing off the main marine highway to often explore smaller, less visited ports-of-call in Sardinia, the Balearic Islands and Corsica.
“With PONANT, explore in luxury where large cruise ships simply cannot. Experience the thrill of transiting the legendary Corinth canal, conceived by Emperor Nero; moor in intimate bays including Hvar and Kotor; view the legendary volcanoes of Mt Etna and Stromboli; stroll the imposing walls of Dubrovnik; explore the vast mythological archaeological site of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, or wonder at Diocletian’s palace in Split” enthused Monique.

“From iconic Egyptian pyramids to active volcanoes and ancient Greek, Roman and Norman architectural wonders, select from a range of PONANT voyages confident that you can settle back to enjoy life onboard some of the youngest fleet of ships in the world, each imbued with French chic, stylishly reflected in the fine food and inclusive wines, thoughtful service and comfortable accommodation”. 

Adding to the enjoyment of these voyages as you discover picturesque coastal towns and islands tucked away from the mainstream, you will find fine lecturers onboard, specialists in their various fields appropriate to individual itineraries and destinations – historians, politicians, archaeologists, ecologists…..

Additionally, some voyages are specially themed to appeal to those who have specific interests, for example gastronomy, music (jazz, classics and opera) or playing a round of golf on some of the Mediterranean’s stunning courses, while other guests may enjoy discovering the underwater world of the Mediterranean, Scuba diving while on Le Ponant.

All in all a very civilised way to explore the crossroads of civilisation.

Current PONANT Bonus advance purchase savings off the published fare currently apply but savings will reduce voyage by voyage as space is sold. Book now while some voyages are available at up to 30% savings.
Discuss your preferences with PONANT’s reservation specialists or your travel agent in order to secure not just the best price but the largest range of accommodation options available.
Details of voyages, as well as updated information on the new Explorer ships, are available online at
Download a copy of the brochure now at or call your travel agent or PONANT cruise advisor to request printed copies on Australia:1300 737 178 or + 61 2 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 44 32 62

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