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NEW: PONANT launches “Expedition cruises with Jean-Louis Étienne”

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PONANT, the world leader in polar cruises, announces an exclusive collaboration with the sailor, mountaineer and explorer Jean-Louis Étienne, during unique cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands.

PONANT & Jean-Louis Etienne, a shared passion

PONANT, the world leader in polar cruises and the only French shipowner to sail in the icy regions, announces a collaboration with Jean-Louis Étienne, the first man to have reached the North Pole solo and to have made the longest crossing of Antarctica with a dog sled.

The PONANT expedition cruises with Jean-Louis Etienne will allow passengers to benefit from the combined expertise of PONANT and this great explorer on the subject of the ecosystems of the polar regions, notably through a number of conferences aboard ship.

Jean-Louis Etienne has always followed his dreams, forging new routes during expeditions that have become legendary. “I am delighted to work with PONANT and thrilled by the idea of sharing my passion for the Polar regions with guests. PONANT is renowned for its great expertise in polar expeditions, and we share a great respect for these fascinating regions as well as the pioneer spirit that typifies explorers and great sailors” said Jean-Louis Étienne.

“Not only do we share a fascination for the polar regions, but PONANT also shares with Jean-Louis Etienne profound convictions about environmental issues as well as a certain vision of travel, inspired by so-far unexplored destinations,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT.

In September 2013, the company notably achieved a successful crossing of the North West Passage, with Le Soléal becoming the first French civilian ship to sail this famous waterway.

Expedition cruises with Jean-Louis Étienne
New Year’s Day in the polar regions
An unforgettable expedition cruise to discover the Antarctic peninsula and its extraordinary wildlife in the magic of the icy wilderness. Outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies with an experienced team of naturalist-guides, visits to scientific bases and former whaling stations, an educational experience with respect for the environment.
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From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
Aboard L’Austral from 30 December 2018 to 9 January 2019 (11 days, 10 nights)
From A$17,390pp in Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 with private balcony. Based on double occupancy and including safety and port taxes.

Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands NEW itinerary

A fabulous journey between Russia and Alaska, along the Pacific Ring of Fire, will take you to the magnificent Aleutian Islands, close to the most active volcanoes on the planet.
Visit Kiska, an island dominated by a volcano more than 1000 metres high, discover Elfin Cove, a charming fishing port accessible only by boat or sea plane, and enjoy outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies, to get close to the wildlife: whales, orcas, seabirds, grizzly bears…
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From Petropavlovsk (Russia) to Juneau (United States)
Aboard Le Soléal from 24 June to 6 July 2019, (13 days/ 12 nights)
From A$13,680pp in Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 with private balcony. Based on double occupancy and including safety and port taxes.

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