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PONANT, world leader in Polar cruising for more than 15 years, has no less than three luxury expedition ships in Antarctic this 2016-2017 southern summer season, offering a range of itineraries aboard Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial; environmentally responsible French-flag expedition ships that form part of the youngest fleet in the world. 

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Between November 2016 and February 2017, PONANT is offering 4 outstanding Antarctic itineraries – including a new one – across 16 departure dates to experience a genuine polar safari to observe the region’s unique wildlife in its natural habitat.

Guests gain access to protected sites only accessible to small capacity ships, limited in this region to 200 passengers, while exploring the world’s extreme regions in Five-Star comfort – a unique concept created by PONANT that has become its hallmark.


These life-changing voyages include Zodiac outings designed to get adventurous guests as close as possible to nature, with time to linger over the region’s most significant sites.

Flexibility is the key to successful expedition cruising and at any moment the Captain may alter the ship’s course to admire the acrobatics of a humpback whale or land passengers on a beach to meet a particularly impressive penguin colony.

Each voyage is a unique experience made all the more interesting by a specialist expedition team, renowned polar specialists who are delighted to share their views and passion for these southern ice lands which they have been exploring for years.

Complete immersion in the vast white world of the Antarctic Peninsula, discovering tabular icebergs and drifting pack ice where fur seals and colonies of penguins live.
Ushuaia – Ushuaia (10 nights)
From A$13,560 per person including taxes & Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Buenos Aires charter flights, departing on 4th Dec 16

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula’s white landscapes with either South Georgia or the Falkland Islands and the South Shetland Islands included in the voyage.
Montevideo – Ushuaia (15 nights)
From A$13,510 per person including taxes and Buenos Aires-Ushuaia charter flights, departing 19th Nov 16

Highlights of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula in 15 or 16 nights.
Ushuaia – Ushuaia (15 nights)
From A$15,240 per person including taxes and Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Buenos Aires charter flights, departing  15th Nov 16

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A brand new PONANT itinerary for 2017 includes the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and three of the most isolated islands in the world: Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic and mountainous land; Gough Island, home to one of the world’s largest seabird colonies and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site; and Nightingale Island, a refuge for many penguins. This voyage will reveal the extraordinary exploits of early seafarers and adventurers – as remote a voyage as you will encounter!
Ushuaia – Cape Town (21 nights) From $13,600 per person including taxes, departing 4 Mar 17

These are well conceived thoughtful itineraries, designed for small group like-minded adventurous travellers who appreciate the mental and physical stimulation of exciting destinations.
Back onboard sister ships Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, creature comforts prevail. Enjoy French luxury and ambiance, and experience the difference small ship cruising offers. Relax in the heated swimming pool, enjoy spa therapy to ease tired muscles or simply as a pampering indulgence. An inclusive Open Bar provides guests the chance to relax with a beer, wines, champagne or, perhaps, a cocktail. Later, the choice of fine cuisine, the flavours complimented with world-class wines.
All in all a very civilised way to travel, imbued with PONANT’s trademark dash of panache.
Background on these Antarctica and South Georgia season of voyages is available as a convenient e-brochure download at
Some voyages currently have a 20% Ponant Bonus available however fares are yield managed and savings reduce according to the number of cabins sold.

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