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PONANT has opened sales for the September 2020 to April 2021 Latin America & the Caribbean cruise season with the release of 36 departures, including 6 new itineraries, and a range of luxury and expedition voyages designed to reveal the cultures, geography, geology, history, rhythms and flavours of this extraordinary continent.

36 departures that explore both coastlines of South and Central America, from San Diego in the north to Ushuaia in the far south, including the Panama Canal and Costa Rica in Central America, French Guiana and the Caribbean islands.
6 NEW itineraries that includes a sailing along the Amazon River to discover it’s varied flora and fauna, a cruise that explores the heart of the West Indies visiting eight idyllic islands in the Lesser Antilles, another that combines the Caribbean and the tropical rainforest of French Guiana as well as two Christmas Caribbean cruises that will see you spending the holiday relaxing on white-sand beaches.

27 ports of call listed as UNSECO World Heritage Sites that include the town of La Antiqua Guatemala, the Belize Barrier Reef with Half Moon Caye and the Great Blue Hole, the ancient Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá and Tikal, Darien National Park and Saint Lucia’s volcanic Pitons.
16 stimulating Luxury Expedition cruises explore this fascinating region including the mysterious Chilean Fjords, the iconic Amazon, lesser visited Caribbean islands and the National Parks of Central America with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and encounters with local populations including the indigenous Emberas and Cabados tribes. All expedition voyages include Zodiac outings and landings accompanied by an experienced expedition team to offer an enriching and educational cruising experience.

7 expedition cruise departures are in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.

14 cruise departures include Scuba diving* and snorkeling opportunities in some of the best marine environments on Earth including Belize and the Sea of Cortez. Please note: Scuba diving is an optional activity that incurs an extra charge.

Announcing the sales opening, Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia
Pacific commented: “Over the past few years we have seen growing interest in the Caribbean and South America, and so in order to meet this demand we have expanded our range of voyages with a selection of itineraries, destinations and shore excursion options that offer all the classic must-see highlights plus visits to exciting lesser-visited destinations as well.

Once again the PONANT fleet demonstrates the advantages of compact size, being able to access destinations large ships simply cannot reach. This provides us with the opportunity to introduce our guests to remote places, meet locals not impacted by mass tourism and immerse them in the local cultures and experiences that curious travellers are seeking.

Evocative destinations include the Great Blue Hole in Belize and the shimmering seabeds of the Grenadines (perfect for novice and experienced Scuba divers alike), or probing the Amazon, discovering vestiges of pre-Columbian civilisations and the rich architectural heritage of the colonial period. Transit the famed Panama Canal. Visit ancient Mayan sites such as the pyramids of Tikal, wonder at glacial Chilean fjords, all the while travelling in the refined comfort of the latest-generation small luxury expedition ships. All is revealed on our website.”

Experience luxury cruising onboard the world’s youngest fleet afloat. “Cleanship”
certified ships that are respectful of the environment in national parks & nature reserves. Enjoy a relaxed ambiance and the difference small ship cruising offers, venturing where large ships simply cannot, with a dash of French panache that is PONANT’s indelible signature.
Select from a range of 7 to 14 night voyages on board L’Austral, Le Soleal and Le Boreal, or one of the Explorer ships, Le Champlain, and Le Dumont-d’Urville.

Book your 2020-21 Latin America & the Caribbean cruises now to take advantage of the best choice of staterooms and to receive the highest possible Ponant Bonus – up to 30% off*! Visit for full list of cruises, detailed itineraries and prices.


*NEW* DISCOVER THE AMAZON: A 12-night expedition sailing along and exploring the Amazon River. Departs 29th November 2020 & 20th March 2021 on board Le Dumont-D’Urville. From $7,750 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with a private balcony.

*NEW* JEWELS OF THE CARIBBEAN: An 8-night itinerary that cruises the heart of the West Indies discovering eight islands in the Lesser Antilles: Martinique, St. Kitts, Saint Barthélemy, Virgin Gorda, Saint Martin, Barbuda, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Departs 21st January and 28th February 2021 aboard Le Champlain. From $4,470 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with a private balcony.

TREASURES OF CENTRAL AMERICA: A 13-night itinerary that explores six countries in Central and South America: Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama as well as sails through the Panama Canal. Departs 27th March 2021 aboard Le Boreal. From $6,670 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with a private balcony.

ANTARCTICA: A grand voyage combining two back-to-back 10-night Luxury Expeditions. Start with a sailing along the West Coast of Chile discovering the majestic Chilean Fjords then make your way across the Drake Passage to explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
Departs 18th November 2020 aboard L’Austral. From $18,397 pp* in a Superior Stateroom with a private balcony. Price includes 10% consecutive cruise discount off the second cruise. Alternative itinerary options and departures available.

*Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars, based on a double occupancy,
including accommodation and all meals onboard, Open Bar and 24 hours room service. Price includes port taxes, yield managed, correct at time of writing – 20/05/2019. Refer to for further T & Cs.

Opening Sales Offers Available:

Welcome Offer: Book your first PONANT cruise and SAVE A$800 per stateroom.
Welcome Offer A$800 saving is in Australian Dollars (AUD), per stateroom based on a double occupancy, A$400 per stateroom for single occupancy. Offer is not redeemable for cash, not retroactive, and not combinable with any other offer, unless stated otherwise. Valid for bookings made before 15 July 2019. Conditions apply.

Consecutive Cruises Offers: Why not make the most of your trip and see more of the destination and turn it into a Grand Voyage by booking back to back cruises.
On all cruises: Book any consecutive cruise and receive 10% off on every
consecutive cruise.

On selected cruises: 20% off the 2nd consecutive cruise, 30% off the 3rd
consecutive cruise, 40% off the 4th consecutive cruise, etc.
Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare
excluding port taxes. Offer is not available on Ocean Voyages and subject to availability.

Staterooms Still Available on 2019-20 Cruises:

If you want to travel sooner there is still availability on a number of Latin America & the Caribbean 2019-20 cruise departures. You may also benefit further from our Flight Credit offer valid on selected cruises.

Flight Credit on 2019-20 Selected Departures: Book selected 2019-20 Latin America & the Caribbean cruises and receive a A$1,300 Flight credit per person. Credit is per person to be used towards the traveller’s flights. The guest will have to send the flights evidence to PONANT. Offer is valid until the 30th June 2019 and subject to availability. It may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. It is valid on new bookings only and cannot be backdated or  combined with any other offers except the Ponant Bonus Offer, Join the Club & Welcome offers. Visit for more information.

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