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January 18, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

If clients want to use Wi-Fi while cruising – and who doesn’t? – they can now do so on all ships operated by Ponant, the only French-flagged ocean cruise line and an expert in luxury expeditions.

A statement issued by the line yesterday let prospective Ponant guests know that to stay close to family and friends at sea – as well as on land – they can from now on enjoy free access to Wi-Fi throughout the entire ship, irrespective of their stateroom category.

“Using a satellite connection, this service allows passengers to take to the sea without losing contact, offering Wi-Fi access in most of the regions travelled by the company’s ships, even the remotest, and for the full duration of the cruise,” the line said.

Ponant conceded that internet access may be slower “or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond Ponant’s control”.

The offer fulfils one of the Excellence goals established by the company and is also a key step in the ship digitalisation process, which will see all digital services offered by Ponant becoming more easily accessible at no extra cost.

While free Wi-Fi at sea is unusual, it’s not unique to Ponant. Silversea rolled it out last year and Regent Seven Seas Cruises includes unlimited free Wi-Fi on all it ships.

MEANWHILE, Sydneysiders can look forward to catching a glimpse of the new Ponant ship Le Laperouse (pictured below), which is due to visit  Sydney on 8 February 2019.

The first of six Explorer Class small luxury expedition ships being constructed for Ponant, the environmentally friendly Le Laperouse, launched last year, has just 92 spacious staterooms and suites, all with private balconies. The ship offers an infinity edge swimming pool, world-first underwater multi-sensory lounge with large glass windows below the water line, movable marina, and a fleet of 10 Zodiacs.

Ponant was created in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers of the French Merchant Navy. Today, the line offers a fresh style of luxury cruising combining exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard intimate, boutique-size ships.

Written by Peter Needham

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