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PONANT announces Arctic voyage itineraries for 2021 Polar bears, glaciers and historic polar explorers

August 20, 2019 Cruise No Comments Email Email
PONANT, the world leader in polar expeditions, has released its exciting range of Arctic 2021 Luxury Expeditions. 40 voyages including 3 new itineraries are offered, with three voyages conducted in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.

This modern-day explorer’s check-list of 7 to 24 night luxury expedition voyages covers a wide range of destinations that include Alaska, Greenland, Norway, Iceland, the Russian Far East, Baffin Bay … even the United States & Canadian Great Lakes, and – in addition to the famed Northwest Passage – for the first time, an exciting NEW itinerary exploring the mythical and rarely sailed Northeast Passage.
“These itineraries consolidate PONANT’s market leadership position as world leader of polar luxury expeditions. Based on past experience, I recommend that interested guests book early in order to secure the best choice of itinerary and cabin options, and to receive the highest possible Ponant Bonus – currently up to 30% off*” advises Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific.
“And, if you haven’t travelled with PONANT previously we are currently offering a bonus welcome offer – A$800 reduction off the price of your stateroom as a thank you for cruising with us.”(Conditions apply, see below)

Pole position: PONANT has been exploring both polar regions for over 20 years, building knowledge and expertise, as well as investing in new-generation purpose-built luxury expedition ships. The result: PONANT carries more passengers to the Arctic and Antarctic regions than any other cruise company.

PONANT’s luxurious, compact, eco-sensitive ice-rated ships – the youngest such fleet in the world – are perfect for polar exploration, allowing guests to explore these remote areas in comfort and style.

Each voyage includes an expert Expedition Team, specialists who share their experiences and skills to maximise guest’s enjoyment. Depending on the voyage selected, experience Zodiac®exploration through ice fields, visit remote villages of peat houses where the last bear hunters and narwhal fishers live in the middle of the Arctic tundra, search for polar bears, photograph a myriad of bird and marine life, glaciers and stunning fjords. These are immersive journeys, the memories of which will remain with you forever.

Regular lectures onboard presented by the Expedition Team add a further dimension, enhancing each voyage with informative presentations which may include the history, geology, marine and bird life, and anthropology of the region, adding further perspectives, context and a deeper understanding of these special places.


Below is just a sample of some of the itineraries and departures PONANT is offering as part of its exciting Arctic 2021 sales opening.

Tromso to Nome / 24 nights
Departs 30 August 2021 / Aboard L’Austral
Prices from $27,200 per person* 
in a Deluxe Stateroom with a balcony
Includes flights Paris/Tromso and Nome/Seattle selected by PONANT in economy class and airport to port transfers in Tromso and Nome.

From Norway to Alaska across the polar reaches of Russia this is an expedition voyage for true adventurers – undertaken onboard the luxurious polar expedition ship L’Austral.  From Murmansk, one of the world’s northern-most cities, head yet further north to Franz Josef Land and then on to Novaya Zemlya, part of the Russian Arctic National Park. Heading east, encounter the immense polar desert of the Northern Land Archipelago and the exceptional biodiversity of the New Siberian Islands. In Chukotka, one of the most isolated regions in the world, guests will have an opportunity to share time with the local inhabitants. Finally, visit Wrangel Island, a time warp to Earth’s last ice age. 


Juneau to Vancouver or Vancouver to Juneau / 7 nights
Multiple departures from June to August 2021 / Aboard Le Soléal
Prices from $8,030 per person*
(1) in a Superior Stateroom with a sea view.
Includes flight Seattle/Juneau selected by PONANT in economy class and airport to port transfer in Juneau.

From British Columbia to Alaska, discover magnificent landscapes marked by the Gold Rush. Cruise the Inside Passage, shaped by the sculpture of imposing glaciers, home to vertiginous fjords. Here, the natural environment includes glaciers, coniferous forests, and a myriad of islands and islets magnified by the wonderful play of light. Ketchikan, the former Russian settlement of Sitka, the magnificence of Tracy Arm Fjord and Juneau … Colourful stilt houses, centuries-old totem poles, emblematic bald eagles, and remnants of the gold rush of old abound, the highlights will be etched in your memory for years.

Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen / 7 nights
Multiple departures in June & July 2021 / Aboard L’Austral & Le Boreal
Prices from $12,120 per person*
(2) in a Superior Stateroom with a sea view.
Includes flights Paris/Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class and airport to port transfers in Longyearbyen.

This expedition to the Far North reveals the immense open spaces of the polar Arctic and its ice floes that extend to the North Pole. Discover exceptional flora and fauna that live in these extreme conditions, where temperatures reach -30°C in winter. Look for walruses, which can be observed near the 14th July Glacier, as well as the chance to see polar bears in their natural environment. Sail to the Svalbard archipelago and the last islands before the North Pole, to discover that unique feeling of having reached the top of the world. During this unforgettable expedition, your ship will sail to latitudes of 80° north.

Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq / 14 nights
Departs 3 July 2021 / Aboard L’Austral
Prices from $15,620 per person* 
in a Superior Stateroom with a sea view.
Includes flight Paris/Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class and airport to port transfers in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq.

Sail in the wake of the first explorers, on this exciting itinerary discovering the unexplored shores of the eastern coast of Greenland. Visit the isolated volcanic island of Jan Mayen, on the threshold of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans, once a whale hunting centre, now home to large bird colonies. Discover Greenland, known for its wild natural environment, alpine landscapes and its sea ice carried along the Transpolar Drift. Explore the Blosseville Coast, where ice sheet meets the sea. On the west coast of Greenland admire the sublime fjords of Prins Christian Sund and the blue-tinged icebergs of Narsaq, before disembarking in Kangerlussuaq.

Visit for further information and to view all our Arctic 2021 departures.

*Ponant Bonus discount subject to change based on availability. All prices are based on Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars, in a double occupancy, including port taxes, yield managed, correct at time of writing – 19/08/2019. Price includes accommodation and all meals onboard, Open Bar (premium alcohol beverages are an additional cost), Zodiac® outings, shore excursions and lectures, polar parka gift, free boot rental, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24 hours room service. (1) For the 21 June 2021 cruise. (2) For the 4 June 2021 cruise. Refer to for further Terms & Conditions. 

Special 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, except the Ponant Bonus and Single Traveller Offers. Offer valid for new bookings only and available until further notice, subject to change and may be withdrawn without any notice. Conditions apply.
  • Consecutive Cruises Offers:
    • 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.

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