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PONANT, one of the first cruise lines in the world to return to cruising, has resumed luxury expeditions to the Arctic. The first emblematic Arctic destination? Spitsbergen, aboard Le Boréal, with a departure on 18 July 2020. PONANT, world leader of luxury expeditions, will also set a course through the legendary Northeast Passage before sailing onward to Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands in the Russian Arctic.

Between now and September 2020, PONANT will be undertaking no fewer than five inspirational itineraries to the Arctic, four of them brand new.

Destinations include the Bering Strait; Chukotka, one of the most remote parts of the world; Svalbard and its Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve; the Kuril Islands, and the Northeast Passage.

Polar bears, seabirds, walruses, bears and arctic foxes, surreal polar landscapes, volcanoes, remote outposts… life enriching voyages, each holding the promise of unforgettable moments. With extensive experience in sailing the polar regions, and expertise for over 20 years, PONANT has resumed voyages in 2020 designed to appeal to the inner explorer.

Looking ahead with confidence here are some examples of PONANT’s 2020 soon-to-sail Arctic voyages to stir the mind for when the time is right for international travel again:

THE BEST OF SPITSBERGEN, Norway – departed 18 July 2020 and 25 July
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen – Aboard Le Boréal 

An exceptional voyage to discover the Far North and the vastness of the Arctic polar region. Discover exceptional fauna and flora, adapted to the polar extremes, including walruses, arctic terns and polar bears, the Lords of the Arctic. Well beyond the Arctic Circle, experience the unique impression of having reached the end of the world.

UNEXPLORED SVALBARD, Norway – departing 30 July and 6 August 2020
Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen – Aboard Le Boréal
A Norwegian archipelago situated beyond the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Islands open the doors to the Far North to discover a fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes and an exceptional flora and fauna capable of adapting to extreme conditions with temperatures dropping to around -30 °C in winter. A rich ecosystem supports colonies of seabirds, walruses, bears and arctic foxes.
THE NORTHEAST PASSAGE, Norway to the Russian Far East – departing 26 August 2020

Longyearbyen to Anadyr – Aboard Le Boréal – 22 Nights

This is a pure expedition voyage in the wake of Roald Amundsen, one of the greatest polar explorers. Explore the Russian Arctic National Park; the vast polar desert of Severnaya Zemlya; the New Siberian Islands and their exceptional biodiversity; Wrangel Island and its unique ecosystem… Cross the Bering Strait and discover Chukotka, one of the most remote regions on the planet, with an opportunity to visit some villages and meet their inhabitants. More information.
THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC, From Kamchatka to the Kuril Islands – departing 19 September 2020
Anadyr to Tokyo – Aboard Le Boréal – 15 nights
Discover the rarely visited Russian Far East. Visit Chukchi villages to share moments in the daily lives of these Siberian peoples; on the Kamchatka Peninsula, spectacular landscapes are home to brown bears, many species of seabirds and marine mammals, while in the Kuril Islands, in the Sea of Okhotsk, every island is a volcano. More information.
Please note: the itineraries may be altered based on port approvals and to comply with applicable government regulations
Background on PONANT Health Protocols  _________________
As a prerequisite to resuming its operations, PONANT has put in place a series of health and hygiene measures that exceed the international standards for the sector. For peace of mind while cruising, every person on board (guests and crew) must undergo a health check and have a PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to boarding. Filtering and decontamination measures are in place upon boarding and the customer journey before, during and after the cruise has been entirely redesigned.
PONANT had already invested in high-level on-board hospital facilities for its fleet of ships, including a cutting-edge medical infrastructure (radiology, biology, and even life-support equipment). An expert medical team consisting of at least one doctor and nurse are present aboard ship, available around the clock.
PONANT has been committed to responsible and sustainable tourism for over 30 years. Its fleet of 10 ships is the youngest on the market and sails under the French flag. All are equipped with sophisticated technology to ensure passenger safety and care for the regions visited. On PONANT expedition cruises, every landing is subject to a rigorous protocol that mobilises a dedicated team to ensure a minimal impact on the sites visited.
To find out more about PONANT’s health protocol*: click here

*This document may be adjusted to consider scientific, medical and health developments

Information & Reservations 
All PONANT voyages including cruises, expeditions, pricing, and shore excursion highlights available at au.ponant.com
Contact your preferred travel agent, or PONANT Consultants on 1300 737 178 (Australia) or 0800 767 018 (New Zealand), or email reservations.aus@ponant.com to obtain assistance and information.

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