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PONANT releases 29 cruises featuring Northern Europe, the Mediterranean & Atlantic Islands

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This selection of carefully designed cruises presents a wide range of options, including exploring PONANT’s Mediterranean ‘backyard’, from Barcelona to Istanbul, capturing the essence of ‘dolce vita’ at sea and ashore. A person standing in front of a mountain

Description automatically generatedAlso, further north, from St Petersburg to Tromso – reflect on the opulent and often turbulent Russian Empire and Hanseatic League, and retrace the footsteps of the Vikings with a range of itineraries exploring northern Europe, including Norway, Iceland and Scotland.

PONANT’s small ships provide access to waterways inaccessible to large vessels – with benefits that include enjoying the intimacy of mooring on the River Neva in the heart of St Petersburg, affording more time to explore and less time in transit, squeezing through the historic Corinth Canal or making your way up the Gironde estuary to moor adjacent to Chateau Latour.

“Whether it is art and architecture, geysers and glaciers, or the warm waters of the Aegean, we are offering a potpourri of choice, something for everyone to capture the essence of the destinations, their history and cultures,” explains Monique Ponfoort, PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific.

“Understandably, being French, we have Gastronomy & Oenology themed voyages, five in fact, plus two Art & Literature cruises and four Music cruises. And for those more adventurous types there is an Expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic to Cape Verde & the Bijagos Islands.”

“Always seeking to further enhance guest experiences, in 2021 for the first time, we will be visiting Sochi in Russia and Batumi, Georgia, during our new ‘Black Sea Odyssey’ cruise. In fact we have four new itineraries covering Norway’s fjords and islands; the Baltic, Scotland and Iceland; the Black Sea and an escapade around the Peloponnese. We are also visiting Sorrento, Italy, as part of our 6th Annual Piano Festival at Sea celebrations”

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Description automatically generated“But it certainly doesn’t stop there. There are two cruises being held in partnership with Relais & Chateaux: ‘The Best of Croatia’ – which is already one of our most popular itineraries, and ‘Flanders and Hansa Cities’, plus a wonderful cruise from Athens to Istanbul in partnership with the Louvre – ‘The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures’.”

“Really, if considering a voyage in 2021 to these parts of the world, I encourage you take some time and visit the PONANT website to see the extensive range on offer”.

These 29 voyages feature seven of PONANT’s small ships – representing the youngest fleet in the world – L’Austral, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial, each with just 132 staterooms and suites plus the new Explorer ships Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Jacques-Cartier and Le Dumont-D’Urville each with 92 staterooms and suites – all with private balconies.

Athens, the Cyclades, Canary Islands, Venice, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, the astonishing Corinth Canal, Patmos, Nessebar, Gdansk, Reykjavik, Aqaba……

Come aboard the world’s most modern fleet afloat, enjoy French ambiance and experience the difference small ship cruising offers, with a dash of French panache that is PONANT’s indelible signature.


Below are examples of the 29 PONANT voyages released as part of the Europe & the Atlantic Islands sales opening:

NEW! Black Sea Odyssey:
Istanbul to Istanbul aboard Le Bougainville.
10 nights / Departs 31 July 2021.
An exciting new itinerary that explores the coastlines of the Black Sea, a pivot point of human history and cultural exchange for millennia, reflecting Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Explore the Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian and Georgian shores on this inaugural PONANT circumnavigation.
AUD $7,730 per person* in a Deluxe Stateroom with private balcony based on a double occupancy.

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NEW! Norway’s Fjords and Islands:
Bergen to Tromso aboard Le Boreal.
8 nights / Departs 19 May 2021.
Sail the West Norwegian Fjords, including a visit to the truly spectacular Geiranger Fjord. Head north and cross the Arctic Circle to discover the imposing landscapes of the Lofoten archipelago before cruising past Bear Island to observe its myriad of sea birds including Atlantic puffins.
From AUD $6,040 per person* in a Superior Stateroom based on a double occupancy.

The Best of Croatia with Relais & Châteaux:
Venice to Venice aboard Le Lyrial.
7 nights / Departs 2 July 2021.
Join Relais & Châteaux on this fascinating itinerary sailing the famed coast and islands of Croatia and the historic Bay of Kotor. On board, a Relais & Châteaux chef will prepare two gala dinners, offer two original signature dishes and run cooking demonstrations and classes.
From AUD $5,410 per person* in a Superior Stateroom based on a double occupancy.
Note: Other departures available in June & July 2021 with the same cruise itinerary but these are not in conducted in partnership with Relais & Châteaux.

To view our complete list of cruises, visit our website

Pricing Terms & Conditions: * All advertised prices are based on the Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars, based on a double occupancy, including port taxes, yield managed, correct at time of writing – 14/11/2019. Ponant Bonus discount subject to change based on availability. Refer to for further Terms & Conditions.


Details of all PONANT’s Europe & the Atlantic Islands cruises, including itineraries and pricing, are available at

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on 1300 737 178 (Australia) or 0800 767 018 (New Zealand), or email

We recommend booking early to save up to 30% on the cruise fare and to secure the cabin of your choice!

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