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No one takes more passengers to the polar regions than PONANT – and with good reason. PONANT’s 20 years of polar exploration epitomise modern day
expeditions, where luxury merges with adventure. True expeditions, with regular ship to shore excursions designed to stimulate body and mind. 

On your Antarctic expedition, marvel at the world’s largest icebergs and vast numbers of wildlife: fur seals, penguins, albatrosses, elephant seals, orcas and whales living side by side in this unique land and seascape. A spell-binding
atmosphere of total serenity unequalled anywhere else on Earth.

“Each life-changing polar voyage is a unique experience, made all the more interesting by Zodiac landings accompanied by the specialist expedition teams, and renowned polar specialists who share their views and passion for these polar ice lands which they have been exploring for years. Of course, as part of your voyage, you will need to cross the infamous Drake Passage for the privilege to explore the Antarctic Peninsula in all its grandeur, but that is part of adventure!” explains Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific.

“Our compact expedition ships allow us to navigate narrow waterways such as the Lemaire Channel, or enter the caldera of Deception Island. Flexibility is one of the keys to successful expedition cruising, so do not be surprised if the Captain alters the ship’s course to admire the acrobatics of a humpback whale or land guests on a beach to meet a particularly impressive penguin colony.”

PONANT voyages, some conducted in conjunction with National Geographic Expeditions, include the famed Antarctic Peninsula, with a varying range of
destinations such as Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island and Deception Island, plus, on longer voyages, the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands, South Orkney Islands and South Georgia.

As an added incentive to travel with PONANT, Monique poses the question: “Why not balance the mental and physical immersion of exploring ashore with  generous and thoughtful creature comforts when back onboard?” 

Return from your polar excursions to your luxurious floating base-camp onboard. Enjoy French luxury and ambiance, and experience the difference small ship
expedition cruising with PONANT offers. Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, enjoy spa therapy to ease tired muscles or simply as a pampering indulgence. An inclusive Open Bar provides the chance to relax with a beer, wines, champagne or, perhaps, a cocktail. A Negroni drizzled over Antarctic ice anyone? Later, the choice of fine cuisine, the flavours complimented with world-class wines.”

PONANT’s 2020/2021 Antarctic season now open for sale.

With 22 departures and a range of itineraries varying in length between 10 to 21 nights your clients will be spoilt for choice. To secure the voyage of choice,
guaranteed lowest price and widest cabin availability, it is advisable for your clients to book now. 

Travel Agents should contact PONANT’s Cruise Consultant for details or visit

Pricing Examples:
EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA: A 10-night expedition to the Antarctica Peninsula.
Departs November 2020 to February 2020. From $12,370 pp* (1) in a Superior Stateroom with ocean views.

THE GREAT AUSTRAL LOOP: One of PONANT’s most popular itineraries, this 15 night
expedition visits the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
Departs 3rd & 28th November 2020 & 19th January 2021. From $16,210 pp*(2) in a Superior Stateroom with ocean views.

THE ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY: A comprehensive voyage of 20 nights encompassing the very best Antarctica has to offer, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Orkney Islands.
Departs 9th November 2020. From $21,260 pp* in a Deluxe Stateroom with a private
*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 – 07/05/2019. (1) For the 2nd Dec. 2020 cruise. (2) For the 3rd Nov. 2020 cruise. Refer to for further T & Cs.


  • Do you have clients eager to travel to Antarctica before 2020-21? There is still availability on 2019-20 expeditions. Contact PONANT for details, or download the e-brochure available at: (B2B)
    You can also visit the PONANT website:
  • PONANT’s sister ships L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial are environmentally responsible purpose-built expedition ships, part of the youngest fleet in the world, meeting the most stringent international standards in terms of environmental responsibility and safety equipment.
Refer to one of PONANT’s Cruise Consultants in Australia: 1300 737 178 or + 612 8459 5000 / New Zealand: 0800 767 018  Email for assistance or to request your copies of PONANT’s Antarctic voyages brochure.
Further information available on the website:
PONANT is a voting Member of International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), an organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica – 

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