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Discover Antarctica with Ponant cruises

Cruise with Ponant

Multi-day cruise: Ponant explorers: Le Soleal, Antarctique

Emblematic Antarctica:  from 9 December 2017 to 19 December 2017
11 days / 10 nights
Departure Port : Ushuaia
Arrival Port : Ushuaia

PONANT proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard Le Soléal and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.  
In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.  
On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.
Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms. 
Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Soléal will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.
Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

- Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
- Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
- Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains.
- Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds.
- Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

Owner Suite
Area : 45 m²
Capacity : up to 2 passengers per cabin
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you with a breathtakting panoramic sea view. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
•    King-size bed or twin beds & Shower
•    Minibar
•    Flat screen
•    Satellite TV
•    Desk with stationery
•    Ipod™ players
•    Video on demand
•    safe
•    Hairdryer
•    Bath robes
•    Satellite direct line telephone
•    110/220 volts outlet
•    French bath products
•    24hr room service
•    Internet acces wifi.

Special offer :
Exclusive offer: Receive a credit of €1000 towards your flights*. To make your cruise even better, choose your pre- and post-cruise programmes from the selection presented in the "A la carte options" tab.
*€1000 flight credit offered depending on the cruise. Credit is per person and applies when flights are booked through PONANT. This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. It cannot be backdated or combined with any other offers.

PONANT, a pioneer and leading expedition in polar regions, developed its unique concept of luxury shipping cruises with the arrival of 4 new yachts sisterships, the PONANT EXPLORERS.
PONANT passengers as well as travel experiences, especially through the tropical expedition, again finding the unique combination of discovery and the exceptional conditions of comfort that make the company's signature even in the most remote areas .
Paying homage to the great French explorers, these four new florets will take the passengers in the footsteps of these men who have gone on an adventure in search of new lands. An evidence for PONANT, a French flag fighter company to approach land still secretive, inaccessible to the largest units.
Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain will join the fleet in 2018, followed by the Bougainville and Dumont-d'Urville in 2019. Faithful to the philosophy of the company, these ships combine human size, design, advanced technology and respect for the environment. They will offer passengers an ever-expanding range of destinations, for more discovery and excitement.

State-of-the-art yachts:
Equipped with innovative equipment, sophisticated cabins, large glazed suites, exterior lounges and acquisitions, these four new human size yachts (92 cabins and suites, only), by their design and their small size , A unique cruise experience.
- Grill restaurant and swimming pool with counter-current swimming system
- Mini-submerged port which allows direct access to a fleet of 10 embedded zodiacs.
- Reinforced shell for navigation in polar zones.
- Sundeck with removable marina

A 5-star atmosphere, intimate and refined:
With sophisticated cabins, large glazed suites and lounges, openings for the exterior, new yachts on a human scale, by their design and small size, a unique cruise experience, always in the world of comfort And elegance that makes the signature PONANT.
The interior design, designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, warm and contemporary, punctuated by ethnic notes, is directly inspired by the destinations and cultures discovered during the PONANT stopovers.

BLUE EYE: The multi sensorial underwater space:
PONANT, faithful to its pioneering spirit, is launching a world premiere.
It was Jacques Rougerie, an academic architect, passionate about the sea, who was entrusted with the conception of this technique of prowess. The mission of Jacques Rougerie? To make passengers perceive and feel PONING this fabulous underwater world that has never ceased to amaze and inspire him throughout the career through three innovative concepts.


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