Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
The environmentally-friendly fleet
PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Our search continues for wonderful travel companies to partner with for our Sustainable Corporate Travel initiative and we are delighted to include Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions on this list! It can be difficult to find a truly sustainable partner in the cruise industry but Ponant’s respect for the environment is easy to see in their Sustainability Manifesto and in their actions to create less harmful travel practices.
While Ponant has instituted the traditional practices of limiting single-use plastics on board their ships and maximizing water recycling, they have gone beyond this and created the most environmentally friendly fleet of cruise ships in the world.
As of 2020, 100% of their ships have either the CLEANSHIP or the CLEANSHIP SUPER label and they are all fitted with electric propulsion systems that limit emissions and produce lower levels of noise and vibrations to protect the ocean life and ecosystems that they sail within.
The cruise line didn’t stop there though, as we move into the 20’s Ponant is looking forward to the future of cruising and has designed, built, and sailed Le Commandant Charcot, a ship that embodies their commitment to sustainable tourism. This ship is designed specifically for journeying into the extreme polar regions of the world while consuming the cleanest energy currently available and impacting the environment as minimally as possible.
Sustainability and Environmental Friendliness
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The Ponant Ships are intentionally designed to welcome abord a limited number of guests. There are 92 Staterooms on new PONANT EXPLORERS, 132 Staterooms on L’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Soleal, and 122 Staterooms on Le Lyrial.
- Small Ship size allows access to less crowded ports and remote locations
- Unique atmosphere
- Attentive & Personalized Service
- PONANT is currently the only cruise line to sail under the French Flag
- Crew members communicate in Fench and English
- French Touch in design and decor
PONANT, World Leader of Luxury Expeditions
Polar, tropical, or subtropical expeditions:
Antarctic to Papua New Guinea, Ponant will take you as close as possible to pristine nature and ancestral cultures, far from the crowded maritime routes
An Experienced Expedition Team
PONANT Expedition Team has been selected for their knowledge and expertise to enhance your experience both onboard and in the field, providing fascinating lectures and valuable insight into the region’s culture, history, and wildlife.
The French “art de la table”
PONANT Chefs and their galley team interpret their passion for French culinary heritage, enriched by products and traditions from the country visited.
Fresh products and carefully selected ingredients, mature cheeses, and a superb list of grand cru wines
The advice and expertise of Ducasse Conseil ensures the PONANT’s culinary standards are as high as possible
Each of the PONANT EXPLORERS series ships is equipped with an underwater guest lounge called Blue Eye, located within the hull eight feet beneath the waterline. This major innovation focuses on three innovative concepts: biomimetics, innovative underwater vision, and global listening. Thanks to hydrophones that are integrated beneath the keel, the natural symphony of the deep sea is captured across o three-mile radius