Polar, tropical and subtropical expeditions: from Antarctica to Papua New Guinea, PONANT takes you up close and personal
with unspoilt nature and ancient cultures, far from the beaten track taken by cruises.
With almost 20 years of experience in extreme regions, PONANT is a true Polar Specialist.
Choosing a PONANT “Expedition” cruise means choosing a state of mind: a blend of luxury, exploration and great comfort, adventure and refinement... even in the heart of the most remote regions. PONANT Expedition Cruises not only give you the chance to travel on board a
Make your dream come true in Antarctica, go in search of Inuits, dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Seychelles, observe the diverse fauna and explore the dense jungle of Central America… The size of our boats makes it possible to get to hard-to-reach areas, giving you the chance to discover hidden spots.
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The Expedition Teams
Made up of captivating and enthusiastic expedition leaders and naturalist guides, the PONANT expedition teams will unlock the doors to pristine natural spots. During the outings on Zodiac® boats and on-board talks, the team will give you the key to discover flora and fauna, understand the traditions and ways of life of locals and get up close and personal with these remote regions.Discover our team
From the coniferous forests of the North to the glaciers of Antarctica, from the banks of the Amazon River to the idyllic beaches of New Caledonia, from the ancient traditions of the Inuits to the millennium-old cultures of Vanuatu, discover remote corners of the earth and ways of life on board a modern, luxurious ship.
An expedition with PONANT guarantees the best conditions of day to day comfort for you in some of the most remote places on the planet. The comfort of your ship and your cabin, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy... the unique atmosphere which we go to great lengths to preserve in order to stay true to our philosophy, creating that privileged feeling of being aboard one’s own private yacht. In the heart of the ice or the distant archipelagos of Oceania, our luxury amenities will make your expedition voyage an unforgettable experience.Our expedition cruises
... in the heart of extreme lands
Whether in the Polar Regions or along the Amazon river, the size of our ships and their shallow draught mean you can arrive as close as possible to these hard-to-access areas. This proximity o ers the privileged discovery of preserved sites. Our expedition teams are always on the lookout for the unexpected and the surprises inherent to these itineraries, and our flexibility enables us to adapt to these. A genuine philosophy of exploration travel.
Zodiac® shore visits and outings
During Expedition voyages, our fleet of Zodiac® make landing ashore in remote, seldom visited destinations safe and enjoyable, and enable guests to get as close as possible to ice, coral reefs, waterfalls and fauna. Our Zodiac® are designed to accommodate small groups of 10 passengers. They are easy to step on to from the marina platform at the rear of your ship. Our inclusive Zodiac® and shore excursions are unforgettable experiences, whether you are landing on a deserted beach in the Maluku islands of Indonesia, interacting with remote tribes of Papua New Guinea, or discovering the splendour of Antarctic glaciers.Our expedition cruises
Specialists of extreme regions, these passionate and fascinating professionals will bring cultural, environmental and historical dimensions to all your outings and will be sure to keep you informed about nearby flora and fauna, local cultures and natural phenomena. As recognised professionals, a er scouting missions in the field, they organise safe outings and shore visits, taking advantage of the opportunities that arise during any expedition. Aboard the ship the pleasure continues, with a series of cultural, scientific or historical presentations.
To make sure you have a safe trip, all our captains and crew are trained on glacier navigation.
Once aboard, enjoy the adventure in total peace of mind. Everything is included: Zodiac® outings and shore visits, excursions, lectures, parkas and boot hire for polar expeditions.
During some cruises and ports of calls, optional paying excursions are offered to visit sites that can be reached only with a local infrastructure.
Visit Papua New Guinea, explore the Kimberley, discover forgotten islands in the Indian Ocean, immerse yourself in glaciers in Antarctica, or go on an adventure in Spitsbergen, to name but a few options. Whether you’re attracted to the tropics or the polar expanses, thanks to our expertise in luxury expedition cruises, you will be in for an unparalleled change of scenery in some of the world’s most isolated regions.
Polar Expeditions voyages
The leader in expeditions to polar regions and an expert for over 20 years in these destinations, PONANT lets you live your dream for adventure, with the professional focus and responsible approach that characterises us.
In the Antarctic, set o to discover the icy vastness, and the fauna of the White Continent: humpback whales, seals, penguins... In the Arctic regions, fjords, glaciers, icebergs of changing colours and varied fauna await you: polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, orcas, whales... without forgetting the special moments of interaction with Inuit people.
Tropical Expeditions voyages
A tropical Expedition voyage is more a matter of encounters. Sailing to remote and seldom visited destinations allows you to discover the ancient customs of many tribes and ethnic groups that continue their rituals on the land of their forefathers.
Whether they are Papuan, Polynesian or Māori people, you will gain an understanding of their tradition and cultures. During visits to their villages, take time to interact with these warm and friendly people, ensuring rewarding encounters and priceless memories. Not forgetting disembarking on idyllic white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and coral gardens far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.