Our modern fleet consists of small-sized ships designed for expedition cruises or yachting. From Le Ponant, our iconic three-masted yacht, to Le Commandant Charcot, our first electric hybrid polar expedition vessel, our fleet are fitted with cutting-edge equipment. We ensure both the safety of our passengers and respect for the areas we visit through our sustainable ships designed for environmental protection.

Our Iconic yacht

Le Ponant

This splendid traditional French sailing ship has only 16 cabins and suites. As though on a private yacht, you will set sail with a small group of others who also love the sea and sailing. Completely revamped in 2019, it redefines the notion of luxury yachting and has evolved into a truly exquisite space that will welcome you into a unique setting. Now more intimate, our majestic three-masted sailing ship offers you the chance to experience the trip of a lifetime.

Le Ponant

Our expedition ships


With 122 to 132 staterooms and suites, these four distinguished Sisterships remain true to our philosophy: travelling on small-capacity vessels with a unique atmosphere: a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. Decorated with furnishings in high-quality materials, with soft and soothing tones, they express the French way of life, its understated sophistication, combining chic and natural refinement.
Launched between 2010 and 2015, they are part of the youngest fleet at sea.

Our new-generation ships


Created in 2018, the PONANT EXPLORERS series consists of small-sized ships, which combine respect for the environment, elegant design and cutting-edge technology. They feature Blue Eye, a unique multi-sensory lounge, the only one of its kind in the world, which is located in the hull, below the waterline. These six exceptional yachts, with just 92 staterooms and suites, bear the names of French explorers who went in search of previously unknown territories.

The World's Only Luxury Icebreaker

Le Commandant Charcot

Reach the real North Pole, cross the Arctic Ocean, discover the very north-east of Greenland... Le Commandant Charcot has been designed to take you in the footsteps of the great polar explorers, in an elegant setting with luxury amenities which until now have never been offered in the furthermost areas of the northern and southern hemispheres. More than just conventional cruises, these are true polar odysseys that we are offering with this new electric hybrid vessel powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Le Commandant Charcot

The specialist of Polynesia

Le Paul Gauguin

Le Paul Gauguin is an elegant luxury vessel, specially designed for navigation in Polynesian waters. Its shallow draft allows it to get in close to shallow lagoons and isolated islands, maximising stopover time. A true cocoon of comfort and elegance, the ship offers a warm and timeless atmosphere to its guests. Its 165 cabins and suites all have external views and are tastefully decorated. Quality materials such as precious woods, antique engravings and tiki details pay homage to Polynesian culture and contribute to the charm of life on board, making each trip unique.

Le Paul Gauguin

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