Sunday, 5 May 2013



A new ship, Le Soléal, special offers (25% off selected cruises), and a year of special events to mark the occasion...

 This year, Compagnie du Ponant, the luxury yacht cruise company, market leader for polar destinations and five-star expedition specialist, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 25% off on a selection of eight cruises in Asia, Mediterranean, Great North, South America and Russia, and an exceptional series of celebrity on board guests throughout the rest of the year. The Anniversary Offer is valid for reservations made between 25 April and 25 May 2013 for cruises on Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal (each offering 132 staterooms and suites), and three-mast Le Ponant (32 staterooms).

Each of the 132-cabin, elegant and intimate, yachts offers spacious suites, impeccable service and excellent food and wine – plus their small size allows them to reach destinations that larger ships cannot, and offer its passengers to sail in the company of experts & historians as guides & lecturers who are passionate about their subjects.

In April 1988, with a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, current CEO Jean Emmanuel Sauvée embarked on this adventure by building the company’s first ship, the famous three-mast Le Ponant. What became as a dream is now a flourishing reality, with the addition of three prestigious vessels to the fleet, sisterships Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal which is launching in Venice at the end of June 2013.

An experienced bilingual crews, attentive service and exceptional itineraries in elegant surroundings are Compagnie du Ponant’s key selling points – with a modern and innovative fleet that has been sailing the world’s oceans for 25 years.

To mark the occasion, various events and offers have been organised throughout the year:

25 YEARS: -25% OFF a selection of cruises
A 25% discount on a selection of cruises, giving opportunities to discover the company’s yacht-style cruising philosophy – with exceptional destinations and moorings inaccessible to larger ships, gourmet cuisine and impeccable.

Access treasures of the world by sea – discover the new “Ponant Discovery” extensions – more than a cruise it is a sea voyage...
This season, Compagnie du Ponant has launched a while array of new itineraries in the Arctic (LE SOLÉAL will cross the famous North West Passage this summer) and Asia. It has now introduced “Ponant Discovery” extensions, to offer guests the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into the culture and treasures of countries – the Atacama Desert, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and Galapagos are amongst many dream destinations now accessible on these “cruise-voyages”.

Special guests
Throughout the year, and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, many very special guests will be honouring Compagnie du Ponant with their presence on board. They include: famous opera singer, Ruggiero Raimondi; ex-government minister and philosopher, Luc Ferry; poet, writer and musicologist, Alain Duault; child psychiatrist,  Marcel Rufo; singer and song writer, Hugues Auffray; comedian, actor and singer, Michel Leeb; jazz violinist, Didier Lockwood; Breton singer and harpist, Cécile Corbel; the troupe from the musical Mamma Mia; soprano and actress, Inva Mula… and many other surprises.

For more information or to book, visit or call 0800 980 4027

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