Leading French cruise line and 5-Star Expedition specialist COMPAGNIE DU PONANT has just launched its Summer 2014 collection aboard its three elegant, intimate yachts, LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL (132 staterooms & suites), and the majestic three-mast LE PONANT (32 staterooms).
From April to October 2014, they will be cruising in the Great Arctic North and Canada, Northern Europe and the Baltic, and the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, offering a wide range of unusual itineraries and ports of call.
Each of the luxury 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.
Be it a five-star expedition to the Arctic, coast to coast cruising in the Mediterranean or themed cruises, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT offers so much more than just a cruise: this is travel as it used to be in the golden age of the grand voyage.
ARCTIC NORTH & CANADA
spitSbergEN AND ICELAND: Leaving from Longyearbyen, L’AUSTRAL sets sail for the iridescent ice fields of Spitsbergen where Zodiacs® will take passengers as close as it is possible to be to polar landscapes, the ice floe, glaciers and icebergs. The ship then heads for Iceland on a new itinerary from Grimsey Island, along the coast and south as far as Reykjavík. On the programme: the beautiful town of Akureyri, Godafoss Falls, Skálanes nature reserve in the heart of the spectacular Seydisfjördur, the village of Fáskrúdsfjördur founded by French fisherman at the end of the 19th century, and the islands of Papey and Heimaey.
Longyearbyen - Reykjavik (15 days / 14 nights) - Departs 22 June 2014 - From €4,647 per person
ALASKA TO KAMTCHATKA: From Nome in Alaska, L’AUSTRAL heads for the wilderness of Kamtchatka in the Russian Far East. This volcanic region is spectacularly beautiful and home to extraordinary wildlife. One of the highlight is the Valley of Geysers, 40 volcanoes in the Kronotsky Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Uzon Caldera with its extraordinary contrasts and colours – from intense blue of the lake and streams, suspensions of milky sulphur and the emerald green of the algae. New for 2014 is the possibility to begin the cruise with a short stay in Seattle.
Nome - Petropavlovsk (16 days / 14 nights) - Departs 16 September 2014 - From €8,158 per person (direct flights included)
Browse through the Summer 2014 brochure online: www.ponant.com/Brochures
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