Friday, 13 June 2014


From the wide open wilderness of Patagonia to the tropical forests in Panama, South America offers the discerning visitor an astonishing range of scenery and a mosaic of sites where vestiges of the past remain intact. For the 2014/2015 Winter Season, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT is offering passengers the opportunity to board LE BORÉAL and LE SOLÉAL (132 staterooms and suites) to discover Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

From port to port, Compagnie du Ponant invites passengers to explore Latin America in another way, mooring as close as it is possible to be to protected sites, and offering them unrivalled levels of comfort, elegance and five-star service. Passengers will be travelling in the company of experts, historians and guides who are passionate about their subjects.

Supported by a comprehensive programme of shore excursions to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the eight “cruise-circuits” conceived by Compagnie du Ponant offer so much more than a cruise: this is a genuine travel experience. Plus, Compagnie du Ponant is introducing the Open Bar package on all South America itineraries this winter!

The Open Bar will be included on all the South America itineraries. From embarkation throughout the cruise, unlimited complimentary drinks will be available, including a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral water and soft drinks.

The Transatlantic Marseille - Montevideo cruise on LE SOLÉAL (21 days / 20 nights) will be offered free for all bookings on the Montevideo - Ushuaia cruise (departs 16 October 2014).

From the Dutch West Indies to Columbia, via Ecuador and Peru, passengers on LE BORÉAL will have the privilege of crossing the Panama Canal in its centenary year and discovering remarkable sites in a protected natural environment: the colonial towns of Cartagena and Trujillo, the Darien National Park (meeting the Emberá Indians), the Chan Chan archaeological site, and Lima.

Curaçao - Callao (10 days / 9 nights) - Departs 16 October 2014 - From €2,020 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Curaçao
Post-cruise programme: Lima, Machu Picchu (5 days / 4 nights)
Extension: Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Arequipa (4 days / 3 nights)

From Lima to Valparaiso, LE BORÉAL will make a call near Arequipa in Peru before revealing the treasures of Chile’s north coast such as Arica, Caldera and the Azapa valley and plateau. On the edge of the Atacama Desert, passengers have an opportunity to meet the Chinchorro Indians.

Callao - Valparaiso (9 days / 8 nights) - Departs 25 October 2014 - From €1,790 per person
Post-cruise programme: Machu Picchu (5 days / 4 nights), Valparaiso and Santiago (2 days / 1 night)

LE BORÉAL offers a captivating cruise to the “slender country” of Pablo Neruda, calling at Chiloé Island off Puerto Montt in the “lake district”, Tortel a small village at the end of the world, and the Torres Del Paine Park.

The itinerary includes three days sailing in the Chilean fjords and another three around Cape Horn.

Valparaiso - Ushuaia (14 days / 13 nights) - Departs 2 November 2014 - From €3,520 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Valparaiso (2 days / 1 night)
Post-cruise programme: Iguazú Falls (4 days / 3 nights

Ushuaia - Valparaiso (14 days / 13 nights) - Departs 27 February 2015 - From €3,520 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Iguazú Falls (3 days / 3 nights), Buenos Aires (1 night)
Post-cruise programme: Valparaiso and Santiago (2 days / 1 night)

Leaving from Montevideo, LE SOLÉAL will be venturing in the wake of the great navigators between Argentina and Chile, crossing the famous Magellan Strait and legendary Cape Horn, calling at Tierra del Fuego and the Torres Del Paine National Park. On board, Olivier de Kersauson will relive his experiences in these regions that he knows well and which are particularly dear to him.

Montevideo - Ushuaia (10 days / 9 nights) - Departs 5 November 2014 - From €3,860 per person
Transatlantic crossing Marseille - Montevideo offered free (21 days / 20 nights) - From 16 October to 5 November 2014
Pre-cruise programme: Montevideo
Post-cruise programme: Iguazú Falls

From the sublime bay of Valparaiso, LE BORÉAL will be sailing up the Peruvian coast for a cruise rich in emotions with a visit to the Humberstone ghost town (UNESCO), discovering the towns of Iquique, Arica, Arequipa, Lima and Trujillo and exploring the pre-Inca Chauchilla necropolis and Chan Chan archaeological site.

Valparaiso - Guayaquil (13 days / 12 nights) - Departs 12 March 2015 - From €2,700 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Valparaiso
Post-cruise programme: from Quito to Cuenca (4 days/ 4 nights), Galápagos Islands (5 days / 4 nights)
Extensions: Cuzco & Machu Picchu (3 days / 2 nights) - Flight over the Nazca Lines

Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala... LE BORÉAL will bear its passengers away into the very heart of Central America. A concentration of architectural, cultural and natural gems await them in Central America, including the Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica), Granada, the Mombacho Nature Reserve, the Tikal ruins (UNESCO) one of the major sites of the Maya civilisation, and La Antigua, one of the best preserved colonial towns in Spanish America.

Guayaquil - Puerto Caldera (9 days / 8 nights) - Departs 24 March 2015 - From €1,790 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Galápagos Islands (5 days / 4 nights), from Quito to Cuenca (4 days / 4 nights), Guyaquil (2 days / 1 night)
Post-cruise programme: the Guacalillo Estuary on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast (1 day / 1 night)
Extension: Tikal by plane (1 day / 1 night)

After an exceptional port of call to visit the Darien National Park where they will go up the Mogue river in zodiacs® and local canoes to meet the Emberá Indians, LE BORÉAL passengers will cross the Panama Canal on their way to the Caribbean, Holandes Cayes island, Cartagena (UNESCO) and finally Curaçao.

Puerto Caldera - Curaçao (8 days / 7 nights) - Departs 1st April 2015 - From €1,570 per person
Pre-cruise programme: Guacalillo Estuary on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast (1 day / 1 night)
Post-cruise programme: Curaçao (2 days / 1 night)

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