Whether it’s a polar, tropical or subtropical expedition, from Antarctica to Papua New Guinea, PONANT gets you up close and personal with unspoilt nature and rich cultures, far from the traditional cruise routes. With more than 20 years of experience in extreme regions, PONANT is a true Polar Specialist.Discover our expedition cruises
PONANT Expedition cruises are the ultimate blend of refined luxury and adventurous exploration, even in the heart of the most remote regions. Our small-ship Expedition cruises not only provide a high-end travel experience, but also allow you to go on a voyage of discovery to far-flung corners of the Earth, accompanied by top-quality services and experts on the regions visited.
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Marvel at other-worldly landscapes in Antarctica, meet the indigenous Inuit people, dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Seychelles, observe diverse fauna and explore dense jungle in Central America… The smaller size of our ships makes it possible to get to hard-to-reach areas, giving you the chance to discover hidden spots unlike any other.
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The Expedition Teams
PONANT expedition leaders and naturalist guides are passionate, knowledgeable experts on their destinations, unlocking doors to the pristine areas we visit. During outings on Zodiac® inflatable boats and during onboard lectures and talks, the team will teach you about the unique flora and fauna of the region and explain the traditions and way of life of the locals, so you can get up close and personal with these remote and fascinating regions.Meet the 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 new cultures and remote corners of the Earth on board a modern, luxurious ship.
An expedition with PONANT guarantees top quality comfort, despite exploring some of the most remote places on the planet. The comfort of the ship and staterooms, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy... we’re proud of the atmosphere we create onboard and strive to always make you feel as though you’re on your own private yacht. In the heart of icy realms or the tranquil archipelagos of Oceania, our luxury amenities will make your expedition voyage an unforgettable experience.Our expedition cruises
... in the heart of extreme lands
Whether it’s the Polar regions or along the Amazon River, the smaller size of our ships and their shallow draught mean you can get in as close as possible to these hard-to-access areas. This close proximity offers you the opportunity to explore often inaccessible locations and see rare sights. Our teams are trained to be on the lookout for any unexpected surprises and moments that are part and parcel of an expedition cruise, and our flexibility allows us to adapt to these – this is the true meaning of exploration travel.
Zodiac® shore visits and outings
During Expedition voyages, our fleet of Zodiac® inflatable boats 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. Designed to accommodate small groups of 10 guests, they are easy to step on to from the marina platform at the rear of our ship. Our inclusive Zodiac® and shore excursions are unforgettable experiences, whether you’re 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 in extreme regions, these passionate and knowledgeable professionals will add a cultural, environmental and historical dimension to your outings and will point out nearby flora and fauna, local cultures and natural phenomena. As recognised professionals, they always make scouting missions in the field before organising safe outings and shore visits for guests, taking advantage of the opportunities that arise during any expedition. The enrichment doesn’t stop there though, with a series of cultural, scientific or historical presentations back onboard.
To ensure a safe polar expedition, all our captains and crew are trained on glacier navigation.
Once aboard, enjoy the adventure with total peace of mind. Everything is included: Zodiac® outings, shore visits, excursions and lectures, plus 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 local infrastructure.
Immerse yourself in Papua New Guinea, explore the untouched Kimberley, discover forgotten islands in the Indian Ocean, be surrounded by glaciers in Antarctica, or be dazzled by the landscapes of Spitsbergen… and these are just a few of the options we offer. Whether you’re attracted to the tropics or the polar regions, our expertise in luxury expedition cruises means you’re in for an unparalleled change of scenery in some of the world’s most isolated regions.
Polar Expedition voyages
As the leader in expeditions to polar regions and with over 20 years’ experience in these unique destinations, PONANT takes you on the adventure of a lifetime, with the professional focus and responsible approach that is part of our DNA.
In the Antarctic, set out to discover the icy expanses and magnificent fauna of the White Continent: humpback whales, seals, penguins... In the Arctic regions, fjords, glaciers, icebergs that reflect the hues of the sky and varied wildlife await: polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, orcas, whales... plus the special moments of interaction with Inuit people.
Tropical Expedition cruises
A tropical Expedition voyage is more focussed on cultural 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 it’s the Papuan, Polynesian or Māori people, you’ll learn about and gain an appreciation for their tradition and cultures. During village visits, take the time to interact with these warm and friendly people, promising rewarding encounters and priceless memories. Plus, who could forget disembarking on idyllic white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and coral reefs far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Alaska, the Bijagos islands, Antarctica, Seychelles ... PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have joined forces to offer exceptional expedition cruises with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC experts onboard – for those with a real thirst for knowledge.Find out more