PONANT’s luxury expeditions take guests to the wildest and most far-flung parts of the world; from pole to pole and all the way around the circumference of the Earth.

All itineraries offer immersive experiences both on and off the ship, with expert guides and lecturers available to make your trip as in-depth as possible.

Marvel at other-worldly landscapes in Antarctica, immerse yourself in the ancient cultures of the indigenous people in the Kimberley, explore New Zealand’s secluded subantarctic islands home to an array of wildlife and stunning landscapes, and discover secret coves and secluded ports along the Mediterranean coast. PONANT takes you to exceptional destinations, which only a few very lucky people have the chance to explore. With legendary stopovers, secret ports, isolated archipelagos and more. From South Georgia’s black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence to the crystal-clear waters and stunning coral reefs of the Seychelles and the wild and unspoiled natural environments of Alaska. There is a PONANT voyage to suit every traveller’s dream.

Explore the most isolated Arctic and Antarctic regions of the planet for the first time with Le Commandant-Charcot. Discover Western and Eastern Antarctica with its ice expanses, spectacular mountainous landscapes and vast colonies that bring together several thousand penguins, and exceptional marine wildlife: fur seals, albatrosses, elephant seals, orcas, and whales. Embark on an adventure to the Arctic as never before, with each port of call, observe exceptional wildlife in its natural habitat, lounging on the ice floe or playing in the wake of your ship, and set off to meet the Inuit people for memorable encounters.

2021 Cruises



Le Lapérouse

Set sail for the grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley and discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. Uncover billions of years old landscapes and ancient rock art, and explore mangroves, home to the world’s largest living reptile. With its impressive waterfalls, and spectacular tidal phenomena, the wild lands of the Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure! Departing April – September 2021.



Le Boreal & L’Austral

Embark on a 10-night polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm – the Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter Gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals, and a multitude of seabirds. Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by icebergs, ice floe and ancient glaciers. Departing November – December 2021.



Le Commandant-Charcot

Beyond Peter I Island and Charcot Island, this exceptional 18-night cruise will take you into the heart of the Bellingshausen Sea. This area is hard to reach and practically unexplored, but the reward lives up to the challenge: gigantic colonies of emperor penguins, a unique species endemic to the Antarctic. Departing November 2021.

2022 Itineraries

For the first time, thanks to Le Commandant-Charcot, discover these distant zones, while the surrounding waters are still frozen: an exceptional odyssey that remains inaccessible to traditional cruise ships. Sail beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and set off to explore the great White Continent, discovering landscapes of almost surreal beauty. In these almost unexplored places, both hostile and sublime, your voyage will take on another dimension: that of a journey marked by all the force and power of nature.



Le Commandant-Charcot

Be among the few people on Earth who have approached two islands beyond the Antarctic Polar Circle, onboard Le Commandant Charcot. This unique itinerary will provide an opportunity to approach Charcot Island, the largely untouched island that attracts numerous seabirds, and Peter I Island, on which it’s estimated only around 600 people have ever set foot.



Le Commandant-Charcot

Sail the Ross Sea on this 24-night expedition and discover one of the most extreme and conserved universes in the Antarctic. In the heart of this polar Garden of Eden, you will encounter prodigious fauna, as well as surrealist landscapes. Antarctic petrels, Minke whales, orcas and seals are at home here, as are very large colonies of Adelie and emperor penguins.



Le Commandant-Charcot

Sail from Patagonia, to the Antarctic peninsula, via South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, this all-new 17-night itinerary will take you into the heart of the Scotia Arc. Discover four very different ecosystems, from the wooded heights of the Tierra del Fuego and the tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea to the glacier-covered mountains of the South Sandwich Islands and the snow-capped summits of South Georgia each with their prolific wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.