Life on board
Whether you choose a Mediterranean cruise or a voyage into the heart of the Antarctic ice floes, you will always enjoy the exceptional levels of service for which PONANT is renowned. Our excellent service, customised and attentive, will give you the privileged feeling of sailing aboard your own private yacht.
To ensure you experience a real tailor-made cruise, all of our experienced staff will be fully available for you.
An essential element of French culture, gastronomy is naturally high on the agenda aboard PONANT ships. Fresh products, carefully selected ingredients, exquisite dishes: throughout your cruise, you will appreciate outstanding cuisine prepared by talented chefs sharing their passion for French culinary heritage.
In a setting worthy of the finest restaurants, you will discover subtle and audacious flavours, interspersed with dishes inspired by the ports of call visited. From scallops in vichyssoise served with sweet-and-sour squash and Melba toast, to the milk chocolate and caramel with fleur de sel dessert – via the roast tenderloin of Argentinian beef served with a Merlot wine reduction – each culinary creation becomes a voyage of discovery.
Accompanied by a selection of cheeses, and fine wines presented by our expert sommeliers, our cuisine is imbued with the special French touch. Our sisterships (Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial) welcome you with a choice of two superb restaurants on board. Delight your taste buds on your five-star cruise, whether in the intimate atmosphere of the Gastronomic Restaurant or the more laid-back setting of the Grill Restaurant.
The Gastronomic Restaurant offers classic and contemporary cuisine prepared by French chefs who are committed to delivering sumptuous, memorable gourmet experiences.
The Grill Restaurant welcomes you in a more relaxed setting, serving gourmet and varied cuisine. Themed lunch and dinner buffets are organised every day, featuring the horizon as a special guest.
On board Le Ponant, in the Karukéra Restaurant, you will enjoy delicate cuisine inspired by the flavours of the sea.
And so that everyone's tastes are catered to, special menus are available on request for passengers with specific dietary requirements (low-fat, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc).