PONANT’s Loyalty Cruise - Maya Treasure of the Yucatán

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Roundtrip flight included
    PONANT’s Loyalty Cruise - Maya Treasure of the Yucatán
    Flight Paris/Cancun + pre 1 night + visits + transfers + flight Cancun/Paris

    Cruise Latin America

    from 30 November 2019 to 7 December 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Puerto Morelos
    Arrival Port : Puerto Morelos

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : PP6916CP - C301119

    PONANT brings you a brand new itinerary around the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán. Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain to discover the treasures of the Mayan civilisation.  

    Your first port of call at Seybaplaya will be an opportunity to discover the city of Campeche, established by the conquistadors. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has retained its surrounding wall and fortifications.

    You will then make your way to Dos Bocas, not far from the Mayan site of Palenque. This fabulous city, hidden deep in the dense jungle of Chiapas, will reveal to you its incredibly well preserved temples and palaces and their delicate architecture.

    Le Champlain will then set sail for Progreso, famous of its immaculate sand beaches, and the gateway to more wonders. First, Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, offers a pleasant mix of colonial architecture and Mayan heritage. Next, the famous ancient city of Uxmal, whose impressive dimensions reveal the former greatness of the Mayan economic and political capital.

    Lastly, don’t miss the chance to discover the Chaak Tun cenote, one of the spectacular sinkholes once regarded by the Maya as passageways to the world of the gods.

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    Highlights

    • PONANT’s Loyalty Cruise, in the presence of Jean Emmanuel Sauvée*, CEO and Founder of PONANT.
    • Many opportunities to discover the folklore and flavours of Yucatán: musical performance, lunch and handicraft market at the Uayamon Hacienda; folkloric entertainment, culinary demonstration and tasting by a Mexican chef on board.
    • Discover some of the secrets of the pre-Columbian civilisations.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzà, the pre-Hispanic city and national park of Palenque, the historic fortified town of Campeche, the pre-Columbian city of Uxmal.
    • Exceptional architectural heritage, vestige of the colonial era.
    • From Progreso, visit Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán, renowned for its cultural heritage.
    • Visit of cocoa plantations.

     (*)Except in the event of force majeure.

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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
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    Prestige stateroom Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige stateroom Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds
    • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service
    • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport - Hotel - Port
    • 1 free hour of Spa treatments
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE CHAMPLAIN

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the second ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    30 November 2019 – At sea

    Puerto Morelos

    Embarkation 30/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 30/11/2019 at 22H00 .

    North of the Mexican Riviera Maya that runs along the Yucatán Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is a charming fishing village with an authentic atmosphere, its white sandy beaches scattered with thatched huts and colourful boats. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea shelter a marine park that protects part of the Mesoamerican reef, considered the second-biggest barrier reef in the world. A few kilometres south, you’ll be able to discover the Maya site of Tulum. Overlooking idyllic beaches of white sand fringed with palm trees, it is the only Maya site erected on the Caribbean Sea coast.

    1 December 2019 – At sea

    1 December 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 01/12/2019. Departure 01/12/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    2 December 2019 – Seybaplaya

    2 December 2019 – Seybaplaya

    Arrival 02/12/2019 early morning. Departure 02/12/2019 late afternoon.

    Seybaplaya is a small commercial port located in the western part of the Yucatán Peninsula, 30 km south of the state capital, Campeche. This wild coastline is carved out by clear rocks that plunge into the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico; the road that connects this small port to the port of Campeche crosses the virtually uninhabited expanses of vegetation of this sparsely populated state. This stop off the beaten path will let you discover the charms of this former colonial fortified town with pastel-coloured, partially pedestrianised, little streets.

    3 December 2019 – Dos Bocas

    3 December 2019 – Dos Bocas

    Arrival 03/12/2019 early morning. Departure 03/12/2019 early evening.

    During your voyage to Mexico to discover Maya sites, your stop in Dos Bocas will open the doors of the ancient city of Palenque, one of the country’s most beautiful sites. The highlight of your cruise, this ancient Maya city is famous for its magnificent sculpted bas-reliefs. It is located on the road leading to the Chiapas mountains, which are covered by tropical jungle.

    4 December 2019 – Progreso

    4 December 2019 – Progreso

    Arrival 04/12/2019 early evening. Departure 04/12/2019.

    On the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming seaside town of Progreso will delight visitors seeking authenticity. In addition to its magnificent sandy beaches and pleasant seafront promenade, the town offers ideal access to the former Mayan cities of Chichen Itza and Uxmal. UNESCO World Heritage sites, they allow visitors to be truly immersed in Pre-Columbian Mexico, discovering one of the world’s most mysterious civilisations. In the surroundings, be sure to visit Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Called “the White City” due to the colour of the limestone used to build its dwellings, this old colonial city, built on the ruins of a Mayan site, offers a mix of tradition and modernity, colonial architecture and Mayan heritage.

    5 December 2019 – Progreso

    5 December 2019 – Progreso

    Arrival 05/12/2019. Departure 05/12/2019 late afternoon.

    On the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming seaside town of Progreso will delight visitors seeking authenticity. In addition to its magnificent sandy beaches and pleasant seafront promenade, the town offers ideal access to the former Mayan cities of Chichen Itza and Uxmal. UNESCO World Heritage sites, they allow visitors to be truly immersed in Pre-Columbian Mexico, discovering one of the world’s most mysterious civilisations. In the surroundings, be sure to visit Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Called “the White City” due to the colour of the limestone used to build its dwellings, this old colonial city, built on the ruins of a Mayan site, offers a mix of tradition and modernity, colonial architecture and Mayan heritage.

    6 December 2019 – Puerto Morelos

    6 December 2019 – Puerto Morelos

    Arrival 06/12/2019 midday. Departure 06/12/2019.

    North of the Mexican Riviera Maya that runs along the Yucatán Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is a charming fishing village with an authentic atmosphere, its white sandy beaches scattered with thatched huts and colourful boats. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea shelter a marine park that protects part of the Mesoamerican reef, considered the second-biggest barrier reef in the world. A few kilometres south, you’ll be able to discover the Maya site of Tulum. Overlooking idyllic beaches of white sand fringed with palm trees, it is the only Maya site erected on the Caribbean Sea coast.

    7 December 2019▸6 December 2019 – Puerto Morelos

    Puerto Morelos

    Disembarkation 07/12/2019 at 08H00 .

    North of the Mexican Riviera Maya that runs along the Yucatán Peninsula, Puerto Morelos is a charming fishing village with an authentic atmosphere, its white sandy beaches scattered with thatched huts and colourful boats. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea shelter a marine park that protects part of the Mesoamerican reef, considered the second-biggest barrier reef in the world. A few kilometres south, you’ll be able to discover the Maya site of Tulum. Overlooking idyllic beaches of white sand fringed with palm trees, it is the only Maya site erected on the Caribbean Sea coast.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Theme

    Loyalty

    Loyalty

    At PONANT, we attach great importance to being able to express our gratitude to our clients. Like the exclusive PONANT YACHT CLUB offers, the loyalty cruises were created to thank the most loyal among them.

    A unique programme

    Board one of our ships to discover or rediscover the treasures of our world while enjoying an exceptional programme. Our Loyalty cruises are specially designed to bring you a new and enriching experience and you’ll receive extra special attention.

    In the company of high-profile guests, enjoy the pleasures of a private cruise with exclusive features:

    • Gala dinners and cooking classes organised by renowned chefs,
    • Conferences and round tables led by high-profile professionals and recognised specialists,
    • Along with many other surprises, all in an idyllic setting…

    An intimate atmosphere

    True to its desire to cultivate the Yachting spirit, PONANT once again places the accent on intimacy for these private cruises. They are an opportunity to get together, socialise, and gather your opinions and comments about our products and services in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

    Flight Paris/Cancun + pre 1 night + visits + transfers + flight Cancun/Paris

    For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    Day 1               Paris/Cancun/Playa del Carmen

    Flight Paris/Cancun selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 10 hours and 50 minutes.

    Meet at the airport – Arrival Hall (look for PONANT sign).

    You will be greeted by our local English-speaking representative off the flight selected by PONANT. You will be transferred to the hotel Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort.

    Hotel check-in.

    Dinner at the hotel.

     

    Day 2              Embarkation Day: Playa del Carmen/Puerto Morelos

    Breakfast. Hotel check-out.

    You will depart this morning for the famous mayan site of Tulum, built on a small cliff overlooking the Caribbean sea. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. This Maya site may formerly have been known by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn, because it stands on a bluff facing east, facing the sunrise. Upon arrival at the site, take a small train to the main entrance. Then your guide will lead you into the City to see the main buildings and show the still remaining painted walls as well as the stucco decorations in front of the buildings.

    After this visit of Tulum, continue to Muyil, another old Maya City. You will board a boat that will lead you through one of the old river routes the Maya used to navigate in order to trade and barter. In the middle of the route, you will disembark on a wooden pier surrounded by crystal clear waters to take pictures of the small ruin, only vestige of the city.

    Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

    You will then be transferred to the pier of Puerto Morelos to embark on board your ship.

     

    – Cruise on board Le Champlain –

     

    Disembarkation Day: Puerto Morelos/Cancun

    After disembarkation procedures are completed, you will be greeted at the port by our local representative.

    You will reach by coach the Botanical Garden for an easy stroll along shady paths. You will see tree species such as the Chicle Tree also called the Chewing-gum Tree. You will find in the garden, two small Maya ruins illustrating how the sites look like when encountered by the first explorers. There are also some beehives to harvest honey made by the Maya bees which have no sting.

    You will make a stop at a lookout point over the Dolphin Beach (Playa Delfines). Enjoy the view overlooking the Mexican Caribbean waters as well as the beautiful white sandy beaches that have made Cancun a world-famous beach destination.

    You will then be taken to Cancun Xcaret Tower which is 262 ft tall. This lookout tower rotates slowly to offer a spectacular view over Cancun city, its lagoon, and the ocean.

    Lunch will be served in a local restaurant facing the lagoon side of Cancun.

    After lunch, your tour will continue to Market 28, a long-running flea market, where you might find that perfect souvenir to bring back home. You will find here local arts and crafts, jewelry, traditional Maya clothing etc…

    You will then be transferred to the airport in time for check-in of the flight Cancun/Paris selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 9 hours and 30 minutes.

    One day after disembarkation: Arrival in Paris.

    Your hotel:

    The Grand Hyatt del Carmen Resort is located on the coveted Mamitas Beach. It offers 3 outdoor pools by the sea and a fitness centre. Rooms feature an elegant and refined decoration with a Wifi access.

    Your programme includes:

    • Flights selected by PONANT Paris/Cancun and Cancun/Paris, in economy class, on a regular airline.
    • 1-night accommodation in Standard room at the Grand Hyatt del Carmen Resort (or similar).
    • Meals as indicated in the programme
    • Beverage package during meals (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).
    • Transfers and visits as mentioned in the programme.
    • Services of a local English-speaking guide.
    • Tips for the driver and local guide.

     

    Your programme does not include: 

    • Personal expenses (meals, beverages…).
    • The other services not mentioned in the programme.
    • Tips for the driver and local guide in Martinique.

    Please note:

    • Tulum attracts many visitors, your visit is scheduled early morning, however we ask for your patience and understanding if the site is crowded.

    Contact of your hotel:

    Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

    1a Avenida esquina Calle 26, Colonia Centro

     

    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

     

    Telephone: +52 984 875 1234

     

    Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your travel advisor; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Olivier de Kersauson

    Olivier de Kersauson

    Olivier de Kersauson is a French sailor born in 1944. From 1967 to 1974 he sailed with the legendary Eric Tabarly on several of the latter’s Pen Duick classics. He went on to have his own career on Kriter. In the eighties he embarked on a multi-hull adventure. In brief, 45 years as a professional sailor, with several Jules Verne Trophies under his belt. The sea holds no secrets for Olivier. From San Francisco to Osaka, Sydney to Tahiti, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Australia, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, he has roamed the world’s oceans and holds several world records to this day.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Pascal ROSTAIN

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

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