Polar, tropical and subtropical expeditions: from Antarctica to Papua New Guinea, PONANT takes you up close and personal
with unspoilt nature and ancient cultures, far from the beaten track taken by cruises.
With almost 20 years of experience in extreme regions, PONANT is a true Polar Specialist.
5 Star Expeditions
Choosing a PONANT “Expedition” cruise means choosing a state of mind: a blend of luxury, exploration and great comfort, adventure and refinement... even in the heart of the most remote regions. PONANT Expedition Cruises not only give you the chance to travel on board a
Make your dream come true in Antarctica, go in search of Inuits, dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Seychelles, observe the diverse fauna and explore the dense jungle of Central America… The size of our boats makes it possible to get to hard-to-reach areas, giving you the chance to discover hidden spots.
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The Expedition Teams
Made up of captivating and enthusiastic expedition leaders and naturalist guides, the PONANT expedition teams will unlock the doors to pristine natural spots. During the outings on Zodiac® boats and on-board talks, the team will give you the key to discover flora and fauna, understand the traditions and ways of life of locals and get up close and personal with these remote regions.Discover our team
5 Star Expeditions
From the coniferous forests of the North to the glaciers of Antarctica, from the banks of the Orinoco River to the idyllic beaches of New Caledonia, from the ancient traditions of the Inuits to the millennium-old cultures of Vanuatu, discover remote corners of the earth and ways of life on board a modern, luxurious ship.
An expedition with PONANT guarantees the best conditions of day to day comfort for you in some of the most remote places on the planet. The comfort of your ship and your cabin, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy... the unique atmosphere which we go to great lengths to preserve in order to stay true to our philosophy, creating that privileged feeling of being aboard one’s own private yacht. In the heart of the ice or the distant archipelagos of Oceania, our luxury amenities will make your expedition voyage an unforgettable experience.Our expedition cruises
... in the heart of extreme lands
Whether in the Polar Regions or along the Orinoco, the size of our ships and their shallow draught mean you can arrive as close as possible to these hard-to-access areas. This proximity o ers the privileged discovery of preserved sites. Our expedition teams are always on the lookout for the unexpected and the surprises inherent to these itineraries, and our flexibility enables us to adapt to these. A genuine philosophy of exploration travel.
Zodiac® shore visits and outings
During Expedition voyages, our fleet of Zodiac® 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. Our Zodiac® are designed to accommodate small groups of 10 passengers. They are easy to step on to from the marina platform at the rear of your ship. Our inclusive Zodiac® and shore excursions are unforgettable experiences, whether you are 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 of extreme regions, these passionate and fascinating professionals will bring cultural, environmental and historical dimensions to all your outings and will be sure to keep you informed about nearby flora and fauna, local cultures and natural phenomena. As recognised professionals, a er scouting missions in the field, they organise safe outings and shore visits, taking advantage of the opportunities that arise during any expedition. Aboard the ship the pleasure continues, with a series of cultural, scientific or historical presentations.
To make sure you have a safe trip, all our captains and crew are trained on glacier navigation.
Once aboard, enjoy the adventure in total peace of mind. Everything is included: Zodiac® outings and shore visits, excursions, lectures, 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 a local infrastructure.
Visit Papua New Guinea, explore the Kimberley, discover forgotten islands in the Indian Ocean, immerse yourself in glaciers in Antarctica, or go on an adventure in Spitsbergen, to name but a few options. Whether you’re attracted to the tropics or the polar expanses, thanks to our expertise in luxury expedition cruises, you will be in for an unparalleled change of scenery in some of the world’s most isolated regions.
Polar Expeditions voyages
The leader in expeditions to polar regions and an expert for over 20 years in these destinations, PONANT lets you live your dream for adventure, with the professional focus and responsible approach that characterises us.
In the Antarctic, set o to discover the icy vastness, and the fauna of the White Continent: humpback whales, seals, penguins... In the Arctic regions, fjords, glaciers, icebergs of changing colours and varied fauna await you: polar bears, Arctic foxes, walruses, orcas, whales... without forgetting the special moments of interaction with Inuit people.
Tropical Expeditions voyages
A tropical Expedition voyage is more a matter of 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 they are Papuan, Polynesian or Māori people, you will gain an understanding of their tradition and cultures. During visits to their villages, take time to interact with these warm and friendly people, ensuring rewarding encounters and priceless memories. Not forgetting disembarking on idyllic white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and coral gardens far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Alaska, Bijagos, Antarctica, Seychelles ... PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC join forces to offer exceptional expedition cruises with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC experts.Learn more
Nicolas Dubreuil and Mick Fogg are internationally renowned for their precise and accurate knowledge of extreme environments. By conducting preliminary exploratory trips and preparing carefully for each itinerary, providing expert supervision, and leading discussions and informal chats with guests during a cruise, our Expedition Leaders forge ties and turn PONANT guests into true ambassadors of the shores visited.
Polar & Tropical Expedition Expert
Since his first expedition at the age of 18, Nicolas has been spending more than 8 months of each year near the poles. From Alaska to South Georgia, via Nunavut, Spitsbergen, Siberia, Iceland, the Antarctic Peninsula and Greenland, he accompanies and guides expeditions for athletes, scientists, film crews, and the mobility impaired. Nicolas Dubreuil has been a PONANT expedition leader, guide and ethnologist for 12 years.
Specialty: polar expedition tropical expedition ethnologist
Meeting with Nicolas Dubreuil, on Escales Magazine :Discover
In 2012, Mick was appointed first Ambassador of Orangutan Foundation International as a reward for his conservation work in Indonesia. He has led over 300 expeditions through the Asia-Pacific region, sharing his passion for these territories with guests. As an award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer, Mick Fogg has spent the past 17 years leading expeditions to some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations, from the Sub Antarctic Islands to South East Asia.
Specialty: tropical expedition photographer
ohn’s wanderlust surfaced during his undergraduate studies and has since led him to live in Alaska, to work in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer and to lead hundreds of expeditions. His voyages have taken him to many far-flung areas of the globe including Africa, Alaska, South America, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, India and the South Pacific. He looks forward to sharing with you his enthusiasm for the wonders of the natural world, in particular for the White Continent.
Specialty: polar expedition
Born in the Netherlands, Florence discovered Antarctica in 2004, and she returns there every year. When she is not on board our ships, she works on sailing vessels in the Arctic and Antarctica. During the 2012/2013 season, she has been the Port Lockroy’s base head chief, an emblematic British base in Antarctica. On board PONANT ships, Florence will share with you her passion for polar regions and penguins.
Specialty: polar expedition bird specialist
Meeting with Florence Kuyper on Escales Magazine :Discover
Mark « Harry » Christensen
Harry is a Marine Biologist by trade, with extensive experience in educating people about the biodiversity of Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs. For over 25 years he has worked within the Tourism Industry providing educational programs to visitors in Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Borneo, South Pacific, South East Asia and Kimberley regions. Harry has extensive experience in the Kimberley region, where he has worked as a guide and as an Expedition Leader for several seasons.
Specialty: tropical expedition
Mark has been working as a naturalist and field guide for more than 20 years, mostly in the remote wilderness regions of Tasmania, the Kimberley and South-East Asia regions. He secured a traineeship as a ranger on the one-million-acre wilderness park known as El Questro, cruising the many spectacular gorges in search of rare birds, plants and crocodiles. He is passionate about all aspects of the old-world tropics, from the biodiversity of the coral triangle to the rainforests that are home to a plethora of endemic bird species and primates.
Specialty: tropical expedition bird specialist
Deeply passionate about sea and travels, Delphine has been sailing all the world’s oceans for the last 20 years. Her interest for remote islands and small communities has led her to achieve various activities: biologist for the IPF (Institut Polaire Français), freelance journalist, writer and presenter of a series of TV documentaries or dog-sledding driver in Spitsbergen. On board PONANT ships, Delphine will share with you her passion for polar regions and the natural world.
Specialty: polar expedition
Meeting with Delphine Aurès on Escales Magazine :Discover
Expedition leader Assistant
Her first childhood memories are of leafing through her father’s Jacques Cousteau books and snorkelling looking for marine creatures. Born by the shores of the Mediterranean, Sandrine Erwin-Rose has always shown curiosity for wildlife. She went on to study zoology and marine biology at James Cook University in Australia. During her studies and whilst working as a research assistant she explored some of the most diverse environments: the tropical rainforests rich in biodiversity, the arid deserts ruled by her beloved reptiles and the colourful world of coral reefs.
Specialty: tropical expedition
PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, an unprecedented partnership
From 2019, PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC will partner together to bring the spirited adventure traveller a unique opportunity to embark on a selection of new expedition cruises to some of the most intriguing and remote destinations on the planet. Together we will take you further.
Here we have two highly respected global companies working together to inspire our guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become global ambassadors for sustainability.
Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée & Gary E. KnellDiscover NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC cruises
A passion for exploring
PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have formed this unprecedented partnership based on their common values. Travelling as a way of understanding the world that surrounds us is one of these. This is at the heart of everything we do.
Travel has been part of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’s DNA ever since that January evening in 1888 when 33 explorers, scientists, academics and patrons gathered to found “a society for the increase and di usion of geographical knowledge.”
Since the first issue of the Journal of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, the writing, then photography, then in more recent years video, digital, and social media, have transported people. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC captures the far-flung places of the world and brings them vividly home to our audience.
Sail turquoise waters on an idyllic cruise through the beautiful islands of the Seychelles. Discover wild open spaces while following the steps of ancient gold miners in Alaska. Oceania, Asia, the Atlantic and Northern Europe complete the list of world regions included in this wide range of unique itineraries to a variety of exotic destinations offering multiple new things to see and discover.
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Travel with fascinating and passionate experts
Leading experts will be on board every cruise to share their knowledge and perspective.
The PONANT expedition team
Your expedition team have been selected for their knowledge and expertise to enhance your experience both on board and in the field, providing valuable insight into the culture, history and wildlife of the region. Accompanying you throughout your voyage they are ideal companions for your journey of discovery.
A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC expert
Writers, archaeologists, adventurers, anthropologists or field researchers: the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC experts will not only share their knowledge and passion about the destinations we visit, but will also offer a global perspective linking it to the human journey, the changing planet and wildlife, and how it is affected by us all.
A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer
A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer is also onboard, on hand to advise and teach you techniques along the way, sharing their skills while the subject of your photograph is right there in front of you. You will be able to capture perfect photographs of the incredible sights you’ll see.
Ensuring responsible tourism
Experts will enrich the expedition with fascinating presentations. They will also be available on board and ashore for more informal discussions, such as during mealtimes, to create a guest experience unlike any other. Documentaries, magazines, books and other items will be available on board to fully immerse you in world of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
For over 130 years, the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY has funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers, sharing our ndings with the world. We sponsored Hiram Bingham as he brought back stories of Machu Picchu; we documented Robert Ballard’s quest to nd The Titanic and supported Jane Goodall’s lifelong study of chimpanzees. Today, the Society awards more than 575 grants a year to scientists, educators, innovators and storytellers around the world.
Participating in the fight against plastic pollution
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is working every day to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’s organisation-wide e ort includes a major research and scientific initiative; a consumer education and engagement campaign; corporate sustainability commitments; and a program of innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the world.
PONANT opts for sustainable tourism
We go above and beyond environmental regulations, using research and innovation to help us minimise our impact on the places we visit. Thanks to our e orts, every one of our ships has been awarded the international Clean Ship label, which certi es that we have reduced our environmental impact.
We are members of the IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) and AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators). Both organizations impose strict rules on tourism in the poles
We work also with local people, respecting their traditions and their environment.