Quintessential Collection

    Quintessential Collection

    The Quintessential Collection

    PONANT Quintessential Collection voyages are designed for travelers who wish to engage with the world in order to better understand it. These voyages include exceptional activities ashore, relevant to the theme of the cruise, that encourage like-minded travelers to embrace the local culture. We believe that travel approached in this way has the power to transform us, enrich our minds, and inspire our spirits.

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    Aboard Le Lapérouse

    February 20–March 11, 2019

    Explore the wild and remote Sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand. These desolate archipelagoes host the most diverse collection of seabirds in the world, as well as numerous King, Gentoo, and Rockhopper penguins.

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    VOYAGE TO GREEN & GENTLE LANDS

    Aboard Le Boréal

    May 12–22, 2019

    Cruise with Holly H. Shimizu to the British Isles, Belgium, and Norway with PONANT on expert-led tours with special access to London’s Kew Gardens and at Chelsea Physic Garden; the National Botanic Garden of Belgium; and private gardens in Antwerp.

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    SICILIAN FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE

    Aboard Le Bougainville

    June 26–July 6, 2019

    On this circumnavigation of Sicilys featuring travel and food writer Mary Taylor Simeti, we will sample eclectic cuisine as we enjoy the arancini of Agrigento, discover street food in Palermo, and experience the pasta, sardines, and eggplant of the eastern region.

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    Aboard Le Boréal

    June 30–July 10, 2019

    On this expedition of Spitsbergen, we cruise in the company of our expert naturalist staff on an in-depth exploration of the western and northern coasts of this remote island. It is here that we experience the world of ice and amazing wildlife that is the polar region.

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    Aboard Le Lapérouse

    July 9–22, 2019

    The Kimberley is built on sandstone that has been contorted and eroded to form gorges, mountains, and waterfalls. This isolated coastline boasts more than 2,633 islands, extensive mangrove forests, wild rivers, and important seabird breeding colonies.

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    TREASURES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

    Aboard Le Lyrial

    July 13-23, 2019

    This PONANT Young Explorers™ voyage is designed to create opportunities for shared learning and discovery across generations. Families learn together about the history, literature, mythology, and culture of the Mediterranean world.

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    HISTORY, ART & ARCHITECTURE ALONG THE NORTH SEA

    Aboard Dumont-d’Urville

    August 23-September 1 , 2019

    This voyage is an art connoisseur’s dream. Explore the museums of Copenhagen, Holland and Belgium including the Groninger Museum, Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Rubens’ masterpieces in the Antwerp Cathedral, and see Michelangelo’s Madonna.

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    ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN CIVILIZATIONS

    Aboard Le Bougainville

    September 18-27, 2019

    An experience that combines some of the loveliest destinations in the Mediterranean with private music recitals by musicians each evening. From Classical Greece to Imperial Rome, we encounter important sites everywhere along our way.

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    FROM HONG KONG TO JAPAN’S INLAND SEA

    Aboard Le Lapérouse

    September 24–October 10, 2019

    Word War II was without doubt the defining event of the 20th century. Sail metaphorically in the wake of General Douglas MacArthur on his way to accept the Japanese surrender, as we explore Okinawa, Mount Fuji, and the Itsukushima-jinja Shrine.

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    ORIGINS OF GREEK CIVILIZATION

    Aboard Le Bougainville

    October 9-18, 2019

    Our World Affairs programs provide insight into contemporary issues that affect our lives. Sail into the heart of the ancient Greek world in the company of statesmen, ambassadors, and generals who have shaped the modern world through their words and deeds.

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    ANTARCTICA: Exploring the White Continent

    Aboard L’Austral

    December 8-21, 2019

    Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness breathtaking icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Cruise aboard Zodiacs among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries; and visit with scientists at research stations.

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