Explore Japan with Ponant
In April 2017 Ponant's lovely Austral will be operating intriguing Japan itineraries between Osaka and Maizuru, revealing the extraordinary culture... Read more
Travelling with Ponant is cruising simultaneously at its most elegant and at its most adventurous – everything is about the relationship with nature. The name of the line itself refers to the setting of the sun, whilst the ships’ names evoke the winds, the hemispheres, the sun and the stars.
The four sister ships of the Ponant fleet - Boreal, Austral, Soleal and Lyrial - each carry between 224 and 264 guests (depending on the configuration of the cabins - some can be joined to create larger suites) and have been purpose built over the course of six years to a sleek and elegant specification. The fifth and original ship in the fleet, Le Ponant, is a 64 guest sailing ship.
All ships sail under the French flag, but the French-based company still aims for a truly international clientele, attracted by gastronomic excellence and a sophisticated ambience. On certain sailings, large groups will change the balance of languages spoken, but the ships operate bilingually throughout the year.
They offer a stylish and luminous décor, with some beautiful artworks and furnishings in leather, suede and fabric, and in nautical colours that evoke the natural world.
Classic cruise itineraries are interspersed with voyages and expeditions way off the beaten track. Sailing in pristine waters, the 'clean ship' awards make complete sense, as does the state of the art dynamic positioning system which means that there is no need to drop an anchor which might damage a fragile ecosystem.