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.

Expedition Team Make Up

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.

National Geographic & Ponant Expeditions

For all lovers of exploration, adventure, discovery, untouched nature and unique encounters far beyond the boundaries of normal travel, PONANT and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have joined forces and combined their expertise to offer unique and enriching expedition cruises.

Ponant’s Commitment To Sustainability

We believe listening to what Ponant has to say about its ship design and its responsibility to protect the environment. Spend just under three minutes to familiarize yourself with how Le Ponant delivers exciting and fulfilling expedition experiences to you.


Secret Seychelles Islands


A cruise through the wonders of the Seychelles: take the time to discover its fabulous landscapes, from granitic islands to stunning coral atolls.

Outings in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides and landings on idyllic deserted beaches.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin.

Much more … diving, tortoise sightings, …

The Emperor Penguins of Bellingshausen Sea


A unique opportunity to approach colonies of emperor penguins — adults and young

Outings and shore visits on Zodiacs®

Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.

Landscapes: glaciers, icebergs, thick ice floes, ice shelves.

Wildlife: emperor penguins, humpback whales, gentoo penguins, Weddell seals.

Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, snowmobiles….

Unexplored Svalbard


Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Sail in the Hinlopen Strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet.

Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.

Discover Europe’s largest ice cap in Nordaustlandet.

Wildlife: polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, cetaceans, sea birds.

Ponant - World Leader In Luxury Expeditions

“I was incredibly lucky to be able to explore the Antarctic aboard Le Lyrial. The luxury of this Expedition cruise was the real 5-star comfort with a personal touch: a truly French way of life. Comfortable staterooms, gastronomic dining and particularly attentive service from the staff all helped guests to enjoy themselves. Not forgetting the professionalism of the naturalist guides both during the conferences on the ship and onshore visits in Zodiac® inflatables in iconic locations in Antarctica and South Georgia. You always know you’re totally safe too with PONANT!”

Chantal G.

Contact our travel advisors and let’s start planning your next expedition cruise vacation of a lifetime.

We Can Take You There!