PONANT opens sale of Antarctic cruises for Winter 2017-2018


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PONANT, the only French cruise line has opened sales of its winter 2017-2018 cruises to the Antarctic. In addition to iconic itineraries that feature every year in the company’s portfolio, PONANT is offering two very special voyages: “Beyond the Polar Circle” and “Antarctica to Africa”.

Antarctic Peninsula

Exploring extreme parts of the world while enjoying a five-star service unique to the polar regions is the concept created by PONANT that has become its hallmark. From November to January 2018, PONANT has 11 outstanding cruises on off er, including two unusual routes seeking out wildlife not found anywhere else in the world in their natural habitat.

Aboard Le Boréal, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, with luxurious 122 to 132 staterooms and suites under the French flag, all with the international Green Ship label and designed specifically for polar cruises, passengers have access to strictly protected locations only accessible to small capacity ships.

The emphasis here is on total flexibility, with zodiac outings taking passengers as close as it is possible to be to the wildlife, with time to linger in iconic sites, make a detour to admire the acrobatics of a humpback whale, or land on a beach to greet a vast colony of penguins.

New | Beyond the Polar Circle

For the first time PONANT will be crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle, latitude 66° 33’ 39”. After calling into the Falkland Islands and sailing through South Georgia, passengers will reach the Antarctic Peninsula via the mythical Polar Circle line. Ushuaia – Ushuaia (17 days / 16 nights) on Le Soléal.  From €8,740

 New | Antarctica to Africa

Combining two continents aboard Le Lyrial, PONANT is offering an exceptional voyage from Antarctica to South Africa, taking in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before heading across to the volcanic archipelago of Tristan da Cunha and South Africa’s nature reserves. Ushuaia – Cape Town (22 days / 21 nights) on Le Lyrial.  From €5,810

All cruises automatically include the Open Bar, while some benefit from the PONANT BONUS fare for early bookers, with savings up to 30% on the brochure price. Optional pre and post cruise programmes are available on all itineraries.   Note: there are a few staterooms still available to go to the Antarctic next winter 2016/2017!

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