Where do Ponant’s cruises depart from?
When you cruise with Ponant, your focus will likely be on the destination, rather than the convenience of the departure port — though it does have some trips that depart from major US cities like Miami and San Diego. Near and far, here’s where your trip might begin:
Athens, Auckland, Bergen, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairns, Callao, Cape Town, Colombo, Dakar, Dubai, Durban, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Lisbon, Otaru, Port Louis, Seward, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, Ushuaia, Vancouver, Venice, Victoria
Ponant cruise destinations
Ponant sails to every continent around the globe, including Antarctica. Thanks to its small-sized, yacht-like ships, it docks at more remote ports and off-the-beaten path villages that larger cruise ships can’t access. Here’s where you can go:
Africa, Alaska, Arctic, Asia, Caribbean, North America, Northern Europe, Pacific, Transatlantic
Ponant also has a selection of themed cruises, so lovers of fine dining and wine, music, art and museums, theater and literature, golf, National Geographic and more can book a voyage that’s curated to their exact tastes.
What’s included in a Ponant cruise?
Ponant cruises aren’t cheap — but then again, they’re meant to be the epitome of luxury. Here’s what your fare includes:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea and snacks
- Wine, beer and spirits
- Specialty coffee and soda
- Access to theaters, pools, fitness and more
- Unlimited Wi-Fi
- Transfers to and from the port
In general, shore excursions are not included in the cost of your Ponant cruise, though there may be guided tours that are free depending on the itinerary. And while gratuities are included in your fare, if you’re really happy with the service, Ponant recommends tipping the staff about $10 to $12 a passenger, daily.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Ponant
Ponant is an award-winning cruise line with plenty of rave reviews from passengers past. But it’s not for everyone — or every budget. Weigh the benefits and drawbacks before booking.
- Committed to sustainable tourism with its ban on single-use plastics and heavy oils
- High-end, French-themed menus guided by the Ducasse Conseil
- Cabins are equipped with on-demand video
- Many of its ships have a pool on deck
- Deluxe ships with upscale amenities
- Itineraries include unique ports without crowds
- Fares are pricier than midtier or budget cruise lines
- Fewer onboard entertainment options than larger cruise lines
- Dining options are limited compared to larger cruise lines
- Only a handful of itineraries depart from the US
Are there Ponant cruises to Cuba?
In the past, Ponant has offered cruises to Cuba. However, in June of 2019 the Trump administration banned tourist travel to Cuba, effectively canceling cruises with stops to Havana.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated in a press release that this is because “Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes.”
If you’re interested in cruising to Cuba, keep an eye on current events — we’ll update this page when and if the embargo is lifted.
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