Ponant Announces Latin America and Caribbean Cruises for 2018-2019

By ,   August 24, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

French Luxury & Expedition cruise line Ponant announced Latin America & Caribbean 2018-2019 Collection - cruises to the lands of mojitos, cigars and conquistadors.

Reflecting the growth of interest in Latin America & Caribbean as cruise destinations, Ponant released an extensive range of cruises covering the period from October 2018 through April 2019. 

Featuring a range of 21 sailings to 26 countries (10 cruises being designated Expedition), exploring both east and west coasts of South America and Caribbean, the new Collection is available as either a printed brochure on request via travel agents / directly from PONANT, or as a convenient e-brochure download.

No less than 26 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 5 pre-Columbian era sites are included in the range of destinations. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences consist of expeditions along the river arteries of South America, Amazon and Orinoco, visiting a Warao Indian village, or sipping a mojito in Havana.

Others will seek the thrill of rounding Cape Horn, cruising Beagle Channel, crossing Panama Canal or venturing deep into the waters of Chilean fjords. Accompanied by a specialist lecturer, the voyages provide the chance to travel to the birthplace of ancient civilisations. 

Some voyages, designated Expeditions, take advantage of the compact size of the ships and their manoeuvrability to probe hidden waterways, prior to launching Zodiac expedition boats for close-up opportunities of local tribes, flora and fauna. Throughout Expedition cruises, a team of naturalists will enhance the cruise experience. 

Le Champlain cruise ship

For those guests looking for the relaxed pace of longer cruises the line offers Grand Voyages. There are 3 to select from: 49-night Ushuaia to Miami exploring the west coast of South and Central America, 59-night from Vancouver to Ushuaia exploring the west coast of North and South America, and 37-night Grand Voyage on Le Champlain from Brazil to Caribbean and on to Panama.