Le Ponant

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Cruise line
Compagnie du Ponant

Current cruise:
22 nights / 23 days, one-way from Santiago de Cuba to Villefranche-sur-Mer
09 Apr, 2018 - 02 May, 2018

Le Ponant Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Ponant

Year built 1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state France
Builder SFCN Shipyard (Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France)
Class 3-masted motor sailing ship
Building cost USD 50 million
Owner Groupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
Operator Compagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 88 m / 289 ft
Beam (width) 11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage 1189 gt
Passengers 64 - 67
Crew 32
Passengers-to-space ratio 23
Decks 4
Cabins 32
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2011

Review of Le Ponant

Launched in 1991, the Le Ponant yacht is a charming and intimate luxury sailing cruise ship. The 64-passenger vessel is a luxury yacht managed by Compagnie du Ponant. The three-masted sail ship has 32 cabins. Built in France, the ship entered service in 1991. It was designed for French vacation travelers, as well as for North American under charter operations (cultural and expedition-style cruises).

History - construction & ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP is a French cruise ship operator. Ponant company was founded by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, Philippe Videau, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy in April 1988 and launched the first French cruise ship. CDP currently operates five ships, all of which under the French flag. Compagnie du Ponant is dedicated to soft adventure cruising. Half of its fleet is based in Antarctica from December to March. It offers offbeat itineraries around the whole world, especially in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.

Le Ponant yacht cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

Somali pirate attack April 4, 2008: On this date Le Ponant sailing only with the crew was attacked by Somali pirates. All people on board were taken hostage. The incident happened in the Gulf of Aden while the yacht was sailing from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean. Despite being in pirate hands, Le Ponant was under constant surveillance by the French forces and a Canadian CH-124 helicopter from HMCS Charlottetown. Hopefully the pirates decided to release the hostages 8 days later after a paid ransom. French helicopters did not abandon the yacht and tracked the pirates to a village. The bandits made an attempt to escape in the desert but a sniper disabled their vehicle and all 6 attackers were captured.

Cruise itinerary program

Le Ponant itinerary program is based on luxury Mediterranean cruises with departures from Nice. The itineraries offer calls at smaller ports on the French Riviera coast and Corsica.

Cabins

The ship has 4 passenger decks with 32 outside staterooms, including a sun deck.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Le Ponant cruise ship features two restaurants on board. Karukera Dining Room offers French cuisine. The outdoor restaurant Le Diamant (Diamond Room) is suitable for more informal meals.

Le Ponant yacht cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Le Ponant is registered in France and her sails are taking 16,140 sq ft. The number of the crew members (French and Filipino nationality) is 30. This unique luxury yacht has two lounges: the Emeraude Lounge (main entertainment lounge), and the Saphir Lounge (a lecture hall that provides internet computers). Why choose Le Ponant for sailing? At first - because of luxury. The yacht is designed with respect to traditions and French style.

Le Ponant wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 2
  • Total number of cabins: 32 (all Outside, 3 triple, 29 with king size bed)
  • Dining Rooms: Karukera Gastronomic Restaurant (French cuisine).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Le Diamant Panoramic Restaurant.
  • Lounges & Bars: Emeraude lounge, Saphir lounge, Sick bay, Observatory.
  • Le Ponant yacht is a 3-masted, commercially operated luxury cruise yacht, also available for private charters. Her passengers tend to be European (mostly French), though charter cruises through North American operators appeal to English-speaking crowd (USA and Canada).
  • Le Ponant cruise ship offers intimate onboard spaces with convivial atmosphere. Reflecting the vessel's luxury rates, service on board is superior, and highly personalized. The yacht boasts a vast Sun Deck area from which guests can observe its 1500 sq.meters of sails. There is a platform above sea level for water sports.
  • (April 4, 2008 accident) The ship was seized by Somali pirates during its relocation from Seychelles to Europe/Mediterranean. At the time of capture, the yacht carried no passengers, but the 30 crew members were taken hostage.

Cuba cruise itineraries 2017-2018

Compagnie du Ponant in 2017 and 2018 will offer cruises to Cuba in the period January through April (2017 and 2018). Operated by the Le Ponant yacht, the Cuban itineraries are themed "People-to-People Cultural Exchange". Le Ponant yacht cruises to Cuba leaving from Miami Florida, with ports of call Havana and Santiago de Cuba.

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Le Ponant Itineraries 2018

The below listed Le Ponant cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Santiago de Cuba cruise port

09 April 2018 22 nights / 23 days, one-way from Santiago de Cuba to Villefranche-sur-Mer
Prices starting
from $5270
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09 Apr      Departing from Santiago de Cuba   
11 Apr - 14 Apr     At Sea   
15 Apr     St George, Bermuda   
16 Apr - 23 Apr     At Sea   
24 Apr     Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores   
25 Apr - 01 May     At Sea   
02 May      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port

24 May 2018 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Valletta
Prices starting
from $5414
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24 May      Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
26 May     Cannes, France Riviera   
27 May     Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
28 May     Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy   
29 May     Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy   
30 May     Trapani, Sicily, Italy   
31 May     Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy   
01 Jun      Arriving in Valletta, Malta   

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Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port

05 July 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The great Corsican loop
Prices starting
from $5686
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05 Jul      Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
07 Jul 10:00 - 20:00     Scandola, Corsica, France   
08 Jul 09:00 - 21:00     Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy   
09 Jul 09:00 - 16:00     Palombaggia, Corsica, France   
09 Jul 20:00 - 09 Jul     Bonifacio, Corsica, France (Overnight)   
10 Jul - 18:00     Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
11 Jul     Propriano, Corsica, France   
12 Jul 09:00 - 20:00     Ile Rousse, Corsica, France   
13 Jul      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port

19 July 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The great Corsican loop
Prices starting
from $6117
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19 Jul      Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
21 Jul 10:00 - 20:00     Scandola, Corsica, France   
22 Jul 09:00 - 21:00     Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy   
23 Jul 09:00 - 16:00     Palombaggia, Corsica, France   
23 Jul 20:00 - 23 Jul     Bonifacio, Corsica, France (Overnight)   
24 Jul - 18:00     Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
25 Jul     Propriano, Corsica, France   
26 Jul 09:00 - 20:00     Ile Rousse, Corsica, France   
27 Jul      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port

26 July 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The great Corsican loop
Prices starting
from $5152
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26 Jul      Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
28 Jul 10:00 - 20:00     Scandola, Corsica, France   
29 Jul 09:00 - 21:00     Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy   
30 Jul 09:00 - 16:00     Palombaggia, Corsica, France   
30 Jul 20:00 - 30 Jul     Bonifacio, Corsica, France (Overnight)   
31 Jul - 18:00     Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
01 Aug     Propriano, Corsica, France   
02 Aug 09:00 - 20:00     Ile Rousse, Corsica, France   
03 Aug      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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Villefranche-sur-Mer cruise port

02 August 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The great Corsican loop
Prices starting
from $5830
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02 Aug      Departing from Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   
04 Aug 10:00 - 20:00     Scandola, Corsica, France   
05 Aug 09:00 - 21:00     Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy   
06 Aug 09:00 - 16:00     Palombaggia, Corsica, France   
06 Aug 20:00 - 06 Aug     Bonifacio, Corsica, France (Overnight)   
07 Aug - 18:00     Bonifacio, Corsica, France   
08 Aug     Propriano, Corsica, France   
09 Aug 09:00 - 20:00     Ile Rousse, Corsica, France   
10 Aug      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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Marseille cruise port

31 October 2018 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Marseille to Praia
Prices starting
from $2544
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31 Oct      Departing from Marseille, France Riviera   
02 Nov - 10 Nov     At Sea   
11 Nov      Arriving in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   

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Mindelo cruise port

10 November 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Ocean Voyage : Marseille - Praia
Prices starting
from $6195
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10 Nov      Departing from Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
12 Nov - 06:00     Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
12 Nov     Maio Island, Cape Verde   
13 Nov 09:00 - 23:00     Sao Nicolau Island, Tarrafal, Cape Verde   
14 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
15 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde   
16 Nov 11:00 - 17:00     Boa Vista Island, Sal Rei, Cape Verde   
17 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Fogo Island, Sao Filipe, Cape Verde   
18 Nov      Arriving in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   

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Fort-de-France cruise port

17 November 2018 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Praia to Fort-de-France
Prices starting
from $2308
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17 Nov      Departing from Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
19 Nov - 26 Nov     At Sea   
27 Nov      Arriving in Fort-de-France, Martinique   

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Mindelo cruise port

18 November 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Ocean Voyage : Marseille - Praia
Prices starting
from $6261
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18 Nov      Departing from Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
20 Nov - 06:00     Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
20 Nov     Maio Island, Cape Verde   
21 Nov 09:00 - 23:00     Sao Nicolau Island, Tarrafal, Cape Verde   
22 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
23 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde   
24 Nov 11:00 - 17:00     Boa Vista Island, Sal Rei, Cape Verde   
25 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Fogo Island, Sao Filipe, Cape Verde   
26 Nov      Arriving in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   

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Philipsburg cruise port

06 December 2018 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Havana
Prices starting
from $7305
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06 Dec      Departing from Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
08 Dec 06:00 - 10:00     Virgin Gorda Island, Spanish Town, BVI   
09 Dec 11:00 - 20:00     Jost Van Dyke Island, Belle Vue, BVI   
10 Dec     At Sea   
11 Dec     Samana, Dominican Republic   
11 Dec     Samana, Dominican Republic   
12 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Samana, Dominican Republic   
13 Dec     At Sea   
14 Dec 06:00 - 14:00     Antilla, Cuba   
15 Dec     At Sea   
16 Dec 13:00 - 16 Dec     Havana, Cuba (Overnight)   
17 Dec      Arriving in Havana, Cuba   

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Le Ponant Itineraries 2019

The below listed Le Ponant cruise prices on 2019 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Havana cruise port

02 April 2019 23 nights / 24 days, one-way from Havana to Valletta
Prices starting
from $5505
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02 Apr      Departing from Havana, Cuba   
04 Apr - 07 Apr     At Sea   
08 Apr 12:00 - 18:00     St George, Bermuda   
09 Apr - 16 Apr     At Sea   
17 Apr 10:00 - 15:00     Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores   
18 Apr - 25 Apr     At Sea   
26 Apr      Arriving in Valletta, Malta   

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