Two PONANT ships (Le Jacques Cartier and Paul Gauguin) cruise in Polynesia in 2026

   May 24, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

From 2026, PONANT will expand its French Polynesian cruise offerings with two distinct experiences, showcasing the variety the company provides.

Le Jacques Cartier will be stationed in the Polynesian and Pacific archipelagos from September 2026 to March 2027, offering a unique expedition experience. Meanwhile, the ms Paul Gauguin will continue the 25-year tradition of delivering culturally immersive voyages year-round. The ms Paul Gauguin, designed for navigation in the South Pacific archipelagos, features a shallow draft allowing it to access closer and more remote lagoons and islands. Refurbished extensively in 2021, the ship exudes an authentic French Polynesian atmosphere, primarily due to the presence of Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins, whose renowned hospitality enhances the experience. These musicians and dancers, both onboard and ashore, serve as ambassadors of French Polynesia, introducing guests to the rich island cultures. The French Polynesian way of life inspires the gastronomy, service, and design of the ship’s 165 staterooms and suites, all offering views of the lagoons.

From winter 2026, Le Jacques Cartier will provide a new experience focused on nature exploration. The multi-sensory Blue Eye Lounge will serve as a perfect venue to admire, listen to, and feel connected to the underwater world of Polynesian lagoons. Onboard naturalist guides, experts in the destination, will educate guests about the region's fauna and flora during sailings and zodiac landings. Themed itineraries will highlight the history and cultures of the various archipelagos visited. Additionally, the ship’s modular marina and semi-submerged platform will facilitate swimming and watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding in these idyllic environments.