Today, March 22, the only French-owned cruise line and world leader in expedition cruising to the polar regions, Ponant, opened bookings for over 22 departures to the Antarctic for 2019-2020 Winter season. A selection of five itineraries to explore the White Continent, of which one that is all new, are on the programme.
Between November 2019-March 2020, during Southern Hemisphere summer, Ponant will offer 22 voyages aboard four of its luxurious vessels: L’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal. The cruise company offers its guests the chance to discover extraordinary landscapes as well as to experience unique adventures, sailing in the wake of great explorers of the uninhabited lands.
The new offerings include:
- On a brand-new itinerary named The Antarctic Odyssey, Le Lyrial will sail to South Orkney Islands, resurgence of Andean Cordillera. The islands are over 85% glaciated and home to leopard seals and many penguin species.
- For the new season it is not just one but 3 expeditions that will take passengers beyond the polar circle, at latitude 66°33’39’’ South.
- New premium package is available for all itineraries from Ushuaia, including an overnight in Arakur Resort, as well as a trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Aboard Ponant's limited-capacity ships specially designed for expeditions, passengers access the most remote parts of the world in conditions that offer unrivalled standards of service. The expedition voyages to the polar regions offer many chances for landings in Zodiac dinghies together with expert naturalist-guides, in order to get as close as possible to unspoiled natural surroundings, with the utmost respect for the environment.