Le Ponant

Le Ponant Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Ponant

Year built1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state France
BuilderSFCN Shipyard (Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France)
Class3-masted motor sailing ship
Building costUSD 50 million
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)88 m / 289 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage1189 gt
Passengers67
Crew32
Passengers-to-space ratio23
Decks4
Cabins32
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2011

Current itinerary of Le Ponant

Le Ponant current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Cape Verde Islands. Prices start from USD 4130 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 10 Nov, 2018 and ends on 17 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
10 Nov      Departing from Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
11 Nov - 06:00     Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   
11 Nov     Maio Island, Porto Ingles, Cape Verde   
12 Nov 09:00 - 23:59     Sao Nicolau Island, Tarrafal, Cape Verde   
13 Nov 08:00 - 23:30     Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde   
14 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Santo Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde   
15 Nov 11:00 - 17:30     Boa Vista Island, Sal Rei, Cape Verde   
16 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Fogo Island, Sao Filipe, Cape Verde   
17 Nov      Arriving in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde   

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 and ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP) is a French cruise shipping company founded in April 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers. All Ponant ships are France-flagged. The company specializes in premium adventure cruise travel targeting the French-speaking source market with all-inclusive deals. Most of CDP's fleet is based in Antarctica (December through March). All these mega-yachts offer modern amenities, premium service by highly-traned staff and crew, 5-star hotel amenities onboard. Exotic, offbeat itineraries visit popular travel destinations worldwide, including Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia.

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, including a sun deck, with 32 outside staterooms (all staterooms are Oceanview, 3 triple, 29 with king size bed) in 2 grades.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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). Other public spaces include the Sick bay and Observatory. 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

  • 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

The below listed Le Ponant cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 31 10 days, one-way from Marseille to Praia Marseille$1696
2018 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Cape Verde Islands Praia$4130
2018 Nov 17 9 days, one-way from Praia to Fort-de-France Praia$1539
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Cape Verde Islands Praia$4174
2018 Dec 06 10 days, one-way from Philipsburg to Havana Philipsburg$4870
2019 Feb 15 10 days, one-way from Santiago de Cuba to Fort-de-France Santiago de Cuba$4532
2019 Apr 02 23 days, one-way from Havana to Valletta Havana$3670
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Cape Verde Islands Praia$4819
2019 Apr 19 5 days, one-way from Praia to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Praia$806
2019 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Valencia Santa Cruz de Tenerife$2804
2019 May 01 8 days, one-way from Valencia to Valletta Valencia$4694
2019 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip The Great Corsican loop Villefranche-sur-Mer$3807
2019 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip The Great Corsican loop Villefranche-sur-Mer$3807
2019 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip The Great Corsican loop Villefranche-sur-Mer$3807
2019 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip The Great Corsican loop Villefranche-sur-Mer$3807
2019 Nov 08 3 days, one-way from Marseillan to Valletta Marseillan$2195
2019 Nov 11 8 days, one-way from Valletta to Piraeus Valletta$4326
2019 Nov 14 16 days, round-trip Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica Buenos Aires$9923
2019 Nov 19 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Antalya Piraeus$4326
2019 Nov 27 8 days, round-trip Discovering the Levant Antalya$3135
2019 Dec 05 9 days, one-way from Antalya to Aqaba Antalya$5903
2019 Dec 14 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$4595
2019 Dec 21 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$4595
2019 Dec 28 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$5321
2020 Jan 04 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$4595
2020 Jan 11 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$4595
2020 Jan 18 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$4595
2020 Feb 18 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Feb 25 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Mar 03 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Mar 10 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Mar 17 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Mar 24 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$3303
2020 Mar 31 7 days, one-way from Eilat to Aqaba Eilat$5070
2020 Mar 31 9 days, one-way from Aqaba to Antalya Aqaba$5070