Compagnie du Ponant was founded in 1988 in Nantes with the aim of offering journeys by sea following the ancient French tradition. The first ship built was Le Ponant (1989), which has been navigating on the Caribbean Sea since 1991.
Since 2009 the company added the fleet high-tech and sophisticated yachts, such as Le Boréal, built in Fincantieri construction site. In 2011 L’Austral was launched and in 2013 Le Soléal. In 2015 Le Lyrial, was inaugurated, an ultra-luxury yacht.
In 2018 the company created the series Ponant Explore, composed of 4 yachts dedicated to exploring trips: Le Champlain, Le Laperousse, Le Bougainville e Le Dumont-D'Urville.
The Ponant company is a reference for luxury cruises and has been awarded many times as “Best Cruise Company”, as it offers intimate and high quality cruises. The main characteristic is the French Touch, including a refined cuisine, French staff, Wien-style patisserie and excellent wines for an amazing food and wine experience. On board of the new Ponant Explorer yachts you cannot miss the Blue Eye Room, where you can watch the ocean floor as you’ve never seen it!
The Caribbean Islands are one of the main destination of the company, which has been lately focusing on cruises and expeditions to Antarctica in October and April.
From May to September you can visit Iceland and the Arctic Polar Circle and enjoy a beautiful Midnight Sun.