Far to the south lie perhaps the most spectacular, most pristine lands on the planet. Join PONANT, the leader in polar expeditions since 1998, during the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism on one of our Antarctica cruises departing between November 2017 and March 2018 (high summer in the Southern Hemisphere). Our eco-friendly sister ships will be sailing the awe-inspiring waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, wildlife-rich South Georgia, and the remote Falkland Islands. Daily excursions in Zodiacs with our team of naturalist guides will allow you to cruise among ice floes, explore penguin rookeries, and learn about this extraordinary region in depth.
With 10- to 16-night voyages available aboard the deluxe Le Boréal, Le Lyrial, and Le Soléal, you’ll marvel at breathtaking landscapes and wildlife with a small group of like-minded adventurers in the comfort, safety, and elegance for which PONANT is known. Book now to take advantage of the best Bonus Fares.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism. Preserving fragile climates is a founding principle of PONANT, and we proudly align with the UN’s mission to promote environmentally sound tourism in the world’s most unspoiled regions. Our company takes great strides to ensure our vessels and operations are ecologically sound, including certifying the sister ships as “Clean Ships” with Bureau Veritas and utilizing state-of-the-art technology and processes to make our human footprint is as small as possible.
Our Antarctic expeditions feature an accomplished team of leaders who will accompany you on board and in the field to provide fascinating lectures and valuable insight on the destinations we visit. Selected for their knowledge, expertise, and infectious enthusiasm, our seasoned professionals contribute to a rewarding and memorable experience.
The pearly white land of Antarctica is home to a number of animal species, including seabirds; leopard seals and sea lions; humpback and fin whales; and Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo penguins. South Georgia and the Falklands, less icy than the Antarctic Peninsula, are home to King and Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, and albatross. This is nature at its unspoiled, fascinating best.
Experience the PONANT hallmark: five-star hospitality in the world’s most remote regions. Enjoy superb gastronomy, excellent wines and cheeses, Veuve Clicquot champagne, pastries from Ladurée, fine French toiletries, spa services, and a service ethos equal parts discretion and joie de vivre. Our ships’ beautifully appointed accommodations—for a maximum of just 200 guests—all face outside, and 95% of them have outdoor balconies.